Paris in the spring. Shots ring out from a gallery…
A robbery… a murder… and the beginning of another epic, original Broken Sword adventure.
From multi-award winning Revolution Software comes the latest explosive episode in this classic series. Playing as intrepid American George Stobbart and sassy French journalist Nico Collard, you find yourself on the trail of a stolen painting – and a murderous conspiracy. A conspiracy whose roots lie in mysteries older than the written word...
Armed only with logic, integrity and a wry sense of humour - can George and Nico save mankind from disaster?
Can you solve the secret of the Serpent’s Curse? A curse forged by the Devil himself...
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 1GB of RAM Graphics: 256MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled. Patched to version 1.03 (Episode 1)
Posted on 2013-12-04 23:21:38 byOddsor:
I guess the fact that I was hooked immediately and completed the first episode in one sitting should speak to the game's quality. The story, or mystery, seems well put together so far, and the classic deadpan humor is still there.
One of the classic problems with the old pointyclickers is the confusing and obscure solutions you had to come up with to progress. There's definitelyread more some borderline examples in this game, and thankfully the hint system does a great job moving you along. In the end I probably used the hint system three times, and I wasn't stuck for too long on anything.
Graphics are amazing. The character models would certainly have melded better with the drawn backgrounds if they weren't 3d, but they ended up looking better than I feared. All in all great presentation. Lipsynch was clearly not in the budget here, but it's only really a glaring issue in one particular scene with a rather extreme close-up shot.
I completed the game in around 5-6 hours, so it's a lengthy adventure for sure (assuming they cut the game at around halftime).
The 5/5 score is basically justified in that what I was looking for in a Broken Sword-game has been met in this release. You obviously need to have an interest in more story-focused games, this game does nothing revolutionary in that regard and is basically the return to form that the Kickstarter-backers were hoping for.
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Posted on 2013-12-07 20:43:45 byChrisSZ:
Not great, but a solid adventure. Part 1 took me 8 hours to finish, using all dialogue options, not hastening, skipping speech etc
+ Beautiful hand-drawn background graphics
+ Good voice acting and sound quality
+ A lot of nostalgia for long-term fans
+ Built-in hint function for less experienced players
+ Very comfortable interface
- The puzzles are too easy for experiencedread more players
- Too linear, usually only one location available
- Almost no action and suspense, a bit boring
- Lacks the humor of BS 1 and 2
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Posted on 2013-12-05 16:46:33 byotis0310:
First off this game is a Broken Sword, not just in name but in spirit. For those of us who know the franchise that is enough of a review right there.
For those who don't, the game revolves around George Stobbart, an insurance assessor, and Nicole Colard, a journalist. The old friends are covering the opening of an art exhibit for their employers. All of a sudden an armed gunmanread more comes in and steals a painting and kills the museum owner.
The game is around 5-6 hours long, and that is just the first half. However you are paying for both halves of the game, you just have to wait a couple months for the other half.
The graphics are hand painted in 2D. Fans of the 3d style of the 3rd and 4th games might be put off by this, but their is no need. The graphics are beautiful and the art direction is perfect for this game.
The main problem with the graphics is that the lip syncing does not always match up. In fact there are one or two parts where the lips do not move at all. As for the sound, the voice acting is superb.
Lastly the puzzles, the vast majority of the puzzles are intuitive, and if you get stuck there is a hint system (which can be turned off in the menu). I used the system maybe a dozen times, and most of the time I used it I kicked myself for not seeing how obvious it was. Only once or twice was it actually needed.
In summary I would say this a fantastic game, and I for one cannot wait for the rest of it.
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