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 (4,820 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
40 of 44 people (91%) 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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29 of 32 people (91%) 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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26 of 27 people (96%) 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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15 of 17 people (88%) 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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9 of 10 people (90%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
just finish the game, i expect a good puzzle. but got the tears instead.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
The best anti-war game I’ve ever played. Really manages to highlight how stupid mankind can be.
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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I cried at the end...
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
One of the most heartful games I've ever played. Don't expect awesome gameplay or badass graphics, this is a simple puzzle game. But it has depth. It's a game about people, normal people in war. You don't want better graphics, because the cartoony style is the only thing keeping you from weeping every cutscene. There's no glory in war. And this game shows you why. Prepare to be moved, prepare to be touched, and prepare a boatload of tissues.

Manly tears were shed? Oh, no, no... You will not shed manly tears. Nothing will be manly about the bawling this game will give you.

Not CoD/10. And that's a good thing.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Worth every cent!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
great visuals
great story
many feels
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Dear Marie,

I Cried
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Valiant Hearts is fun, engaging and terribly sad.

The puzzles were neither too hot nor too cold, but just right. Similarly the history nuggets were all the more appealing for the engaging caricatures, exaggerated art style and fantastical narrative.

Most all of my minutes while playing were enjoyable with the exception of those five after the ending when I was too busy crying like a champ.

10/10 would cry again.


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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
I'd first like to start by saying that for the longest time I've been wanting a video game that took place in the First World War. However, I'd no idea that the very first dedicated title I'd receive to fill that desire was going to be Valiant Hearts. At first I was quite skeptical, it being a 2D side-scroller that lacked direct combat and all. But the trailers had me hooked none-the-less, and I was eager to throw down my pre-order the moment I was able.

This game had me emotionally involved the moment it'd begun, it has a very, very good way of toying with your psyche. At first, you're all hyped, the game's atmosphere when Emile goes off to join the army makes you feel powerful and ready, and the game does a good job at using the characters and imagery to make you feel a sense of patriotism for France. But then, you actually get into the war, and gradually that hope begins to falter as you lose faith in the grand scheme of your nation's war-effort. Instead, you begin to focus solely on these characters who're doing their best to keep their lives together in this harsh time, hoping that only the best can happen to them in the end.

Instead of direct front-line combat, the characters you play have more support roles. Game-play is present, and it takes place in the shape of various puzzles and stealth-scenes that require a healthy brain to surpass, rather than an itchy trigger finger. Boss fights are satisfying, just like most of the puzzles, and the game does a damn-good job of making sure that there's no needless fluff or filler to waste your time; everything you do feels like it's where it needs to be and is relevant. This game's story is a tear-jerker, even if some of the plot is easily able to be anticipated. Yet, the writers did a fantastic job at unfolding this tale, and I can honestly say that it has one of the best endings from both a literary, and emotional stand-point.

In fact, it wasn't until the ending that I cried, and I'm not ashamed to admit that. It's not a story about martyrs, war-heroes, or soldiers, it's a story about people who just want to live their lives and be happy. As much as I want to write about the only ending in video game history that ever made me bawl like a ♥♥♥♥♥, I think it'd be better to just let people who've yet to experience this wonderful title to indulge in it themselves. Seriously, you'll survive Uplay just this once, you damn pansies.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Very Rarely in video games do developers touch the first world war, these days developers wanly focus on Modern warfare and these are mostly 3rd or 1st person shooters. Valiant Hearts does neither of these thing it instead focuses on a more narrative driven experience within a Semi 2-D world focusing on puzzles to progress the story. The story focuses on 4 protagonists. Emile who is a French farmer who becomes a POW during his first battle while searching for his son-in-law. Karl was German living in France before the war started. He is married to Emile's daughter Marie, both of whom have a son together. Karl is deported back to Germany when the war begins and is conscripted into the German army. Freddie who is an American soldier who enlists as an engineer for the French and vows revenge on the Germans who took away the life of his wife and Anna a Belgian nurse tending to the wounded soldiers on the battlefield. In the search of her father, captured by the Germans, she continues to tend to the wounded and find her father and finally there is the dog, an unnamed German shepherd who becomes a valued and trusted friend to each of its four human co-stars at one point or another throughout the game.

The puzzles often boil down to simply finding an item in one location and bringing it to another, though the context of these fetch quests manages to keep them interesting as you race to save civilians or use stealth to navigate behind enemy lines. The dog's presence also augments the puzzles in interesting ways, allowing you to control two characters at once, reach areas into which no human could fit or distract guards by simply being an adorable puppy. There are also rhythm mini games and these are used for the charging the trenches section of the game where you have to avoid enemy fire in order to progress. There are also similar section where you do the same in a car avoiding obstacles while the can can, can be heard playing in the background which is a nice touch. The boss battles should also be mentioned because while they are very smart takes on puzzles and bosses together they do seem to stretch they do give the sense of new technology in the war and having to overcome insurmountable odds.

But that’s not to say that all the games aspects are solid. The medic mini-game, however, is dull to play and forces your attention away from the action at hand so that amputating a soldier's arm is treated with the same rote monotony as giving a tired soldier a sip of water through rhythm quick time events. There can also be some confusing puzzles in late game but that should not be held against the game as the game does give you hints if it sees that you are stuck in a certain section and these usually helped enough so that the narrative could continue and move on to the next section of gameplay

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a superbly titled game. It does its job of showing that war is one of man’s worst creations and how families were torn apart back then and are still being torn apart today by current wars. It is a valiant effort at a sincere depiction of war by developers whose hearts were clearly in the right place, telling a gripping story that is still respectful of its source.
Final Verdict: 9/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Cannot recommend enough. No Words.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
I highly reccomend this beautiful game. Everything it does, it does right.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
100% Base on true story, not just solving puzzle, You are actually reading comic at the same time. The story is heart-warming and somehow is horrified. Atmosphere is beautiful even you tried to stop running and see how AWESOME the situation is during the escape in the wars. 9/10 no tears guarantee, give credit to another company who tought us WW1 history in this game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
It's been a LONG time since I've played a game with an emotional impact like Valiant Hearts: The Great War. If you can appreciate a powerful story and sobering history lesson, all wrapped in a beautifully stylized single-player experience, then this will be one of your new favorite titles.
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