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.
User reviews: Very Positive (407 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 8, 2011

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February 1

Patch 1.04 beta now available

IMPORTANT: Savegames of patch 1.03 are not compatible with patch 1.04
IMPORTANT: As a general rule (with few exceptions) mods for patch 1.03 do NOT work with patch 1.04

After many months of work on the new patch, it's finally here!

Installation note for steam users: open your steam library, find "Darkest Hour a Heart of Iron Game" in the list of your games, then right click on it and select "Properties".
In the Properties, select the "Beta" tab and from there you can select the new 1.04 beta (remember to choose 1.04_rc1 - Darkest Hour 1.04 RC1 and not 1.02 - Darkest Hour 1.02)!
Just select it and close the properties, the update should begin immediately!

And now a very quick list of the changes, but please follow this link for the Dev Diary that we just wrote about the new patch. You can even find a complete patch log at the third post.

Very short list of changes:
- many ministers and cabinet fixes;
- new events for suicide of Hitler and choice of successor;
- new event for Germany to Repudiate the Locarno Treaties after the Remilitarization of the Rhineland;
- new Finnish and Soviet events to handle the Moscow Armistice;
- new ETA tooltip for units (just select a unit and place your mouse over a different province to see the tooltip with the Estimated Time of Arrival);
- new distance tooltips (both naval distance and air/land distance) between provinces (just select a province and place your mouse over another province to see the tooltip);
- major overhaul of weather and night attack and defense modifiers for air units;
- reviewed Organization Regain system: the new system will be fully moddable from misc.txt!
- added "Disengage from combat" checkbox to some naval missions (convoy raiding, move, sneak move, sea transport and amphibious assault): such fleets will break off naval combat ASAP without player intervention;
- on the other hand, fleets during amphibious assaults will be instantly detected by air and naval units searching the area for enemy fleets;
many improvements to combat logic, with many new modifiers exported to misc.txt;
- new complete event chain for the Finnish Civil War, with the struggle against the Finnish Socialist Workers' Republic, the Regency of the German King and the Baltic Sea Division of Rudiger von der Goltz;
- new events to let Germany handle the conquered territories post Brest-Litovsk Treaty: United Baltic Duchy, Kindgom of Lithuania, Regency Kingdom of Poland, Belarusian Democratic Republic and Ukranian State;
- new events for Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria to decide the future of Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania after winning the Great War;
- a complete overhaul of the Chinese and Japanese Theater, with dozens of new events in particular for 1933-1937, including the Long March, which will now be an event-driven mini-game where you have to lead your troops to safety (as the Communist) or trying to bleed the enemy to death (as the Nationalist);

This is just a short list, read about everything new here.

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About This Game

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
Helpful customer reviews
78 of 84 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
271.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
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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72 of 87 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
69.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
mom get out of my room i'm trying to invade poland
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42 of 54 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
223.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Started in 1933 with the AI on "furious" setting. In a year, France attacked Germany, Germany attacked USA, Soviets attacked Poland, France attacked the Soviets. 10/10 would get blitzkrieged again
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
135.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
I've always thought this game was quite good... then I got the Grand Campaign mod. I don't think I'll ever leave my house again.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
58.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
A wonderfully crafted game. It is much more flexible than HOI3, and it is less overwhelming since there aren't as many provinces. The base game has many opportunities to change history- you could do a German invasion of England (but I actually used paratroopers to get a beachfront ;) ) and set up a puppet state, or you could annex it outright. The World War I scenario is also a neat feature that the other games don't have by default. The mods for this game are wonderful, and someday I'd like to make one myself. I'm not what you'd call a master at this game, but it sure is a lot of fun!
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