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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J-Stain
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
Like grand strategy games? If so this is a must have, if not stay away.
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TheAltoonaWiseman
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
This game hates windows 10.
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Flharfh
548.6 hrs
Posted: August 19
Remember Hearts of Iron II? To me, it was far superior than HOI3 (haven't played HOI4). Darkest Hour is a fan made expansion that is the ultimate HOI2 experience. Darkest Hour is a grand strategy world war II experience where you play from 1933 through the end of the war as nearly every nation. There is also a good world war I scenario.

Each major nation (USSR, Germany, UK, France, USA, Japan, etc) has events and decisions that will allow you to follow a historical path, or make alternate history choices. Units are on the division/air wing level, with individual ships being modeled (small ships like destroyers and submarines are grouped into flottillas) you have full control over the technological research and unit production of your nation. You can build whatever units you want in endless combination. Want to invade the UK with a huge army of paratroopers? You can do it. Want to crush the Russians with strategic bombing? Worth a try.

The game also has an extensive modding scene, from alternate history (Kaiserreich - what would happen had Germany won WW1) to increased difficulty (World in Flames mod) to historical realism / flavor (Total Realism Project).

I have hundreds of hours in game and it is still one of my go-tos if I get the grand strategy craving. Great value for $10.
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๖ۣۜRichard
69.5 hrs
Posted: August 18
I cannot recommend a game that i cannot play. Running windows 10 64 bit operating system. The game worked a few days until I had to update my video drivers. Now whenever I launce this game it crashes shortly after the intro. I have tried every online source but nothing fixes this.
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adogisawesome
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 16
Just like the original game, it has an absolutely horrible tutorial.
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Caffie
492.1 hrs
Posted: August 14
Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron Game, or DH, is a grand strategy wargame that is based on Paradox Interactive's Europa engine is the best game I have ever played in my life. The immortal and great community with active modding part makes this game infinitively fascinating and fun, as well makes this as endless experience with one of the most detailed and made by love game available on steam store.

I strongly recommend and I will play this till Victoria 3 will be released.
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Chompjig
17.5 hrs
Posted: August 8
Don't mind the playtime, I've played a lot more of this game before I bought it through steam.
Take the Hearts of Iron series and streamline mechanics and interface and you essentially have
Darkest Hour. Due to this it has less complex features, especially in the political system and in
international relations. But from it still having the spirit of the games, it is still quite fun.
If you are looking for a deep war game, this might not be it, but mods like Kaiserreich and NWO2
make it tons more enjoyable.
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Gato
414.7 hrs
Posted: August 8
I have dedicated 400 hours of my life to this game and I have loved every hour of it. Great game for strategists and it educates you on World War II, the Great War, and the Cold War. The tech tree is really cool and if you play after World War II ends you have the opportunity to research supersonic aircraft, ICBMs, Air Cavalry, etc. Darkest Hour is much better than current HOI games because of its complexity. If a HOI game is simple then it is not good enough. This game provides an in depth experience. Although the game is complex and therefore requires hours of gameplay before you get any good, it is still the best strategy game on steam hands down. This is grand strategy at its finest!
10/10
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GDBM
2.5 hrs
Posted: August 5
Too many bugs =(
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tassie tiger
61.5 hrs
Posted: July 31
A great game, pretty difficult to understand though, but once you learn how to play it can provide hours of fun. I would recommend to play the kaisserreich mod, I had a great time playing it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
414.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
I have dedicated 400 hours of my life to this game and I have loved every hour of it. Great game for strategists and it educates you on World War II, the Great War, and the Cold War. The tech tree is really cool and if you play after World War II ends you have the opportunity to research supersonic aircraft, ICBMs, Air Cavalry, etc. Darkest Hour is much better than current HOI games because of its complexity. If a HOI game is simple then it is not good enough. This game provides an in depth experience. Although the game is complex and therefore requires hours of gameplay before you get any good, it is still the best strategy game on steam hands down. This is grand strategy at its finest!
10/10
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Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Don't mind the playtime, I've played a lot more of this game before I bought it through steam.
Take the Hearts of Iron series and streamline mechanics and interface and you essentially have
Darkest Hour. Due to this it has less complex features, especially in the political system and in
international relations. But from it still having the spirit of the games, it is still quite fun.
If you are looking for a deep war game, this might not be it, but mods like Kaiserreich and NWO2
make it tons more enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
548.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Remember Hearts of Iron II? To me, it was far superior than HOI3 (haven't played HOI4). Darkest Hour is a fan made expansion that is the ultimate HOI2 experience. Darkest Hour is a grand strategy world war II experience where you play from 1933 through the end of the war as nearly every nation. There is also a good world war I scenario.

Each major nation (USSR, Germany, UK, France, USA, Japan, etc) has events and decisions that will allow you to follow a historical path, or make alternate history choices. Units are on the division/air wing level, with individual ships being modeled (small ships like destroyers and submarines are grouped into flottillas) you have full control over the technological research and unit production of your nation. You can build whatever units you want in endless combination. Want to invade the UK with a huge army of paratroopers? You can do it. Want to crush the Russians with strategic bombing? Worth a try.

The game also has an extensive modding scene, from alternate history (Kaiserreich - what would happen had Germany won WW1) to increased difficulty (World in Flames mod) to historical realism / flavor (Total Realism Project).

I have hundreds of hours in game and it is still one of my go-tos if I get the grand strategy craving. Great value for $10.
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141 of 143 people (99%) found this review helpful
56 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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192 of 214 people (90%) found this review helpful
133 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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97 of 99 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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190 of 231 people (82%) found this review helpful
261 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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81 of 87 people (93%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
215.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2015
I was playing as the Nazi Germans, and was in the fight of my life against the soviet union, playing on Hard. My Army Group South's advance was stalling out, and I couldn't break the Soviet Defenses around Leningrad. Army Group north was closing in on moscow, but the feirce winter had my troops stuck in their tracks. Hoping to avoid Hitler's folly, I had build up winter equipment for my men prior to the invasion, but however these extra insulated uniforms and felt boots haven't done much to increase my chances of sucess. After just losing a key battle on my way towards Moscow I decided to pan down to North Africa. Here I had blitzed through the British Lines with my Italian allies, however it was becoming more apparent that we were going to be surrounded at the suez cannal. However I just had to hold the province long enough for my fleet of troop transports to go through the cannal and escape the mediteranian sea, where they would then drop reinforcements off in Somalia to bolster the failing Italian defensive lines. Then It happened. Out of no where the English navy blindly stubles into my fleet of unarmed troop transports and they sink every single one of them. Eight Divisons, a total of 104,000 Soldiers died at sea because of my blunder! I then saved my game and decided to pick it back up later. After just getting off the game, It hit me that I've been playing this amazing game for so long, and never publically voiced my opinion about it, so I decided I'd give this game and the developers, the credit it deserves.

I have to say this is by hard my favorite grand strategy games of all time. The gameplay allows for endless possibilities such as alternate historical events and outcomes. The events triggered in the game catter to shaping a world that you desire. The game also has a plethora of many great Mods for it, such as "The Grand Campaign" which bridges the World War 1 Sencario with the World War II scenario, allowing you to start in the year 1914 and end in 1991. I've spent about 212 Hours playing this game on steam, however I've easily spent another 400 playing this game on Multiplayer via Game Ranger, which at the moment is the only way to play this game with your Friends, however it does not launch the game through steam. Not only will you being scultpting the world, but you also learn a great deal about history and geopraghy at the same time. This ultra realistic diplomacy, political, and war simulator will, Darkest Hour a Hearts of Iron game, will always hold a special place in my heart, and I do not think Hearts of Iron IV will even be able to top Darkest Hour.


My Favorite Strategy Game ever! Totally worth the buy! If you have it and are discouraged, don't give up, once you learn how to play this game you can have so so so much endless fun with it!
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67 of 68 people (99%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1,140.5 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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60 of 64 people (94%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,627.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2015
I pretty much chose my undergraduate college majors based on my interest in this game, it's so good. Also, at least half of my 1600+ hours in this game was spent with the mod Kaiserreich, which is based on the idea that the Germans won World War I, so check out the mods, there are a number of well-developed ones out there.
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