Review: Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Xbox One)

valianthearts1Inspired by letters written during World War I, Valiant Hearts: The Great War is split into four chapters that follow the course of the war. Starting with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the game follows the stories of four people: Emile, a Frenchman; Karl, his German son-in-law; Anna, a Belgian nurse, and Freddie, an American volunteer soldier.

As the game opens, France begins to deport Germans from the country. Karl is forced to leave his French wife, Marie, and newborn child, Victor, and is drafted into the army upon his return to Germany. Emile is drafted into the French army and also must leave Marie. Their paths cross not only with each other but also with the aforementioned Anna and Freddie.

To introduce the player to the game mechanics, Emile enters basic training and learns the basic moves and item interactions that are implemented throughout the game. As the game progresses, the player is tasked with solving puzzles by variously moving objects, throwing items such as grenades, dynamite, and bottles, and using the melee attack to hit things — sometimes people and sometimes not. Later on, the player will need to dodge gunfire or drive vehicles to move through the mostly side-scrolling levels.

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