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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jun 25, 2014
    94
    A great story. Touching, brilliantly developed end elegantly depicted. Ubisoft shows once again that video games are indeed art and a great storytelling medium.
  2. Jun 26, 2014
    90
    Valiant Hearts accomplishes what only a small number of games can: it educates you on the highs and lows of a significant event in history, while creating a tragically beautiful game experience.
  3. Oct 21, 2014
    90
    The five hours or so of gameplay that you’ll get from a single playthrough are rewarding and memorable, with that fantastic storyline backing up some great puzzling action.
  4. Jul 8, 2014
    84
    A story-driven journey through a war that's been overlooked by video games.
  5. Jul 9, 2014
    80
    Valiant Hearts strikes a difficult balance in depicting the horrors of war and the hope that peeks through its cracks, but it does so with grace.
  6. Jul 10, 2014
    70
    Often more engaging than its simple puzzles should allow it to be, the presentation and variety of gameplay ideas go a long way to making this an impressive, if small, adventure.
  7. Jul 17, 2014
    50
    Visually, the game is crisp, but looks to me like a glorified flash game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Jun 26, 2014
    10
    Superb. Art style, story, minimal game play. It really is a beautifully made game and more its simplicity, it is probably my game of the yearSuperb. Art style, story, minimal game play. It really is a beautifully made game and more its simplicity, it is probably my game of the year so far.

    Great price too!
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  2. Jul 7, 2014
    10
    What a really, really great game. I love historical war stuff and this game is full of fun World War I historical bits of true info (a blastWhat a really, really great game. I love historical war stuff and this game is full of fun World War I historical bits of true info (a blast for any historical buff). At first glance, it seems like a plain side scrolling game like any other. After playing it for a few minutes, I was hooked and what I thought was going to be just a few minutes of play time ended up being hours and hours (and then day after day) of some great puzzle solving fun that I never dreamed could be implemented into a side scrolling program (this is like The Cave except easier on the puzzle solving. The game truly puts you into the atmosphere of the struggles of WWII I. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you' ll be excited one moment only to be challenged the next with a new puzzle. And the puzzles don't get old even though many are variations of others. Of all the thousands and thousands of games I've played, Valiant Hearts will always be one of the most memorable, fun and great side scrolling puzzlers I've ever played. For the $10 it costs, it would be sad for you to turn this precious gem of a game away. Kudos to the developer for doing everything right! My only (small, small) complaint is chapter 4 which makes you start at the beginning to go through a somewhat tough and lengthy level if you don't complete it. But this is really a small complaint on something which has offered me days and days, weeks and weeks of fun for a few dollars. It's worth $10 just to try it even if you don't end up liking it. The PopUp historical info is a sheer delight!! A must for any historical buff (but I think I already mentioned that). Expand
  3. Mar 29, 2015
    10
    Today I finished Valiant Hearts: The Great War, and could not be happier with what I experienced. I bought this game a while back played justToday I finished Valiant Hearts: The Great War, and could not be happier with what I experienced. I bought this game a while back played just over 50%, and stopped for no apparent reason. Today I decided it was time to finish it. Even though I hadn't played it in a few months I was able to jump right back into the story and feel like i never stopped playing. This games ability to tell a story is right up there with Telltales the walking dead game. Although there were times where I did get very frustrated I really enjoyed my experience in the game and i would recommend it to anyone who loves a great story. Expand
  4. Dec 25, 2015
    9
    War is a horrible, horrible thing. We live in a time now when video games focus less on the horrible aspects of it, and more on glorying theWar is a horrible, horrible thing. We live in a time now when video games focus less on the horrible aspects of it, and more on glorying the action. What we are give here is a powerful alternative the action-packed war games that crowd shelves.

    It's an emotional and powerful story. One with charming characters and a heartbreaking tone and ending. Things aren't all gloom and doom though. In fact the game's graphic novel style graphics give it a charming vibe. There are even touches of goofy humor throughout. The game just knows the seriousness of the subject matter and isn't afraid to portray the horror of the war it takes place in (WWI). Despite the characters being fictional, the conflicts they often partake in and the facts the game give you aren't. The dose of history is appreciated.

    For all of it's excellent storytelling this game wouldn't be worth much if the actual gameplay were not enjoyable. Thankfully this is an excellent adventure game with some truly great puzzles. The puzzles themselves aren't too difficult, so it's a rather breezy experience. Yet there is a thoughtfulness to them that makes the satisfying to solve regardless. Just don't expect to find yourself racking your brain to find solutions here.

    Each character has different abilities. Your strategies for progressing will change based on which one you are controlling at any given time. There are also quite a few entertaining quick-time sections that serve as nice diversions from the typical puzzle solving.

    Overall Valiant Hearts is simply a wonderful game with an emotional tale to tell. One that focuses on a different side of war than most other games portray. It's human and it may just end up leaving you in tears by the time the credits roll, but the gameplay ensures that you are having fun all the way through it.
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  5. Jul 2, 2014
    9
    Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a diamond in the rough. By focusing directly on the characters, and how they are affected by World War I,Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a diamond in the rough. By focusing directly on the characters, and how they are affected by World War I, Ubisoft provides a welcomed change from a standard shooter or action game focused on conflict. The graphics are great, and completely compliment the story driven game; especially the detailed backgrounds which add depth to each location.

    I highly recommend this game; especially at $14.99.
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  6. Jul 28, 2015
    8
    If you are looking for a well written adventure game, complete with fun puzzles and even a bit of a history lesson to boot, then look noIf you are looking for a well written adventure game, complete with fun puzzles and even a bit of a history lesson to boot, then look no further than Valiant Hearts: The Great War. Expand
  7. Jan 22, 2017
    0
    Ubisoft, gros éditeur triple A, fait aussi dans l'indé de merde de temps à autre pour la gamelle. En effet pourquoi ne pas exploiter ce filonUbisoft, gros éditeur triple A, fait aussi dans l'indé de merde de temps à autre pour la gamelle. En effet pourquoi ne pas exploiter ce filon qui se développe en deux coups de cuiller à pot, surtout avec Soldats Inconnus ce jeu flash immonde en 16 couleurs ? D'autant qu'il s'agit de la Première Guerre Mondiale tout de même !... et quelle infamie ce jeu neuneu, quelle naïveté ! c'est la guerre mais on ne tue personne. Très crédible.

    On résoud par contre des tas d'énigmes à la mords-moi-le-noeud avec un clébard. Très important le clébard dites-moi : c'est lui le vrai héros en fait. La Première Guerre Mondiale n'est pas un sujet à traiter de façon aussi légère, simpliste et à côté de la plaque. Visionnez le documentaire Apocalypse pour vous en rendre compte : on ne badine pas avec un évènement qui a changé la face du monde et façonné le 20ème siècle et au delà. Soldats Inconnus est une insulte aux soldats et aux morts en plus d'être une daube minable.
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