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  • Summary: Developed by a team of experienced modders from the Paradox forum, Darkest Hour is a stand-alone Hearts of Iron II game featuring a mixture of short and in-depth campaigns set across the darkest chapters of the 20th century, from the outbreak of the Great War up to 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, along with a dynamic diplomatic system that will allow the player to have a real impact on the course of history. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 13, 2011
    Darkest Hour is not just a spin off, it is the real heird of Hearts of Iron 2. A believable and dramatic walk trough the most epic and dramatic moments of the 19th century.
  2. Apr 28, 2011
    The only drawback of Darkest Hour is that it has only two starting points – 1914 and 1936. If you are completely new to the Hearts of Iron series, this is game you need.
  3. Apr 6, 2011
    Darkest hour is a finely-crafted strategy, standalone expansion for Hearts of Iron that offers, among other things, a brand new and improved map. Also, for the very first time in the series, it covers the events of the First World War. At 10 euros/dollars Darkest Hour is a great bargain.
  4. May 20, 2011
    Beginners will be overwhelmed by numbers, facts and statistics, on the contrary professionals can romp with lots of new strategic possibilities.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 8, 2011
    I really enjoyed this game. However, the patch delivery issues with Steam is quite annoying. Anyway, a great expansion and balancing effort for HOI2 series. In addition, I would appreciate more timelines (scenarios) rather than just two - 1914 and 1936... Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2012
    A game of the highest quality. Builds on the fantastic foundation laid by Hearts of Iron II and runs with it adding more depth and gameplay. Well worth it. Expand
  3. Apr 9, 2011
    I'm somewhat disappointed that the game does not span from WWI to the Cold War, but the small WWI scenario is fun never-the-less. The enhancements over Hearts of Iron II are, on the most part, pretty good, and it's all for a cheap price (only $10). Amazing deal.
    The new graphics are great, as well as the vast increase in the number of provinces, allowing for greater strategy in assaults, as well as fixing the problems of not being able to assault certain regions due to being landlocked.
    Still, there are some questionable implementations. The AI rarely makes a push, especially in the WWI scenario. A country, even as a hardcore Fascist, can only have war declared upon them if they have 1 Belligerence. The AI still does not properly conduct amphibious assaults, so the U.S.A. is not an overarching power in Europe. The Ottoman Empire in the WWI scenario is VASTLY underrepresented and does not ever fight in Africa, and is usually knocked out in a few weeks. Production times on all items are greatly increased, and even more so during peace times. Armistices are automatically set in place, so it's impossible to fully annex France if you are doing well.
    All in all, it feels like an expansion to Hearts of Iron II, and that is fitting for it's $10 price tag. If they managed to make a game arching from WWI through the Cold War, this would definitely be a better game. However, being that it's a game made by fans, I'm not one to complain.
  4. Nov 22, 2012
    An enjoyable game for those interested in altering history and conquering lands. A significant improvement over Hearts of Iron II, Darkest Hour is a good addition to the series. Questionable AI along with other gameplay mechanics, such as the belligerence system, diplomatic relations and combat may serve to bring down the level of enjoyment. Expand
  5. oso
    Feb 17, 2013
    This Game is bugged to death like every other Paradox Game, it doesnt even run properly on multiplayer. You have to be a computer scientist to get it running via IP and even then it has major desync problems. Absolutely not worth 10€. Expand