Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review - Hague Conventional

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review - Hague Conventional

An unassuming adventure game that nonetheless showcases the horror of war like no other.

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Jimothy Sterling

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Hey, nice review Jimothy.
I was was on the fence about this one, I must say that the walking dead left me a bit cold about the gameplay, and this might be similar in that way, but I think I'll give it a go.

one thing, I don't think it's a typo, but the grammar didn't make much sense in your bottom line, maybe i'm reading it wrong?

"Despite taking shape as a rather unambitious adventure game, Valiant Hearts: The Great War nonetheless tells a beautiful story of loss and companionship that with overwhelmingly evocative success."

Anyhow, thanks, most people seem to be forgetting about things coming out around this time.
 

Nikolaz72

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World War 1 is really underdone in the games industry. This proves as one of the few examples currently made that it can be done <_<.
 

oldtaku

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'Hell, you just wouldn't expect it from Ubisoft, huh?'

Well, if this is a success... yearly franchise releases! That'll bring you back to Ubisoft.
 

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Delcast said:
one thing, I don't think it's a typo, but the grammar didn't make much sense in your bottom line, maybe i'm reading it wrong?

"Despite taking shape as a rather unambitious adventure game, Valiant Hearts: The Great War nonetheless tells a beautiful story of loss and companionship that with overwhelmingly evocative success."
Had to read it a couple of times to notice but yep, there is indeed an error.

I don't typically go for adventures games as I don't generally like the way puzzles are handled, but those described in this review actually sound pretty interesting despite Jim's calling them dull. Seems much more organic than the typical item hunting stuff you usually have to deal with.
 

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Having seen some videos of this, I think it's a pretty nice little game that tells an interesting story and I'd agree with Jim's assesment.

I think it'd actually be brilliant as an educational game and in general not a bad buy for someone that's interested in learning a bit about the western front in WWI. From what I've heard, in the US this seems to be a period schools don't teach in much detail, weird.
 

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Does anyone know how long the game is? I already bought it, and fully intend to enjoy the ride regardless, but I want to know if I can just knock it out in one evening, or if it'll take me a few days to get through it.
 

Jimothy Sterling

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Sure, the gameplay's not too difficult, but I'd say the incredibly human story more than makes up for it. This is easily the best game I've played so far this, and I'm not even half-way through the damn thing. As far as I'm concerned, Far Cry 4, Watch_Dogs, and Assassin's Creed Unity can all go to hell, this is gonna be the best game Ubisoft releases in 2014
 

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The extra-depressing aspect of WWI was that it was just completely pointless. The "enemy" was not the epitome of evil like the Nazis. Basically, most of Europe just got together and said, "These youths sure are lazy. Well, nothing builds character like a good war. It'll create the next generation of leaders, and we'll be home by Christmas!" And then people just died in meat-grinder for several years and no one knew how to turn it off. Also, the US got involved for no real reason either.

So, yeah, not great stuff for a man-shoot. Either you just step out of a trench and die or, even worse, get to man the machine gun and just mow people down.

However, I am looking forward to playing Valiant Hearts.
 

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shado_temple said:
Does anyone know how long the game is? I already bought it, and fully intend to enjoy the ride regardless, but I want to know if I can just knock it out in one evening, or if it'll take me a few days to get through it.

From what I've seen in other reviews, it's about 6 to 7 hours. Since the game's not designed to get you stuck but rather give you some busywork to get you to interact with the world it's still somewhat generous for a budget release. And so far I'm so enthralled by the story that it doesn't matter.


Games like this sould be cherished, and as much flak as I gave Ubi's terrible handling of the "female models" in gaming, and a general lack of diversity, I can't but appreciate what its "indie" division is doing. I am much more endeared to this game than Watch_Dogs or AC:U or even Far Cry 4, and this seems to establish yet another good year for narrative in gaming (even if the gameplay is still not quite in synch).

Most of all, I am enjoying just how much a labour of love this is. It's earnest, quirky, and even funny amidst its dark themes,