Posts Tagged ‘Valiant Hearts: The Great War’

Video Interview – Valiant Hearts: The Great War

By Nathan Grayson on September 11th, 2013.

Ubisoft’s surprise World War I action puzzler Valiant Hearts: The Great War is looking marvelous. Developed by some of the best and brightest minds behind Rayman Legends and Beyond Good and Evil, the frank yet humorous take on the horrors of war focuses on five characters, each of whom cross paths with one another and also a day-saving, heart-melting Red Cross puppy. The tale isn’t biographical per se, but it’s absolutely rooted in reality, with many scenarios writ large by history’s mighty quill – and also small by pens on actual postcards from the time, given to producer/audio director Yoan Fanise by his grandmother. His great grandfather fought, and Valiant Hearts is in part an attempt to honor that service. I recently sat down with Fanise, and he showed me the individual postcards that inspired the game and told me precisely where fiction meets reality. 

And OK, yeah, we also talked about the dog.

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Impressions – Valiant Hearts: The Great War

By Nathan Grayson on September 10th, 2013.

How is your heart feeling today? Mine’s relatively normal, thanks, but then I’m just sitting in a living room with far too much caffeine coursing through my veins. World War I, though – now that thing required some heavy duty hearts. Bullets whizzed, trenches flooded, friends smiled and laughed in one moment and cradled each other’s dying bodies in the next. Valiant Hearts: The Great War is an extremely promising-looking adventure puzzler about the latter. People. Five human beings and their experiences during the war that sadly did not end all wars. Also, there is a big ol’ puppy and he is delightful. Call of Duty dog ain’t shit. And it’s all being put together by people who worked on the likes of Beyond Good and Evil, Rayman Legends, and King Kong. Read on for my impressions of Ubisoft’s secret weapon.

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