Valiant hearts is another release by those fine people at Ubisoft using their Ubiart engine, I love this engine it is producing some truly beautiful games which are pushing games as art quite successfully. Set during World War 1, you take control of several characters over an intertwined story. From the middle aged Emile drafted to the French army, his son-in-law Karl a German who was deported leaving his pregnant wife Marie behind to be drafted himself into the German Army, Freddy an American volunteer and Anna a Belgian student in Paris trying to get home to her father. Between all of these you are often assisted by a dog who is invaluable in solving puzzles throughout the game.
This 2D puzzle platform game with its eye catching art style and fantastic soundtrack, which goes from motivational to haunting in the face of the horrors of the war, is one of the sweetest little games I have ever played. With vehicle sections such as from the video which ups the tempo and gives you a change of scenery there is a lot to like about this game. Alongside Child of Light, also an Ubisoft Ubiart game. In it we are taken on a history lesson with facts being collected along the way for people to read about specific events and some of the worst horrors of the conflict such as gas and facial disfigurement. With it being the 100th anniversary of the great war I’ve seen nothing more touching produced in remembrance of it.
I’m hoping there will be a lot more games using this engine, I would especially like to see third party developers take it on as well. sometimes it really isn’t all about making big budget games but about creating a connection with the player and taking them on a deep and meaningful journey.