I often think that WWII gets way more attention than it should in gaming, I suppose because no one feels bad about killing Nazis. However, there were so many other interesting wars in history – I’m excited about this new game from Ubisoft that’s based on actual letters from WWI.

Telling the stories of five unique characters from different sides of the trenches, Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a downloadable 2D platformer set during WWI. Oh, and like all games of the new generation, there’s a dog! I really like the look of this game, though – it seems to be taking a page from the indie gaming book and is focused on story telling and game design. As explained on the Ubisoft blog,

Solve puzzles and sneak through enemy lines while doing your best to stay alive. Each of the five playable characters (including the lovelorn German soldier) work alongside the same faithful canine companion at different times, all trying to survive in the trenches while doing their best to hold onto their humanity in the face of loss and tragedy. Though it’s set during a dark time in history, there are lighthearted (and even comical) moments spread throughout the game.

I think the game looks pretty cool. I like the aesthetic and the story shown in the launch trailer seems intriguing. Valiant Hearts: The Great War is coming next year to PC, PS3 and PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Check out the trailer and screenshots:

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Last Updated: September 11, 2013

was reviewed on PC

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