How to play Expansion - Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger on Mac

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Expansion - Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger is a popular strategy game developed by Paradox Development Studio. It was originally released for Windows, Mac, and Linux on 8 Mar, 2018.

How to play Expansion - Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger using Parallels

Even if you don't have a PC, you can install Windows on your Mac using Parallels. Parallels is virtualization software with full support of DirectX and GPUs, which will give you a decent graphics performance. With a couple of clicks, you can install Windows 10 on Mac and ten switch between MacOS and Windows instantly. You can run Windows just like on a regular PC, install Steam and enjoy Expansion - Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger game on Mac.

Even though the virtualization is relatively easy to set up, it requires you to buy both Parallels and Windows licenses. Since you'll be running two operating systems side by side, you'll need to dedicate at least 20-30GB of disk space for this setup and also a strong machine to run both operating systems at the same time.

If you have an older Mac or have a Mac with an M1 chip which doesn't fully support virtualization yet, you might want to try a virtual computer running in the cloud such as Second Computer.

How to play Expansion - Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger using Second Computer

Alternatively, you can create a virtual computer in the cloud using Second Computer. Instead of license fee for Windows and Parallels, you pay by the hour (so it's much cheaper if you are using it infrequently) and you control the computer via a web browser. That means even if you have an older computer, you can run the latest games in the cloud without maxing out your processor or memory.

One added benfit is that since the computer is located in the cloud, you can access it from any device you own. So in theory you can play Expansion - Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger not just from your Mac, but also from your iPhone and Android device (it's not going to be a very nice experience though on such a small screen size).

Either way, Second Computer provides a nice alternative for running non-native Mac apps on your Mac by connecting to a computer in the cloud.

Happy gaming!

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Jan 20, 2021

It could be good if they fixed all the bugs, but 2 years after release I doubt this will happen.My favourite bugs/dumb stuff in this DLC:-Not a single naval focus for any of the Chinese countries. Combine this with the Man the Guns DLC and you effectively can't build ships without having the naval doctrine dude running for a year to gather naval XP.-Border conflicts are partially broken for Communist China: if you take on Nationalist China, you "get" the territory because you have cores, but don't "own" them because you didn't have the peace deal. Now if you try to run a border conflict, it will most likely happen in these unowned provinces, making you instantly lose the conflict because the script bugs out. This bug was reported years ago but never fixed apparently, because typing 5 lines of code is very hard work.-If you're at war with both Nationalist China and Japan, you get a peace conference (?!) when Nationalist China dies. I too negotiate with my enemy and give up all my captured territory to him.-Half of the political advisors are locked behind diplomatic relations with western countries. Not much wrong with this, except no other country has this penalty. Liberia can hire all the advisors with no problem for example.-Half of the warlords don't count as warlords apparently: you can't do border conflicts with Shanxi and Sinkiang for no apparent reason.-If you're at war with Japan while playing Communist China, random Chinese factions automatically join your faction when Japan declares war on them, even though I purposely avoided the Chinese Front faction focuses.I can go on for a while, but nobody will ever read this.


Aug 4, 2020

This is the only DLC that I can highly recommend, the new focus trees added are all great, they add a much needed boost to a region that nobody would usually play. The updated German tree adds much needed variety to a rather boring nation.The new mechanics added in this DLC directly affect and improve general gameplay, they also added uses for formerly completely useless things, such as aerial resupply for transport planes.Overall, I highly recommend this DLC, and if you were only to buy one, it should be this one.


July 13, 2020

The best dlc ever made for hoi4. Playing as japan and conquering all of china with that outstanding music is amazing.