Hearts of Iron IV – Death or Dishonor Review
Hello gamers! Welcome to my Hearts of Iron IV – Death or Dishonor Review!
As some of you know I like history and I like to read about World War 2. I think it’s an important piece of history that didn’t happen “that long ago”. What I like about HoI4 is the fact that I can try to “change history”. Try something else and see what happens. In this particular game I think knowing about World War 2 is pretty important. Much more important than knowing history if you want to play the other Paradox games like Crusader Kings 2 & Europa Universalis 4. In those games you just… “go” and whatever. Here… you can go but you do need to know what happen in real life … at least a bit so you know what to expect and what you can alter. That’s why I made this video where I talk about some WW2 books & documentaries I recommend you to check out.
The first DLC game out in December 2016 and… while I always like DLC that expand the gameplay, that DLC called Together for Victory focused on some countries that were not really “in the middle of the action”. The countries that got a new national focus tree were Canada, Australia, New Zealand, The Raj (India) and South Africa. Ok… great… but as I have said… they are pretty far away from the action, so for me that DLC wasn’t really that interesting.
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In the 2nd DLC for Hearts of Iron IV called Death or Dishonor we get some of the most interesting countries in the conflict. Yes yes I might be a bit biased because I’m from Romania… and as you might have guessed… Romania has her new and unique National Focus Tree. Besides Romania we also have Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. You can be sure that we can really try a lot of stuff with those countries.
So let’s start with…
Romania is a pretty interesting country to play with. It’s a bit ironical that in World War 2 Romania has the same problem like it had during her whole history. I mean… at least the territories that later formed Romania (Wallahia & Moldavia) … always had this problem. They were caught between the European powers.
Same thing happened in WW2. Romania was caught between the Axis and between the Soviet Union. Romania lost a lot of territory without even fighting and this is also present in the game. There is an event that will cause Hungary to demand Transylvania and another event that will cause the Soviet Union to demand Bassarabia. If you don’t give the territory to them… you will start a war.
With the new Focus Tree Romania has the choice to try to Preserve Greater Romania where it can go directly into an alliance with one of the 3 powers (Axis, Communists, Allies). Another choice is Balkan Dominance where you can actually go and demand Bulgaria, Hungary, etc.
So you have a passive defensive choice and an aggressive choice.
One of the problems that Romania will face early on is that it starts with King Carol’s the 2nd … which has been know to do a lot of partying. You will get a lot of events where he will decide to party that will cause you to lose political power or some of those really precious civilian factories. That’s why you also have the “Institute Royal Dictatorship” where you can actually get King Michael as a leader. By the way, at the time of writing this article (08-July-2017) the King Michael is still alive!
One thing that is pretty unique to Romania is the fact that it can change it’s alignment… as in real life. Romania started in the AXIS but decided to later join the Allies. We still got pretty fucked up. 🙁
Romania also has a lot of Oil. Hitler actually was relying on the oil from Romania. Another thing that Romania has is the IAR 80 plane which has been amazing!
Hungary has a thing I find funny. They have Horthy as a leader. Horthy is an Admiral. Hungary has no WATER! LOL 😀
Anyway … I think the most interesting thing you can do with Hungary is try to re-create the Austria-Hungary empire. That could be kind of a challenge but it could allow you to become a small power.
Czechoslovakia is another really interesting country to play. First of all it’s a Democracy. Second… they get fucked pretty early on. By 1938 Germany for sure will demand Sudetenland… if you refuse you will go to war so you will not have that much time to prepare.
One thing that Czechoslovakia can do is go on the Left part of the tree called “Fortification Studies”. If you finish on that path you will have forts of level 8 around the German border. That will help a lot! The Czech are also pretty good at production and they will output a lot of stuff pretty fast. However… at one point Germany will annex Austria and that will be a lot of trouble. Mainly because you will have a huge border to defend and you will not have enough troops. One thing that I did was right from the start of the game I started to improve Democracy in Austria. Also at the same time I started a coup. In one game a civil war managed to start in Austria right before Germany annexed the remaining territories of Austria. It was pretty funny. Or… you could just go Fascist 😛
Another thing you can try to do an “Entante of our own”. That will allow you to invite Yugoslavia & Romania to your own faction. The problem is that they might refuse to join.
I havn’t played to much with Yougoslavia, but from my plays … I think it might be the hardest to play. Their economy is a mess. Starting from around 1938 Italy might cause problems. Their National Unity is the lowest I have ever seen… and if you really want to try to do something you really need to take care of the opposition (Czech, Macedonians, etc).
Well, when the DLC came out it was pretty buggy. Since then they have fixed a lot of stuff. The countries that they have added were in the middle of the conflict, they play very differently so I do think this is a MUST HAVE DLC!
I’m curious what will be their next DLC? Probably China?
Well… thanks for reading!