- Total Score - 5.5/105.5/10
The Valiant is inspired by the classics, but also fails to live up to those lofty heights.
The Valiant is a tactical RTS inspired by Company of Heroes and Dawn of War, two seminal classic RTS titles. Even though legendary titles inspire it, The Valiant does an okay job of partially living up to the legacy but faltering in others.
The Valiant comes with the usual assortment of modes you would expect from a fully featured RTS. Like Company of Heroes, it contains a fun story-driven campaign featuring extensive story elements and narrative moments.
Each mission features small-scale tactics with your heroes and small squads in brutal tactical skirmishes. So far, even early on, the game will test your skills and tactical decision-making on the fly with varied objectives. The Valiant is not about sitting back, building a vast base, and pumping out a massive army to win. Tactics are king here, with missions often starting with limited units.
Thankfully none of the challenges comes from poor PC performance or a wrong port. Considering the vast amount of options the control scheme has been pulled off very well and becomes second nature after a couple of hours. Training mode is helpful and recommended as it will ensure you are calm as soon as a battle starts.
In addition to the different heroes, you also have skill trees. They are varied, offer other tactical options, and even contain that can significantly change the gameplay. These unlock also carry over to the multi-player and skirmish matches as well.
The Valiant isn’t a beauty; sometimes, the units can get lost in battle. It never feels like you have a bird’s eye view of a fantastic tactical battle. It feels like you are clashing symbols against armies of soldiers. The standard multiplayer affair is lacking, with the lack of depth and base building hurting longevity.
If you’re looking for a fun but brief tactical RTS, you could do worse than the Valiant. Unfortunately. You can also do much better, and this game’s inspirations are admirable, but the execution leaves much to be desired.