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 (154 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

Helpful customer reviews
29 of 33 people (88%) 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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16 of 17 people (94%) 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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32 of 48 people (67%) 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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14 of 18 people (78%) 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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9 of 11 people (82%) 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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26 of 43 people (60%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
27.6 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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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
The best game i got for .99 cents
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
107.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
It's confusing at first. But it becomes amazing.
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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
9/10 Multiplayer is the best, my friend and I played and after world war 2 we took over the world as US and UK
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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Great Game 10/10
with playing this game, i can make new history. hahaha
worth it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Played game as Brazil. Took over South America. Everyone declared war against us. 10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
36.5 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
70.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Amazing game!
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
4.1 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
82.0 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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42 of 43 people (98%) found this review helpful
261.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
MH: TCatS is one of the better WWII strategy games available on Steam.

The game offers a nice balance of the need to balance Trade and Economy and Military Expansion. It is not as in depth as concurrence games like Hearts of Iron, but this makes the game very Casual friendly without losing its charme for core players like me.

You can play as a nation of the given scenario time, by standard between 1936 and 1944 (so around World War II obviously). That obviously includes nations like the Soviet Union, the USA and Nazi Germany, but also stuff like Liberia, Bhutan and Guatemala. Great variety of nations. The weaker a nation is, the harder it gets for the player. (You can also set the difficulty out of 7 different difficulties to make enemy AIs more aggressive and well thinking in battle and allied AIs more cowardly and bad thinking in battle.)

One of the big upsides of the game is the real in depth Map Editor, that lets you change special properties of the map like the size of army and the exact position of cities, but also basic properties like which region belongs to which nation and creating new cities, resources, nations etc. The only thing negative is that the Editor targets towards more casual players. Changing flags and emblems of nation, as well as the relation and the behavior of AIs is only able to be changed by going into Editor .xml files and changing the codes. It lets you create stuff like WWI or Modern World or completely fantastic scenarios, but you cannot change the Planet itself sadly. Id love to play in the world of Dungeons & Dragons, WarCraft, etc., but sadly it is not given.

The BIGGEST upside is the Multiplayer of the game. It is really fun, but first off is the community pretty small, so bring some friends to play MP. Also, you mostly need a LAN device to find the servers, Id recommend playing on a LAN party or using Hamachi or better Tunngle (better networks, server and better stabilized).


Over all a pretty great game, even though the expansion to the Gold version, as well as the also pretty good second part of the franchise, is missing on Steam.

I would give it a 82 out of 100. 90 out of 100 if you are the real Multiplayer guy.
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Very fun UNTIL you run out of coal during the war, at which point NO ONE wants to sell any and unless you have a 2 billion dollar coushon your economy is going to tank, this was playing as mexico anyway, basically I've found that there is a lot of skipping to the next turn because you have to skew your build more towards economy than military or research, as far as the actual combat goes, eh not TOO exciting but it'll give you a kick the first few times, however Civ V has better looking combat but less realistic strategy so it's a horse a piece, also if you play as mexico... DO NOT ATTACK THE SMALL PEEPS. IDC HOW TEMPTING IT LOOKS DO NOT. YOU WILL RUIN THE REST OF THE GAME FOR YOURSELF.

Solid 7/ 10
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