Have you ever wondered what could happen if time travel was a reality? Have you ever thought about the possibility of going back in time to rewrite history for the better? That possibility is a reality in Darkest of Days, where players will travel back and forth through the annals of time to relive some of mankind's most dire hours.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (108 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 2009
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Have you ever wondered what could happen if time travel was a reality? Have you ever thought about the possibility of going back in time to rewrite history for the better? That possibility is a reality in Darkest of Days, where players will travel back and forth through the annals of time to relive some of mankind's most dire hours.

By fighting through terrible events such as The Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest conflict of the Civil War, and both World War I and II, the player will attempt to save certain key individuals who were never meant to become involved in these truly monstrous events and thereby change human history for the better.

Key features

  • Brand New Engine: The dedicated team at 8monkey Labs has created an all-new, groundbreaking game engine known as Marmoset. The Marmoset engine not only breaks from the all-too present Unreal engine FPS clones flooding the market, but also allows for some amazing graphical capabilities. You'll fight through epic battles filled with literally hundreds of NPCs on the screen at the same time, all with an advanced AI and all without a hint of graphical slowdown and all set against wide-open environments that are lushly detailed and dynamically lighted.
  • Compelling Storyline: Darkest of Days is a compelling, action-packed first-person shooter to be sure, but it's not just mindless run-and-gun, blow 'em up gameplay. You'll have to not only think about how to approach certain key battles and situations, but you'll also have to take care when fighting — certain key people that were never meant to die will be marked with a special blue aura. If you kill them, you'll face dire consequences…
  • Wreak Havoc with Future Weapons in Antiquity: Something nearly every gamer that's ever played a shooter based in the past has always wanted is the ability to bring a futuristic weapon back through history and kick some major butt. How differently would Custer's last stand have turned out if the General was equipped with an M-16 assault rifle? You'll be able to answer questions like this in Darkest of Days. While not every battle and situation will allow you to wield weapons from the future, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to unleash futuristic fury on your unsuspecting foes.

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 768 MB
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon 9800 with at least 128 MB of video memory
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available
    • Sound: a working sound device

    Recommended:

    • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 2) / Vista
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz or better dual-core CPU
    • Memory: 2.0 GB
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce 8800 or newer/ATI Radeon 3000 or newer
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available
    • Sound: a working sound device
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
A time travel FPS that lets you fight Civil War battles with overpowered future weapons. Rough edges and low budget aside, it's a ton of fun.

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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
a fine game, but to short. it have a very interesting plot and very fun maps. but as i said, to short. its a shame the maker abandoned the game
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
More like Dankest of Days
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Crashes more often than a leaked alpha build of a STALKER game. Tends to put you into positions where you are nearly killed while in a cutscene, then killed as soon as the cutscene ends. AI that is beyond pathetic, yet sometimes takes over half a magazine of rifle ammunition (confirmed shots, blood splatter and everything) to kill a single enemy.
Voice quality so unprofessional you can hear the microphone clip in almost all of Dexter's lines.
Complete mess of a story, ranging from "let's bring this up then forget it 5 seconds later" to "the civil war-era guy can adapt to future tech immediately" to "guy from new york yells at a russian in english and they somehow understand each other".
You can adjust the (horrendously low, by default) FOV with "set player.fov xx" (which requires input every ♥♥♥♥ing time the game is started) , but prepare to watch your guy spontaneously grow a third arm when grenades are thrown.
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49 of 52 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
Pre-Release Review
This is an incredibly low budget time travel FPS game. If you're looking for polished setpieces, you won't find them here. But if you're looking for using cluster bombs on civil war battlefields to mess with history, this is your game. One mission (sorry for the mild spoiler here, but it'll help sell you on the game) involves you getting put in a POW camp, being broken out by a mysterious stranger... and then traveling back in time and being the mysterious strange who breaks yourself out of the POW camp. It's so absurd, but it's awesome. The part where future soldiers with automatic weapons show up at the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius is totally campy. The one rule of the game is that you can't mess with history... until the game tells you to mess with history.

If you're in the mood for something that's very clunky with a lot of heart, I think you'll enjoy making your way through the game. It's a pity that surface-level complaints about the game caused reviews to miss how enjoyable it is.
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