The Game Guy
There’s a constant stream of ultra-violent video games that explore war. Most dramatize gunplay like the “Call of Duty” series, but rare finds like “Spec Ops: The Line” delve into the psychological toll of the battlefield. Similar to the latter, “Valiant Hearts: The Great War” illustrates the impact that war has on family bonds.
“Valiant Hearts” is set in World War I-era Europe. The story tells the tale of four people whose paths cross, drift apart, and cross again throughout the course of the war. Karl is a German farmer living in France. He’s pulled from his home against his will in order to fight alongside the German Army. Following these events, Karl’s father-in-law Emile chooses to fight for his native land of France. Freddie is a physically imposing American fighting for the U.S. while fueled by vengeance. Rounding out the cast is Anna, a medic who finds herself wherever medics are needed, which during wartime is everywhere.