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

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

  • Grant Hancock

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

    • Mossel

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

    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      Seconded. Took the words outta my mouth

  • Mossel

    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!

    • DarthofZA

      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 😛

      • Mossel

        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!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Is that a dog? This is nothing but a COD clone! 😉

    • Vampyre Squirrel

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

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I wouldn’t know, because I can’t play it. 🙁 You’re mean!

        • Vampyre Squirrel

          I have my moments 🙂

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

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

  • Marcus

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

  • CaptainNemo42

    I got goosebumps.

    • No Longer SIR Twakkus

      Me too buddy!

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

  • Lourens Jordaan

    Dead dog spoiler alert!!!!

  • Skoobaz


  • Hammersteyn

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

    • Grant Hancock

      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 ! 🙂

      • Hammersteyn

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

  • No Longer SIR Twakkus


  • PS4H1P5T4

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

  • Graeme Selvan


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