An intimate window into the extraordinary – and extraordinarily complicated – process that VandenBerghe and his colleagues went through.
Jean-Simon Chartier’s film about the creation and production of the Ubisoft video game For Honor is as flashy and busy as a clip reel.
★★★★ 4/5 Stars
Playing Hard’s chronicle of an AAA game’s five-year development cycle is a remarkable achievement. It’s also a fun, absorbing, and insightful documentary sure to entertain gamers and non-gamers alike.
As a look at the some of the real humans working inside an industry notorious for its secrecy, Chartier’s documentary is a rare achievement.
★★★ 3/4 Stars
Storytelling is in top form in Jean-Simon Chartier’s latest documentary offering, Playing Hard.
★★★ 3/4 Stars
An interesting look at the creative process, from the initial spark of an idea to the final feeling of grief that comes when the project is done and you are no longer working on it.
“Entertainment is philosophy in motion,” says gamer Jason Vandenberghe towards the end of Playing Hard. The film sees Vandenberghe realize his dream by leading the team at Montreal’s Ubisoft video game empire in creating the entertainment he always wanted as a child.
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Given the notoriously top secret nature of the video game industry, it’s a miracle that Chartier was able to make Playing Hard at all.
Playing Hard shows the kind of coordinated effort and sacrifice required to make a blockbuster videogame.
Jean-Simon Chartier’s behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of video game development is engrossing, informative, and unexpectedly full of tension and drama.