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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (5,545 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 25, 2014

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November 5

Valiant Hearts Trading Cards Are Here!

Valiant Hearts: The Great War now has Trading Cards!

Play Valiant Hearts / Soldats Inconnus for Trading Card drops and to craft Walt the dog badges!

Here's the line-up:

Trading Cards
  • Unknown Soldiers: A story of regular lives upended by the First World War.
  • Emile: A French farmer turned reluctant soldier, searching for his German son-in-law.
  • Freddie: An American volunteer out for revenge on the Western Front.
  • Anna: A trained doctor who crisscrosses the Western Front helping those in need.
  • Karl: A German conscript who wants nothing more than to return to his family in France.
  • Walt: The faithful canine companion of these Valiant Hearts.

Badges
  • Walt in Wood
  • Walt in Iron
  • Walt in Bronze
  • Silver Walt
  • Gold Walt
  • From the flames, Walt!

Plus Valiant Hearts-themed emoticons and profile backgrounds!

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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
Helpful customer reviews
128 of 144 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Proud to say, I cried at the end
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80 of 84 people (95%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Get the tissues ready, this game is a true tearjerker. Probably one of the biggest suprises of 2014 for myself, I had only first heard of and seen this game during the trailer that was shown during E3. Even during that time I had no idea how the game would play, but the interesting visual artstyle caught my eye. I played the game over a course of 4 days (1 chapter a day) and it played out well as each Chapter was broken into 6-7 sections each that would have you switching over the course of 4 characters, telling how their stories interweave with each other in a war ravaged time.

The game itself plays like many adventures games before it where you are tasked to use the enviroment and items around you in order to solve puzzles and progress in the game. I just felt something special about how they mixed the gameplay perfectly with the art sometimes during what you would think are cutscenes, are scenes you are actually playing yourself. Another surprise for me was how well they had woven the boss battles into the game, with each chapter having at least 1. In between the chapters where you are solving puzzles, you also have fun minigames that also fit perfect with the story being told, whether it's you being a medic and having to time presses to keep someones heart going so they don't die, or driving away from a whole bunch of bombs in a car minigame that actually goes along to the rhythm of the music. Just pure amazement all around for a game that I thought would be more just a story with a few interactive moments. There are even items to collect for those that wish to truly investigate each part of the world (I ended up with 82/100 collectibles) and each collectible has it's own history and write up in the menu section.

This brings me to the story of the game. It's really hard to say much without spoiling anything in the game. It's about 4 different lives all from different countries affected by the war, and their tale of hardship and friendship. The story will have it's high happy notes, but also very low times once the game is reaching it's conclusion. The ending of all things is what got me the most. Those who have finished it know what I mean, but just the fact that the finale is playable just adds that much more emotion to it. Also <3 Doggie

The game is done all the better by a amazing soundtrack, and the shining gem of Ubisoft, the UbiART engine. What you see in the screenshots on this steam store page are all actual playable portions in the game. The animation is just done so perfectly, and a game where the art can be so bright, vibrant and colorful is also to display huge emotions of despair and sorrow within the actual images itself. In fact most of the story of Valiant Hearts is told through it's art, and the short narration sequences at the beginning of each level. The characters themselves do say words in their native languages, but it's usually simple commands or just them being relieved, but they leave the storytelling up to the brilliance of the UbiART engine.

Honestly this is my favorite game to have been released so far in 2014, and was a huge surpirse to me as I don't have much experience with Adventure games in the first place and didn't expect to fall in love with this game as much as I did.
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65 of 71 people (92%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I reccommend buying this game for its beautiful story and amazing soundtrack. The puzzles are quite intelligent and really interesting to solve. I would recommend getting a box of tissues and an empty bucket alongside with the game.
You'll cry... It's okay to cry.

Cons:
-Uplay
-Uplay
-Uplay
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69 of 80 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
A really great experience,A masterpiece.Something that you never forget ...

10/10
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53 of 58 people (91%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Throw those shooter away for a while, Play it, it's Awesome , Nice Art, Nice story , Nice Music , any thing you see in the game is just perfect

Humanity is Here
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47 of 51 people (92%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Well, this is quite an amazing adventure/ puzzle game based on the First World War.

You will be captivated by this one!

Just get it! It is just brilliant!

10/10
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61 of 77 people (79%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
10/10 would cry again.
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I bought this game expecting it to be a quick play with a focus on an artistic art style that only an art snob would like. I couldn't have been more wrong.
The game will last you about 5-6 hours, which is well worth the normal $15 that this game goes for. If you see this on sale for any less, buy it instantly.
The game is simple to learn, with challenges that will stretch your brain, but once you figure them out you'll think "My god, I'm an idiot".
The story of this game is the main thing that will keep you playing this game. You easily get attatched to the charecters. They will make you laugh, cry, worry, smile, and laugh out loud. There are plenty of plot twists to keep things interesting, but not so many that the story is hard to follow.
The game displays plenty of historical facts about the time period, and place, that you are playing in the game. While you are motly never directly tied to the events except for a few level designs, it was refreshing to get some background information about the world, and the war, while you go through it.


TL;DR version
+great story
+great characters and development
+simple, yet challenging missions
+realitvely cheap for what you're getting out of it
+The BEST intergration with music that I have ever seen in a video game

-first time I've cried over a video game since Mass Effect 3's revamped endings
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Valiant Hearts: The Great War™ is absolutely amazing!

The story is based on the first world war told by an awesome voice acting storyteller. You gonna play alot of different characters in the game but all of them are well connected with the main story. Basically the story is about Karl finding a way back to his family after he got separated and deported to serve the german army. To me the game tells and teach much more than that Valiant Hearts made me realize once more how important family and true friends are. It also shows how unnecessary war is you are just a fighting slave fighting for other people interests, killing people who never wanted any war, people like yourself, people you would probably consider as friendly or even your friend. Beside from that the game is a little history lesson you can find a lot of facts happend during the first world war. The gameplay is quit simple for a puzzle adventure game at the same time well conceived. It force you to think without being unfair or unnecessary hard. For myself I can say the gameplay was entertaining from beginning to end. Who ever was responsible for the design of the game made a great job the levels are lovely created. One more point I wanna mention is the wonderful music fits perfectly to the atmosphare. You gonna be golden with Valiant Hearts: The Great War™ if you looking for a game with a good story and fun gameplay.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
There are games which suck, games which you like, and games that remain in your memory forever. Valiant Hearts: The Great War is definitely part of the third kind.

An intriguing story which keeps you in suspense from the start till the very end. During the game you play with 4 characters: Emile, Karl, Freddie and Anna. Your mission - to guide them towards peace in a world torn apart by an awful war. Unlike most games about war - there is almost no violence inflicted by the characters except the necesary one to survive. It focuses on deliverance, redemption, human emotions, friendship, love and sacrifice rather than on destruction. The whole game is a chain of smart puzzles which must be solved in order to allow the characters to continue in this living tragedy, and after each sad part of the game there will always be a flash of hope to motivate the purpose of each character.

The story is amazingly touching, graphics are superb and the voice acting is great. I urge you to try it it and see for yourself how much enjoyment can provide a game which depicts a war focusing on the emotional appeal rather than the war itself.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Great game that should be given as learning material in the schools for the new generations.

More like this please.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Valiant Hearts is a puzzle-platforming game with a rather unique subject matter: World War I. Instead of shooting waves of enemies or commanding massive faceless armies as is the usual in most war games, Valiant Hearts instead decides to focus on the lives of several characters with WWI merely serving as the backdrop that changes their lives forever. The main cast of characters are Emile, a Frenchman getting on in his years who is conscripted into service despite his age; Karl, a German living in France who is married to Emile's daughter Marie; Freddie, an African American Creole who enlisted in the French military to avenge a loved one; Anna, a Belgian field medic who's father designs weapons for the Germans; and Marie, the daughter of Emile and wife of Karl who struggles to maintain her family farm as the war escalates.

This game is first and foremost about its story. Not just the written story per se; in fact there is very little spoken dialogue that isn't from the interlevel narrations and most of the in game diction is handled through speech bubbes with cartoonish graphics inside them along with body gestures. Rather, this game is about story in a much deeper and meaningful way, its about how these characters as well as the minor and even nameless NPCs are shaped and affected by the terrible war around them. It says so much with very little, letting the emotions and feelings of the situation grab ahold of you and fill it in itself. There's no egregious monologues or exposition or self-indulgent angst; just pure humanity in all of its forms, and it touches you in a very personal way because you really feel for what these characters are going through.

Now the game itself, as a game, is nothing too terrilbly spectacular: it is about a 10 or so hour game given or take a few more for finding all of the hidden items (it can't be an Ubisoft game without a hundred odd pickups, could it?) with basic sidescrolling and controls. You move left and right, can climb over ledges and sneak behind cover when permitted, perform context specific actions as well as character specific ones (such as using Emile's shovel to dig through tunnels), all while solving modest item based puzzles where you pull levels and turn wheels and blow up walls or unlock doors. It is honestly nothing groundbreaking or new, and the puzzle solving is broken up with a handful of obstacle course style driving levels (which are my personal favorite) and the occasional quicktime event. Nothing about the gameplay is truly spectacular, but it is adequate enough to serve its purpose and keep you interested in progressing.

However, while the gameplay might be standard fare, everything else does truly stand out. Along with the story, the game has a beautifully composed original soundtrack, as well as a few classical bits too (Brahms's Hungarian Dance no. 5, the French Cancan, Flight of the Bumblebee, and Night on Bald Mountain all play during the various driving segments). The art direction is simplistic and charming, but deceptively dark and grim when it needs to be (and given the subject matter, that is often). Backgrounds are beautifully illustrated and detailed, and character animations are smooth and well made. There are collectibles as said before, over 100 items spread throughout most of the game's 20+ levels which are divided into four chapters. These items are all historically researched and finding them adds an entry to the in-game "Wiki" describing what it is, what it was for, and why it came to be during WWI. There is also more history to be found every level with short articles about what is relevent to the current level: be it a battlefield history, an elaboration on colonial army units, or chemical warfare. The game goes the extra mile to really help you feel what it was like to live during this time and in turn that helps you better associate with the characters in the story.

Ultimately, Valiant Hearts is a simplistic and unassuming puzzle sidescroller that has a LOT of heart and soul in it. Beyond the so-so gameplay is a gripping and upsetting tale of one the 20th century's greatest catastrophes, uncensored and unabashed in a beautiful package that serves to keep the past alive and help us never forget the tragedies that were had. Forgive the underwhelming gameplay and let everything else engross you and I'm sure you'll love it as much as I have. It is a work of art.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
It is a simple and beautiful puzzle game animated and disguised as a war animated skit.
To be honest I've played the game and haven't finished the bit.
The music is fantastic and the art is unreal.
play this game if you want to experience feel.
The Puzzles though was as easy for me as using a toilet
but in this game you'll even befriend a mutt.
Get this great game today and enjoy your christmas day.
Oh and before I forget the game uses Uplay.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
The most emotional, artistic, story-driven and musically fortified game I've played in years. If not ever.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
The story of Valiant Hearts begins in 1914. Archduke Franz Ferdinand has been assassinated and Germany declares war on Russia in response. In anticipation of a war, France begins to deport all German citizens. Karl a young German farmer is forced to be separated from his family, consist of his wife Marie, their son Victor and his father-in-law Emile. Karl is forcefully drafted into the German army while at the same time Emile is drafted into the French army.

The story follows their journey of Emile and Karl as they try to survive a war neither of them want nothing to do with. Along the way they meet many wonderful characters, faced countless hardships and joyful moments.

The gameplay is a side scrolling game. You're controlling either Emile or Karl most of the time, sometimes other characters. Most of the time you'll be solving puzzles and picking up items to advance on to the next area, while following the story. Gameplay-wise it isn't incredibly difficult at all, if you're good at figuring out how to use your environment to solve the puzzles you should be just fine. Certain part of the game required you to sneak through behind enemy lines. So patience is more needed here than skills, other times you are required to dodge artillery shells which can be a bit frustrating until you learn the patterns. There are parts of the game where the game turned into short of a dodging game where many vehicles are chasing after you and you must avoid bullets, grenades and incoming traffic. Last but not least, there are quick time events. You will encounter them at scenes when you have to heal someone. They get progressively harder as you go through the game, the last QTE is quite difficult, at least for me.

The game does a wonderful job with the narration between loading screen, even though most of the characters does not speak at all, they only provide you with speech bubbles to portray the feelings and thoughts of each characters. The narrator does most of the heavy lifting. In the game you will be able to find many collectibles, that when you open up the menu, you can examine them and read about the history and interesting fact regarding the Great War. I highly recommend reading them, as it will enhance the experience. The music was very fitting with the game, since characters do not talk, the music help give you the sense of danger and sadness that you normally need words to describe.
I have not encounter any game breaking bugs when I played it, the only bugs I encountered was one time my character was stuck in a ditch and I could not dig my way out of it, so I had to restart the chapter, the other time was when I was healing another character and an extra arm appeared out of nowhere on my character. But it was gone the moment the healing QTE was finished.

This game being one of the first games I played after the Summer Sale, I highly recommend this if you enjoy a grand, epic and emotional story. The only major problem I have with this game is that sometimes, certain part of the game might dragged on for a while, but others might be over very quickly, a bit inconsistency in pacing. There are many great characters that you will like, the way they accurately portray the hardships of warfare at the time is also a welcoming addition. It took me 10 hours to finish the game, but if you want to get all the collectibles. It might take you a bit longer. This game is definitely one of my Game of the Year contender, or at least for great storytelling. I hope if you already played it, that you enjoyed it. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? =]
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
A fantastic game with an excellent soundtrack that incorporates a lot of historical facts into the plot. Very emotional at times and shows the true death and destruction of World War I. Only downside is the extra DRM which wasn't too huge of an issue but buyers beware, Valiant Hearts uses Uplay along with Steam. However, this one little downside shouldn't change the fact that Valiant Hearts is a game to pick up and immerse yourself in the history of WWI.

Overall score: 10/10
- Tells an interesting and emotional story from four different perspectives of the war.
- Great game with an amazing soundtrack and art design.
- A lot of collectables that explain how significant each object had impacted the war.
- Actual images of the different parts of the war and detailed descriptions that accompany them.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I cried at the end...
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Soldats Inconnus : Mémoires de la Grande Guerre

首先游戏让我想起了早些年的一部很法国的动漫电影-<Les triplettes de Belleville>疯狂约会美丽都,
因为这游戏也是少见的有着法式幽默和动人情怀的游戏。
其次说说游戏名字的问题,虽然这游戏有英文名和法文名但,个人感觉完全不一样,
就英文来看 -勇敢的心 伟大的战争却和游戏内容多少不协调,
虽然我还没有玩完,但就前面内容来看游戏的反战思想是很明显的,这一点从片头动画足矣见得。
因而就法文的翻译名称应该是-无名的战士:大战记忆,我相信更为贴切。
最后呢,为了不造成剧透的影响就不说什么游戏内容了。推荐给喜欢这类动画风格游戏和对一战感兴趣的玩家吧。
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Valiant Hearts is touching adventure set during the First World War. It follows characters across the frontlines as they search for family. Puzzles build delicately and are relatively clever by the end of the six hour story. Characters are joined by a well-used dog that can retrieve objects and pull levers, allowing for some nifty solutions. Aside from some unfortunate gamey elements, such as dodging carpet bombs or ridiculous QTEs, this is a tale worth experiencing.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Sometimes a game will have a standout moment, the kind that makes you wish so dearly that EVERYONE could be watching or experiencing it right now, the kind that makes you want to point at it and go, "look at how incredible this medium can be at its very best!". Valiant Hearts is a good six-or-so hours which is full of that kind of feeling. The puzzling is fairly light on, and feels slightly repetitive by the end, but the wonderful presentation and execution imbued throughout makes it rise far above any faults that I could possible find with it. This is one of 2014's essential titles.
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