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About Valiant Hearts: The Great War

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Genre: Adventure | Publisher: Ubisoft | Platform: Console
Valiant Hearts is a side-scrolling adventure game in which you play as four unique characters all fighting to survive during the First World War.

Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, this two-dimensional puzzle adventure takes players through the villages, trenches and open battlefields of Europe. Objectives are varied, with the game rarely ever focusing on actual conflict, instead tasking the player with navigating the characters through the quieter segments of the war, with actual battles being reserved for a handful of big set pieces. There is a strong emphasis on completing miscellaneous tasks rather than openly fighting, making Valiant Hearts a great game for old-school puzzle fans looking for a slower-paced find-and-click adventure.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War: What We Like The Most

Great Story
Ubisoft Montpellier's narrative skills are second to none, and the four interwoven narratives of Valiant Hearts prove this. Each character is masterfully crafted and features a fully fleshed-out arc, meaning they all grow and change substantially by the time the credits roll. The plot itself is a moving piece on the hardships and pain of war, and what its effects are on families and individuals.

Relaxed Gameplay
This is one of the rare war adventure games that don’t require twitch-reflexes to be fully enjoyed. Featuring fun, methodical puzzles and a focus on moving characters smartly rather than quickly, for gamers in need of a less stressful adventure, this is one title that can't be missed.

Unique take on the Genre
Adventure games have been around a long time, but Valiant Hearts takes the genre in a new direction, integrating the simplistic tasks and mechanics puzzle fans are familiar with into a bigger, grander narrative where every objective plays a major role in shaping the course of the story.

The Basics of Valiant Hearts: The Great War

The player starts off in control of the Frenchman Emile, who gets drafted into the army while his German son-in-law is deported and ultimately forced to fight him as the opposition. Emile gains an American comrade, Freddie, who volunteers to join the French army. Halfway through the game, a Belgian nurse named Anna joins the fray, and the player is whisked back and forth between these four characters, getting a firsthand view of how each of them contribute to the war effort and to each other.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War: Core Challenges

Being a slow-paced adventure puzzler, there's little in the way of true challenges during a play-through of Valiant Hearts. However, there are more than a few tricks the game likes to throw the player's way every so often.

1. Use your dog! 
Level layout in Valiant Hearts: The Great War is typically designed to focus your attention on whatever your human character's next objective is. Usually, the only way to progress to that objective is by commanding your dog, Walt, to fetch an item or flip a switch for you. His paths are fairly hard to notice, meaning you need to be constantly vigilant for small nooks and crannies that he can slip into to assist you in your mission.

2. Move to the rhythm
There are a couple of intense chase sequences in the Valiant Hearts game, all set to classical music. The key to acing these segments is to maneuver your vehicle to the beat of the tune playing, as enemies will drop bombs and fire projectiles at the pace of the music.

3. Remember each character's special abilities
Freddie has a pair of wire cutters to take down barbed-off areas, and Emile has a shovel to dig through the ground. In Valiant Hearts, certain situations will let you swap between characters, and you'll likely need to use multiple special tools in sequence to clear specific areas.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Valiant Hearts game? 
For the average player, it will most likely take around seven hours to complete the game's story. Those looking for a leisurely stroll through the First World War or hoping to collect all the scattered collectibles in the game have a estimated ten hour completion time to look forward to.

Are the puzzles hard? 
Typically, they're not hard at all. The only real obstacle to progression in Valiant Hearts originates from the fact that most puzzles require certain items to be found, and these items are usually very small and hidden very well, leading to some frustrating mini-marathons of object-hunting.

Does it have a strong narrative? 
Yes. Valiant Hearts: The Great War is told through a beautiful hand-drawn art style, the narrative is told tactfully and respectfully without skimping on its heavy subject matter. It's well paced and infuses enough comic relief to balance out the stronger, more emotional moments.

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