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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Zhongguo
( 84.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
>80 hours into the game and I learned you could liberate nations
>liberated yugoslavia DPRK and albania from fascist rule
>tito hoxha stalin and kim now rule the world
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Comrade Vasili
( 260.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
*recommend of listen, comrade* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnPkmozi7Zc

Buying of this game, blin. Take glorious Soviet Republics to victory against fascist horde. Take all West for glory of Slav. Taking France and hammer and sickle of tower. Lead striped sailors across channel to invade the false tea drinkers. Command sloped armour on the Chinese land. Bring land to communist brothers. Take white house and make red!

Paint map in Soviet colour, tovarish!

*be of pro tip, start in 1937 and pull army back behind Dnieper. Build many fortification with strong slavic hand. Stack many brave army on this line. Build nothing but army and some t-34. Only t-34. Putting of 20 division on Finland border. When time come, walk in and take of true Russia land. When fascist horde invade, simply stand at river and laugh as invasion fail within two month.

Begin to push through nazi line. You will find of easy after while. Build many close support and of tactical bomber. Watch as t-34 armies win all battles. Mop up with slavic battalion. After one year you see you have all East Europe. You free Yugoslav brothers in south.

Congratulation, blin. You win. Thank of me later, Commissar Vasili think it no trouble.*
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Adamovsky
( 182.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
The best game ever, my favorite of all Hearts of Iron universum games!
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Barteque
( 288.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
The most powerful WWII grandstrategy in 2D



Buy it and try KaiserReich mod — the best alternative history mod in HoI franshise
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SVK PETO
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Product received for free
too old (maybe it was GG before)
try Hearts of Iron IV+ instead

-very long loading times
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Space Potato
( 446.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Says I've played 446 hours but probably played at least 800. 60% of which was playing the Kaiserreich Mod.

10/10 would World Revolution again.
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Jallurun
( 136.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
This game is very good, it's simple to get into and you can get tons of mods with it. Even better when you're playing with friends. It's smooth and easy to control your nation, albeit a bit tedious when you have to deploy a lot of divisions and split armies and stuff. But If you're into strategy and WW2 history I'd recommend this, :)
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Sillyflower
( 188.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
I have every HOI game apart from HOI4 which doesn't really appeal, but this is my favourite
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Knife
( 44.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
A very good hearts of iron game i thnk it is the best one.
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Adsa
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
If you played hoi2 you will agree it's 100000000X better
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
84.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
>80 hours into the game and I learned you could liberate nations
>liberated yugoslavia DPRK and albania from fascist rule
>tito hoxha stalin and kim now rule the world
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
260.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
*recommend of listen, comrade* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnPkmozi7Zc

Buying of this game, blin. Take glorious Soviet Republics to victory against fascist horde. Take all West for glory of Slav. Taking France and hammer and sickle of tower. Lead striped sailors across channel to invade the false tea drinkers. Command sloped armour on the Chinese land. Bring land to communist brothers. Take white house and make red!

Paint map in Soviet colour, tovarish!

*be of pro tip, start in 1937 and pull army back behind Dnieper. Build many fortification with strong slavic hand. Stack many brave army on this line. Build nothing but army and some t-34. Only t-34. Putting of 20 division on Finland border. When time come, walk in and take of true Russia land. When fascist horde invade, simply stand at river and laugh as invasion fail within two month.

Begin to push through nazi line. You will find of easy after while. Build many close support and of tactical bomber. Watch as t-34 armies win all battles. Mop up with slavic battalion. After one year you see you have all East Europe. You free Yugoslav brothers in south.

Congratulation, blin. You win. Thank of me later, Commissar Vasili think it no trouble.*
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
A very good hearts of iron game i thnk it is the best one.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
446.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Says I've played 446 hours but probably played at least 800. 60% of which was playing the Kaiserreich Mod.

10/10 would World Revolution again.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
288.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
The most powerful WWII grandstrategy in 2D



Buy it and try KaiserReich mod — the best alternative history mod in HoI franshise
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
I have 37 ♥♥♥♥ing hours and still have no idea how to play this game, ♥♥♥♥ my life.
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136 of 138 people (99%) found this review helpful
50 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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189 of 211 people (90%) found this review helpful
130 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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96 of 98 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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185 of 224 people (83%) found this review helpful
255 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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