As we’re within the earliest phases of Netflix’s foray into the video games, the corporate continues to be attempting to find what a “Netflix recreation” actually looks like. We’ve seen ports of enjoyable console beat ’em ups and gratifying puzzle video games, however I do not really feel that these actually outline the platform’s rising id. Valiant Hearts: Coming Residence, then again, does. A sequel to a 2014 narrative journey recreation set throughout World Warfare I, it is a considerate and emotional journey that naturally displays among the movie and TV content material obtainable on Netflix.
Valiant Hearts: Coming Residence | Official Teaser Trailer | Netflix
It’s each extremely instructional and a stable sequel to considered one of Ubisoft’s most underrated video games. Like Earlier than Your Eyes, narrative is a transparent precedence, as is the distinct visible type that might work even when this was a conventional animated present. Netflix is understood for evolving status TV and defining what storytelling in a streaming-focused sequence might be, so it could profit from giving its unique video games an analogous focus. Valiant Hearts: Coming Residence won’t be an ideal recreation, nevertheless it’s a stable instance of what a premier Netflix recreation might appear like sooner or later.
Valiant Hearts: Coming Residence, like its predecessor Valiant Hearts: The Nice Warfare, is a narrative-focused journey recreation that hops between a number of tales from troopers (and a medic) who served throughout World Warfare I. Familiarity with the primary recreation is useful, as some characters reappear, however not crucial because the sequel tells a brand new story primarily centered on the Harlem Hellfighters, a gaggle that fought with the French after the U.S. joined the battle. It’s a narrative in regards to the horrors of battle and the household and friendships that wither by way of all of it that focuses extra on human tales slightly than the bloody fight that video games usually like to spotlight.
Whereas its story doesn’t really feel fairly as intertwined as The Nice Warfare’s, Coming Residence continues to be enlightening, shining mild on components of the battle that aren’t usually lined in your customary historical past class. I’d even suggest it as a great entry level for youths studying about World Warfare I, particularly as a result of the sport options loads of collectible objects and information that permit gamers to be taught extra in regards to the battle. Like the perfect content material on Netflix, it’s a creatively wealthy and additive expertise.
It does all that with a minimalist type, as its characters converse in pantomime, solely saying a phrase or two as a narrator finally cuts in to fill in narrative blanks or give context on the state of the battle. Whereas it might sound disrespectful to characterize such a brutal battle in a cartoonish method, the horrific moments stand out all of the extra clearly consequently. One significantly memorable set piece doesn’t comprise any dialogue. It has the participant strolling throughout the underside of the ocean as you see our bodies and ships from the Battle of Jutland sink to the seafloor. It’s equally awe-inspiring and horrifying, bolstered by Coming Residence’s distinct visible type.
The attractive 2D artwork is colourful, appears to be like hand-drawn, and nearly feels kid-friendly regardless of how grave the subject material it’s portraying is. Netflix is residence to some nice animation, so it could additionally make sense for that artistry to use to its video games. On the gameplay entrance, Coming Residence is relatively easy. Gamers use contact controls to simply stroll round, climb, and work together with objects all through the sport to unravel easy puzzles. Sometimes, some minigames with distinctive mechanics, like treating and patching up troopers’ wounds, boost the sport. It’s approachable in design and by no means significantly sophisticated, however that additionally means the gameplay by no means will get in the best way of its storytelling and artwork.
The most important draw back to is that it’s often interrupted by loading screens. Regardless that they had been very transient on my Google Pixel 7XL, they dampened some scenes’ inventive and emotional movement.
What makes a Netflix recreation?
Valiant Hearts: Coming House is a stupendous narrative-focused recreation that feelsat residence on Netflix. It demonstrates how titles with compelling tales could be simply as partaking on a cellphone as they’re on PC and consoles. That mentality is an ideal match for a platform that made a reputation for itself largely by way of serialized, story-driven TV reveals and films, and now additionally provides video games with robust tales like Desta: The Recollections Between, Earlier than Your Eyes, and Immortality.