The Great War is a turn-based grand strategy game based on the epic struggles of the WWI era. Experience the battles of attrition and punishing artillery barrages. Play as any nation of the period as the modern world of industrialized warfare replaces an age of kings with a struggle of ideologies.
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Release Date: Jan 29, 2015

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May 6

Free Models Added to Red Army DLC

This free content update adds more unique unit models to the Red Army. We’ve also removed the unimplemented elements associated with Naval Mines and replaced them with a project that leads to a new Coastal Defense Ship unit.

- New models include:
- Light Bombers I for the major nations
- Heavy Bombers I for the major nations
- American Early Carrier
- Japanese Early Carrier
- Japanese Carrier I
- British Carrier I
- American Large Destroyer
- German Coastal Defense Ship

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March 26

Red Army Update

This is a small update to fix some of the content issues with The Red Army DLC. There’s also a general fix for an occasional game crash when players tried to change Nationalities.

Notes:

The Red Army: Balanced Armies on the Western Front to lessen German tendency to win
The Red Army: Moved some Navies and other units that were not well placed
The Red Army: Fixed Villistas broken model mappings
The Red Army: Turned on Panama Canal
The Red Army: Added White Russian Alliances and balanced Diplomatic Relations
The Red Army: Fixed missing Militia 2 & 3 Models
The Red Army :Added correct Unit Icons for Militia 2 & 3 & Assault 2
The Red Army: Fixed incorrect unit icon for Northern Chinese Militia
The Great War: Fix index issue causing occasional crash when displaying ethnicities in Change Government panel

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“This game is a superlative experience in learning, creativity and entertainment.”
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“Muzzy Lane has definitely developed a real winner here with Making History: The Great War”
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“Making History: The Great War is an exceptional title. It automatically will appeal to those gamers who know what they’re doing, as well as those willing/able to put the time in to learn.”
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Free Models added to the Red Army DLC

    This free content update adds more unique unit models to the Red Army. We’ve also removed the unimplemented elements associated with Naval Mines and replaced them with a project that leads to a new Coastal Defense Ship unit.

New models include:
  • Light Bombers I for the major nations
  • Heavy Bombers I for the major nations
  • American Early Carrier
  • Japanese Early Carrier
  • Japanese Carrier I
  • British Carrier I
  • American Large Destroyer
  • German Coastal Defense Ship

About This Game

The First World War ushered in the beginning of a new age. On battlefields across the globe, the remaining vestiges of the 19th Century were gruesomely attritted away as the introduction of new weapons favored defensive strategies that lead to massive casualties in futile attacks on fortified lines. Whole Nations mobilized as the citizenry became integral to the war effort, churning out the supplies necessary to keep their soldiers fighting and dying. This was total war and the national suffering seeded movements bent on rebellion and revolution.

Making History: The Great War offers a game filled with historical events and challenges of the WW1 era. Playing as the Head of State, you are responsible for managing all facets of your nation's economy, diplomacy and military. Your actions will influence world events as you lead your armies in the most in-depth WWI grand strategy game ever made.



  • Play as any independent nation during the World War 1 era.

  • Choose how best to control your conquests: colonies, protectorates or puppet states.

  • Build trenches to grind down attacking forces.

  • Soften up your enemies defenses with adjacent region Artillery bombardments.

  • Bomb with Airships and BiPlanes, counter with Fighters and Anti-Air units.

  • Control the seas and the lines of supply by waging Unrestricted Submarine Warfare, sinking both naval and trade vessels.

  • Buy and sell in a global economy, trade for vital resources or manufactured goods.

  • Expand your sphere of influence using foreign aid to increase ties with other nations.

  • A sophisticated economic system designed to simulate the inter-dependency of technology, industry and war. You must produce the munitions to fire your big guns and food to feed your people.

  • Employ government spending to keep the populations from radicalizing towards rebellion and ultimately, national collapse.

  • Over 275 different nationalities represented, many with unique model sets.

  • Hundreds of unit models representing the historic weapons of the period.

  • Create customized scenarios with our detailed editor. Share your mods on Steam Workshop.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 10 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP with Service Pack 2
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c-Compliant, Shader 2.0 3D Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows-Compliant Keyboard & Mouse
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (PowerPC not supported)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz or Higher / AMD 3Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Mostly Positive (246 reviews)
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bryan_a_b3
( 108.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Realistic Turn based strategy game with an economy system that keeps you engaged even as a minor nation not at war. This game is very in depth but that helps to bring you into feeling how the nation really felt at the time.

downside however, the in game tutorial will not show you everything you will need to know. (ie how to retreat, or what is needed to manufacture advance materials.) but there is a codex in game and youtube videos that can help.
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Uzak Galakside Yaşayan Adam
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
İ have played making history gold it was about ww2 you know. The game was so perfect i could learn it only 1 or 2 hour. Thats not the point mate what the hell is going on with this game so complicated so awful. İ have waited for it when i heart of it but look at this game !! I tried an ottoman game and i couldnt build any units other than militia and i couldnt take greece 31 vs 1 regiment and 10 turn ! 10 **** turn then russia and england joined and i was like wtf is going on *.* Yeah not a good game too complicated hard to learn not worth it. Gold was better :P
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DeFaNe
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
dont buy this game if you own nvidia its broken it will crash it will lag out and what not i can play around 20m and then it might screen shake and bug out or crash or what not idk if amd works better but i heard most ppl with nvidia got this problem

the game it self is really good like really good but sadly its broken if it ever gets fixed well i hope it will D:
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mufasa118
( 114.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
GReat game! crashes sometimes but if you save it every couple of turns then you can just load it up. 10/10
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Blake
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
not good
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phelpsuckballs
( 89.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
I love the concept of this game. The ability to use combined arms. I spent many hours playing this game. Trying to change history and Have the central powers of Europe come on top. The gas attacks. I love it. Most games of this type are usually the same. You simply move all your units to one province and let them have at it. But this game concept allowed artillery pieces to remain in adjacent provinces and rain death upon the battlefield. This was my favorite part of the game. The game actually built a realistic WW 1 battle strategy game. It is a pure slug fest of vast numbers of casualties. You can\'t simply overwhelm a province or run throught it and the battle for europe is done in so much time. The amount of resources and men needed to take a province that is well defended is quite staggering.

No other strategy game I have played has better simulated trench warfare on a massive scale than this one. I have had a lot of fun with this game.

For the negative part of the game. Theyre are some very critcal flaws. No matter how much fun and enjoyment ive had with this game. You simply can\'t recommend a game that has some severe problems. But if you want to enjoy some serious simulated trench warfare. The game is very available. Just do not have any grand visions of conquering the whole of europe.

Eventually the game will become unplayable. I have never finished a game before the game breaking flaws come in. Its a real shame that it is severly unpolished. Initialy the game will run smooth enough but due to the continued numbers of troops. The game simply breaks.

If these critcal flaws could have been addressed. This game could have been one of the best simulated strategy games of its kind.
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SAM_Awesome
( 157.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
20/10 would revolt again
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aPieceofPie
( 141.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Currently played through two full (serious) games as Columbia and Serbia and a partial German Campaign.
I got this game cheap in a humble bundle.
PC specs: Win 10, GTX 980, Intel Core i7-6700K, 16 GB RAM.

Summary:
An ok strategy to waste some time in if you're a World War One history buff and a grand strategy fan. Unfortunatly poor AI and performance make for a marred experiance. I'd recommend only picking this up when it's cheap and to not expect much out of it.

Pros:
-WW1 time setting. I'm a sucker for this time period.
-Managing troops deployment is hugely important as are deciding what fronts to attack on and where to defend.
-The arms and manpower resources provide interesting dynamics.
-Excellent early/mid game.
-Managment of the economy, infrastructure, trade routes, resources and populace happiness increases the depths of the strategy required.
-Diplomacy has a significant impact and is very dynamic.
-Good trading system with managment of trade routes important.
-Good soundtrack, if not a bit short.

Cons:
-Poor tutorial. Reading the PDF manual is a MUST and even then some mechanics are poorly explained.
-Performance is pretty bad. Frequent crashes due to 'running out of memory' including wiping out 8 hours of my German campaign. Changing map overviews or moving large distances often requires alt-tabbing for it to display correctly.
-Relatively poor AI. Defense is much stronger than an offense, as in real world WW1, however the AI does not seem to know this. The AI also does silly things like not supporting their troops with artillary, fighting completely unwinnable offensives, not reacting to artillary/air raids/sea barrages. These allow for OP strategies, hence why Serbia was able to defeat the Balkan states, Austria-Hungary and Germany.
-AI refuses to surrender despite having no chance of winning a war, even on surrendering on 'pre-war' conditions.
-AI allies largely only provide milltary support. Could be improved if they provided resources such as America did irl.
-Joining an alliance is quite difficult. The impact of 'an enemy of my enemy is my friend' is not as great as it should be.
-Huge amounts of artillary or bombers are overpowered.
-AI does not mind or react if you're building ridiculous amounts of troops or piling them on your border.
-Conquered regions are generally pretty happy and do not require as big of a military presence as I would like. This means if you break through the enemies line you can steam roll through their nation.
-Late game can become a bit stale.
-Populace happiness does not have as big of an impact as I'd like. If a population has been starving for months they should have a bigger impact then the occasional protest. This is easily demontrated by the fact that I've never seen the Russian revolution succeed. Likewise you can basically ignore your money resource if you want to while at war.
-Colonies do not provide as much of a buff to the nation state as I'd like. They seem to have terrible incomes and produce little to no resources.
-Score only reflects absolute worldpower, would be nice to have a before/after when not playing great powers.
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romneym
( 69.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
MH The great war is unplayable. You can sit and build all day long, compile ALL your armies into one massive army, bomb france, or russia, or even Austria/Hungary, it doesn't matter, you CANNOT defeat the first army battle. My force was over 300 attack points in each scenario and I could not defeat an army of 100 defense points. The battle will last SO LONG that the enemy replenishes its hit points at 3:1 of your attack points. Then there is the single-army scatter plan of the AI. I quickly learned to also put 5 armies on every territory I owned, and then attacked with 300 point army. My army was bogged for the entire game never won its battle (including I was bombing the enemy with 30+ artilliary), yet the enemy would bomb my territores with 5 troops with their 2-5 artilliary. within a few turns my troops would be gone even if I replenished them fast as I could, and the enemy would walk in with ONE troop and defeat me. The only area that seems to function properly is the ships. 100 point ships against brittish or french 50 points, you will eventually win in about 3 turns. UNPLAYABLE and FRUSTRATING. (BTW, I am playing on level 5 only, not even "difficult"). I've played both German (above) and Austrian. The A/H army has the SAME problem with Serbia. I attacked Serbia with 300 points and took me the entire game to win TWO territories, meanwhile the Ottoman's took the other 4 territories with only about 5 total troops. UNPLAYABLE.
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U.S.S.R
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Good game but economy is harder to mange compared to MH2
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
89.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
I love the concept of this game. The ability to use combined arms. I spent many hours playing this game. Trying to change history and Have the central powers of Europe come on top. The gas attacks. I love it. Most games of this type are usually the same. You simply move all your units to one province and let them have at it. But this game concept allowed artillery pieces to remain in adjacent provinces and rain death upon the battlefield. This was my favorite part of the game. The game actually built a realistic WW 1 battle strategy game. It is a pure slug fest of vast numbers of casualties. You can\'t simply overwhelm a province or run throught it and the battle for europe is done in so much time. The amount of resources and men needed to take a province that is well defended is quite staggering.

No other strategy game I have played has better simulated trench warfare on a massive scale than this one. I have had a lot of fun with this game.

For the negative part of the game. Theyre are some very critcal flaws. No matter how much fun and enjoyment ive had with this game. You simply can\'t recommend a game that has some severe problems. But if you want to enjoy some serious simulated trench warfare. The game is very available. Just do not have any grand visions of conquering the whole of europe.

Eventually the game will become unplayable. I have never finished a game before the game breaking flaws come in. Its a real shame that it is severly unpolished. Initialy the game will run smooth enough but due to the continued numbers of troops. The game simply breaks.

If these critcal flaws could have been addressed. This game could have been one of the best simulated strategy games of its kind.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
108.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Realistic Turn based strategy game with an economy system that keeps you engaged even as a minor nation not at war. This game is very in depth but that helps to bring you into feeling how the nation really felt at the time.

downside however, the in game tutorial will not show you everything you will need to know. (ie how to retreat, or what is needed to manufacture advance materials.) but there is a codex in game and youtube videos that can help.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
dont buy this game if you own nvidia its broken it will crash it will lag out and what not i can play around 20m and then it might screen shake and bug out or crash or what not idk if amd works better but i heard most ppl with nvidia got this problem

the game it self is really good like really good but sadly its broken if it ever gets fixed well i hope it will D:
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
114.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
GReat game! crashes sometimes but if you save it every couple of turns then you can just load it up. 10/10
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470 of 584 people (80%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2015
This game isn't terrible, but it has a few problems that makes it a terrible Great War simulator. Here is the run-down:

1. Allied forces are HEAVILY favored. What do I mean by that? Simple, all the units on the different sides of the conflict are equivalent. A German infantry is equal to that of a French or Russian infantry. The German military was the best trained, the best equipped, and the best supported army in the conflict. Some would even put this military on par with the greatest militaries of all time. Russia, on the other hand, was supposed to be slow to mobilize and ill-equipped. I played a game where AI Russia was in Berlin before the end of 1914. Because the units are equal in strength, the Allies, with huge size advantages, will likely always win.

2. Serbia is too weak. Historically, Serbia lasted a surprisingly long time. In this game, Serbia doesn't have even close to enough resources to supply its comparatively huge military. Austria-Hungary rolls them up as a matter of course, because the Serbians starve to death and run out of guns.

3. Belgium is too strong. I played a game where Belgium completely repelled Germany (one of the greatest militaries in history), and even took ground in Germany.

4. The Allied forces start with Great Britain already involved. GB wasn't keen on getting in on this war, and only planned on doing so if Belgium's neutrality was violated. GB also only had the expeditionary forces on hand to wage a land war, in this game they seem to have a pretty healthy army from the start.

5. Austria-Hungary is too good. The Great War is the tale about how Austria-Hungary constantly did the exact opposite of what Germany wanted, and as a result, they were getting pummelled by everyone, including the Kingdom of Serbia. The only force AH knows how to fight is Italy, which leads to the next point:

6. Italy is too strong. Historically, Italy failed to take the exact same river 9+ times against Austria. In this game, it's only a little harder than taking any other position.

I'm sure there are other problems, but let's move on to mechanics:

1. The Great War was insane. Battles went no where, and the defenders always had the advantage. Hence, both sides would put up trenches, and fortify, fortify, fortify. Attacks were suicidal. This game doesn't do trench warfare well because the units and regions are too large. These trenches were separated by only a few hundred yards, loaded with barbed wire, and supervised by machine guns and artillery. Units would stand at a stalemate for months at a time, with no progress being made, constantly under a hail of shells. In this game, you have to commit massive armies to an attack, and the attack lasts until one side loses. Smaller units or smaller regions would help solve this issue.

2. You can always see all the units of the enemy. Observation planes and observation balloons only give your artillery bonuses to hit (which they need, because they can barely ever hit). This is not a good feature for a game where air superiority meant you knew where your enemey was, and they didn't know where you were.

3. Big, important advances (such as metal helmets) aren't commented on in the game. You also can't upgrade units (as far as I can tell), which makes no sense, considering the only different based on technology would be equipment. Upgrading a units defense by giving them helmets sounds pretty easy to me.

4. Diplomacy is difficult to achieve, because it takes place over lengthy, incremental time periods. Far longer than the scope of the game. I tried playing the US in the 1912 campaign start, with the goal making a Western Hemisphere alliance, but for some reason only Nicaragua was interested. I offered aid to many countries, and every couple of turns, they cancel the aid (why give up free money, I ask). The AI just sells you stuff until they run out of stuff, and they buy stuff until they think they have enough stuff. There is not indication of a desire to reach sustainability. Aside from war, that is every diplomatic choice you really have with them, except for the absolutely pointless support factions options. I say it is pointless because I couldn't find a point. I couldn't see any change over time whatsoever.

This is just a short list of what I found disappointing about this game. What I wanted was an accurate, defensive shlog that would reflect the Great War. What I got was a game where offensive movement is far too easy to accomplish.
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Recommended
130.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
I start out my game as the Kingdom of Bulgaria, the year is 1914. For the past decade or more Europe has been increasing in tension and agressiveness. Germany Russia and France seem determined to drive the world to war and destruction. In the last two years Bulgaria has expanded its holdings in the Balkans to include the region of Thrace thus giving us access to the Aegean. However this is not enough, there must be more. Bulgaria shall be a great and respected power on the world stage once more, no matter how many of our neighbors will have to sacrifice themselves to attain our goals.

I begin by increasing our military training capabilities by construction many recruitment centers across the land. The Bulgarian people shall be trained in the ways of war and will never be compared to some lowly militia. However it will take several months before the army becomes a true war machine worthy of its name.

Yet it seems that fate has other plans. News reached Sofia early on the 29th of June that the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary was assassinated by Serbian nationalists. The cabinet and several high profile generals were assembled quickly to decide what to do. It was soon declared that the military would move all forces to the Serbian border in case of war between Serbia and Austria.

Weeks pass and it seems that things have taken a turn for the worse. Austria is demanding terms that no leader of a respectable state would accept. And the Serbians have categorically refused to meet the Austrian terms. As many countries move to some state between war and peace Bulgaria call its reservists to their posts for an indefinite period of time.

The date is July 29th. News reached us that the Austrians have declared war with Serbia and are intent on making them pay for their crimes. Over the next few days Russia, Germany, France, England and all her subjects are at war. News has also reached us that Italy has abandoned her alliance with Germany and A-H. Japan has invaded Germany's Pacific holdings intent on claiming them for itself. As of now America. Romania, the Ottomans, and Spainards are neutral in the war. We are not sure whether or not any of these countries will intervene in the war.

It is now August 13th. Events have snowballed faster than we could have imagined. Germany and Austria have won astounding victories in the east over the Russians and Germany has completely taken over Belgium and Luxembourg and is now advancing into northern France. Germany offered us an alliance and a chance to form Greater Bulgaria out of the Balkans. We would not pass up the chance as we knew that Austria would soon swallow all of Serbia and might not stop there. We launched an invasion that had been planned many years ago. We sped into Vardar Barnovina and Morava. However it seems that we were too late and could not get any more of Serbia as our forces soon met with our Austrian allies.

A month passes. Our forces have smashed into Albania and taken the country by storm giving us access to the Adriatic Sea. However our forces were surprised and horrified to learn that the Russians had launched a naval invasion of eastern Bulgaria and had taken Southern Dobruja and Eastern Rumelia from us. They were marching on our capital and that would not be allowed. We used what little train rails in the region we could and sent our elite forces to create a wall 30km east of the capital. The rest of the army arrived as fast as they could. With our new artillery captured from the Serbians and Albanians we strike the Russian lines and push them back to the sea. Bulgaria is safe once more.

Several weeks later Bulgaria is better than ever. With the crushing defeat of the Russian invasion troop morale is higher than ever. The public is also happy as we have disbanded 15 divisions of farmers being held in reserve to go back to their farms and families. These men are being replaced by new Bulgarian Infantry being trained by German military advisors lent to us by the Kaiser.

It is now January of 1915. Under the cover of winter we have launched an invasion of Montenegro and captured the country. This mountainous land will be a good proving ground for our Alpine units. With this our Balkan aspirations are almost complete. Bulgaria is once more a great power on the world stage. Germany has pushed the French and English armies out of continental Europe. Their victories in the east have shaken the faith of the Russian people and many of their lands are in out right rebellion. The Uzbeks. The Kazaks. The Finns. The Armenians. The Germans have also granted the Poles a land of their own and have joined us in our fight against the encirclement of Europe.

In March the next phase of Bulgarian expansion is put into action. The invasion of Grecce has started. This will be the true test of our miliary skills. Even the Kaiser himself has travelled down here to observe the invasion in person. We start with a full out invasion of Macedonia complete with our entire artillery arsenal. However the real strike comes when our elite veterans smash into Epirus in western Greece. It works fantasically, the Greeks send the majority of their forces to Salonika while we head straight for Athens.

However, it seems that fate again would have other plans. The Greeks hold out much longer than expected in Macedonia, they are indeed worthy opponents. Our new young recruits are sent straight into the baptism of fire as soon as they have gotten a basic sense of survival on the battlefield. We are wearing them down, slowly ever so slowly. Word reaches us that the Greeks have crossed the Aegean and invaded Anatolia. It would also seems that because of agressive German submarine tactics America joined the war on the side of the Entente. It matters not they are an Ocean and three Seas away they can do no harm to Bulgaria.

It is now May of 1915. Events have taken a turn for the worse. In our brash rush to invade Greece we have overlooked our eastern territory. The English, it seems, have staged a massive landing in Gallipoli. However, most of the Turkish forces that would be guarding the capital are in Anatolia trying to establish a link with the rest of their empire in the east. The damned Brits quickly spread out their invasion reaching the Romanian border and linking up with the Greeks outside of Salonika. The Italians have also invaded Albania seeking to claim what they see as rightfully theirs. Our forces are spread too thinly across the land and we start to lose land.

Quickly our cavalry forces are pulled back from the siege of Athens and charge to Valona. However it seems that the Italians have already come and gone and word reaches us through the terrified civilian populace that they have headed north. For once in this campaign fate has smiled on us. The Austrians, sensing a larger Italian force coming shortly behind have sent troops to their southern border and help us reclaim our lands from the Italian.

Our brave soldiers have finally taken Greek Macedonia and the rich port will help to improve the Bulgarian economy. Our battered army heads eastward to confront the British menace. Though we have taken many a beating we still hold our heads up high as we have yet to lose a battle in the war so far. And we are right to be proud. Our brave young men destroy the English at the Second Battle of Plovdiv. We free Constantinople from dread Russian rule and return it to the Turks. We reclaim our coastline on the Black Sea and turn our heads east again, ready to finish the job of conquering Greece.

But it seems that fate has a cruel hatred of Bulgaria. The Greeks have pushed into Southern Bulgaria from their holdings at the south of the continent. The Italians have taken the Albanian coastline and have begun to march inland. The Romanians have launched a full invasion of our lands. All we have left is the land of Montenegro to hold out until the end....It is near.
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153 of 183 people (84%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
50.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
I'm a big fan of all the Paradox games like Europa Universalis, Victoria, and Hearts of Iron. I really wanted to like this game, set exclusively in the First World War. But the problems with it are too great to overcome.

PROS
- It's nicely complicated, like the Paradox games.
- The graphics are as good as one would like for this type of game.
- Naval warfare is better than any of the Paradox games.

CONS
- First and foremost, there is no concept of supply, really. The AI sends units to the most outlandish places with no hope of being supplied. For instance, I was playing Austria Hungary and late in 1914 I was attacked by several Japanese infantry units coming from Finland. That is not an isolated incident.
- Provinces are empty, leading to constant whack-a-mole in your rear areas. Bad enough with rebel uprisings, but when a random cavalry unit from a country 12,000 miles away pops up and conquers half your nation, (see above), it's a real problem. Every game designer should program the EU model where every province has some sort of garrison automatically.
- The AI in general is just poor. No concept of depth in defense, reinforcing weak areas or bottlenecks, and so on. Pretty common in these types of games.

SUMMARY
Nice ideas, nice-looking game, but hamstrung by bizarre AI, lack of supply, and various small bugs with units popping up in the middle of nowhere.
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99 of 108 people (92%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
116.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 23, 2015
Making History II: The Great War is a grand strategy game set around the time of World War I (there are two starting scenarios, one starting in 1912 and another starting before the assassination at Sarajevo in 1914 going into the 1920s and the Soviet Revolution) This game consists of the entire world cut into small regions, accurately representing the borders and geography of all countries that existed at the time of your chosen scenario, with various populations, cities, and resources in each region. In this game (it is a turn based strategy game with each turn taking 1 week) you can choose any country in the entire world and lead that country, industrializing it, modernizing it, engaging in diplomacy with other countries, waging war, facing crisis such as rebellion, invasions, and famine. This game also implements an event system with some events that follow actual history such as the building of the Panama Canal, and others that will be triggered by drastically changing history such as the unification of Scandinavia or the resurrection of the Byzantine Empire. Another interesting thing is that at any time in the game you can save your game and then resume it playing as another country (even countries that didn't exist at the beginning of the scenario you are playing) Another thing that this game possesses is an internal editor that can be used to change many aspects of the game, from creating new countries to changing the values of regions such as nationality or religion. Using the editor you can create amazing new scenarios of alternate history that you can then play and publish to the main website. After about 70 hours of this game I can definitely recommend it,
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154 of 185 people (83%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
116.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2015
A very... VERY detailed Geo-political simulator with a plethora of unit models, playable countries, and modability.
However, the UI is rather out of date and it is definitely a time sink. At first can be incredibly overwhelming, but the ability to completely control the economic and military power of your chosen country is hard to resist. What's even better? The editor. I've spent countless hours building new scenarios using the editor which is so simple, someone new to strategy games could figure it out.

I'm about to spend a lot of time making my own history out of the Russian Empire >:)

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35.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 2, 2015
Started off playing as USA and invaded Mexico taking their territorys and citys set up a blockade around puerto rico and then the allies alliance declared war on me I put up a good fight but forgot about the damn Canadians.
So after all this I joined the axis alliance and then russia declared war on me.Game Over
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