Making History® delivers the open-ended gameplay of strategy-game classics, but with compelling new economic, military, and diplomatic systems and deep research that lets you play with real historical challenges.
User reviews: Very Positive (145 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 13, 2007

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Making History® delivers the open-ended gameplay of strategy-game classics, but with compelling new economic, military, and diplomatic systems and deep research that lets you play with real historical challenges.

The game drops you into a rich WWII world where every nation has its own agenda, and where events can turn on a single alliance. Work with your nation's historic strengths and weaknesses. Build up your industry, infrastructure, economy, military. Create alliances. Then reshape your strategy as the world evolves with each turn.

  • Rich WWII world: MAKING HISTORY: The Calm & the Storm includes over 80 nations and 800+ regions. Each nation is given detailed characteristics built on extensive research, including economic and military strengths, diplomatic relations, ideology, and technical advancement. Each region features terrain, infrastructure, resource production and more.
  • You are your Nation: Jump into a world in motion where every nation is pursuing its own agenda, and where events can turn on the breaking of a single alliance. Devise strategies based on your nation's historic strengths and weaknesses' and revise your plans as the world evolves in response to your actions. Play as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the USSR, the United States, or China.
  • Multi-Turn Combat: An innovative combat system allows many approaches to engagements from massive assaults to holding actions. Supplies, reinforcements and geography all affect your battle plan.
  • More Military Options: Use unique unit abilities to blitzkrieg with armor, fight attrition battles with hordes of infantry, decimate enemy industry with strategic bombers, and bomb fleets from a distance with a carrier task force. With scientific research you can unlock more advanced military units, and every unit features a detailed 3D model.
  • Sophisticated World Economy: The game's economic system models the connections between world power and economic strength. Players control trade, aid, industrial development, infrastructure investments, and a deep field of research.
  • Powerful Alliance System: As you make and break alliances, declare war and propose peace, each action affects your relations with other nations, and their willingness to ally with you. If you lack strong allies, you may find other nations are more are more likely to attack.
  • Historic Scenarios: Six scenarios let you start at a crucial historic moment, focus on a specific event, or play the whole war. Scenarios cover the fall of France, Pearl Harbor, the D-Day invasion of Europe, the Sudeten crisis and more, and each is based on detailed research. You can work to succeed where others failed, or take a different path and see what happens.
  • Superb replayability: Each scenario drops you into a different firestorm. Each nation you play presents unique challenges. Everything evolves from your economic and military choices, the alliances you make, and the actions and reactions of the world's other nations.
  • Single and Multiplayer Turn-Based Gameplay: Innovative simultaneous-turn-based play is quick and responsive, and keeps you in control with no waiting. Play with up to eight others in multiplayer mode, using in-game chat to devise joint strategies and secret pacts. Will you be a trusted ally or a backstabbing tyrant?
  • Built for Modding: Use included Scenario Editor to modify scenarios or create your own.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows XP, 2000 or Vista Operating System, Pentium III or Athlon 1.0GHz Processor, 512 MB RAM, 850 MB available hard drive space, 32 MB Video Card, Internet connection for multiplayer

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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
made an alliance with germany vs austria and bohemia as the US
ruined my life
10/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
98.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
It's confusing at first. But it becomes amazing.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
81.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This. This is addiction. Strategy games are really fun to me. Especially when the topic is war. 10/10 Bought it on sale for $0.99
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
This is a great game, though it does get tiring clicking on so many cities once you get large enough. The difficulty curve makes sense. If you want to face resistance, go "normal". If you want a real war, go "hardest". But if you just want to have fun and conquer the world, choose "easiest" difficulty and choose Germany.

Overall, this is an enjoyable game, save for two things: the aforementioned monotonous clicking and a very, very annoying bug that makes it impossible to play the game due to an error concerning the game's apparent inability to find its own engine. When this happens, the only thing that will help is to restart Steam in Administrator mode and launch it from there. It should work then.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
The game is a valiant first attempt at a World War 2 grand strategy game, but it falls apart on a number of levels. Its diplomatic model is obtuse, and unable to actually reflect events of the period (when one person in an alliance is at war, it's all in, so you can't have Italy's late entry or Japan being part of the Axis but not at war), the combat model is reasonable enough - simple but effective - but production is a mess (it's hard to tell, but it looks like you need the same amount of consumer goods whether you're at war or not), and the UI gets pretty fiddly. On top that, the starting force set-ups are incredibly ahistorical (Germany starts with a larger army than UK and France combined, in 1936!). It's too complicated to be accessible, and too simple (and ahistorical) to draw in enthusiasts of the period.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
92.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
It's pretty spooky 8.5/10 would bang again
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Am I the only one, who's game doesn't work?
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
The "Main Map" never showed up.The tutorial was quite useless. Hate it.
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
This game could help give people a better understanding of just how fragile the eco system of war is, giving them a sense of realism that is not found in most other strategy games. Unfortunately it's that same level of realism that might make this game unplayable for other gamers.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
56.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This game isnt the best strategy game, granted, however it is about World War 2, which is real life history. You can simulate it how you want to, and might be suprised with some of the alliances formed! You can also use the Modern History Editor which allows you to change lots of areas of the game, like territory. So much fun, especially if you are winning! Its definitely worth a buy as it is cheap and fun!
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Declared war on Cuba, Went bankrupt, got annexed by Canada

15/10 would invade canada first
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
47.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
I want a refund. I recently checked the latest history books and there's still no mention of my name.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
This game quite confusing when you first start to play. You will want to build up your army and invade everyone around you. That isn't always the best idea you soon learn.

This game makes it difficult to manage your goods, arms, coal, metals, oils, and the many wars you will get into.
8/10
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23 of 40 people (58%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Invaded Switzerland and Sweden as USSR, USA and UK joined.

10/10
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
after 30min of gameplay I can affirm, I know how to hitler
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
The best game i got for .99 cents
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
I would recommend this to anyone who loves strategic war games not just based on troop numbers and shooting. This game offers a whole variety of options and paths for you to follow as a leader of your very own state you can make alliances, Non-Aggression Pacts and also trade on international markets. The time has come for you to re-write history and to lead your people and country to victory!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
180.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
so many hours played, Still play it often. Making your own scenarios is awesome, Play as sweden and give yourself a start boost, Roll over russia and join the nazi's
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
An interesting take on alternative WWII strategy and history. The only problem is that scripted events vs randomised events sometimes make no strategic, ideological or economical sense. But, hey, this one is closer to Risk than to Hearts of Iron series. Still, it is worth checking out.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
70.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Amazing game!
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