Valiant Hearts: The Great War

By Matthew Flanigan 08 Sep 2014 0

Editor?s intro - A few weeks ago Wargamer.com regular contributor Matthew Flanigan suggested that he look at Ubisoft?s World War 1 game, Valiant Hearts: The Great War, as something a bit different for the site, and, of course, being very appropriate in this year of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War. Additionally, it is timed to be published during the anniversary of one of the major battles of the early stages of the war, The Battle of the Marne, fought from 5th to 12th September 1914 which halted the German advance into France and set the scene for years of attritional trench warfare.

OK, this isn?t wargame that Wargamer.com usually covers, however, the subject matter and the way in which Valiant Hearts treats it is, I think, well worth considering, and here Matthew Flanigan looks beyond just the game play (which he likes) and into the way that the war and the experience of the ordinary soldier is represented in a very thoughtful manner. Indeed, it may well make you think about how other games treat their representation of warfare and the people involved ? and that is no bad thing.

And so onto the review and discussion of the game:

 

You can buy Valiant Hearts here, or the iOS version here.

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