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

1.1
was reviewed on PC

23 Comments

  1. Grant Hancock

    September 11, 2013 at 12:16

    Wow ! …this looks awesome πŸ™‚ … great to see something fresh, different and clearly not a big-budget profit-seeker coming out from a big game developer

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    • Mossel

      September 11, 2013 at 12:21

      OMW that first part of your comment was the exact words that rang through my mind. Like…exactly. “Wow ! …this looks awesome πŸ™‚ … great to see something fresh”

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 11, 2013 at 12:24

      Seconded. Took the words outta my mouth

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  2. Mossel

    September 11, 2013 at 12:26

    I think there should be a game that covers all wars between 1800-1900. Right across the globe! Just think how cool that would be! Also…Anglo Boer War!

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    • DarthofZA

      September 11, 2013 at 13:13

      You have mentioned a grand total of 0 game mechanics, not even as much as a genre, and then say to imagine the game and how cool it would be… that assignment is too hard to imagine πŸ˜›

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      • Mossel

        September 11, 2013 at 13:48

        lol. Well I was thinking FPS. Other than that I have nothing. That is also the reason I’m not a developer…*runs of to do some algebra!

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  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 11, 2013 at 12:26

    Is that a dog? This is nothing but a COD clone! πŸ˜‰

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    • Vampyre Squirrel

      September 11, 2013 at 15:22

      Unless if it can drive in your vehicle with you, because then it’s a GTAV clone… πŸ˜›

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 11, 2013 at 15:28

        I wouldn’t know, because I can’t play it. πŸ™ You’re mean!

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        • Vampyre Squirrel

          September 11, 2013 at 16:30

          I have my moments πŸ™‚

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  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 11, 2013 at 12:27

    This looks pretty cool, I like side scrollers. Just started Mark of the Ninja last night, enjoying it.

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  5. Marcus

    September 11, 2013 at 12:30

    Need to know more… Love games with a good story. Best game story for me, Hart of Darkness.

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  6. CaptainNemo42

    September 11, 2013 at 12:33

    I got goosebumps.

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    • No Longer SIR Twakkus

      September 11, 2013 at 14:09

      Me too buddy!

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  7. OVG Beyond your comprehension

    September 11, 2013 at 12:52

    Go Ubisoft. After the success of the Far Cry 3 spin off I can see them green lighting more cool shit.

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  8. Lourens Jordaan

    September 11, 2013 at 12:57

    Dead dog spoiler alert!!!!

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  9. Skoobaz

    September 11, 2013 at 13:14

    Sold!

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  10. Hammersteyn

    September 11, 2013 at 13:18

    Send a memo to Square Enix please. So they can see how one can make games without blowing millions on a budget.

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    • Grant Hancock

      September 11, 2013 at 15:13

      Send a memo to SEGA & Capcom so they can see platformers are not dead… and that the world would accept a new Mega Man and Sonic in traditional 2D format with open arms and cash-filled fists ! πŸ™‚

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      • Hammersteyn

        September 11, 2013 at 15:36

        Oh yes please! The new Ducktales was lots of fun.

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  11. No Longer SIR Twakkus

    September 11, 2013 at 14:09

    Goosebumps!!!

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  12. PS4H1P5T4

    September 11, 2013 at 14:40

    I can already see this game clocking in at 1080ipp and 120FPS on teh PS4.

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  13. Graeme Selvan

    September 11, 2013 at 16:00

    I MUST HAVE THIS!

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