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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
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  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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  1. Positive: 52 out of 62
  2. Negative: 5 out of 62
  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. Jun 27, 2014
    10
    This game is truly a classic, the story is rich and unique and the gameplay only serves to further the story; and while there are weakerThis game is truly a classic, the story is rich and unique and the gameplay only serves to further the story; and while there are weaker moments with silly cliches like the Baron, it doesn't serve to take much away from the story. This is the only video game to ever bring me to tears, and i hope that you will have the same caliber of experience with it. 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. Mar 8, 2015
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is wonderful.

    Its a Puzzle Adventure with amazing graphics and an absolutely riveting story line. It tells the story of 4 people and a Dog. The journey you take with these people is just fantastic.

    History takes a front seat in the game as it takes you through some of the bloodiest battles in World War 1 and human history. Its Puzzles aren't hard. But it quickly makes up for it in one of the best story lines i've ever had the honor of playing through.

    Id like to take a moment to say that this game took the history that most people don't know. The Sacrifice of Canada in World War 1. Being Canadian I, of course, took a liking to the love my countries history got in this game. Its a small victory of a huge part of my heritage. One Level even took a character and dropped him into the Battle of Vimy Ridge. One of the bloodiest battles of the war and one that was orchestrated by one hundred thousand Canadians.

    For once a World War Game where America isn't pretending they saved the whole world.
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  5. Jul 6, 2014
    9
    This is an experience from the classic era of adventure gaming. Anyone younger than 30 probably didn't experience the heyday of Sierra Online.This is an experience from the classic era of adventure gaming. Anyone younger than 30 probably didn't experience the heyday of Sierra Online. Titles like Space Quest, Kings Quest, and Quest for Glory defined my formative gaming years even more than NES hits like Metroid and Mike Tyson's Punch Out. They were thinking games in which experimentation and puzzles drove a visual storytelling mechanism, a style of narrative which has been mostly lost in the long tale of Id Software's 3D revolution.

    While the appeal of a story-driven sidescroller is clearly uncomfortable for some, a vocal minority full of zeros, it is heartening to see a new generation of fans enjoying the Ken & Roberta Williams style of play for the first time. Between Valiant Hearts and Star Citizen, the legacy of Sierra is standing tall again for the first time in two decades. Welcome back, narrative, we missed you.

    That isn't to say the game is perfectly executed. Many of the historical aspects could be better integrated into the game itself, whereas they sort of stand alone in the current adaptation. The story itself is compelling, but the puzzles are basic. The actual game play mechanics are better suited to an iPad than to a PC or console. Even the Sierra games of the early 90s had fairly complex puzzles that required the intelligent use of items picked up hours earlier. I understand the simplicity though. If they made the experience both unfamiliar *and* overly challenging, the title would have gone down like - well like a flaming zeppelin. All in all, this is a wonderful story that is told in an interesting way, full of emotion, utilizing a style we haven't seen much of in a very long time. Based on the critical reception, I hope to see a further revival of the adventure game genre complete with game play mechanics that hang together between chapters as well as the story does.

    10 for the story
    6 for the game mechanics
    8 for overall value
    +1 to counter the idiotic zeros

    9/10 Total
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  6. Mar 25, 2015
    8
    Truly a beautiful game, telling the stories of ordinary people engaged in the military during WWI.
    Its story-telling is humorous, to avoid
    Truly a beautiful game, telling the stories of ordinary people engaged in the military during WWI.
    Its story-telling is humorous, to avoid the clich├ęs of a game about war I suppose and make the whole thing more light-hearted, but knows when to adopt a more serious tone. It's very clever, accessible, the puzzles are not too difficult, and I think the game will please to everyone who likes to get into a nice story. Not for the youngest of gamers though, but I doubt they'll be interested into this type of game anyway.
    It doesn't feel at any moment a cash-grabber, and I'm confident in saying the developpers have put a lot of heart into it. I recommend.
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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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