Strategy games are rarely known for their graphical prowess, so Hearts of Iron II fits in perfectly. Most of what you’ll see is limited to flat, static maps representing the areas your current campaign is taking place in. Think of a digital version of the board game “Risk” and you’re in the ballpark. Maps can by cycled between various views, all designed to give you information such as weather and terrain. Functionality is a big part of the game’s visual presentation. Menus are streamlined just enough to give you all of the information you need and never get in the way. The few units you do see on the map screen are well animated and show off nice details.
Sound is mixed in terms of quality. The orchestrated score is done right and helps to set the mood. All of the tracks fit the WWII time period and flow with the gameplay. Sound effects are not as good, but get the job done.