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Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron Game

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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
Release date
Martin Ivanov
Paradox Interactive
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • 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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Last Modified: Sep 17, 2019

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Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron Game reviews and comments

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Microsoft from French
I had bought this game on GG, but took it on sale on steam for reasons of convenience, which explains the low apparent playing time. One could call it the best improvements for hearts of iron 2, all set in a standalone. Everything has been revised and improved: refuelling, diplomacy, brigades... while making it more immersive, yet without any additional difficulty. One, therefore, has a definitive product, always in fact updated by its creators, which can only be compared to its less fortunate rival, arsenal of democracy. Less fortunate in the sense that darkest hour still manages to attract the community of modeurs, who have developed (and still develop) dozens of projects. More than 12 years after its release, do you know many games that mobilize an active community? Well, that's proof you're holding a nugget. And, indeed, this HOI2 supervitamin is one, and can safely be mistaken to be considered the best of the whole series. Not the most beautiful, it's true, but the best for a Wargamer and a history lover. Recommend without any reservation or limitation, unless you fear the sleepless nights ^^
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Darkest Hour is, in my Opinion, the Best Game in the Hearts of Iron franchise. Similar to all other HoI parts, you first have to invest a lot of Time in the Game to find out the different Possibilities in the game and a lot more Time to master them in order to be able to Avoid any Danger or any scenario. To be prepared. Nation of Nation plays fundamentally differently, due to different Preconditions such as Industrial Strength, Allies, Basic Military Strength and Modernization,... And so on. It is a lot of Fun to play the different Nations and to reenact history in the first And second world war respectively, or to reinvent it. What if? -Is the right Question here, because anything is possible, provided the Player plans his Actions very precisely and equips himself according to his Plan against the Enemies he will set himself. Is there a bitter Naval War with the German Reich for the supremacy of the North Sea? Or do you set up a small Army of Skydivers to capture England from the Air? Can the German Reich in The West of Europe be granted as a Soviet and would you rather take care of securing its own Share of the Asian Continent in the War between China and Japan? Or do you, as an American, take a seemingly unthinkable course and become An ally of the Axis powers? Whatever you want to do, whatever History you want to write,.. The Game leaves you open to all Possibilities to act the way you want. From me, a definitive Buy recommendation, for Lovers of great Strategy, who hours after Hours want their Country to tune in to their political and belligerent Strategy. Finally, I would like to say that the Game is still receiving new Updates and beta patches today, even though the Game was released back in 2011. You rarely find better Community support.
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