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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Overwhelmingly Positive (10,795 reviews) - 95% of the 10,795 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
Helpful customer reviews
45 of 45 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Valiant Hearts: a tribute to human compassion in harsh times

So much has already been written on Valiant Hearts: The Great War that it seems almost redundant to add yet another glowing review admiring all the things this game does so well. Situated in the First World War, Valiant Hearts is at heart a 2D side-scrolling adventure game with quite some puzzles added into the mix. While the gameplay itself is top-notch on its own (controlling the different characters is a breeze and solving the puzzles offers a decent but surely not too steep challenge), the true genius of the game lies in the way the story conveys all the emotions that can be linked to a catastrophic event such as the First World War.

The story tells in a gripping way the effect of the ware on four characters: a French soldier Emile, a German soldier Karl (the son-in-law of Emile, which offers a lot of possibilities for the story-writers), an American volunteer Freddie who gets befriended with Emile and a Belgian nurse, Anna, who tries to help and comfort as many wounded a possible, without looking if they are friend or foe. The game surely is not "heroic" in any sense: it's not the (often false) heroism of the war that stands in the spotlight, but rather the life of different "ordinary" people who try to survive amidst the carnage. If there is one theme that stands out, it's that of human compassion even in such horrible circumstances: not only does the nurse tend to all soldiers she meets, the familial relationship between Emile and Karl puts the French-German conflict in a completely different light. The unexpected but true friendship between Emile and Freddie offers yet another layer of interaction. Furthermore, on several occasions there are situations in which soldiers of the different armies help each other out rather than blindly slaughtering their enemies. You even get a dog as a companion, who helps out on many occasions and is often the key to solving a puzzle.

The story is told both during the actual gameplay and in different scenes between the chapters and portions of the game, and it turns out to be a true rollercoaster of emotions with a gripping, desolate end. It is rare for a game to move the player into tears, but Valiant Hearts managed to do so on more than one occasion. I truly felt emotionally shattered once the game had ended. Ubisoft Montpellier also went to great pains to provide a lot of historical background on the First World War, and it manages to do so without giving the impression one is playing a mainly educational game. It was a very smart move to introduce "collectibles" throughout the game, which add a lot of information about daily life during the war and which can be picked up during actual gameplay. Together with the diaries of the protagonists and the historical facts which unlock when the game progresses, one gets a ton of interesting information.

There really is no reason not to try and probably love this game. I know that it is a Ubisoft game and that it forces to use Uplay, but believe me: the quality, also from a technical point of view of this game is miles above the big budget games Ubisoft have released over the past years. The only downside is that there are no Steam achievements, which could have been a very fine addition - the Uplay achievements, though well done by themselves, are no match for the real stuff. Be sure to use a controller for this game; the controls are nigh-perfect and very intuitive.

In every other department the game shines as well: graphically it does a very good job at conveying the often bleak atmosphere of the front - using a cartoonish comic-book style was a risk, but it pays off very well in the end. The sound department is even better, with a wonderful soundtrack and exactly the right background sounds at the right moment.

Essential purchase and gaming experience, a true classic of the adventure genre and a deep emotional experience.
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44 of 46 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
There are no headshots or scores to achieve here. Just raw emotion and a different view of WWI. There isn't much to be said, you just have to play this to understand.
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41 of 48 people (85%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
This game has so much feels I had to punch 10 walls to gain my manliness back.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Valiant Hearts is quite a moving adventure during the time of World War I. The music is amazing, the artwork is superb, and there is historical content to be uncovered for trivial knowledge. The gameplay is a simple side-scrolling cartoon, yet each character you play will uncover a personal story that is easy to sympathize with and get emotionally attached to. As the stories progress, they eventually cross paths and you will cheer and cry together with each passing moment.

There is sadness, but war brings sadness, yet we become stronger as a result.
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26 of 37 people (70%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2015
JUST DO IT!
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