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 (560 reviews) - 93% of the 560 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 8, 2011

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September 20, 2015

Final version of Patch 1.04 now available

IMPORTANT: Savegames of patch 1.03 are not compatible with patch 1.04. Savegames of patch 1.04 beta are partially compatible with patch 1.04 (a new game start is always recommended).
IMPORTANT: As a general rule (with few exceptions) mods for patch 1.03 do NOT work with patch 1.04. Mods for patch 1.04RC1 need only a simple update to work with patch 1.04 and are mostly compatible.

Patch 1.04 is now finally ready to be officially published!

Very short list of changes (compared to patch 1.04 beta):
- many ministers and cabinet fixes, for every scenario (thanks to our contributors for their help);
- removed fixed event picture height on styles 1 and 2 to allow pictures of any height to be used on events;
- removed fixed event header height on style 2 to allow headers of any height to be used on events;
- added retreat arrow to counters to be used instead of moving arrow for retreating units;
- suppressed repair of buildings and resources in provinces with active land combats;
- many fixes and improvements to Japanese Northern Strike path in 1933 scenario;
- corrected effects of SOV event "Great Patriotic War" (no more free units on normal difficulty);
- corrected effects of FRA event "What colonies for Free France?";
- improved event "Vlassov defects";
- various fixed and improvements to England Surrenders events and Japanese surrender events;
- fixed many flags, counters and icons;
- a few fixed to units and technology tree;
- a few fixes to bugs and glitches in the map;

This is just a short list, read the complete changelog and everything else about this patch at the Paradox forum.

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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
42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
533.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2015
Defeated Germany as Poland in a pre-emptive attack before WW2, allied with Russia, declared war on Japan before breaking the alliance and invading Russia with their army occupied in Korea. I was past Moscow by the time their troops returned.

10/10 would Poland again!
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68 of 100 people (68%) found this review helpful
87 people found this review funny
2,259.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2015
It's okay, I guess.
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
50.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
This mod turned Hearts of Iron Standalone expansion is what every HOI2 player ever dreamed of; a bridge between WW1 and WW2 while adding more research options, more events, more units and a hell of a lot more replayability. A prime example of a mod that deserved to be paid for. Essentially, if you're a Hearts of Iron fan, you need to play Darkest Hour.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
52.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2015
Took italy, annexed switzerland, germany declared me war and i was like "i'm so dead".
then they sent 20 troopships without escort to taranto's gulf and half their army sinked.
Joined the allies and right now i'm almost done annexing germany.
future plans: ally with the urss and conquer the rest of europe, ally with the USA and conquer asia, then declare war to usa and pincer attack them from both europe and asia.
And so italy owns the world.
yay fascism.

9/11 would buy again.
don't if you dislike long (very long) term strategy planning.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
302.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2015
It is truly a massive improvement of HOI2! Must get!
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