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 (381 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
26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
264.2 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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35 of 48 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
237.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
You can nuke detroit

10/10
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
222.6 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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
139.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
For me, this is the best Hearts of Iron experience. I enjoy playing with Darkest Hour Light mod which adds more options to the orginal gameplay, but doesn't change it too much. I would recommend buying this over the original, since this inclued also the orginal game (as you have option to play without mods) and the easy to use launcher lets you select higher resolutions for modern systems (instead of the old 1024x768 fullscreen).

Word of warning to Win8 users though. You need to play around with settings-file and play in windowed mode, because the full screen mode is not working properly (poor fps and sometimes mouse cursor missing).
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
67.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
mom get out of my room i'm trying to invade poland
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
98.7 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Get it cheap and enjoy (I got it for 2 dollars and have seen it that price several times since). It is well balanced and the AI is more fun than regular HoI2 Armaggeddon. I enjoy it as a few of the AI nations develop their own nukes and seem to make smart naval invasions that force me to preemptively defend coastlines.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
424.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Even outdated this is one the bestestestestest games ever if you don't mind sitting around idle pondering and organizing.The base game has campaigns in WW1 and WW2 where you can lead any country on earth pretty much,even like Tannu Tuva(based tannu tuva)or Nepal.Unfortunately by default the interwar period is not interesting,there is a mod called the grand campaign which supposedly fixes it but I've never really got it to work properly which is a shame.Which gets me to the real greatness of this game:the modding community!!There are so many great mods that will allow you to play in all these different time frames and scenarios with the same polish and fun of the base game pretty much.There are mods that improve the base campaign(total realism,world in flames,mod33,etc)mods that are set in other time periods(modern day scenario,new world order 2(cold war),even napoleonic wars)and mods that COMPLETELY CHANGE THE TIMELINE into a ahistorical one which are my favourites like Kaiserreich(germany wins ww1)abd even a mod that let's you play in the wastelands of the fallout universe!!The only problem is the game is really showing it's age and doesn't work great on new OSs and the engine doesn't allow for much more to be done with it than it already has,so we are just left to hope hearts of iron 4 improves on boring overcomplicated soulless hearts of iron 3,which doesn't involve you into the experience of leading a ♥♥♥♥ing war one single bit in my opinion.
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17 of 30 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
YOU GET TO BE A NAZI
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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
302.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
If you are into military strategy games, this is for you. You can play as one of the major powers or one of the minor nations.

I do have a couple of gripes - the game seems to crash on occasion (so be sure to set the autosave feature to monthly)
Also, the AI seems more interested in grabbing territory rather than strategy. It will often send units to capture territories, even it it means them being cut of and eliminated with ease.

Overall 8/10 - Will be conqured again.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
102.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
This is the best WWII game i played ever...and i playing many WWII games...It is good even now, noone made something like this, where is global strategy of ruling country created with such detalized techs, weapons, managment, diplomacy and espionage...and it all works!!! and works great! Thanks a lot for happy hours that I spent with that game...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
It's Hearts of iron, with more ANSCHLUSS 10/ANSCHLUSS
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
196.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
It's basicly Hearts of Iron II, but cheaper.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
94.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
A great game in vanilla, even better with mods.
This game is not as micromanagemant insane like HOI3 But still has some which I like, the learning curve is not too steep and you can have tons of fun with this game with mods, my favorite is Kaiserreich.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
560.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
The base game is good, but I could easily justify twice the purchase price just to play the Kaiserreich mod.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,627.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
The Kaiserreich mod for this game is worth at least 700 hours of your time, so there's that...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Very good game! this game likes a time machine!

But!!! this game much has error in Windows 7


So if you have Windows 7 then You tink consider buy this game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
217.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Don't let my playtime fool you I have played over 1500 hours of Darkest Hour mostly offline. This is legitimately the best game I have ever played and is ridiculously fun as even now when I get bored of a mod I can just find a new and exciting one.
Fun 10/10
Replayability 10/10
Music 10/10
UI 8/10
Graphics 8/10
Overall 9.2/10
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91 of 91 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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