Making History - The Great War: Write your own story and change the course of history as you lead of one of the Great Powers during the era of the First World War. Can you prevail as modern industrialized warfare changes the age of empires forever?
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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

Making History - The Great War: Write your own story and change the course of history as you lead of one of the Great Powers during the era of the First World War. Can you prevail as modern industrialized warfare changes the age of empires forever?

Your actions will influence world events as you navigate a path through shifting alliances, emerging technologies and self-serving nations who hold power over vast populations eager for war. Control industrial expansion, engage in trade, create alliances and lead your military forces in the most in-depth WWI grand strategy game ever made.

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  • Change the course of history: Begin at historical starting points then make your own decisions.
  • No two games are the same: Each of the great power nations has a unique character and situation that will require different strategies to succeed.
  • Experience an entire world going on around you: React to hundreds of possible historical world events from assassinations to the sinking of the Lusitania.
  • Immerse yourself in the historical era: Hundreds of nation specific ground, air and naval units as well as city architecture that reflects the time period and geographic location.
  • Mobilize your nation for war: Try to achieve victory before your treasury -- and your manpower -- are wiped out.
  • Control the Seas: Use your naval fleets to own the seas and blockade ports, or wage unrestricted submarine warfare and sink ships trading with your enemies.
  • Make strategic government choices: Establish colonies and puppet states to create buffer zones, win new allies or avoid rebellions.
  • Buy and sell in a global economy: Trade resources and manufactured goods on the world market or directly with other nations.
  • Build and improve transportation to grow your empire: Use rail to connect regions to increase trade, resource extraction, industrial expansion and troop movement.
  • Expand your sphere of influence: Use foreign aid to increase ties with other nations.
  • Make History: Create and share your very own customized “What if…” historical scenario with our detailed scenario editor.

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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SAM_Awesome
( 116.1 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
( 62.8 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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adil3tr
( 155.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
A unique take on grand strategy that focuses mainly on the economy. Whereas the last game spoke to a more simplistic view of the economy that was nevertheless very fun, this game greatly expands on that, capturing the feeling f developing a global empire of resources and colonies, trying to develop, research, industrialize, and wage war across the globe. It is certainly harder than its predecessor but it captures WWI grand strategy very well. It is like the inversion of the hearts of iron series, where modifiers and complex military systems reign. But only this game lets you use poison gas.
It's definitely worth, playing, it's accessible and fun, although I prefer Making History II for its easier management of the economy, where everything could be expanded infinitely and colonies didn't revolt en massse.
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The Jew from Outer Space
( 200.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
I don't play Making History: TGW very much anymore, but from what I have played of it, it's a decent game. I mean, It's not a triple A title, but it isn't Indie garbage you'd find in the Gamestop Dumpster. It's turn-based, meaning you do what you're gonna do first, then you hit next turn and voila, it's the next turn. Magic, I know. But the game is centered around, well, World War 1, If you could guess from the Cover of the game. Now the main game is fun and all, but what really makes it interesting is the relatively big sized community of editors who put their own mods of the game on the workshop. So if I had to rate it, I'd say Making History: The Great War is a 7.8/10 "Not Enough Mods" -IGN
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Suyadon
( 32.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Making history 2 is one of the best games I've ever played, so I opted to buy this game as well even though I'm not big on the time period. Unfortunately I can't play it becasue of constant ctd's which appears to be a windows 10 issue only..? I'm stuck playing mh2 until they can fix the issue. I've read some forums where there is disucssion about the issue being with nvidia or windows 10. I say bs, it's the game dev's responsibility to optimize the game accross all systems and hardware.

Yup, can't even play the game, but still recommend. As seen with the lack of marketing of these games I assume they lack resources. I have faith they will resolve the ctd's and applaud them on creating such magnificent games.
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finds-them-and-kills-them
( 42.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
This is a prety good, deep and well made turn-based grand strategy game. Great GUI improvement from MH II: tWotW.

Pro
  • Well researched game, quite historically acurate.
  • Good battle system
  • Interesting and complex tech tree
  • A lot of different resources, hard to keep track of everything, but not overwhelming
  • You can play as any nation, plus workshop content, which gives it a lot of replayability
  • Ok graphics
  • Cool Russian Civil War DLC (get it!)

Cons
  • Slow turns, that grow slower as the game advances
  • Crashes, sometimes, not often, but it does crash
  • Steep learning curve
  • Not light on the CPU, in spite of the graphics not being all that great, this game does use a lot of resources
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Arthur RIGHTUS
( 142.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
I like the game, i really tried to like the game, but i have to give it a negative review, Every time i play after 10 turns the game will crash with the "out of memory error". But i have 32 Gb of Ram and 1 Tb in my hard drive clear. Also it has this glitch before the game crashes were the screen freezes and starts shaking. Im not sure if anybody else has this Issue but i havnt been able to fix it.
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dtodd33
( 375.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Very good game of WW2 starting from 1933. Very novel. Similar ro Hearts of Iron but slightly differant.
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a0ssy
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
This game does not work if you have windows 10.
It will freeze as soon as you scroll, click on anything on the map, zoom out or anything else.
Its unplayable and the Dev's are aware.

Just a headsup before u purchase.
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spatmaster2400
( 28.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
WW1 strategy game. Pfft more like revolt simulator.
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PENZER
( 121.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
i recommend this game its good
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Crusader20050
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
I created a Hindu german protectorate as austria and lost 1 turn after. 20/10 best game ever
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Felix von Bek
( 124.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Don't both0er with this, a great game but won't run on Windows 10. No help from the makers or any idea on when it will be fixed. A proble they have known about for a year.

Save your money!!!
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leonsa42
( 240.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
This is a very good game , because don´t focus only in war (like many others famous wargames I already played ) but mostly in economy and also in diplomacy , politics , trade, production and science, which make it very realistic , balanced and complete. A good wargame need to focus also in economy because no nation can achieve victory without a strong economy which can produce weapons but also commodities for trade, armed forces and national population. If I consider this game very good you definitely should play also "Making History II: The War of the World" from the same developers, because I give it a mark : Excellent !! One last note about these two games, they are so realistic that they even use the nazi German flag of the epoch without any prurigo , but in another hand don´t promote the nazism in any form. BUY THESE GAMES YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY !!!
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Evil Overlord
( 147.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
i love this game and i would recommed it to other grand strategy enthusiast, however it is not a great game but "just" a very good game, there are issues that could definetly need some love to make it better.

positive;
good trade system, however it is manual control only and you can only trade the basic resources such as energy, metal, steel, road and rail etc, factory production that isnt steel, road and rail only produce money (would have been nice to them on the market)
road and rail resources, lets you move units around on the map faster and is needed for trades.
good diplomatic system and it is combined with a sphere of influence which has an actual influence on the situations

negative; ai is bad at managing their countries and it is not made any more intelligent by upping the difficulty level (just gets bonuses as far as i can see)
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vostov
( 161.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
1913 Japan declared war on china everybody gone mad and declared war on japan,June 1913 serbia alliance merge with german alliance after declared war on japan.october 1913 Romania join central power cause war on japan.Jan 1914 come along sweden into central power.Feb 1914 Sweden declared war on Russia and the world gone beyond insanity and europe bath in mustard gas.
1914/10 would accept sweden into central power and attack japan islands in 1916.
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Clothingohio
( 77.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
This is a great grand strategy game that is easily on par or better than most paradox titles like Eu4, ck2, etc. Fair warning to anyone looking to buy the game. The game is still relatively new and has quite a few bugs and can crash. However the devs update quite frequently with bug fixes so crashes will be the main problem, so save often. My only real complaint is that history won't change alot on its own, and generally the Allies will crush the Central Powers within a year or two and the alliances will rarely change. Aside from the minor problems:

9/10 Very good game.
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crowe
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 24
do not expect the intricacies of a paradox grand strategy game. its basically super risk with some cool diplomacy and economic stuff, and with enough historical decisions and trappings to make it seem like world war 1. it's a good game, though, and pretty fun!
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
This game does not work if you have windows 10.
It will freeze as soon as you scroll, click on anything on the map, zoom out or anything else.
Its unplayable and the Dev's are aware.

Just a headsup before u purchase.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
This is a prety good, deep and well made turn-based grand strategy game. Great GUI improvement from MH II: tWotW.

Pro
  • Well researched game, quite historically acurate.
  • Good battle system
  • Interesting and complex tech tree
  • A lot of different resources, hard to keep track of everything, but not overwhelming
  • You can play as any nation, plus workshop content, which gives it a lot of replayability
  • Ok graphics
  • Cool Russian Civil War DLC (get it!)

Cons
  • Slow turns, that grow slower as the game advances
  • Crashes, sometimes, not often, but it does crash
  • Steep learning curve
  • Not light on the CPU, in spite of the graphics not being all that great, this game does use a lot of resources
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
91.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
This is another great idea for a game which fails in execution. First the good, some of which are great; the amount of depth available in making economic decisions is unparalled. production, trade and accounting come together in a beautiful sauce of gamey-goodness. The combat is simple but still an engaging puzzle, not in the tactical sense but the logistical. Suffice it to say, this is a true resource allocation game and did does that part VERY well.

As for the bad... the game just is too goddammed glitchy to be enjoyable. It's that simple. I don't mean that it'll occassinally crash, I'm saying that crashing is how you will end every session. More specifically, you're going to play for twenty minutes, then it'll crash. You'll restart, redoing everything you just did, making a note to save more often. Then you'll spend a couple of complicated turns positioning a fleet to deploy to Europe and fight the good find in the Great War aaaaannnnnnd, it'll crash. What's this? In your excitement to take the fight to the those filthy Huns, you forgot to save. So you redo it. And it crashes again. Now your turns are taking only a couple minutes but you're saving after each one, sometimes a couple times during the turn. I know what some of you are thinking, this has got to be a hardware problem. Nonsense. Read the other reviews. This is systemic to the game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
147.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
i love this game and i would recommed it to other grand strategy enthusiast, however it is not a great game but "just" a very good game, there are issues that could definetly need some love to make it better.

positive;
good trade system, however it is manual control only and you can only trade the basic resources such as energy, metal, steel, road and rail etc, factory production that isnt steel, road and rail only produce money (would have been nice to them on the market)
road and rail resources, lets you move units around on the map faster and is needed for trades.
good diplomatic system and it is combined with a sphere of influence which has an actual influence on the situations

negative; ai is bad at managing their countries and it is not made any more intelligent by upping the difficulty level (just gets bonuses as far as i can see)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
398.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Again , one of my favourite games however still needs improvement. The model sets for each nation needs to change, all it that it is, is the model for Britain, France ,Germany, Asia and Africa repeated for every nation. e.g, the model set for Austria-Hungary is that of Germany, the model set of Russia is that of France and the model set of the USA is that of Britian. All it needs is a different model set for each nation.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Its a fantastic game,but bugs make it next to unplayable
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
77.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
This is a great grand strategy game that is easily on par or better than most paradox titles like Eu4, ck2, etc. Fair warning to anyone looking to buy the game. The game is still relatively new and has quite a few bugs and can crash. However the devs update quite frequently with bug fixes so crashes will be the main problem, so save often. My only real complaint is that history won't change alot on its own, and generally the Allies will crush the Central Powers within a year or two and the alliances will rarely change. Aside from the minor problems:

9/10 Very good game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
161.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
1913 Japan declared war on china everybody gone mad and declared war on japan,June 1913 serbia alliance merge with german alliance after declared war on japan.october 1913 Romania join central power cause war on japan.Jan 1914 come along sweden into central power.Feb 1914 Sweden declared war on Russia and the world gone beyond insanity and europe bath in mustard gas.
1914/10 would accept sweden into central power and attack japan islands in 1916.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
do not expect the intricacies of a paradox grand strategy game. its basically super risk with some cool diplomacy and economic stuff, and with enough historical decisions and trappings to make it seem like world war 1. it's a good game, though, and pretty fun!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
I love this game to death, but for me it should be called "Making Rage: The Crash War"
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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
582.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
Pros:
+Includes extreme precision in historical accuracy around every corner
+Allows for in depth nation to nation relations
+Quite literally no goal set for you
+Play as any nation that existed in WWI, varying from Haiti, Germany, to Abyssinia
+Easily subscribe to download community made scenarios such as World 1860 (A personal favorite), Moden Day, or Alternate WWI aftermath
+Without a doubt the best scenario editor I have ever seen in any game
+Detailed models for soldiers, ships, and air units that vary from unit type and ethncity
+Fantastic AI

Cons:
-Very buggy
-Not many multiplayer games
-Very small updates that usually fix bugs or add small changes
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28 of 42 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
Unplayable if you have a Nvidia Driver and you are on Windows 10. The map will freeze just about every turn. Its been a month and still no fix has gone into place.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
488.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
The big problem with this game is the AI.
It´s much, much to aggressive and unhistorical.
The first world war and the time proceeding it was marked by decidedly conservative regimes and military high commands doing everything decidedly conservatively and cautiously.
But so far I've seen Germany completely loose the war on Russian within a few turns while I as France was awaiting to get my face bashed in by them in the autumn of 1914. The Germans that did attack on the western front stuck to the Schleiffen-plan religiously and kept on punching their way thru Belgium to the channel coast even as they where cut of behind them by my counter attack.
In the meantime the eastern front was a complete mess with Germans advancing as far into Russia as the could at the same time as the Russians was doing the same to them. Nobody seemed to try to build a sustainable frontline but was always trying to exploit any breech in the front they could to advance as fast and as far as they could.
This is complete nonsense when you consider the history and disastrous for the game as Germany of course is much smaller then Russian. The Russians can loose a lot of territory like this - it barley hurts them. But a single Russian unit running all over German provinces, disrupting production, knocks Germany out of the game pretty fast.

So next I tried playing Germany myself, thinking that would balance the game.
Ok, so this game (started in 1912) Russia decided to build the largest army in the world and pretty much ignored industrializing. They also ignored internal factions and by the spring of 1914 they where collapsing from inner turmoil, with massive amounts of unrest. Then half of the country broke away in the new "Republic of Russia" which I quickly recognized and started supporting. So now we had two Russia - and this was before the actual war even started.
I kept to my plan and just kept on improving Germany for the war I knew would come, but I spent some money fueling the unrest in Russia even further.
Soon enough Lithuania broke away, then Poland and Finland and a number of smaller states. Russia was disintegrating in inner strife when I think is was Greece who for no reason at all declared war on Lithuania (which I don´t even think they bordered to), which prompted Russia to declare war on them to defend "their" territory (which they didn't control now anyway). Exactly whom declared war on whom in which order is lost on my now, but any way we all ended up in war with each other as we would in the original Great War - with the exception that Italy this time stuck on the side of the Central powers.
I couldn't do much in the east as I didn't even boarder Russia anymore, but Poland and Lithuania, and I preferred to let that mess go on without me for a while - thinking I could always go in and mop up the rest later. I wasn't really prepared for the war I thought would come half a year later, but walked into defenseless Luxemburg on the western front and used my massed artillery (artillery is vastly overpowered in the game now) to blow the few French units away from the front - simply walking in to the province unopposed.
Behind that was... nothing.
I kept on advancing but there was no French army left to fight. Some units on the Italian boarder where fighting them, but no one else.
When I advanced onto the channel coast a single British unit tried to do a landing straight into the same province and was obliterated.
But soon more British showed up - in Russia! Or more correctly, in Lithuania where they first fought Lithuanians to advance to the German boarder where they where quickly annihilated by the massed German artillery on the eastern front.

Accompanying them where a chunk of the British navy who ended up fighting me right outside my main naval base in Kiel. Meaning I had all the advantages of being able to send fresh units into the battle and retreating damaged ones, while they kept on fighting with the same units.
Needless to say they where soundly beaten.
The Russian Baltic navy in the meantime hung around outside St Petersburg (or Petrograd, as the city had been renamed to by then) since they had lost control of their capital and every other province with a port in the Baltic region, unable to refuel, rearm or repair - just waiting to die.

So that's´s some of my experiences with this game.

Now some historical facts:

Nothing where more important to regimes and the military doctrine of the day then ORDER. Everything had to be done in an orderly and traditional fashion. As things "always" had been - so should they always remain, was the conservative thinking of the time.
There was absolutely NO acceptance for risk taking or gambling in either war or politics. (A side note here is that we today of course see the outbreak of war over the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand as completely irrational risk taking, but that is not how is was viewed at the time).

No country should advance at the cost of loosing their own defensive frontline. Defense is the most important thing - not attack. Troops should build thick defensive lines before they even think about attacking.

No country should (in peace time) collapse in inner turmoil as Russia did in my last game. Nothing was more important for the old regimes holding the power at the time then to stay in power. In peacetime they should prioritize keeping their country happy or at least content. I don't know what the Russian AI did in my game to get those levels of unrest but I have played Russian before and never had anything like that - not by a long shot.
What I do know is that the AI spent heavily on the military - money that should have gone to developing the country.
In the end I or Austria-Hungary or any other big power didn't even have to attack them for them to collapse - they did it all on their own (long before I started fanning those flames).

The British navy would never have fought an open, massive battle with the German high sees navy right outside Kiel. It's highly questionable if they ever would have entered the Baltic with any capital ships at all - it's to far away from safe bases.
And landing the main body of the British army in a Russia engulfed in a massive civil war while they send almost nothing to help defend France?
I don't know where the French army went either - maybe they where somewhere in Russia as well while I was marching down Champs-Élysées? Doesn't really matter - they where not where they should have been anyway.

So right now the AI is way to aggressive and stupid to make this a working game.

But I am nonetheless recommending it as I hope the developers will fix this.
Get it on sale as I did and don't expect it to be perfect but see the money as a way to support the developers. One day they might get it to work.
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Recommended
217.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
This is great game for military strategy and/or WW1 enthusiasts. If you are not, stay away. I mean it.

The game is very complex, and simulates the whole wolrd on by week basis. This is gigantic effort, devs took on it and made it happen, albeit it is bound to have some programming flaws and whatnot, that doesn't matter and I tell you why:

1) devs are constantly fixing and updating the game, and
2) this simulates THE WHOLE WORLD, in every bit of specific detail.

Making History: The Great War is one of the best games I have ever played, certainly the best WW1 strategy.

Go for it, dive into complexity, and lead your nation through the turbulent times of WW1.
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Recommended
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Playing The Great War really makes you feel like your in the time period. If you not intrested in ww1 but enjoy the era this game lets you choose your own path.
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Recommended
94.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Think Britain should go and invade South America? Why not, do what you want, just remember to be careful around who your allies like...
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Recommended
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
Decent game,

AI is ♥♥♥♥ing stupid

Choose Either British Empire or German Empire and crack on. Minor Nations are a challenge until you pose some form of threat with them. Then random ♥♥♥♥ers turn up and take your minor nation from you. ALL YOU CAN DO IS SAD FACE.

I will figure out how to take out the russians with Canada I SWEAR!

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Not Recommended
168.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Good game, but it freezes every single turn. It is really annoying.
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Recommended
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Making History: The Great War is a much better game then the other making history series. It is fun for World War 1 fans and has interesting methods for production of resources. It is fun but the problem I am having is that the AI is too easy to beat. There are no difficulty settings for the AI at the moment so you really cannot draw out a long game. Playing Germany, I had taken over France within some 12 turns unlike how World War 1 was a large stalemate taking years. I do recommend this game but the developers need to add AI difficulty settings.
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