Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review (PS4)

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is one of those free PS+ games this month, but I’ve actually had this game sitting on my PS4 for a while now. I got it on sale sometime last year but had yet to play it. Of course I groaned when it became free, but what are you going to do? Having an opening in my game schedule, I decided to give this game a try and here’s what I thought about it.

Valiant Hearts revolves around the lives of four people all effected by the Great War. You have Emile the Frenchman, Karl who just happens to be Emile’s German son-in-law, Freddie an American soldier who has his own very personal reasons for enlisting in the war, and Anna a Belgian nurse who will help just about anyone. While each character has their reasons for being in the war, they all eventually come together to tell a shared story between the four of them. You’ll see each of their struggles and their triumphs throughout the game and eventually see how not everyone survives the war and not everyone is rewarded with a happy ending for enduring.

When I first started playing this game I couldn’t put it down. I played for about 3 hours straight until I actually had to stop. I picked up the next day and didn’t stop playing until I finished it. The story of these four people drew me into the game and made me want to keep playing to see what happened to each of them. The whole game is an emotional rollercoaster that had me sobbing through the credits. I’ve been known to cry during some games, but this game made me actually sob. This game created such an emotional connection to each and every one of the four characters involved in the game. This emotional connection was so strong that by the end of the game, what happened to each character has some sort of effect on you.

The playability for this game is really simple since it’s more about telling a story then anything else. This game is one of those simple point and click type of games where you have to solve a few puzzles but they aren’t really all that difficult to do. If you do happen to get stuck there are hints that pop up every so often for you to use. This helped the overall flow of the game since it wasn’t all too difficult to actually play. It was nice that this game was also glitch and bug free making for a nice easy playthrough.

The graphics for this game are simply beautiful. I’m really enjoying these games that look like they stepped out of an art gallery and this is one of them. Although I might not be too happy with Ubisoft these days, I’m really enjoying these Ubiart games especially because of the graphics. There’s so much detail put into them but they’re also simple in their own way. The graphics work really well for this game and only enhance the story.

Even though you shouldn’t play this game for the trophies, there are a total of 20 trophies. Most of them reflect just playing the game and you’ll get them naturally for playing the story, but there are some trophies for doing specific things as well as gathering up over 100 collectibles. You’ll get most of the collectibles throughout the story and you should only have to go back and collect a couple of them using the chapter select. The trophies that require you to do specific things should come naturally as well, but if you miss one it’s easy to go back and grab it.

There’s no need for multiplayer for this game and I’m glad it wasn’t forced into the game to sell more downloads.

Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Amazing story about four people effected by the Great War.
+ Emotional storytelling that will keep you captivated to see what happens next.
+ Beautiful graphics.
+ Bug and glitch free gaming.

What’s Not So Great:
I can’t think of anything that’s not great about this game.

If you haven’t played this game yet and you have PS+, then seriously what are you waiting for? Not only is this game simply amazing, but it’s also free. If you bought this game a while a go like I did but didn’t get a chance to play it yet, then I suggest you do so. You won’t regret it as you live the Great War through the eyes of these four characters. I would definitely add this game to my list of games that you can’t go without playing.