Valiant Hearts: The Great War™ / Soldats Inconnus : Mémoires de la Grande Guerre™
Valiant Hearts : The Great War is the story of 4 crossed destinies and a broken love in a world torn apart. Dive into a 2D animated comic book adventure, mixing exploration, action and puzzles. Lost in the middle of the trenches, play as each of the 4 strangers, relive the War and help a young German soldier find his love.
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Release Date: Jun 25, 2014

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About This Game

“CHARMING AND DEEPLY MOVING” –IGN

“INTRIGUING AND EVOCATIVE” – DESTRUCTOID

“A GORGEOUS AND EMOTIONAL JOURNEY” –IGN.COM

“VALIANT HEARTS IS TREMENDOUSLY EXCITING” - XBOX ACHIEVEMENTS

“UBISOFT’S LATEST BIG PUSH ON THE DIGITAL FRONT.” - EUROGAMER


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.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8 (both 32/64bit versions)
    • Processor: Intel Pentium IV 630 @ 3.0 GHz or AMD Athlon64 3000 + @ 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8800 GT or AMD Radeon HD2900 XT (512MB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
    • Additional Notes: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse required, optional Microsoft XBOX360 controller or compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8 (both 32/64bit versions)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 @ 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+ @ 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 9600GT or higher, AMD Radeon HD3850 or higher (512MB VRAM with Shader Model 4.0)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
    • Additional Notes: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse required, optional Microsoft XBOX360 controller or compatible
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cokoon
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
before i start BUY THE GAME IT IS GREAT first play it then read reviews because this game is an absolute masterpiece
PLAY THE GAME NOW!

I just finished it a second ago and if you want a powerfull and beautyfull experience, buy this game now! It's story is great the characters feel real even though its 2d this just shows that you really don't need next gen graphics to make a good game and it is a beautyfull example of liniear storytelling.

go buy and play it NOW!

small spoiler ahead
it really tugs at your heart and has such a carefully crafted story with tons of facts and even some mildly funny moments
I admit to having almost cried on many occasions and actualy cried at the ending

why are you still reading this go buy the game serieusly

the puzzles are not that good it is mostly just "go here pull lever use dog pull lever win" but the story just makes you wanna go on. I do really like the musical car dodging that was a ton of fun.

STOP READING GO BUY THE GAME AND PLAY IT, RIGHT NOW!
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The Dungeon Master
( 20.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Soldats Inconnus--it means 'unkown soldiers'. I think it a more fitting title for this...game? No, it's not really, is it?

Sure, there are game-like elements to it, puzzles and such, but it is more than that. It's a testament and homage to all those who served in that Great War. Some might see it as anti-war in its message, but it is not really. The reality of war must be taken as it is. The muted animation quality and atmospheric music begs a tone of pensive study. The faceless soldiers give the impression that it could be anyone under there, the truly "unknown soldier" of the title. Lastly, as an American, I find it intriguing that the game ends on an 'open note', only just as the doughboys reach France. Given the ending, I find it both hopeful and forlorn, as they are too late for so very many people.

As a postscript, I give a hearty thanks to the historians working with the team, as their contributions both within and without make this so much more than a mere puzzle game set in WWI.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War, or Unkown Soldiers: Memories of the Great War--whatever the title, take this journey, and feel the emotions. May it let you think.
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My Little Brony
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
That was one of the most amazing games I have ever played in any genere. It captures the horrors of World War I so well and the art style is fantastic. The way it tells the story and the way you feel like you're there with the characters is some of the best I've ever seen. There are very few moments in games that have ever made me shed tears, and I am not ashamed to agmit that the ending to this game is now on that list. No matter what types of games you're into, this is a must play game.
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dat boi
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
I'm not a big singleplayer lover but this marvellous game almost got me crying at the end.
The story takes place in the WW1 time and continues throughout the entire war.
The game has disastrously beautiful soundtracks that bring some real charm into the gaming process.
Graphics are astonishigly good, they really look exotic and I'd say they remind me of comics.
All characters have their own charisma and the war somehow makes their destinies interconnected.
The story is rich even though the game may be a bit short but I still was absolutely satisfied.
The game also gives the player lots of interesting information related to the First World War, I really enjoyed reading all those facts showing how cruel the war was.
9/10.
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kronenbourg731
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
This is a fantastic game to play. I learnt a lot about World War 1 during the game, that I didn't need to pretend I'm a history buff now that Battlefield 1 is out soon, and scour Wiki and act like a 'I know aaaall there is about the weapons'.

So, what did I think overall?

Well, I love the fact that its a cartoony game, but the characters are very well done, and you actually get immersed in the storyline.

The music at the very beginning before you play the game is very nice, and there are all sorts of tracks throughout the game.

I also liked the fact that you wern't just playing as character A, then B and so on, but switching around now and then, and in some cases, meeting together.

The collectables are good, but for once its not just 'you found a bit of soap' but a little bit of history about it. Plus, apart from the story of the game, there are actual photo's and descriptions that appear that make you realise how crappy the war really was.

Some bits that I found infuriating though: being the nurse and using the heart monitor to do first aid. I nearly lost the will towards certain parts. And the digging is a strange one, but once you figure it out its ok.

But, if you like 'adventure-type' puzzle games with a great storyline, I recommend this wholeheartedly.

Get it, you won't be disappointed.

Also, a short game review here, about 6 mins long :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CO_AnYrLLg

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Super Drunk Guy
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This game came out at a good time.
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oomzer
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This is by far the best game I have ever played. Never ever have I had a book, movie or game touch me so much. The story, the artwork, the music and the overall ambience make me never forget this game ever. Just listening to the music makes me tear up a bit. I recommend it to everyone, not only for the educational value, but especially for the story. The story makes up for the few small errors. 10/10
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Duke Silver
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
"War makes men mad"

This game made me cry a little bit.
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Vas Deferens (Sandro)
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
This game is wonderful in so many ways, gameplay isnt action really its puzzles so if your looking for that go do something else with your life. I love the story telling in the game and I love how fleshed out the characters are, I love a game with an indepth story and this game provides that. Another good thing is that the devopers actualy cared about the history and the timeperiod and tried to get you intrested in learning about the Great War by collecting items with historical info attached to it and it's Only time i ever cared about collectibles in a game. All in all this game is such an emotional journey that You will cry, I will cry and your Dad whos cheating on your mom will cry.
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Electroforesis
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This is a game for a horrible company, but in this case, they did a very good game, you won't get up to date graphics, but models are fine, music goes perfect with the ambientation of the game, If you don't break on tears on the final, you don't have heart. In my opinion it's a 9,5/10.
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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
"War makes men mad."

OMG, where do I begin? I just love this game so, so much! I've finished the game once already on my tablet a little more than a year ago and I've just completed it again, this time on PC / Steam. Completed it in one sitting for 6.3 hours.

The story and the awesome soundtrack kept me engrossed in the game the whole way through, even with my second playthrough. I just cannot find fault with this game, not even with Uplay.

+ Loved, loved, loved the soundtrack. Helps with the ambiance and the build-up of the story.
+ Loved the story. Made me smile, laugh ,yell and cry from start to finish.
+ Loved the comic-like graphics.
+ Loved all of the characters.
+ Loved the diary entries, letters and snippets of history.

- NONE. ZILCH. NADA.
- Okay, maybe one teeny tiny thing. I wished the ending wasn't so sad. But then again, war is sad. =(

Well worth the full price. A steal if it's on sale. Would re-play just to go through the story again.

Do I recommend this game? Definitely a 'YES'. A thousand times of 'YES'-es.

My rating: 10/10.
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Valiant Hearts: The Great War Story

Introduction:

Valiant Hearts: The Great War (VH) is a story-rich side-scrolling puzzle platforming with some spotted action sequences. If that doesn’t make it sound unique let me assure you that it is. I am going to focus on the main aspects of this game to avoid spoilers so I will not be commenting on some of the specifics. I picked VH up on one of the Steam sales for a few dollars. This review relates to the PC version. Screenshots by me unless otherwise noted.

The Game

The Story – This is the big hero of the game. The story follows four individuals (and a dog) as their paths entwine from the beginning of WW1 to the end. The characters are an American soldier, a Belgium nurse, an older French father and his German son-in-law. I won’t say what happens to them as I don’t want to spoil anything. I will say that the stories are very well written and very moving. The characters are voice-acted well and during the six hours of play you will get to know them well. The actual game alternates between the characters as they go through the trials and tears of the war.

How to Play – Most of VH is played as a side-scrolling puzzler. Most challenges require you to find an item, use it in the right place and then move forward. Some puzzles are the turn valves, pull levers style. The majority of the puzzles are fairly simple but there is a hint system in case you get stuck. In addition to the puzzles there are also action sequences. Being set in WW1 most of these involve dodging artillery, sneaking past soldiers, throwing grenades or driving vehicles. Again, most of these action sequences are quite forgiving so that they don’t spoil the story with needlessly atmosphere-breaking difficulty. If you do get blown up by dynamite or captured by an enemy the game will rewind a few seconds so you never feel like you need to replay a long hard sequence and get that Groundhog Day treatment.

The Art – The graphics in VH are comic-book style. This is done very effectively with great animations. Although the game is 2D, there will often be animations in the foreground or background to set the atmosphere. The music is another hero of the game. Some classical music is used to create pacing in the action sequences such as The Flight of the Bumblebee. Other music is used in the puzzle scenes with great emotional impact sometimes.

The Education – Throughout the game there are loads of historical facts you can ready about. They explain how the war started, some of the battles that took place, the weapons used, and plenty of facts about casualties suffered. There are also over 100 hidden collectibles to find. Each one has a blurb about its historical significance. Furthermore, there are diaries of the main characters you can read although these are not historically based.

How I played it
It is hard to say much about VH without giving anything away. The impact VH had on me was that within 30 minutes of beginning I was emotionally involved and eager to continue playing. I played the whole game within a week. The story was tense and well-delivered with numerous cliff-hangers to keep you wanting to play more. Near the end of most sections I’d hit TAB and read about mustard gas, Russian dog tags or tunnel warfare. I thoroughly enjoyed almost everything, particularly the puzzles involving the rescue dog, although the first aid sequences were probably the least enjoyable. The only other negative is that the controls seem a bit arbitrary at first, but within 15 minutes I had no issues doing what I wanted to do.

Summary

Valiant Hearts is an emotionally charged game where the story outshines the gameplay. This should be a must play for most gamers. 9/10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
I don't have nay words for this game... It's not even game, it's story. Story of what actually happend in WWI between years of 1914 and 1918. This is just emotional blow to my hearth. In the end i didn't skip the subtitles.. I was thinking about my life, about life of everyone and about war, wars. War is the biggest disgusting thing on the Earth. And "war makes man mad..."


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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
I hate this game so much it made me cried...
10/10 to cry like a ♥♥♥♥♥ again
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Valiant Hearts - runs well (even on Uplay, don't frown), and offers surprising depth compared to most Ubi games, in the form of collectible items which unlocks copious amounts of historical information. A good game - would require unique gameplay and controls to be great, but it's on a good way. Be wary - despite its serious content, don't expect much action and combat, because you will be gravely disappointed.

Valiant Hearts is a game that's really hard to classify, and to review. It mixes animation fitting children's books with the horrors of war, simple controls, mild puzzles, and some quick time events while trying to hold up and carry a storyline with multiple protagonists. And not all of these are perfect.
The animation is nice - the presentation is good, it's easy to distinguish certain parts of the gameplay area, and it becomes clear pretty soon that a game has a distinguished art style, which is always a good sign for a unique, good visual experience.
The controls and puzzles work together nicely - the puzzle parts usually make good use of the game's control scheme, but after a while it gets stale. There is a limited version of puzzles you can create with (controller layout) A for grab and operate, RB/LB to send the dog for contextual places (ABXY), and one for throwing the item that you're holding. And that's it. The game has the potential to become extremely boring simply because the gameplay is a single-path sidescroller, and most of the action parts are as intense as getting past a strictly scripted guard.

But the narration saves the day. Without the historical facts on each map, without the unlockable mementos of the era, the game would fall onto its own face. There are many letters, everyday items from the world of WW1 and the countryside, from the soldiers and their families that THAT'S the main reason in my opinion, that people consider this game as good as it is. These help people without the in-depth historical knowledge to appreciate more the simpler graphics, to imagine the mud of the trenches, the freezing cold nights and the problems with communicating with the loved ones. It's needed to make the cute-ish graphics into something that hints the reality of the past.

Technically the game runs well, each episode has around 5 levels, each of them can be completed in maybe 30-45 minutes if really looking around, if needed to restart the level, it can be done in a few minutes - they are pretty short. If one dies ingame, respawns at last checkpoint, if the player exits, the whole level needs to be replayed. In my playthrough, I've faced two bugs that forced me to restart the respective levels, but as I said, it's minimal time loss. At least based on my experience, both the game and Uplay was trustworthy and hadn't caused problems besides this little hiccup.

So, after all, I would recommend the game for everyone - at least to check it out because it's a really inclusive game, I think almost everyone could get into it because of it's simplistic control scheme. But the gameplay is plain without the additional collectibles and the lack of challenge can make it hard to go on - in shorter bursts it's easily approachable for the lovers of more action-filled genres.
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Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
This was one of the most amazing solo games i've experienced in 15 years of intense gaming, just buy it it's so worth it.
Informations about WWI are also really touching and interesting.
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Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
to be honest i didn't know how i would like Valiant Hearts at first, the gameplay was okay and i kinda liked the graphics but the story was just incredible don't get me wrong i am still not a big ubisoft fan but this one i think they did right.
overall 8/10
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Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
One of the few games to make me shed tears. It's unique in its story, gameplay and puzzles but the greatest praise I have is how it shows the grim reality of war. Seldom do games not glorify war, which is something that should be occurring more.

10/10 would drive a taxi while the Can-can plays in background
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
I am not an uBisoft Fan...far from it...but this game deserves attention

How to review this without spoiling everything..

If you are looking for a action packed game, well, this game kind of has that, but it is NOT an action game, it is a puzzle game taking place along the German-French lines of WW1 between 1914 and 1917, and do they take you all over those lines. From Ypres to Vaquois to the horrendous Nivelle Offensive. If you know your history--or are a WW1 nerd like me--then you can guess what happens action wise.

The artstyle is great. For how charming it is, the artstyle quickly delves into the dark, muddy hell that was trench warfare. The main characters do not speak much, just one or two phrases in their languages...oh and a bark or two...but the atmosphere of the story, music, and even the artstyle is really something to digest. From the beginning, it does look like it is going to be a light hearted...until the Battle of Marn where the bright colours of pre-war jubilee quickly turn into the grey, brown, and red hues of hell, with each extra "cell" (I guess we can call it that since it is a comic-book-style game) throwing in a great impact of emotion.

Thank god for the three driving scenes, those were a needed--and really, REALLY fun--break.

I almost cried at Vaquois, and I definitely stared blankly at the screen at the end.

So, unfortunatel, you need uPlay, but unlike the other games that require uPlay to play that I have...I actually want to complete this game.

Shame uBisoft can't make a game with this kind of story for their AAA titles.


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Side note: this game is what BF1 won't be.
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