1. A Creative Masterpiece
Valiant Hearts is an all around beautiful game. From the cartoon art style, to the sorrowful music and the muted voice acting of the characters, the game mimics children's story books yet is an accomplished mature experience.
2. It's Accessible To All Gamers
Valiant Hearts is unique for a war game, since you barely ever pick up a gun. You must rely on your wits and intuition to solve puzzles and survive the action sequences. It perfectly balances challenge and story so it keeps up the rhythm of the narrative but still gives you the sense of achievement when you complete a puzzle.
3. Rich In History
Though Ubisoft has stated that this is not an exact representation of the events during World War I (I don't think there was ever a battle that involved a zeppelin and a church organ), Valiant Hearts is able to educate during gameplay. Through narration, situations and added informational prompts that are unlocked during play, you get a portrait of what life was like in the trenches.
4. Short But Sweet
At about 6 hours in run time (give or take a few depending on your puzzle solving skills) this game can easily be completed in a day or stretched over a weekend. A refreshing break after playing epic 40 - 100 hour titles.
5. Have A Few Tissues Handy
Unlike other war games, Valiant Heart is about the characters, not the violence and the gunning down of enemies. I knew this game was gonna make me teary-eyed the first time I saw the trailer. You feel for the characters and their plight. When danger befalls one of the heroes, you get all choked up. And yes, I cried at the end.