Based on the award-winning Steam favorite, Red Orchestra, Darkest Hour brings the classic RO multiplayer experience to the beaches of Normandy, Operation Market-Garden, the Battle of the Bulge and on into the Reich.
User reviews: Very Positive (301 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 9, 2009

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About This Game

Based on the award-winning Steam favorite, Red Orchestra, Darkest Hour brings the classic RO multiplayer experience to the beaches of Normandy, Operation Market-Garden, the Battle of the Bulge and on into the Reich. Now you can play as American, British or Canadian troops, with a huge range of additional features:

  • More than 20 new infantry weapons, such as the ever-distinctive Garand, M1 Carbine, .30-cal, Bren, FG42, Thomson and the Enfield rifles
  • American Bazooka, British PIAT and German Panzerschreck to go tank-hunting with
  • New infantry features, including Airborne drops onto the battlefield, bullet suppression and supersonic cracks, plus a new radioman class for calling in artillery strikes
  • Dozens of new uniforms for all nations
  • Over a dozen new crewable vehicles including the King Tiger and JagdPanther for the Germans, countered with multiple types of Sherman in 75mm, 76mm and 17-pounder versions, plus the Cromwell, M10 Wolverine and Achilles
  • New armor features, including engine damage and fires, crew hits and tracks visibly breaking when hit
  • More transportation — Kubelwagen, Jeep and Opel truck

11 new maps, including:

  • Juno Beach — Canadians storming the beaches in classic D-Day action
  • Carentan — the US 101st Airborne assaults the town shortly after D-Day
  • Brecourt — 101st Airborne attempt to put a key German artillery battery out of commission behind the beaches
  • Vieux — vast sweeping armored combat as the British attempt to break out during Operation Goodwood in Normandy
  • Ginkel Heath — British paras drop into a hotly-contested LZ at the start of Operation Market-Garden
  • Wacht-am-Rhein — sweeping tank combat during the Battle of the Bulge, including the fearsome King Tiger
  • Stoumont — American infantry and armor try and hold back the SS PanzerGrenadiers in the streets of the Ardennes town
  • Bois Jacques — tenacious American defense against the combined German tank and infantry forces
  • Foy — the Germans' turn to defend against attacking American airborne troopers

So whether it is the Normandy campaign, jumping onto the dropzones around Arnhem or the bitter fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, new and old players alike will get a chance to see why RO remains a classic. Now with the opportunity to re-play those battles RO-style, courtesy of Darkest Hour: Europe 1944-45!

System Requirements

    Minimum: CPU: 1.2 GHZ or Equivalent, 512 MB RAM, Video Card: 64 MB DX9 Compliant, 2 GB free hard drive space, DX 8.1 Compatible Audio, Windows XP

    Recommended: CPU: 2.4 GHZ, Video Card: 128 MB DX9 Compliant with PS 2.0 support, Sound Card: Eax Compatible

Helpful customer reviews
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Some of the greatest tank games in my gaming life have been spent in the "Darkest Hour". Completely love'd it! The tanks were well modeled, and it was all very realistic. No fake tanks, no arcade spamming, just hunter & killer.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
95.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
has a small but nice community and will never get old.
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21 of 33 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
if your a kid dont get it, but if your a big guy you should get it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
65.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
This mod came out in 2008, and due to continued interest, the developers just announced that they are going to release a new version soon. If that doesn't say good things about a game, I don't know what does.

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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
42.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
One of the most REALISTIC WW2 FPS games I have ever played. This game should be in anyone's collection who is a fan of WW2 style shooters. I highly recommend.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Brings a great realisitic gameplay to such an already great game, might not be as realisitic as the real war, but its still such an amazing mod.

Dont get hit by a mortar.

Higly reccomend :^)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
This game is fun, actually better than the main game, Red Orchestra Ost Front. Darkest Hour: Europe '44- '45 is a fun to play FPS game, it features loads of roles, such as Artillery Officer, Corporal, Rifleman, Tank Driver, Recon and much more! despite this game not having a huge amount of servers up. It's still great to play, there is maps ranging from Normandy, Operation Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, and then maps into Germany itself. 8/10, really good game. P.S, If you want a good server, then try one of the 29th ID servers, the guys there are nice, helpful, and there is always a good amount of people in the server.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
465.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Along with Hidden & Dangerous 2 and Soldiers: Heroes of WW2, this is one of the best WW2 games to date, and perhaps one of the greatest tactical shooters of all time.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
193.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
If you own Red Orchastra this is a must have. I've spent more time on this mod then Red Orchastra itself
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
102.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
if i were to rate this out of 880 i would raite 870
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
Heyyo,

Free expansion pack to Red Orchestra 1? SWEET! It's got the same good mechanics as RO1 with newer maps.

If you don't own RO1? I'd recommend just buying RO2. It's a much more badass game and still has a very lively community.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
79.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
One hell of a great realism shooter. Plus a strong community of dedicated gamers still play it and if that doesn't change your mind, new updates and development are planned to come out so definetly buy RO1 to play this free mod!
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
In this game you hold a gun. I really like the concept of this game because its not in every game that you get to do this, like in the sims or minesweeper. 10/10 would play again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
PREFERABLE TO VANILLA. HORIFFYING COMBAT. trenches... oh God the trenches.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
643.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2014
My favorite online FPS of all tme, no joke. DH is a superb simulation with a powerful engine and a small but extremely dedicated community.

I for one an BUMMED that RO2 was such a sad follow up to RO1 whose release also devastated RO1/DH server populations. NO other game is as good and detailed a WW2 sim as Dh and RO1 were.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
126.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
A truly amazing game especially with all your Realism Units, hands down the 29th Infantry Division is the best especially with the amount of people you meet and the time you spend with them, doing drills, scrims and having super ownage of a time fighting against each other. One thing I love about the 29th within the game is when it comes to the time of a historical anniversary moments one we recently had amazing fun with was the Bridge Too Far scrim. But back to the game it's a bit buggy in places but as the devs have came back to make the game better I would have rated whe I first started the game it was a 6/10 but now as they came back to it and of the realism units I highly rate it a 10/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
If you like World War 2 war first person shooter simmulations, this is a good game to get. This game is more on the realistic side of WW2 combat while still using the EA Battlefield 2 type of game style. You can play as infantry or tanker only. Darkest Hour is the Normandy to Germany battles. Has German vs English, American forces.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
106.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Got to punch a nazi in the face
8.5/10 would punch again
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84 of 88 people (95%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 26, 2014
Don't ever run to the front of a machine gun. Ever.
Don't cross the road without looking at the sides. Ever.
Don't 360º non scope. Ever.
Don't try to be the hero. Ever.
Don't do anything stupid like you do in CoD, or real life. Ever.
Don't go to the toilet while playing. Ever.

If you do all these things, you increased the chances of not getting killed. By 1%
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