Altern8 writes: "There are serious strategy games, and then there's Hearts of Iron. I suppose if strategy games were to go in tiers of momentousness and scale, we'd have the twee turn-based likes of Valkyrie Chronicles and Advance Wars at the bottom. Wedged in the middle would be the real-time series such as Command & Conquer, Dawn of War and countless others. The Hearts of Iron series lofts above these like some grandiose zeppelin. It's an example of the relatively rare "grand strategy" subgenre, wherein you don't control miniature men on the battlefield but direct entire nations."