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This is the story of crossed destinies and a broken love in a world torn apart. All of them will try to survive the horror of the trenches following their faithful canine companion. 

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This is the story of crossed destinies and a broken love in a world torn apart. All of them will try to survive the horror of the trenches following their faithful canine companion. In Valiant Hearts, the lives of all these characters are inextricably drawn together over the course of the game. Friendship, love, sacrifice and tragedy befall each one as they help each other to retain their humanity against the horrors of war.


Key Features

  • An animated comic book adventure

From the green forests of the French countryside, to dank trenches and snowy fields, go back through history in this emotional adventure game delivered with a unique tone and art style.

  • A mix of exploration, action and puzzles

Move into action and help your heroes survive the Great War by solving puzzles or sneaking through enemy lines… live a touching and comical adventure.

  • Follow the stories of these Valiant Hearts...

Lost in the middle of the trenches, play each of these characters and help a young German soldier find his love!

  • … And their faithful canine companion

With the help of your trusty companion’s canine sense of smell, send him through barbed-wire obstacles and shell holes to solve puzzles or avoid enemies… Rely on him: this dog will be your best friend!

  • Relive the Great War

This fictitious story takes you back to famous WW1 locations, like Reims or Montfaucon, revisiting historical battles on the Western Front, such as the Battle of the Marne or the Battle of the Somme!

  • Powered by UbiArt Framework

Valiant Hearts makes the most of the UbiArt Framework and its motto “Bringing Art to Life”. This powerful engine provides the ability to transfer creative concepts and bring them to life in video games.

  • A team of senior artists at Ubisoft Montpellier

Small is beautiful: a small but highly talented team, including the Audio and Art Directors of games such as Beyond Good & Evil and Peter Jackson’s King Kong, and key level designers on Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends.

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Publisher:
Ubisoft
Developer:
Ubisoft Montpellier
Genres:
Puzzle
Source:
Ubisoft
Released:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Modes:
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Headset:
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  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8 (both 32/64bit versions)
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Pentium IV @ 3.0 GHz or AMD Athlon64 3000 + @ 1.8 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB or more for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • VIDEO CARD: NVidia GeForce 6800GT or AMD Radeon X1950 Pro (256MB VRAM with Shader Model 3.0 or higher)
  • DIRECT X®: DirectX June 2010 Redistributable
  • DVD-ROM DRIVE: 4x DVD-ROM
  • SOUND CARD: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
  • HARD DISK: 2 GB free hard disk space
  • PERIPHERALS: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse required, optional Microsoft XBOX360 controller or compatible
  • SUPPORTED VIDEO CARDS AT TIME OF RELEASE: NVidia GeForce 6800GT or AMD Radeon X1950 Pro (256MB VRAM with Shader Model 3.0 or higher)

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World War I getting some attention

There are not so many world war one oriented games and I celebrate having one on this matter. World War II was more important, yes, but the first one settled the concepts for modern war, so, learning about this via videogames is always good news. Valiant Hearts is like an adventure game featuring some puzzles and an unique gamestyle. Actually, I can't chose a genre for it. You will move through levels advancing a story-driven game with some collectibles to be picked up, but there are not many gameplay related mechanics. Story is good, but I wasn't into it as much as I was for other games. Valiant Hearts is an emotive experience, but I had the feeling that the game tries desperately to make you cry or something, and that doesn't work, like never. A good game though, even thought I was expecting a little more from it.

82
A bright journey to the the first Great War

We all have played games based on the Great Wars, action shooters or strategies, they all succeed based on the destructive face of the war. Valiant Hearts: The Great War is different. It makes you feel the tragedy of the War without using any violence in its pallet of emotions.The developer of this one is Ubisoft Montpellier. The game narrates the story of the first Great War through the lives of 4 characters as they see them changed hard. It is a 2D puzzle adventure that it also includes quick time events and a little shooting and all of these, structured on a powerful artstyle and a touching narration.The game is built in a comic style with vivid imagery that you cannot stop admiring. The music is intense and makes the game an emotional vessel for the player to feel the tragedies of a war.As you progress through the story ,the game gives you information on some historical facts that took place through the Great War. It shows you the vanity and cruelty of war and highlights the power of friendship and the bonds that can be crafted.It provides 5-6 hours of gameplay. This one is a must have for everyone who love videogames

90
A stunning game!

World War 1 games are rare. Those with a compelling and touching story are even rarer. 'Valiant Hearts: The Great War' is a 2D puzzle adventure game developed by Ubisoft Montpellier. Set in France during WWI it tells the story of four characters (and a dog) which include a French, a German, an American, and a Belgian Nurse and how the war affects their lives, dependencies they build and friendships that are made along the way. From a gameplay point of view, Valiant Hearts is less of a game and more of an interactive animated movie/comic. Gameplay mechanics are restricted to solving a few easy puzzles in the form of tossing objects, pulling levers, issuing orders and executing QTE sequences. There are absolutely no hair-pulling moments or frustrating puzzles which is a positive because, in games belonging to the same genre, narrative often gets buried underneath tough gameplay and extremely difficult riddles. Art is one of the two areas (music being the other one) where this game truly shines. The art-style is, simply put, phenomenal. The story events are set in France and the areas include trenches, underground tunnels, field hospitals, prisoner of war camps, towns and farms. Coming to the he soundtrack, it was brilliant! Easily the best in-game music I've listened to in some time. Really captures the mood and reminded me of war-themed movies like Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. The game touches the themes of war including conscription, desertions and mutiny. The characters are very close to life and it's easy to empathize with their condition. The story is touching and, suffice to say, I almost shed a tear when it ended. Not to mention it was fun and very informative reading the diary and historical facts related to WWI that were included in-game. Valiant Hearts: The Great War is the best six bucks I've ever spent. Who says Ubisoft makes rubbish games?

95
Valiant Hearts- A special game

Valiant Hearts is a beautifully written story set in one of the darkest times in history. Ubisoft have made great use of the art style to portray the horrors of war, a refreshing take over the typical blood and guts approach. Although a puzzle based game, it is clear these are just for player interaction and the main heart is placed on the story rather than game play. That said, the puzzles are interesting and never once did I feel a sense of boredom and repetition with the exception being the medic revives which began to drag out a little bit. There are numerous collectible items throughout the levels based on real war objects. They come with little snippets of information and are something you genuinely want to collect and read up on, similar to the historical facts that are presented at the start of each new area. The soundtrack is fantastic and fits perfectly with the story in a striking way, delivering some great moments. All the way through to the incredibly emotional finale, Valiant Hearts delivers an exceptional experience that will remain with me for many years to come and I strongly recommend to anyone who wants to sit down and enjoy(??) something a little different.

88
Storytelling at its best

Valiant Hearts is a 2D side scroller with a very simplistic art style. This game features a highly emotional story based of true recollections from World War 1. You experience the game through the eyes of 4 different characters. The main gameplay aspect in this game is puzzles, all of which are relatively simple. This is definitely one of the best games I have played this year, I don't want to spoil any of the story. I highly recommend you buy it now!

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