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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Very Positive (255 reviews) - 92% of the 255 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Jun 25, 2014

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About This Game






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

    • 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
    • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
89 of 99 people (90%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Valiant Hearts - The Great Feels
WARNING: Don't EVER run this game without your TEDDYBEAR sitting right next to you!
You might want to reach out for his comforting paw in some of your weak moments and/or just squeeze him to death heartbroken, sobbing and in the worst emotional pain in the end...

This game is telling the moving stories of Anna a belgian, young and zealous nurse, Emile a brave french and later imprisoned Farmer, his son-in-law Karl a german soldier, conscripted to fight for his country, Freddie an american engineer joining the French to seek revenge on the Germans and their loyal four-legged friend Walt.

During the game you will collect several notes and items with those different characters providing you with interesting facts and information about the historical background and events of WW1.

Due to the amazing art, design and music Valiant Hearts - The Great War is more than just a game to rush through and will probably not leave you untouched.

So get your teddybear ready ᵔᴥᵔ

1918/1918 tears shed
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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
The most stylistically beautiful yet intense and horrifying World War I game you will play. As there are no longer any living World War I veterans alive, this game is a wonderful memorial to their struggle and our freedom.

The game is a simple 2D puzzle game but the real highlight is the story and its gripping delivery.

Highly recommended.
RIP WWI Veterans.
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42 of 54 people (78%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Made a grown man cry. 11/10
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32 of 44 people (73%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Tell me, do you CRY?


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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
Overall: 8/10
Valiant Hearts: The Great War takes you on a journey through the intertwined lives of characters through the first world war. As the player progresses through the story, the game captures some of the ills fated for those who lived through the war and how it affected the lives of individuals. The music at times is a bit hokey, but overall the audio in game helps. Game play is fairly simple and nothing is too complicated. Anyone should be able to enjoy this game. The comic book style of the art at first was something I wasn't very interested in, but grew on me the more I played. Game is worth the price, but has been on pretty good sales before. But for just under $2/hour definitely worth the asking price.

Story: The story in Valiant Hearts has been exquisitely crafted to bring together the lives of several individuals including one who cannot truly speak for themselves. Watch the trailer if you want to know what I mean by that. Time after time I was angry with the game for sending the feels in after me and dragging me out of my cold little hearth where I nurse my jadedness at the world... not because it was contrived, but because it succeeded in dragging me into the feels zone. Stupid game. :P

Gameplay: Super simple, nothing to it. Easy to play though sometimes you're not entirely sure what the game wants from you. This didn't really happen till much closer to the end though.

Audio: Overall great, but sometimes the music made me laugh a little. I get that symphonys were still big things back then, but just made me giggle a bit.

Graphics: The comicbook style of the game is very well done, with backgrounds and details lending to the overall immersion into the story by the player. Contrasts in some scenes help express a complicated feeling that you grasp instantly, instead of having to read words to get what is being communicated.

Final Notes: Definitely worth the play and the money. The game has been on some pretty good sales and one major knock against it for me at least is the Ubisoft DRM that's required to play it. Game is pretty short though, about half 6-7 hours of my play time were from me having walked away and left it running while I went to do something else. Still... an excellent game.
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19 of 29 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
I've never had such irreconcilable feelings for a game.

As an actual game, to play, it's mostly pretty fun. The puzzles are well-designed, but there's a few very annoying bits. There's a lot of obnoxious stipulations to puzzles to artificially make them harder than they are, such as not being able to see the whole screen, trial-and-error time limits, missiles that come out of nowhere and kill you...but I can forgive it. I can't remember the last time an adventure game was this long and varied.

The much vaunted, award-winning story felt very strange to me, though...I don't know what this game really wanted to be. It is trying to be a tragic, heartfelt war memoir, but also the characters communicate in cartoonish mumbles, there's boss fights with a stereotypical Evil German General who utilizes ridiculous contraptions, there's very Rayman Legends-esque rhythmic car chase segments. There's one point where a character, in typical adventure game fashion, speaks a speech bubble with a picture of a saw cutting off a human arm, because he needs medical attention. It felt absolutely surreal and tonedeaf, to jarringly gameify something so serious, that the game itself WANTS me to take seriously. Very, uh..."Press F to Pay Respects."

The villain, Baron Von Dorf, who I can't believe is named Baron Von Dorf, is the most cartoonish, Dr. Robotnik type villain. He felt like something out of a wartime propaganda cartoon. There are other minor characters--mostly those in leadership positions--who felt like absolutely stereotypical. That isn't necessarily a problem in itself, especially in a game set in a war hat was heavily influenced BY the caricaturization of its enemies. But in a game that is intending to humanize the war, show that people on both sides of the battle were unique, real humans going through something unimaginably difficult, it is cancelling out its own moral, the point the writers and developers seem to genuinely want you to believe, to have such unbelievable stock characters juxtaposed against the tragic, human element of the game is almost uncomfortable.

As I stated, the game simply doesn't know what it wants to be. It's a funny cartoon. It's a sad memoir. It's a platformer, it's a puzzle game, it's a stealth game. It's a game about the harsh realities of war. It's a game where someone chases you down in an unreal mechanical zeppelin. It's an upbeat story about three unlikely wartime buddies chasing a common enemy. The mood shifts so much and so frequently, and the game doesn't really seem to understand how off-putting its vaccilating tone is.

I can think of no better way to describe the game's uncomfortable tone shifts than the ending. Truth be told, it got me feeling choked up! Genuinely! I was very misty-eyed as the credits began to roll. I was expecting the typical Ubisoft 2-hour credits...but then halfway through, like a Marvel film, the game cuts to a sequel hook; one of the surviving characters watches on as America joins World War I, with the narration stating that war's hunger is insatiable. A sequel hook for a game about finality and the tragedy of war. That's Ubisoft!

When the game was announced, I was surprised--it seemed so far out of Ubisoft's wheelhouse, it didn't seem like something they could do. After playing it...I guess I was right, unfortunately. Playing the game was a complicated emotional roller coaster and I felt like I was being split in two--ultimately I realized it was because while I was feeling very sad emotions contemplating the actual reality of World War I, I was simultaneously off-put by the game's tone, its inherent goofiness that in spite of appearances to the contrary, it seems to revel in.

I'm putting "no" for if I recommend the game or not, but it still feels harsh. Ultimately I didn't like it, but my feelings were more neutral. If they added a "I'm confused about how I feel about this game" button between "yes" and "no" I'd be ticking that one off. For as discomfortingly unaware the game's overall vibe was, I think there was merit to it.

Also, the dog is really good, and he doesn't die.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
An incredibly moving game about four people (and an adorable dog) brought together on the battlefields of World War I. This game has a variety of puzzle, stealth, and arcade-like play mechanics but none are especially difficult. It's main focus is story, which it tells with heart and sorrow. There are all kinds of collectible objects you can find scattered throughout the game's four chapters that will unlock informative articles about the war and it's impact on those who suffered and died and lived through it.

Rating: 10/10
If you love historical fiction about one of the most tragic periods in modern human history, this game is for you.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
I'm not one for coming up with a good description nor compelling reasons why you should play this game but I guarantee that if the steam trailers and such and the other reviewers make you somewhat interested in this game, get it. This was a phenomenal game and even tho I bought it a long time ago and only played some of it before today where I decided I was going to finish the second half and not only was it fun but the story was actually one I got immersed in which doesn't happen too often with me if rarely ever.

10/10 - Absolutely Phenomenal
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
An overall excellent games with strong characters, interesting story line and impressive animation. A diamond from Montpellier that will keep your mind and heart busy for a few hours.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
I like this game and what this game can do with narrative and history. Really changes the dynamic that was once seen with war games. Instead, a lot of the game focuses on the effects of war, and its role in main characters lives. ( not saying modern war games don't cover these topics. But usually, they don't cover them as effectively as this one can.) I know many people that are skeptical because this may be the first story based game they have heard of or played. I would recommend to give this game, and the genre, a shot. Great game.
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7.7 hrs
Posted: October 22
How do I even begin to explain this game?

It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me want to smash my computer screen.

The story is beautiful.
You actually feel for the characters even though they don't talk and they don't have eyes.
The only way you can get insight into what they're thinking is by reading their diary entries, which are sometimes quite insightful. The objects you can find in the game and the information in the shape of newspaper articles are very well thought out and very interesting if you're a history-junkie like me. Some of are little bits of information which make you realise how horrible this war really was and others are just fun party trivia.
I unfortunately ran into a lot of bugs. The fps went down from 60 to 12 and that didn't go back up until I restarted my computer. I also had a lot of problems with characters being unable to interact with eachother while they most definitely were supposed to. This didn't go away after restarting my computer which was quite annoying.

But anyway:
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6.2 hrs
Posted: October 22
Excellent game that can make the most manliest of man cry
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6.2 hrs
Posted: October 22
+ Storyline does a great job of following WW1 history.
+ Storyline was very immersive and personal
+ The art is fantastic
+ Music is amazing - especially during the car chases
- Game is too repetitive. After about 4 hours you will be ready for the story to end.

If its on sale for 50% off or so, buy it. Its definitely worth the play through if its on sale, probably not worth it if it isn't on sale though. Still, a nice little game. Glad I played it.

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7.1 hrs
Posted: October 22
"I hope fate has been more merciful to you."

10/10 will make men cry
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Ze Pro
5.1 hrs
Posted: October 22
It's a great game, with a bold design. It'll make you cry for laughter and sadness too.
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8.0 hrs
Posted: October 22
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House Burner420
6.4 hrs
Posted: October 22
A great and a VERY sad game bought it on sale. My best spent 2 bucks for a game!
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 22
Never bothered with the problematic installation. Can't launch the game with the Play button greyed-out. Registered with uplay and already. It's very disgusting if a game company forces you to register online through their portal just so you can launch the game. Should have read more about this game to avoid frustration. Uninstalled and refund submitted!
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