Reviews by Caleb W.14

Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet Edition
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For me, it's good

As a history buff and a fan of emergent narratives, I am capable of enjoying Hearts of Iron IV despite its flaws. The player takes control of a nation in the late 1930's, with the goal of either staying or changing the course of World War II. It usually does an excellent job simulating the war, and has great replay value.

However, I cannot overstate how poorly the game simulates peace deals after large wars. The AI is unforgivably bad at making peace, to the point that a plausible peace deal can only be achieved by the player cheating (with mods or console commands; I have used both) to create one manually. This breaks my immersion, wastes my time, and almost ruins the game for me.

The game is still good overall. I like it. But I simply cannot give it a glowing recommendation.

by Caleb W.14, - Aug 28th 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: Death or Dishonor
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Minor powers are fun

Assuming you already like Hearts of Iron IV, I strongly recommend this DLC. The four nations expanded on here (Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Romania) are in risky positions, but are therefore extremely rewarding to play. They provide real challenge in a way that the game's major powers don't. It is exhilarating to be engaged in an uphill battle for survival, both politically and militarily, and when at last costly victory has been achieved, it will feel truly earned.

by Caleb W.14, - Aug 28th 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger
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Good, but too broad

This DLC is a bit all over the place geographically: it adds content to China, Japan, and Germany. In my experience, all the added content is good. Unfortunately, it is all packaged together, so that in order to experience Germany's new content, you must also buy China's, even if you're not really interested in China's.

I think this DLC is still worth having, even if you're only interested in parts of it like me. Especially if you can buy it during a sale.

by Caleb W.14, - Aug 28th 2020
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