Video games: 'Valiant Hearts' offers a thoughtful look at war

  • Updated: July 12, 2014 - 2:00 PM

A thoughtful look at war

In video games about war, we typically assume the roles of gun-toting soldiers who singlehandedly save the day. Through phenomenal visuals and audio, “Valiant Hearts: The Great War” ($15 for PS 3/ 4, Xbox 360 /One, PC; rated Teen) highlights the horrors faced by normal people in extraordinary circumstances — but it’s a better history lesson than a game. Set during World War I, the game focuses on the crossing paths of four people and one dog. You control each of the humans at different points throughout the conflict, but you aren’t shooting up enemies. Most of the game play is about getting from one place to another, overcoming obstacles with your wits instead of overwhelming force. It might not be challenging or action-packed, but “Valiant Hearts” provides thoughtful and sobering looks at what life was like on the front.

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