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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Stryder24
7.5 hrs
Posted: August 31
I loved the game. It was a great World War one game, actually the only one Ive seen. It was interesting to view WWI through the eyes of the soldiers. I liked the game all the way up to the heartbreaking ending.
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Derezzedj4ck
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 30
Don't be discouraged by the uPlay requirement or that it is published by Ubisoft. This game is nothing like you're used to in the mainstream market.

In Valiant Hearts: The Great War you play as several different characters during the First World War.
You'll be encountering puzzles of varying, but similar difficulty, fight and sneak your way through different places, all while seeing how the stories of the different characters interact and play out.
Additionally the game provides quite a bit of factual information regarding the First World War, if you're interested.

Graphically the game is very beautiful, despite its setting and comic-like art style. By placing 2d elements in an actual 3d world and also using 3d objects, that look 2d, coupled with its art style, the games has a very distinctive look, that fits it very well.
And while the trenches of the battlefields do depict a gruesome and terrible part of history, I found them to be the second-most beautiful elements for the amount of detail the game shows in such scenes and how all of them have their own color composition.

Similar to its comic art style, the game's characters never fully talk in a certain language, instead often mumbling only certain words in English, German or French, depending on their nationality, which I found quite charming and very fitting.
The same goes for the soundtrack and background music. The orchestral songs really support what happens on the screen and for when things aren't as hectic or cheerful, the game provides a few quieter songs.

Control-wise I played the game through with an Xbox 360 gamepad, but I'd say that it would work fine on a keyboard as well.

It took me around five hours to complete the game, which I think is more than fine.

The game's biggest selling point to me is, however how it tells its story, themes and overall message: How terrible war is, what it does to people, all while being not too serious throughout.
There were quite a few scenes in the game that made me somewhat stop and think about that time period one hundred years ago.
I'd call that mission accomplished.

If you didn't find my review helpful, let me know with a comment, so I can improve it and any upcoming reviews! It would be much appreciated!
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+GJX27+
7.3 hrs
Posted: August 30
I knew it was a sad game going into it, but it still touched me where I did not want to be touched .......in the soul ;_;
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jugen best silver euw
9.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
Damn, this ending is beautiful, crying is the only thing you can do.
So this game is beautiful, good animation.
And UPlay isn't a problem.
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podsaurus
6.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
One of the saddest games I have played. The visuals highlight how barbaric WW1 was and how awful war is in general. This game will tug on your heart strings.
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The Important Eye
7.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
I don't care *too* much for the gameplay or for uplay and ubisoft. I found it easy to look past all of those things and love the story and atmosphere.

Easily a game that made me sigh and cry at the end. I love this game.

It starts simply with charming animation and cute character design and ends with heartfelt and heartwrenching truths.

A game that made me stop violent fps shooters for a few days and think more thoughtfully about what I know about violence. What I know about history and what came before.

I'm incredibly thankful this game exists.
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Oiram
13.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
Valiant Hearts is a 2D WW1 puzzle game the art style makes the game almost lighthearted, like you're 'playing' a comic book. This game is a masterpice Ubisoft should make more games like this in placea of one the annual Assassin's Creed games. By far the best Ubisoft game i've ever played only downside is Uplay.
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XavierElite
7.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
The harmony between music and story rich gameplay is by far one of the utmost immersive and heartfelt experience I've ever had.
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Zephyr
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
Tries to tell an emotional tale of WWI, but is hampered by its dull puzzles and gameplay.
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Vir027
9.8 hrs
Posted: August 26
I played through the gameplay, but I was with the story. I liked these toons, though; I seem to respect them. I felt the atmosphere and details built up my sympathy well and the combination of the dog, the dramatic narration, the sometimes slightly over the top characters sometimes, the dog, and the realistic historical pathos blended fine, and the dog. I consistently enjoyed my little joke that the war was won by the solitary human who understood wirecutters. It went down smooth.

Also, my girlfriend at the time liked it (see "the dog"). She doesn't get through very many games, but at least last I knew this is her favorite.

What I liked best overall was that in the end I *felt* I knew just what to do immediately and I did it. Intellectually, I was a little bit impressed that I did feel I had reacted as I would and not satisfying a mechanical prompt like when I recognized a lever to pull. I watched the ending and I felt like Emile felt like I felt. I appreciated the War and game endings in a different way. I had completed the journey rather than just played one.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Damn, that ending :'(
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
There is no limit to which one can praise this game. While not as action filled as its counterparts, it fills the player with a sense of roleplay that makes one envision themselves in the spot of Emile in this conflict that rocked the world. It demonstrates that there is no good or evil on either side. It is all but gray as the dirt below you as you make way passed the countless bodies of the fallen. Whether German, English, French, Indian, Australian, American, and ect, it does not matter to bullets.

While there is no humain way to picture World War 1, this game comes the closest than anything I've ever played. Having a Great-Grandfather that fought in The Great War and the stories he left behind, this interpretation of the conflict says it all; The poison gas, the damned whistle, the booming artillery, the heartless machine guns, and the smell of death.

There is no reason not to play this game yourself or watch a gameplay video on youtube. It follows Anna, Karl, and Emile as they venture to survive through a conflict bound for disaster. Playing this game will make you feel something deep and significant if you ever go to the cemeteries that litter the french fields.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
WARNING: Small spoilers

An incredible, charming, and unforgettable experience. Distinct from other games by its characters and their struggles, showing that not every one involved in war is just a generic soldier, and that everyone is a unique person with their own set of morals and history and their own way of life. A definate way its set apart from games like Wolfenstein and Call of Duty. Its a game about people, more loyal to eachother than their respective nations who struggle in a world covered in blood where the sound of clashing steel overtakes all.

For those of you who dislike Ubisoft (I do too) i didn't even realize it was an Ubisoft game (I didn't realize U play is ubisofts ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ization of steam) until I came to write this review. It is really not the type of crap (cough cough ♥♥♥ creed) Ubisoft normally puts out. Only downside is you have to go through Uplay to play the game.

While it may be a war game its not action packed in the sense of running through the battlefields and shooting everyone you see, if you want that buy Verdun (WW1 shooter game available on steam) or Battlefield 1 when it comes out. The gameplay aspects of Valiant Hearts is that it is a puzzle game, of course with the World War 1 theme, which if your a history fan (like me) you'll enjoy quite it a bit more than say Portal 2. Instead of escaping a facility like Portal your turning switches and pushing minecarts around to turn off Mustard Gas switches so the soldiers can advance.

In correlation to earlier where I said about the characters being people with their own morals, at one point you find an enemy soldier hanging by the ankle from a rope in an underground tunnel (he got caught in his own trap or was hanging something up and got himself instead). Instead of picking up his rifle on the floor next to Emile (one of the main four characters you play) and shooting the guy to leave his body hanging there, Emile cuts the rope and gets the German soldier back on his feet. While you may think its a poor decision the soldier then thanks Emile and you two go towards the German line, (something that would never happen in nearly all other games around) and once you get the the end of the tunnel you run into three armed German soldiers. They point their rifles at Emile (Him being French), and could either take him captive or shoot him dead on the spot, though the guy you just rescued convinces them to let you go. And they agree, showing you the way out.

It also has many historical aspects, it has an amount of trinkets and other memerabilia you can collect each stage of the game, each has a description of what it is and its use and relevence. You can find dog tags, letters, helmets, gas masks, rations, medals, personal items, and other stuff. It also gives out loads of facts and information about all this stuff and World War One in general, making Valiant Hearts very educative. The characters are also put into historical events you probably didn't even know happened, like at one point your fixing then driving a taxi to bring soldiers to the front line. Wait. What? This made little sense when i was doing it though the game explains that during the Initial push to Paris the French government hired out a bunch of taxis to drive out soldiers from the city to the frontline to stop the Germans from taking it. I sure as hell didn't know that. It also features the old trapezoid models of tanks seen during the war, along with biplanes and older models of artillery. One of the main antagonists of the game is a german baron, who infamously has a pretty large and impressive Prussian zeppelin. It occasionally will show you a map as well of where each character is towards each stage of the game, showing the trench lines and fronts in the Western Theater.

The game is also brilliantly atmosphere depending on how far you are in the game, there are four main stages that definately show this. Towards the start of the game you play as Emile, a french farmer turned soldier, and you go through basic training. During this you see all these soldiers in this bright, sunny, and colorful training area, flags and insignia are easy to spot and you get this proud, nationalistic sense of the area, that the French are confidant in victory. Shortly after that you are at a train station, soldiers about to be loaded onto the train, headed for war. The colors are bright, happy, and lively. Their uniforms are bright and clean, you can clearly see the blue shirts and red pants of the French Uniform. The soldiers are talking and their is even a little band there by the train, You get this overall feeling that the French are optimstic in the war, ready to see combat, and that they will kick the German army's ♥♥♥ all the way back to Berlin, That the war will be over in weeks with little loss or devastation.

Later in the game its winter, and everyone feels it, though doesn't pause the war from it. The people and in general the entire stage is greyer, more war battered and combat experienced. You can tell that the Morale is lower, soldiers complain about not having shoes or socks and the bad meals, when they get food at all. You can still see that both sides are still willing to fight for victory. It gets far worse as mustard gas gets used.

Towards the end of the game it is pure hell. The entire war is grey and blood stained. Both sides are so invested in victory after leaving millions dead the men rarely sleep as they are constantly fighting, and you can see the desperation in the officers and the rise of tension between the soldiers and command. Emile runs with a group of French soldiers, its obvious they have had their limit tested through war and suffering. They are grey, dirty, demoralized, injured, and covered in bandages. As you run with this group of frenchies you run into a French Officer, I felt ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off by this guy. All around him were these wounded, tired, dirty soldiers and this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ is standing there, fit as a fiddle, wearing a clean uniform and looking like he just had a hot meal and a nap. He yells at the men you ran with to run into an onslaught of German machine gun fire. They are hesistant for a momment, but after more order yelling they run into the open area, only to be cut down in a swarm of flying lead. The officer, so desperate to get results, so out of touch with the soldiers and proper strategy, so wasteful of human life, so impatiant, using backwards ♥♥♥ tactics in modern warfare, gets the french soldiers killed. Its makes you upset inside. What happens next is pretty important so I won't spoil it here.

There are a few minigames in it as well where at one point your amputating someones leg and if i recall giving cpr. There is also a part where you get a paper saying locations to destroy, and find yourself in front of a piece of artillery. Not gonna lie pretty fun shooting at things with it. Also has a fun though somewhat long minigame where you drive a taxi out of the way from bombs the previously mentioned Prussian Baron is dropping on you from his zeppelin, and you dodge various debris and garbadge in the road. The puzzles also are pretty interesting and complex yet simple enough that you don't need to look up a guide online.

In conclusion Valiant Hearts: The Great War is an unforgettable and educative experience not matched by many if any games as narrative games go, a game about people and their struggles and history, national and personal. A game I highly recommend that shows the true horrors and struggles of Modern Warfare.

10/10 would make german sausage again.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
I don't even know what to say. This game is possibly the greatest game I have ever played in my 27-year-old video-gaming-nerd life. I love music, I love reading, I love movies and television. Of all of these media, this stands in a category of its own. Calling it a "game" is an insult. It is an artful creation of mankind. I can scarce remember ever feeling this way about anything. I feel like Ubi Montpellier made a list of emotions and focused on making the experiencer (player doesn't do it justice) feel every one. Few media, hell, few things in life have made me feel as deeply as this masterpiece. This is a must play if there ever was one. Valiant Hearts: The Great War will hit you at your core and imprint itself upon your mind, body, and soul. In a world saturated with moneygrabbing trash games and unoriginal content, this is the brightest star in the sky. This game is the ♥♥♥♥ing sun.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This game puts you in a different prospective than just a shooter or a run and gun game. It has a story that makes you have feelings and draws you in. I was emotionally destroyed by this game I had moment where I was proud of myself, and others where I thought I had just lost all point of playing the game. This game is a must for anybody who wants a great story, or just 2 best friends and family to care about.

100/10 #neverforget
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
one of the greatest story based games i played so far
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
This game is amazing.
No more words needed to describe this game.

10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
I don't care *too* much for the gameplay or for uplay and ubisoft. I found it easy to look past all of those things and love the story and atmosphere.

Easily a game that made me sigh and cry at the end. I love this game.

It starts simply with charming animation and cute character design and ends with heartfelt and heartwrenching truths.

A game that made me stop violent fps shooters for a few days and think more thoughtfully about what I know about violence. What I know about history and what came before.

I'm incredibly thankful this game exists.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
The harmony between music and story rich gameplay is by far one of the utmost immersive and heartfelt experience I've ever had.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Valiant Hearts is a 2D WW1 puzzle game the art style makes the game almost lighthearted, like you're 'playing' a comic book. This game is a masterpice Ubisoft should make more games like this in placea of one the annual Assassin's Creed games. By far the best Ubisoft game i've ever played only downside is Uplay.
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