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Our examiner, Andrea Walney, first checked The War to End All Wars (Dreams) 19 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
You start walking down a road towards the visitor centre. As you reach it, you become aware that the scene has changed and you are now back in time. Explore further and you are returned to the present.
Once you get in the trench this time-slip happens again and you find yourself in a first person view of a soldier back in the past. This back and forth continues as you explore the exhibit. You escape a collapsing trench and go "over the top". Each time telling a different part of the soldier's story and adding first hand emotion to the experience. There are no other people to meet and you are not made to fight or encounter dead bodies, but it still manages to convey what it would have been like to be part of the conflict.
The result is a well researched game, using period music and sound to great effect, and is an excellent introduction for children studying the period, and would be suitable as a classroom resource.
The game does not feature violence, although it is about war. You hold guns but don't fire them. There are scenes of peril, dead horses, and a visit to a cemetery.
9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.
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The War to End All Wars
This is an unusual "subscription" as you only need to purchase the Dreams game once on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5, then you can access all the games for free.
You need to purchase Dreams to play the game on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5. Once you have Dreams the game itself is free via the about link.
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