Uncover the identity of a jester assassin. Unlock the legend of the
Knights Templar. Unravel a plot as twisted as the catacombs you're about to prowl.
As George Stobbart, an American in Paris, you find it odd when an accordion-playing clown darts out of a cafe clutching a briefcase. Moments later, you're sent flying, violently thrown through the air by the force of a massive explosion, right into a sinister, global intrigue. The coveted contents of that briefcase? A fiercely guarded manuscript penned by a clandestine medieval order - the Knights Templar. Reveal the truth behind a secret conspiracy and save the world from the Templars' evil plan.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Drug Reference, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Mild Violence, Sexual Themes, Violence. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 1GB of RAM Graphics: 64MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.
Posted on 2011-01-15 01:06:10 byseanparkerfilms:
Broken Sword is one of those special games in many an adventure gamer's heart - a rare gem of a masterpiece combining atmosphere, outstanding animation, well-balanced difficulty, and terrific sense of pathos and wit in its fine writing.
When the director's cut came out, it was great to have such a wonderful experience back in the public spotlight, but many fans complained thatread more the re-imagining of the classic has more in common with one of George Lucas' much maligned "special editions" than a true improvement that pays respect to the original.
Well, thanks to mass feedback from the users, whether you prefer the remake or the original no longer matters at GOG.com, because you get both versions in this package. Now you can experience the new content in the director's cut to satisfy your curiosity while delving back into the original product to see the story that made such an impact in 1996 - and the way it was meant to be played!
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Posted on 2010-12-09 08:39:44 byStingingVelvet:
It's nice to finally see Broken Sword: Shadows of the Templars on GOG, but unfortunately this is not the classic version that you would expect from Good OLD Games, this is a remastered version that does not live up to the original.
For starters the game now includes a new starting chapter which is not as well done as the original and ruins the very moody and classic opening. "Parisread more in the fall..." is gone, along with the feeling of jumping right into the mystery with the bombing. The writing in the new opening section is just not as good, and the puzzles are very linear. It was originally made for the Wii and it shows, being a much more casual experience suitable for that console.
On top of the the game now has flashing "hot-spots" that you can't turn off. When I played this irritated me more than it helped as the flashes remove any feeling of looking around the area, you just mindlessly click the flashing lights until they've all been clicked already. On top of that the visuals in many ways are actually worse than the original version running in ScummVM. Many background animations are now gone like the flags at the hotel and there is generally a more blurry and compressed look to the art. When comparing them one-after-another on my system the original version is more detailed and more vibrant.
For me the Director's Cut is anything but, it's a poor version of the game with needless additions and actual losses. I'm not sure why GOG has only received this new version when the original would make more sense to sell here. Some people might call me a purist, but then this site should definitely cater to those among us who liked games the way they were back then, shouldn't it?
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Posted on 2011-03-15 10:24:20 byNephlim_Killy:
Broken Sword is legend. I first played this game on Playstation, at the time I was not much of a PC games. The release of the Director’s Cut edition convinced me to by the first episode out of pure nostalgia. The only thing I have to say is that this new edition is a bit of a disappointment.
First, I always wondered why people had the urge to modify great gaming classic withoutread more thinking about carefully beforehand. The Director’s Cut just does not add anything good too the previous experience the game could offer. The comic book style drawing are alright, but differ from the original image old gamers could had of the heroes. But on the technical aspect, the game is just completely messed up. The absence of high resolution is strange for a version of a game released like 12 years after the original considering the evolution of PC standards.All you’ll get is a blurry effect to hide the disgracious pixels or they thought.
Don’t get me wrong, everything is not that bad. There is one big positive point that the Director’s Cut version had and it’s the new scenes that extend the scenario. They manage to give the story a little more depth without sacrificing the coherence and the original aura of the game. Thus those new segments of the game are a delight and are pushing the length of the game up to 12 hours total.
With the GOG version of the game, apart from the usual bonus that kick-ass, you now get the original version. And THAT is just great. You will be able to enjoy the game the way you like: as a digital archeologist who wants to have the purest experience possible or curious gamers who just want to see everything the game has to offer through the director’s cut version.
In both cases, what you’ll get is entertaining adventure game with immortal cartoon graphics, challenging riddles, thrilling plot, sharp humour and an unforgettable experience.
Broken Sword stays what it always has been: a great game
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