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.Read full description
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.
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
This game is basically a licensed modification of Hearts of Iron 2, a game from 2005. Despite its age, it is still being updated (last patch in late 2015). It is simpler than HOI3, yet challenging. It has very low system requirements and runs smoothly even on an old PC. You can start in WW1, before WW2, or during WW2. The only issue is a lack of variety after the 50's.
If you loved Arsenal of Democracy and Hearts of Iron 2, you'll love this. More provinces and the decision system is a great improvement. The map looks just beautiful. There's already plenty of mods for this game that make it even better. My only gripe is that sometimes the conditions to execute a decision are not very clear, but i can look past that.
What started as a mere mod for Hearts of Iron II game, evolved into full release of grand strategy based in The Great War times! And what is more, you can enjoy the game up to Cold War times! This title is unique, mostly because of the period it is placed in. Not WW2, but WW1. You can enjoy close battles on western front between France + BEF versus the Germany, or if you prefer, see what's happening on eastern front. You can choose to play between many countries, that were somehow involved in WW1, and you can lead them where you want. The game is played on a world map. It's a Real-Time Strategy with active pause, meaning, that you can give orders while pausing the game. If you like to play strategy games, but never played any of Paradox strategies, you should deninitely try it. It's a steep learning curve, but once you get a hang on what's going on in the game, you will enjoy it very much.
Finally it's on GMG! Good job! The game was original for the time when it came out, but there are alot of games these days who do those things better. But let's review the game when it came out. The gameplay is great, I haven't experienced any bugs. The controls are easy to learn, but sometimes a button doesn't work but this did get fixed after sometime. The music in the background is great. The game is replayable and you can play this game a thousand time and you won't find the same situation. The game is worth getting, I recommend picking it up on a sale though.
If you are a Hearts of Iron or grand strategy fan, you will love this. The game is basically a modded out version of the original, led by the Bulgarian Martin Ivanov (I am Bulgarian :D). Even if the game wasn't any good, I would buy it to support modders, and Bulgarian developers.
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