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.
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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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45 of 49 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
275.2 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.
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45 of 52 people (87%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
383.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2015
When I first bought the game for 75 cents, I didn't think this was a strategy type of game. Traditionally with World War II games, I picked Germany as who I want to play as. Instead of being evil, I hightened my reputation with neighboring countries, gave aid to countries in need, and was just being plain friendly. Then I realized that in order to make best friends with other countries, I needed their same goverment. Since I was trying to be buddies with France, I decided to go for Democracy. The only way I could think of changing my goverment was to declare war on them and immediately ask for peace by changing goverment fourm.

This was a DISASTER. France chose to decline in a millisecond. Instead of the Nazis blitzkrieging the French, the French blitzkrieged ME. After losing, I was libberated into a COMMUNIST country from the USSR who recently took Poland due to greed. I fell out of my chair laughing now since I had the support of the communists from the East, and the Italians from the South. France fell in 3 turns after I was liberated. Eventually I grew strong enough to fight back the Soviets all the way to Leningrad just like real World War 2, until they demolished me with aircraft.

The Americans were coming from the West while this happened. I had an amazing defence on the boarder of Germany and France, and when the Allies saw this, the United States of America declared war on the Allies. I was crying by this point. America has ruined the plan for all the Allies to defeat Nazi Germany, and I retook annexed France under my wing.

While Americans were fighting British men in Normany (where the American men were suppose to fight the Nazis), I was marching into Moscow with my swastika flag. Eventually I took over Italy, and the rest of my European allies.

I must say; America avoided the Cold war by reenacting the Revolutionary war of 1775-1783 in 1945. 10/10 will play as America next time to create World War III = The United States of America against The United Kingdom against The USSR.
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53 of 67 people (79%) found this review helpful
111 people found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
After i managed to get Croatia it's independence i decided to randomly start war against it, because i got bored after i gave entire Russia and Europe to it.(Yes, Croatia had control over Russia and Europe, Croatia stronk)

So, Croatia firstly made an alliance with Brazil, because there is no more random country when it comes to war against Croatia and Germany. The allied with Poland, i was amused.

Then Croatia formed the "Fascist state of Albania". I died laughing.

This game has nothing to do with WWII. Here you do whatever the hell you want.

Croatia stronk, hail Fascist Albania 10/10
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47 of 59 people (80%) found this review helpful
87 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
Started with D-Day
Everything went to plan
Then Canada Requests supplies
I say no
Canada Declare war on me
UK Join the fight with Canada
Germans use the chance to wipe out Canada and Commonwealth forces
Germans wipe out everyone
10/10 would declare war on Canada again
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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2014
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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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
260.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2015
Due to me putting 130+ hours into the game, I feel like I have a right to review it.

Compared to other games such as Europa Universalis or any other Grand Strategy game, The Calm & the Storm is pretty simplistic when it comes to gameplay. Diplomacy is simple and combat is relatively easy to learn.

One thing I will mention though, is that the world market is your best friend. if you play as anyone but the U.S USSR or Germany (I'm not sure about the U.K or China) then you will become dependent to the world market. Surprisingly, the same goes to self-sufficient countries if you want to keep a fairly steady income.

That's all I'm going to mention about the game because if you download custom scenarios (which I HIGHLY recommend) then the gameplay, research, resource consumption, world market, etc will change depending on the scenario.

For an example, I downloaded a scenario that let me played as the Holy Roman Empire in 1936, I fought the Nazis, conquered Europe, and fought the USSR and the U.K as a pro-Fascist SuperPower. Yes, Hitler was beaten by Julius Caesar.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to get into Grand Strategy games. This is a good place to start with it's cheap price and its simple gameplay mechanics.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2015
I would most certainly hope you would buy this game during the sale, or even when it's not on sale(it's a quite small price).


*GREAT learning experience, easy to get into, very user friendly.
*Easy moving system, nice controls.
*Easy economy system.
*Easy region control and production control.
*Not all full of reports and pop up's about battles and the economy like in Hearts of Iron III or similar games.
*Cheap and fun.
*Never really gets boring. Has different campaign starts incase you don't want to spend a lot of time playing.
- First campaign starts from 1936 and is mostly economic based up until 1939 when the war starts and then ends in 1945. It also involves a lot about the Spanish Civil War and lets you ask, or change/repeat history, whether Republican Spain would win or if Nationalist Spain wins and whether Nationalist Spain joins the Axis beyond political support or if Republican Spain joins the Allies, or vice versa.
- Second campaign starts shortly before the war, in 1938, showing the rise of Germany and their moves in Czechoslovakia and the Rhineland. Ends in 1945.
- Third campaign starts at the brink of the war, 1939, with the invasion of Poland and sorrounding countries. Ends in 1945.
- Fourth campaign starts in 1941 with the entry of America into the war after Pearl Harbor. Ends in 1945. Also involves the invasion of the Soviet Union(Eastern Front). Ends in 1945. Also has the battle in Africa.
- Last campaign starts in 1944 and involves the invasion of France by the hands America, Britian and Canada(Operation Overlord/D-Day). Also involves the final stages of the Pacific War and the end of the war. Ends in 1945.
*Has other historically correct events(unless you are the country that would've caused that event, in that case it is your choice if you follow history), such as the civil war in China with Communist China and Nationalist China, economic problems in America, Japan's crazy expansion, etc.
*Easy way to make your own scenarios.
*Lets you do what you always wondered and see what happens. Play as Germany and avoid a war with the Soviet's and see if you can conquer all of non-Soviet Europe. See what happens as Japan if you had not declared war on America. See what happens if, as the Soviet's, you make a move against Germany first. SEE WHAT HAPPENS!
*Area that was formally Allied is given back to the former country when conquered by an Allied army. Ie. Normandy is given back to France after America wins the battle in Normandy.
*Countries are never defeated until the whole alliance is destroyed.
*Turn based instead of real time(might be a con for some, but it makes it easier for planning purposes and reviewing mistakes quickly.)
*Almost no lag.
*Great mod support/custom scenario sharing support.

*Area that is occupied is given to the country that fought first, not the country that contributed to the battle the most.
*Hard to recover from major losses in an area.
*No way to have production to reinforce in areas that you conquered back for a country you are Allied. Ie. America can't build stuff in a French factory in a region that they conquered for France.

A very fun game!

8/10 for strategy.
9/10 for fun.
10/10 for length.
7/10 for occupation system/conquering system.

Overall: 8.5/10
Five star+ game!
Great game
Decent game
Buy on a sale
Not that bad
Pretty bad
Horrible, do not buy!
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2014
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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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
When I first got the game for $1.24 on sale, I was shocked at how good the game actually is.

For starters, the in game tutorial is relatively good. It teaches the core and advanced concepts of the game, without being too confusing or too long.

You can play as any nation in the world, and lead your nation towards world domination, without being forced to play the game historically. The AI also doesn't completely act historical either. In one game, the UK declared war on Russia, when Russia invaded Poland.

The game doesn't end at a specific time, while it does say that it has a set amount of max turns, you can continue on and play indefinitely.

The map is easy to navigate, the economy of the game is easy to understand, there are overview windows that display everything your cities and mines are producing so you don’t have to hunt them down individually, and there is an easy to understand tech tree that even my nephew could operate efficiently. In fact, I often play this game with my young nephew and he is able to fully comprehend and play the game (which is a true testament as to how easy to understand the basic concepts are and the controls of the game are.)

However, the game is not that easy to win. The AI will take full advantage of its navy, air force, and land armies to efficiently defend themselves, flank your armies, invade your homeland when you lest expect it, and even nuke you if you're not too careful.

Another plus, is that the multiplayer in this game doesn’t have lag or syncing issues.

The game also runs well on older computers as well, I got it to run rather well on an old 2003 XP laptop of mine.

The game also comes with an scenario editor which is easy to use and adds lots of replay value.

In essence, this game is somewhat similar to the Hearts of Iron games, except that it’s more simplistic and turn-based.

In all, I would highly recommend this game to anyone seeking a sandbox turn-based WW2 strategy game. The game's low price is also a nice plus. However, if you are looking for an extremely in depth realistic game of WW2, I would suggest looking elsewhere.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
953.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 5, 2014
Awesome game if you like fighting in the WW2 era. Its not overly complicated, yet its very competitive for you and your friends. Definately my current favorite strategy game of all time. If you like Risk and/or Axis and Allies you would like this. Always looking for more people who enjoy the game to play with.
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19.8 hrs
Posted: October 23
Perfect for those who want to mess up with History (Like DESTROYING THE NAZI ) cue the *Evil Laugh*
This game requires :

know's a great strategy (especially when crossing the carribean sea. Damn Those American Navy!)
know's how to manage the money (Really, because there is a penalty if you have a loan in the World Bank) XD
How To Handle A Country (because you have to upgrade the cities to gain more IPU, to produce more product)



(Hail Hydra!)

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25.8 hrs
Posted: October 22
good game, but starting to age
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54.3 hrs
Posted: October 19
cool geme
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2.8 hrs
Posted: October 16
Just never invade Russia
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136.3 hrs
Posted: September 25
Awesome game but after awhile for me (a couple of days) without playing it, it says I have to reinstall it...
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93.0 hrs
Posted: September 24
This game is one of best best games I ever played. I know that i will put more hours into other stuff but i have not found a single flaw with this game. In a nutshell you play as a country in the WWII era. Do you want to invade Mexico as America right when you start the game? Go ahead, want to invade Germany as Poland? Be my guest.
I r8 this 8/8 m8
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Dunk it like Michael
23.6 hrs
Posted: September 16
This game is a good option when you are too dumb to play Hearts of Iron IV. It´s a nice strategy game.

10/10 would conquer my allies (with USA) again
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 12
Invalid Licence Key error :/...over and over again. Have no idea what this game is like since I've never been able to launch it. £3.99 DOWN THE DRAIN...
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✪ Cujo ✪ (Vortex)
8.5 hrs
Posted: September 11
This game gets a 9.2/10 from me.

This story explains my progress so far.

This review will be based off my progress around the entire year of 1939.

The small country of Romania was a peaceful place which was surrounded by multiple smaller countries apart from Poland, Yugoslavia, and the USSR.

Italy then declares war on Greece, giving Romania a good chance to expand south and establish some love between Italy & Romania.

Romania joins the Italian Alliance to help defeat Greece, but Bulgaria won't agree to a Military Access pact.

Romania annexs Bulgaria.

Germany likes what they see.

Germany joins the Italian Alliance against Greece.

Romania pushes further south into Greece.

Romania recieves unexpected air support from Germany and Italy.

Romania captures mainland Greece.

Romania begins building naval transports.

Germany is declaring war on smaller countries like Denmark up north.

Romania begins to worry that the British alliance might not like that.

Romania begins to worry about the relationship towards the USSR.

USSR invades Finland.

British Alliance decides that is too far and declares war on USSR.

Romania must decide if the Italian alliance will join the USSR against the British Alliance or the British Alliance against the USSR.

Romania still waits for naval transports.

Romania realizes that Turkey is tasty.

Romania begins thinking of Turkey.

Turkey begins to cry.

Romania merges most of its military might along with our one and only destroyer which is a sad excuse for Romanian navy along the border of Turkey.

Romanian naval transports still being built.

Mexican standoff between Communist China - China - Japan.

Romania decides to invite Japan to Italian alliance.

Japan joins Italian alliance.

Italian alliance is now hostile towards Chinese alliance.

All of these events led up to this:
Bulgaria is ded (Press G for respecks)
Greece has some islands left & joins Chinese alliance. (Oh nu)
Chinese alliance is formed including Communist China, China, and Greece. (Much wow)
British alliance pokes USSR with stick. (Wonder how that'll go)
Finland is having giant naval battle with USSR. (No way could they fight my one destroyer . . . I cri)
United States is building death fleet. (GG)

All in all, an amazing stage is set between the Chinese Alliance + Greece, the British alliance, the USSR, and the Italian Alliance.

Oh and Turkey is still crying.

This game is very lovely, the only thing that would top my interest would be more intimate combat systems & an achievement system. A more simple type of Hearts of Iron, and a bit faster than HoI.

Much love & very much worth the five dollars.
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77.4 hrs
Posted: September 10
i didn't really think this game was this amazing when it only cost me 0.59€.

i do recommend this to people who are interested in history and strategy games!
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