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11-11 Memories Retold

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1th November 1916, a young photographer leaves Canada to join the western front in Europe. The same day, a German technician is told that his son is missing in action. Both want to preserve their humanity and come back alive to their loved ones. 11-11: MEMORIES RETOLD is an emotional narrative adventure telling the stories of two soldiers on on both sides of the front during WW I. It is brought to life through a unique painterly style, whilst the combined voice acting talents of Elijah Wood and Sebastian Koch as Harry and Kurt, and an orchestral score from composer Olivier Deriviere, guide players through moments of both peace and despair.
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Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

A good story game about a Canadian photographer and a German solider in WW1. Sadly it has some serious flaws:
- game itself felt really slow and the collectables make the game even more slow as hunting for them kills the progression of the story (but at least you can ignore those).
- the way the handle the German - English communication doesn't make any sense. The languages are similar enough that they should understand more than 2 words and after a few weeks together they would have taught each other bits and peaces of both languages one would imagine
- it is slightly buggy, I had to restart it a few times because the game just got stuck (wouldn't let me move/select stuff)
But even with all that the game is still a good one and worth playing for the story. Also works without any issues when played with Proton (7.0-2).

Review from Steam

This game was a huge surprise to me. It looks like a simple indie game with it's unique graphics, but it actually has the polish, animations and voice acting of a AAA game.
In 11-11 Memories Retold, you follow the stories of both a German and Canadian soldier during the first world war. Despite being enemies, they become friends when faith brings them together. This sounds cliché, but the story is truly excellent and has plenty of plot twists and touching parts.
The gameplay is a combination of a walking simulator, solving simple puzzles and making choices that impact the outcome of the story. The design of the game world is truly excellent: you're running through trenches while artillery explosions surround you and attack planes are flying over your head. You visit small French towns, where people are talking to each other and living their lives. You'll get stuck in underground tunnels, when bombs are destroying the battlefield above you.
All of this is shown with a unique graphical style, that makes it look like the game was painted with watercolor. The music and voice acting are also excellent; Elijah Wood is brilliant as the Canadian Solder and the German soldiers actually speak German!
11-11 Memories Retold is an amazing experience. I can't recommend it enough!

Review from Steam

Probably one of the best story games about war. The story of two normal men, who wanted to just live their life in calm and happiness. Game carries strong social aspect, that war only hurts people, everyone. Story of wannabe photographer who sees real picture of a war, and father who is searching for his son on battlefield not caring about war itself. Story has also thirs side, yet important character, major Barrett - the key character as we play to the story. The story unfolds slowly, yet as we choose paths and what we gonna do, the story becomes a real war drama. The motif of cat and pigeon was amazing, gave additional impact also how animals are hurt during war, which devs remind us in end credits. Its hard to write about the story of this game not to spoil it for player, but please believe me, if you like mature war stories of normal people struggling to survive, you should like it. The graphics are beautiful, yet could be abit more sharper, longer session hurts eyes abit. Really advised to buy - one of the more heartbreaking indie story games i played, leaving a mark.

Review from Steam

WWI walking simulator, an hour into it not finished yet.
Posted because today is 11/11, will update later.
==== Update 11/23 ====
2014 was the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, Ubisoft released Valiant Heart with a touching story. 11-11 Memories Retold was released in 2018, 100 years after the end of WWI with a beautiful, touching, yet heartbreaking story. This game is relatively unknown, I played till the last and earned shining achievements for finishing the game.
Worth every second I played. 
The art style seem to troubled some but I am fine with it. 11-11 is more of a walking simulator, a story about 2 men who join the army: a Canadian photographer who wants to win a girl's heart in uniform, and a German father who wants to find his missing boy at the frontline and bring him back home. For the gameplay, it is unique to play both characters in turns, at first they are not related, then met in a most unexpected way. 
Unlike most war games, 11-11 focuses on giving the player a closer look into humanity through regular people, and eventually, presenting the cruelty of the war itself as it tears the hope and breaks people. I especially enjoy the breaking down of Barrett in Paris half way during Harry's run, a man who's always confident but pitiful when no one's around. I find Kurt's story more appealing, the grave scenewhere he tried to find his boy's name yet fear it, and to recognize bodies and bury them at the battlefield left me in silence. Later in the game his family even accepted Harry at home, kept him safe and built a balloon to send him home. So whenever I see Kurt I see a good man, I feel deep sympathy as he is barely a father, not a soldier. But aren't everybody else.
The story is creative, it is not only about relationships with humans, also a cat and a pigeon are included. I love that the player can choose the fate for the protagonists, since there are 7 different endings, all are very emotional and real. My first run is Harry talked Kurt into forgiving Barrett , which might be the best ending since everyone lived, though it left Harry a traitor and Kurt contemplated revenge. I tried the 5/7 endings, in some Harry married his dream girl, others Kurt returned home and reunited with his family, persuaded himself there is no one to blame for the death of Max except the war itself. There is no ending about Kurt lives and Barrett dies, and I will leave the rest 2 untouched, I cannot aim the gun to Kurt after all the goodwill from him to Harry.
Besides the main story, I also get to learn a bit of real history through documents collected. It is fun to take photos as Harry and actually carry them to the end, and Kurt's letter to his wife and baby girl always hit the soft spot in me. 
I spent a total of 5.5 hours for a full experience, brilliant, I even bought a physical copy to add in my collection.
Wish the Russo-Ukrainian War stops soon, and no more wars in the modern world.

Review from Steam

Wars are fought for many different reasons, may it be for economical, territorial gains or just simply for your kings' egos. But no matter what, wars are always fought BY People, everyday people who have feelings, desires, dreams. It's always them who are effected by war the most, it's always them who lose all or gain nothing. Travel to the middle of World War I, meet Canadian boy, who wants to be a knight in shining armor to his lover, and German father, who wants best for his family, for them to be safe. Witness their journey to armistice on both front lines, whether they will manage to save their sanity, to accomplish their desires, to save their lives.

Review from Steam

A game about war for those who don't like the shooting and drama of most war-games. This game shows the feelings of ordinary people during a war. I really liked that you can play with a Canadian as well as with a German. There are many side-quests and collectibles and different story options so the game has a high replay-value. def worth getting

Review from Steam

Decided to go through my huge list of un-played steam games alphabetically and ended up installing this game. Interesting art style and I liked the story. Enjoyed playing through it, would recommend if you enjoy story mode with unique art.

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