World war II PC games are tremendously taking the world with its destructiveness and its immensity fascinating many game lovers. There are various people out here that have always wanted to be playing the war in ways they want but they couldn’t do it in real life but with these games, their dreams have been fulfilled. One of the most famous and popular war game that has captured the attention of many is the Heart of Iron (HOI) series and it has received great support and it has been a success in the market. As a result, many Modders’ and developers’ attentions have been directed to this series and various expansions and modifications have been made that range from campaigns in world war I to hypothetical scenarios. The greatest modification that has been made is the Darkest Hour a modification of Armageddon.


Darkest Hour is a game that has been built by an experienced team of modders from the paradox forum. For war game lovers, the Heart of Iron has fascinated many of them but the Darkest Hour game is an independent Heart of Iron game. The game features a mixture of in-depth and short campaigns that can be seen in the 20th century darkest hour chapters.  The game plays from the outbreak of the world war until the cold war onset. Darkest Hour has introduced an artificial intelligence that is new and that has the capacity to simultaneously react to 100 various situations. A dynamic diplomatic system has been implemented to allow the player to have an impact that is real in history’s course.

For those players that are familiar with Heart of Iron 2 series, the navigation through the game and the menu appear to be familiar. Although there are some additional features that have been added to the Darkest Hour game, this has not made it change as much.  A similar feature to HOI2 is the tutorial which is incredible. Although it seems to be dragged over the Heart of Iron 2, players that are used to playing the HOI2 do not seem to be having any difficult. In order to meet the need of this game and to make players familiar with the newly added features, a slight transformation of the tutorial has been done.

During the release of Dark Hour, it came with 2 campaigns that are the 1914 campaign: the great war and the 1936 campaign: the road to another war and this seems to be the greatest asset of this game as there are few games with such kind of strategy simulation of world war.  Other scenarios have been added and this includes;

  • The 1933 Day of Decision,
  • The 1940 Burning Europe,
  • The 1941 Awakening the Giant and
  • The 1942 Enemy at the Gate.

With the addition of the 1933 scenario, the preparation time for the world war II is given an extension of 3 years and this offers great freedom in terms of production strategic and technological pathways.  This also offers players the ability to choose if they want to begin the construction of a naval fleet new surface or they start with Kriegsmarine U-boats. With Darkest Hour players are given the ability to control a nation’s technologies, military, economic, intelligence and diplomat ices aspects.

Modification of Darkest Hour

Contrary to other modes, the Darkest Hour is not free as others are and this is what makes it unique. Although this can be contested, Darkest Hour is an expansion and hence making it be at per with Iron Cross. There are two modifications in Darkest Hour game as seen below.

  • Darkest Hour Lite: This is just a slight modification of Armageddon. Although this modification is not compatible with Heart of Iron 2 series and other expansions, all the other features have been enabled.
  • Darkest Hour Full: In this modification, a further step has been taken and new features in additional to the older features have been added and it has also made modifications on some files.  Just like the Darkest Hour Lite modification, this mode is also not compatible with HOI2 and other expansions.


The key features of this game are as follows:

  • The grand and short campaigns offer players the 20th century darkest hour experience from the advent of the world war to the cold war onset.
  • Players have a great influence on how the events will take place through the dynamic diplomatic system.
  • As a way of providing tactical opportunities and strategies, a new map is given.
  • Darkest Hour also provides artificial intelligence that has the capacity to react to hundreds of situations simultaneously.


  • Mouse with a scroll wheel, keyboard and internet for multiplayer
  • OS: Windows 98/ ME / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7
  • Memory: 128 MB Ram
  • Video Card: 4 MB DirectX-compatible
  • Processor: Pentium III 800 MH
  • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB hard disk space
  • Sound: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
  • DirectX: DirectX 9.0 or higher

The Darkest Hour has been a great addition to the famous Heart of Iron series PC game. Being an expansion of the HOI2 it has great options, features and scenarios. For the lovers of Heart of Iron series that is worth it and you should not miss out on it.