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  • Summary: 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 Great War, 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. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Jun 24, 2014
    100
    It sends you digging into the trenches of World War 1, but knows that leaving you to wallow in the mud and blood forever does not grant it emotional maturity. For every dour moment in Valiant Hearts, for every uphill struggle, there is a moment of warmth, of return, and reunion between old friends.
  2. Jun 24, 2014
    85
    I’ve never been much of a history buff, but maybe I would be if more games like Valiant Hearts: The Great War existed. Between the artistic backdrops and the soldierly tasks you commit, both right and wrong, Ubisoft Montpellier retells the events of World War I in amazing detail. Yet, the story is always about the people on the frontlines and what they endured, not the politics.
  3. Aug 27, 2014
    81
    Touching, exciting and all-round beautiful adventure somewhat tarred by its monotonous gameplay and the ludicrous image of the Big Bad Enemy. And it is almost a perfect way to explain the concept of war to your kids.
  4. Jun 24, 2014
    80
    A visually beautiful game that deftly moves between moments of joy and moments of tragedy, and ultimately doesn't shy away from the fact that "great" is just about the last thing any war should be called.
  5. Jul 1, 2014
    80
    Valiant Hearts isn't perfect...but it's still pretty great. It may not be completely tear-jerking, but it's still touching. The story may not be one I'll remember in detail decades from now, but it's still strong. The message may occasionally get lost in the gameplay, but it still rings true in the end.
  6. Jun 27, 2014
    80
    Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a superbly titled game. It is a valiant effort at a sincere depiction of war by developers whose hearts were clearly in the right place, telling a gripping story that is still respectful of its source.
  7. Jun 24, 2014
    65
    Visually stunning but mechanically lacklustre, Valiant Hearts gets in the way of its own storytelling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 44
  2. Negative: 4 out of 44
  1. Jun 26, 2014
    10
    Saw the trailer, bought the game, and I'm delighted with it.
    Graphic is top of the line. I can't remember when I was last time so amazed by
    2D. It really fits the setting, mixing and changing of colors depending of situation is stunning. Sound effects, while not overwhelming, are done at right times, and done right way.
    Gameplay is also very good, this is a casual game with not too difficult puzzles and arcade sections. Just right. It reminds me a bit of "lost vikings", and I loved that game. Hours of fun on day one :).
    And with a price of 15 euros (live in Serbia) for top product, on day one!!!??? It's a steal :).
    Overall, I'm one (very) happy camper with this buy. Pure 10
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  2. Jun 27, 2014
    10
    another masterpiece the engine Ubi-Art is cool everything looks like an art. optimization you can even run it on a laptop buy it . game shows war with humor, with sadness,stylish the music is beautiful and also graphics 10/10 Expand
  3. Jun 26, 2014
    10
    I sat down today and played it all the way through. I couldn't stop. It was very fun gameplay and the story hooked me in. It really immersed you into the whole WW1 atmosphere, from the gas to soldiers. Top notch game. A single tear rolled down my check at the ending. 11/10 Expand
  4. Jun 29, 2014
    9
    This game is excelent,great story and art , its not hard to beat game but you play it as a journey,9/ its not perfect but its pretty good, and 15 dolars is the rigth price. Expand
  5. Jul 13, 2014
    9
    This is the great game to tell the life and suffering of the ww1 peoples with beautifully crafted animation,level design and puzzles,and ubisoft never stops giving peoples historical knowledge this game offers so much knowledge such as the Battle of the Marne or the Battle of the Somme and emotionally strong game Expand
  6. Jun 26, 2014
    8
    Very emotional game with good storytelling, a great artistic game. The graphics matches nicely with the 2D sidescrolling-puzzle world. I didn't feel that repetitiveness as others; the puzzles are mostly logical and the game is generally forgiving.

    However, it has two of those "don't make any mistake" type achievements that require you to restart the whole mission; one involving avoiding obstackles while driving a car, the other is making perfect quick time events via keypresses. This latter made me curse a lot and I still don't have it. At very first, I managed to get to 75% and had to start over. I spent the next 2 hours trying and failing between 10-40% progress; very annoying. At one time, even if I pressed the correct key at the right time, the game didn't register it and had to quit.

    I run into few technical issues: coudn't change the full-screen resolution and in the tutorial, I threw the grenade too early and the game simply didn't let me continue.
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  7. Aug 1, 2014
    0
    Valiant Hearts is an example of a growing trend in the video games industry to create vile, offensive exploitation games that make light of tragic historical events in order to cash in on the average brainless consumer who would have not the slightest inkling of respect for the brave men who fought to protect our glorious country, to give our youth a chance to live on and experience the world, but frankly if they had known what disgusting degenerate filth would populate the couldn't generation I imagine they would simply not have bothered.

    However where as the likes of Call of Duty and Battlefield choose to **** and glorify graphic violence in a way that only appeals to the neanderthals that would shoot one another in the head than make a tight drift in Sonic Unleashed, at least they still portray history in a somewhat dark fashion. But Valiant Hearts is a new low, Ubisoft have gone above and beyond the call of duty if you'll pardon my British wit, and have chosen to make a CHILDREN'S GAME about the single most tragic event in human history! They have decided that simply turning the deaths of the beautiful patriots who once served this proud country into a multiplayer deathmatch was not enough, now we're expected to LAUGH at it, to ridicule and revel in the light hearted fun time adventures of a game that frankly looks like a bad Scribblenauts rip off.

    I'm not opposed to comedy set in the era make no mistake, after all the finest example of British humour to ever grace our television sets was indeed a comedy set in the time period, you may have heard of it, a little show called BLACKADDER. And if the hack writers at Ubisoft had even the slightest bit of tact perhaps they too might have taken a page out of the book of a series in fact known to be an example of how one can respectfully portray history whilst making it entertaining to an audience, but no, instead we get a game that could pass as a children's cartoon.

    The sheer disrespect of Ubisoft in the handling of such sensitive subject material offends me in a way no other game besides Sonic Boom has. I can safely say I will not be supporting anymore endeavours by Ubisoft and will be better giving my money to developers who deserve it like Nintendo and Square Enix.
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