From: NC, USA
Hey everyone, so I have been a long time strategy gamer since I was a kid everyrhing from tabletop miniatures and boardgames to pc strategy games. I have been playing Hearts of Iron 4 again lately and found it too simplistic. I was looking for something I could sink real time into and be more in depth and I discovered this game. I have a few questions before I buy the game though, I don't mind the higher price tag if the game is this big at all, just want to make sure I have a chance at liking it.
So I am wondering what most new players wonder, how in depth is this, specifically ia it not friendly to new players? As a base line, Hearts of Iron 4 is too simple for me (if this references helps).
Also I have been watching various streams and I would def want a graphics mod. I LOVED how it lools in XRTG's stream which I am now watching in its entirety. So, does anyone know what graphics mod that is?
Any other general information that may be helpful would be great. I saw the stickied thread for tutorials so I will go thorough those. Also, if this post is im the wronf area or is covered in a stickied post somewhere, my apologies. Thank you!
This game is considered the most complex ever released. It will take you years to learn the finer details and even then there will be occasional revelations that keep you learning. The game is strategic in level but you have enough control of unit settings that you can heavily influence the combat results. Simulated 'die rolls" keep the game from being too predictable - there is always tension in any combat, or even in trying to sneak a convoy through enemy waters.
I bought it shortly after it was released and I still play it all the time, and enjoy it immensely.
+1 to BB's comments. The AI opponent provides a good "tutorial" game, for some that's all they've played. Nothing however beats a good PBEM game.
It is also worth noting the game incorporates computer logic within your moves as well. So you don't have the option to micro manage to all levels. Like the die rolls BB notes above, that aspect also gives you a new look every turn, every game. Some on the forum have complained a bit about it...I for one find the variances a great mix of realistic and unpredictable.
As to your graphics question, there are lots of mods (another great benefit of the game, a substantial and very active mod community!). I would recommend you start with the basic game and get at least a scenario or two under your belt or better...3-12 months worth of campaign game before jumping into one of them. Also recommend starting with Allies vs IJ as the IJ industry is a whole other "game within the game". You likely saw the Chem Kid map, which is wonderful...unfortunately does not work within all mods but I believe it does work with the basic game.
I own HoI, version 2 I think... not sure, never play it anymore. Play AE!