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 (90 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
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
For starters, I'd recommend this game to any history buffs. Not the greatest graphics but definitely not the worst. Good storyline though. Really really short gameplay
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
8/10
I recommend this game highly. It is a great game for those interested in an FPS that goes to different points in history.
Well, if you have an older Nvidia graphics card anyway. Running a GTX 970 the Physx features of this game wouldnt work, even with legacy drivers installed (fog, leaves, weapon smoke and other particles) - without these the game just isnt as good IMO. Therefore, i had to play on an old 9600GT to get PhysX working. Worse; It wouldnt run on my Radeon card at all.
EDIT: Tested on Windows 10 Tech Preview 64bit. Its not the OS that's causing the issue for some people. You just need an older GPU

Technical problems aside, the actual game:
PROS:
- Fantastic idea - Travelling back to various periods including WW1 and the Civil war. These arent exactly common in other games and it was a refreshing change, and on the whole they did it well. They actually explain the time tavel part of it too, and the plot involves 2 opposing groups fighting to either preserve or change history.
- Good levels - who doesnt want to form up in rank against the confederates at Antietam, or break out of a WW2 concentration camp?
- Reload animation minigame - get it right and it speeds up the reload, get it wrong and it jams and takes longer. Great mechanic.
- Weapon upgrade system
- Fairly good voice acting, and chatter from other sodiers on the battlefield
- Slight choice to pick the mission you want to do next
- Feeling like a badass when you are wrecking Romans and Confederates with future weaponry

CONS:
- Maps arent as open as they appear, invisible walls and linear design
- occassionally getting stuck to surfaces
- A few turret sections that are only ok
- you can bypass the necessity for reloading by switching to secondary and using it, by the time you go back to your primary weapon it has reloaded itself. This takes away from the feel of the game, especially in the civil war with muskets that should take a while to reload.
- The ending leaves the game open a bit for a sequel thats likely never coming.

In conclusion though, the negatives don't outweigh the positives for me and I think if you have an older nvidia card this game is definitely worth a shot. If you can get it working with PhysX the graphics hold up surprisingly well, and the game has a great concept and its a hell of a lot of fun.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.8 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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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Actually, if the game doesn't have technical problems, I would've recommend it. But since the developer has abandoned the game, I will never recommend this game for Windows 8 users or AMD graphic cards owners. You will only get black screen with audio, and no possible solution to fix this problem on the internet nor the developers.
If you are not in that condition, you should buy this game. I really love the time travel idea. No modern FPS games has ever thought about this and Darkest of Days is the only game where you'll get to experience warfare from different eras.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
This is actually OK, despite the really short campaign and the clunky animations. It runs well on my ♥♥♥♥♥♥ computer, and that surprised me. So, like I said, the campaign was short. Yes, it is only between 6-8 hours, but it's one of those campaigns where you keep playing it until you can beat the entire game on the hardest difficulty with no trouble at all. It's indeed good, but animations are clunky, the story was a bit generic, and there was SO much potential thrown out the window, and there is no multiplayer. So, overall, this game is a 6/10 in my book, meaning it's good to play for a while, but you will eventually stop playing it. It wasn't worth the 20 bucks I payed for it, but more like 10 bucks.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
A really good game one of the best I've played.Downsides are,not the best ending to a game and not the best graphics.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Quality: 6/10
Quantity: 6/10
Fun: 8.5/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Never played a game where it puts you in the past like this one does
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
This game is really good, Dexter's humor is fricking awesome, I enjoyed! xD. And the swearing in this game was pretty cool as well. This game made me smile several times, especially when Dexter said something ;D. Gameplay is nice but the field of view was average, not the best one but weapons and shooting were nice.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
I liked it. Goofy running animations and all. Was a blast. If your bored and looking for a quick game to play because your steam wallet is screaming at you buy something as you stare through your library and realize you just want something else to do today. I recommend it. Played it and beat it on xbox 360 originally. Atleast now on PC I have a level select option after beating the game, and some ability to take future weaponry into any level I play after completion is well...rewarding. GIANT SANDBOX BATTLES.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Good but veeeeeerrryyy short
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Very cool game , but very short :C
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
It's an ok game. Not brilliant, but a bit of fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Well worth the money. Graphics are very good and the storyline is good.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Gets the black screen upon starting a level that is noted in the forums. Using an R9 270...lots of places say that it is a conflict with Physx, but there is no way to disable Physx in the game. I wouldn't buy this game as there is no support and you have no way to tell if it will run or not.
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48 of 51 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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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 9, 2014
Intresting premise and intresting gameplay. Nice to play a game that isnt a bland modern shooty thing and actually has period correct weapons. Recomended, but only if you are willing to look past flaws in the graphics and A.I. A flawed but still enjoyable gem, in my humble opinion.
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
I really,really,really,really loved it. The ending was a bit empty so could you guys please make a sequal.PLEEAASE!!!
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37 of 54 people (69%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
This is the best game I have ever played. I mean look at this ♥♥♥♥, you get to kill Nazi's WITH A ♥♥♥♥ING FUTURE BAZOOKA. What other game can you do that. Just play the demo trust me it is the best. At one point you get this flamethrower and you JUST BURN ROMAN SOLDIERS SUCK IT OBAMA HAHAHAHAHAH. BEST GAME EVER. GAME OF THE YEAR 1940-2146.
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