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 (210 reviews)
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
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Darkest Hour is definitely a better HoI game than HoI3, despite its age. There's no unnecessarily complex OoB system that you'd need to graduate West Point to master, there aren't a billion shapeless provinces in sparsely populated areas, and although the map and UI are pretty dated they're comfy to use. In contrast to the dryness of HoI3 which has maybe half a dozen decisions solely for the purpose of railroading the AI into doing what it's supposed to do, DH has plenty of dynamic event chains, and it feels like you're really impacting the world. DH also has more of a sandboxy feel to it, with different outcomes every game, but in HoI3 once you've played each of the 3 factions you've more or less experienced it all. Then there's the timespan, with a grand campaign in DH potentially lasting from 1914-1964, 50 years, compared to 1936-1948, or 12 years, in HoI3. And last, but definitely not least, DH is tremendously easier to mod than HoI3, and so has a very active and skilled modding community. Which brings me to my last point:

Kaiserreich: Legacy of the Weltkrieg. The amount of detail put into this alternate-history mod for Darkest Hour is pretty stunning, and is definitely a justification all on its own for buying the game. If you have even a slight interest in alt-history, you'd be doing yourself a huge favor by picking this up and installing KR.

The base game is easily a 9/10, but Kaiserreich bumps that up to a 10/10.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Fantastic game. Great variety of countries, units, tactics and an endless amount of historical posibilities. A great grand strategy game, plenty of replayability.
Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.5 hrs on record
Tout simplement le meilleur jeu auquel j'ai joué...
Un gameplay énorme avec des tonnes d'events plus ou moins historiques, une gestion au niveau stratégique/opérationnel compète et surtout la possibilité de faire gagner l'Axe pendant la seconde guerre mondiale font de ce jeu la référence des jeux de stratégie!
Posted: October 21
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1 of 17 people (6%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
From what i hear dumbed down from hearts of iron 3, and not particularly fun.
Posted: October 2
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41.2 hrs on record
Worth mentioning is the ability to play the included Doomsday, Armageddon, and Abyss mods by turning off the Darkest Hour mod using the game's launcher. That's a whole lot of historical and ahistorical content.
Posted: October 18
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2.1 hrs on record
10 bucks for a game that crash contustanly chrashes when i try to play online...........(my pc is above the recomend for playing the game btw) for the rest it is a good game.
Posted: October 13
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140.0 hrs on record
great hard core strategy game... it has best features of its predecessors
Posted: October 2
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73.9 hrs on record
10/10. Would play again.
Posted: October 2
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128.0 hrs on record
Up among the very best strategy games i have ever played, and will buy the new without a doubt but only thing negativ about this gam eis it's graphics but hopefully the new game will do better in that aspect :)
Posted: October 24
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84 of 84 people (100%) found this review helpful
72.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 1
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
386.0 hrs on record
Darkest Hour is one of my favourite games, hands down. but why? I think I will list them in bullet points to make it simple
-Compared to HOI III it is much less complex and much, much easier to follow
-Graphically compared to HOI II it is a massive improvement. However, I also think that compared to HOI III it looks much better, but thats just my opinion, you should look at screenshots if graphics are important to you

-I find the game to be Historically accurate, with interesting scenarios that can happen, caused by the player or sometimes not caused by the player at all.

-The WWI senario also has an interesting amount of choices which no matter who you're playing as will have an interesting affect to the game as a whole, and are plausible

-The WW2 scenario is pretty good though I always want to think of alternate events that can happen etc. etc. and there are certainly some missed oppertunities, but nothing major.

-Mods, firstly the AAR mod, which gives the player an extended timeline from 1914 until 1964

-Mod33 a French mod that gives new nations, new events, new units, new desicions, it is a very good mod, however the event text is in French, so it is also a way to practice your French

-Modern Day scenario, a very good mod, as it says you get a modern day scenario, with all new techs, all new Units, and a load of new events, not to mention all new leaders,

-And Finally Kaisrreich, firstly no 2 Kaiserreich games are the same, they always turn out different, in one the USA becomes Syndicalist (no communists), in another the Qing Empire re-unite China, in another game you might see an independent Siberia, chanes are you will see many of these in a single game, you might also see none

-Kaiserreich is an extremely interesting scenario, the Central Powers win WW1 and you believe that scenario, in fact it is done so well, to the point where I remember someone on the forums saying "I don't play Kaiserreich that often, but when I do, I forget real History"
Posted: July 9
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
131.9 hrs on record
It's basically an improved Hearts of Iron II, extended timeline, you can activate events at will, and the research tree seems far better.

TLDR: It's a fun grand strategy at the top most level for every country in the second world war, from 1933 to 1964 (if I remember correctly)
Posted: June 10
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
269.5 hrs on record
From landing on Normandy to get a foothold in France or Invading the United States to force them to surrender, this game has plenty of replayability. Take over the world in the name of Sweden or give the U.K. a taste of Liberty and Justice as the United States. I do recommend this.
Posted: May 3
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
291.0 hrs on record
This is THE BEST GAME EVER.
Firstly, even excluding mods it covers:
- WWI
- WWII, including a two pre-war startdates
- Beginings of Cold War/post WWII restructuring of the world stage.

Second, the features are awesome. You can trade and claim land, determine your government type, install puppet nations, preform espionage, and found alliances.
It has a boat-load of events and decisions, too. And they are not deterministic, the game is not a complete sandbox, but it has several alternative paths, nations, and events for several senarios.

Best of all, its entirely moddable, and has some amazing mods. It has mods to improve each senario and even a killer mod to add in Cold War Senarios and events.

And the best thing? Its still being worked on~
Posted: September 17
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
97.4 hrs on record
The pinnacle of World War era grand strategy games with scenarios spanning approximately 1914-1960. An astounding amount of depth and possibilities will keep the game fresh for many, many hours of gameplay.

If you are determined enough, anything could happen; but what will the consequences be?

Low price with lots of content. 10/10.
Posted: August 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
I have no idea what I am doing.
Posted: September 22
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
64.3 hrs on record
Imperialism simulator 2011.
Posted: July 31
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
982.9 hrs on record
This game puts you into the years of world war 1 or world war 2. you command your armys to defeat your enamys with easy and efficienty. you can be historic but there is no option to make the AI to be historic as well. one time as I was playing the Soviet union (playable faction), I was getting pushed back by the germans. but it took 5 years for the AI to get to historical borders in millitary lagistic lines. If you want to be historic, play as the enamy faction Germany. you can play as any nation in the game. tech tree is basic. decient game.
Posted: May 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Best version of Hearts of Iron II. Allows you to play the Great War, World War 2, and the Cold War.

Mod support is still strong and helps provide a fun experience which can last forever.
Posted: September 22
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
It actually not that dark so don't be scared to get this game
Posted: July 6
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