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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 ofThe 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: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  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. Sep 3, 2014
    85
    The game is a moving, stylish experience. [Aug 2014]
  3. Jun 27, 2014
    82
    Valiant Hearts is an emotion-driven and beautifully presented game that deals with World War 1. It combines action-adventure gameplay with great storytelling and imparts knowledge of the historical background. Although the gameplay itself and the puzzles are simple and some action sequences are annoying, Valiant Heart is a clear recommendation for players above 12 years with even the slightest interest in history.
  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: 54 out of 64
  2. Negative: 4 out of 64
  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
    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. Feb 20, 2015
    10
    Although set in WWI, VH:TGW is not about going guns blazing on enemies. Rather, it's a personal story of Emile and his family and friends.Although set in WWI, VH:TGW is not about going guns blazing on enemies. Rather, it's a personal story of Emile and his family and friends. Mostly through Emile's prospective, you will witness loss, love, friendship, and tragedy of the WWI. Although not as emotional as To the moon or Telltale's Walking dead, this game will make you speechless by the end of the game. Expand
  3. 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 showsanother 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
  4. Jun 28, 2014
    9
    I has been waiting for this game after seeing a mag preview a few months back. I then read the reviews on here and went for it. I had read howI has been waiting for this game after seeing a mag preview a few months back. I then read the reviews on here and went for it. I had read how the WW1 story is carried with compassion, grace and tragedy and that the game mechanics are good but not great.

    I wasn't prepared for how moving the story would be. It hits you in the first few minutes and just when you start to relax a but, a new chapter throws in more horror to remind you.

    Sounds cliche but it's doing a great job of bringing remberence to the play station generation and that can only be a good thing IMO

    The game mechanics are easy to use, simple but rewarding puzzles but ultimately quite similar as you progress. Being halfway through I'm hoping for something new as I get further.

    The characters become quite personal to you and you really want the best for them ( I love the old French guy and the dog).

    The graphics style works well. It has a good balance of showing some quite horrific scenes but being a cartoon style it doesn't become disturbing.

    It's the first game in a long while that I'm struggling to put down. I really want to see how the story progresses.

    A future classic in my opinion.
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  5. Jun 29, 2014
    9
    What a wonderful game! Developers spent a lot of soul and blood on this game. Oh, the tragedy! Controls are as simple as expected, the puzzlesWhat a wonderful game! Developers spent a lot of soul and blood on this game. Oh, the tragedy! Controls are as simple as expected, the puzzles aren't really hard (but still entertaining), the graphics are drawn/ animated pretty well. Nothing more to say, it's an interactive comic novel- but a very nice one. Expand
  6. Jan 19, 2015
    8
    I can't help but feel that a game like this should have been a little darker to give a deeper feeling as to what war really is. Its cartoonI can't help but feel that a game like this should have been a little darker to give a deeper feeling as to what war really is. Its cartoon appearance, though spot on beautiful, make serious situations feel empty. If the story werent so good and the history and facts so interesting i may have been only held on to by this game like a bad signal. In and out, because the gameplay isnt much of a roller-coaster.
    Sure, Valient Hearts has its moments. Being in the trenches and speeding away in a car but the game is mostly derived of simple puzzles that usually require getting an item to a certain spot, which can feel repetitive quite often.
    If the visuals had more graphic detail i know this story would have had a bigger impact on me. Im still moved by the ending but i cant cry over something i never felt truly scared of. Its taken a bit too light-hearted maybe.
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  7. Jun 29, 2014
    0
    Another mediocre game brought to you by Ubisoft. It is just like Child of Light, which is advertised as a special genre, but just ends upAnother mediocre game brought to you by Ubisoft. It is just like Child of Light, which is advertised as a special genre, but just ends up boring, repetitive and bring nothing new to the table. After the epic failure of Watch Dog, you can now understand games with nothing special are kept on published by the same company again and again, just for one simple purpose. Expand

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