Developed by a team of experienced modders from the Paradox forum, Darkest Hour is a stand-alone Hearts of Iron game. The game features a mixture of short and in-depth campaigns set across the darkest chapters of the 20th century. Play from the outbreak of the Great War up until the onset of the Cold War.
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Release Date: Apr 8, 2011

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Developed by a team of experienced modders from the Paradox forum, Darkest Hour is a stand-alone Hearts of Iron game. The game features a mixture of short and in-depth campaigns set across the darkest chapters of the 20th century. Play from the outbreak of the Great War up until the onset of the Cold War.

Darkest Hour will introduce a new artificial intelligence that is now able to react to hundreds of different situations simultaneously. It implements a dynamic diplomatic system that will allow the player to have a real impact on the course of history.

Key Features:

  • Short and grand campaigns allow players to experience the darkest hours of the 20th century, from the Great War to the onset of the Cold War
  • New map, redesigned to offer greater detail as well as strategic and tactical opportunities
  • Dynamic diplomatic system giving the player greater influence on the course of events
  • New artificial intelligence capable of reacting to hundreds of different situations

Scenarios:

Grand campaign scenarios (where it is possible to choose any of the nations involved):
  • 1914 The Great War (starting on June 27, 1914)
  • 1933 Day of Decision (starting on March 4, 1933)
  • 1936 The Road to Another War (starting on January 1, 1936)
  • 1939 Invasion of Poland (starting on September 1, 1939)
  • 1940 Burning Europe (starting on May 10, 1940)
  • 1941 Awakening the Giant (starting on June 22, 1941)
  • 1942 Enemy at the Gate (starting on November 22, 1942)
  • 1943 Allied Invasion of Sicily (starting on July 26, 1943)
  • 1944 Allied Landing in Normandy (starting on June 20, 1944)
  • 1945 Battle of the Bulge (starting on December 16, 1944)
Battle scenarios which focus on specific battles or wars and where players can choose between a small number of nations:
  • 1904 Russo-Japanese War
  • 1939 Invasion of Poland

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 98/ ME / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: Pentium III 800 MH
    • Memory: 128 MB Ram
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB hard disk space
    • Video Card: 4 MB DirectX-compatible
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0 or higher
    • Additional: Mouse with scroll wheel, keyboard and internet for multiplayer
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aki
336.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
It's worth playing this game.
Incidentally my favorite Commander is Mutaguchi. I have absolute faith in his ability.
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[SCI] ๖ۣۜColoneI Breeky
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 12
Does not work with Windows 10.
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Zack
74.4 hrs
Posted: September 11
The game doesn't run anymore. I want a refund.
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Gullster Brother gamblecsgo.com
0.6 hrs
Posted: September 4
Im a filthy silver scrub, still one
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ferrety
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 1
Could not make it run on Windows 10, forum tricks made it worse.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Like grand strategy games? If so this is a must have, if not stay away.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Not as good as HOI3, but a far step from HOI2.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Game is aged but still interesting. Recommended (during sale).
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
74.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Most outstanding game of PARADOX Hearts of iron series.
you can experience ww1 and ww2 senarios with this great hoi2 based game
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
Do not buy: Does not work/unsupported.
This is a Paragon turn based strategy game set in WW2 Europe.

Unfortunately, while the game was published in 2011 and updated up until 2015, support for modern PCs was never applied - overscan/DPI issues make the game fail to render properly on monitors with higher resolution than HD.

However, as they are keen to leave their hand out for people to give them money for this on Steam, even knowing it doesn't work on modern PCs, I am forced to leave my hand out too - with a downwards thumb.
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151 of 154 people (98%) found this review helpful
65 people found this review funny
Recommended
72.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2014
In this game, you can play as FDR, the well known imperialist who conquered South and Central America in the early 1930s, and went on to pre-emptively invade Japan. His famous speech on the day of the invasion will be remembered as "No seriously, guys. I am a time traveller. Japan attacks us in late 1941. That's why I transferred the entire Army to the Marine Corps and based the entire US Navy in Guam." The Belgian Prime Minister, when questioned about his decision to build a massive line of backwards fortifications on the French border facing into his own country answered "The Germans don't actually stand much of a chance against the French and British in 1939 if the Maginot Line continues through Belgium." The Swiss Prime Minister, when asked why he devoted his country's entire GDP to Nuclear research and nuked Berlin in 1944 famously stated "♥♥♥♥ Hitler". tl;dr Alternate History is great.
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199 of 223 people (89%) found this review helpful
139 people found this review funny
Recommended
358.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 23, 2015
Annexed all of South America and Latin America as Brazil
Germany Annexed all of Europe except Italy
I waged a never ending war with the US of A in Texas and Mexico.
Nukes started flying in 1950
USA Became Communist from the Nukes
Italy launched 8 Failed Naval Invasions of the USA
I lost millions of men in Texas and Mexico
Pretty sure woman and children were also being forced into the war as soldiers.

100/10 Would wage never ending war again.
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101 of 103 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
293.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Grand Strategy,play every Nation from the USSR to Peru.Fight in WW1 ,WW2,even into the Cold War Era.
Realtime,pausable,with different Speeds.

Pros:
+++ Lots of Game Depth,Manage your Armies,Generals,Fleets,Air Wings,Ministers,Finance,Trade,Diplomacy.Hardly anything is missing.
+++ Events : historical Events trigger,you can decide if you want to follow History or create an alternate Timeline.Examples: Deny The Soviets their Share of Poland,abort the Attack on Pearl Harbor.
+ Control over internal Politics : You can play a moderate Nazi-Germany,or rekindle the Flames of british Imperialism and attempt to retake the lost american Colonies.
+ Armies and Generals gain Experience ,even develop new Perks
+ Extensive Research Tree: Hundreds of Units and Techs ,ranging from Subs,over encryption to Nukes.
+ Control over the Armies of Allies and Puppet States (If you wish)
++ Many Factors influencing Battles and Movement.
Night/daycycle ,seasonal and hourly Weather Patterns,Experience,added Special Brigades,Unit Types,Terrain,Morale,Envelopment,Supply.
Example: Warfare in Russia gets bogged down during Winter as everything is snowed in.

Cons:
- Timeconsuming , a game can last from one (Scenario) to several hundred Hours (Grand Campaign,World Conquest)



One of the best Grand Strategy Games
HOI2 +Addons and "Darkest Hour lite" are also included in this Deal.
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193 of 235 people (82%) found this review helpful
268 people found this review funny
Recommended
70.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2015
mom get out of my room i'm trying to invade poland
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73 of 74 people (99%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1,142.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2014
I am going to be honest with you.

This game has stolen many, many hours of my life. I have changed the course of History in an infinite number of ways, and have played most nations, from Germany to the USSR to Cuba to Portugal. It is the best 20th century (until 1950, anyway) grand strategy game in existence. It is far better than Hearts of Iron III.

But what is just fantastic about this game is two things: the community and the mods.

The community is one of the greatest, best bunch of history maniacs and armchair generals I have ever seen. Going to the forums is a rare and wonderful experience. And they are exceedingly nice. And they will advise you and help you. And they will discuss intricate, microscopic details of historical events with you. And you will learn. And you will like it. And you will make friends. A fantastic bunch of people.

The mods, as if the game didn't have enough content already, are incredibly fun to play, and some are incredibly detailed as well. They are not that difficult to install, and you will have a ton of fun with them. I personnally recommend Kaiserreich (Germany wins WWI) and New World Order 2 (get to play during the Cold War as well, including alternative history events for a German victory in WWII). And, of course, the community has also dedicated itself to these mods, especially Kaiserreich.

I have been playing strategy games since Civilization (the first one), and this is the best strategy game I have ever played. Period. If you like strategy games, it is a must own.
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