Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror Remastered
I've had completed the original Broken Sword II several years ago and my score was 7.5 out of 10. It was not a bad game by any measure but a forgettable experience. After playing Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars last year (which imho is one of the best adventures ever made), I have decided to revisit the second game with the Remastered version. As far as the remastering goes, I think they have done a great job. This is how remasters should be, some additional touches without changing the actual game. Firstly, the game looks more beautiful, yet it is not a different game such as Monkey Island remakes. Other additions include introduction of a hint system, a story log and nicely drawn comic book squares of characters every time there is a dialogue -makes the game look and feel better and helps creating some connection with the characters-. One thing I could complain is the fact that every time you move the mouse cursor on an object, all other objects on the screen which you can interact with highlight. This can be both good and bad. It does damage the adventure aspects of the game, but at the same time the second game suffers from some idiotic pixel hunting (or try and exhaust every option) puzzles so highlighting objects feels at times welcome. Btw, I'm not sure if the highlights existed in the original game or not.
As for the game itself, it is a big step back from the first game but can still be considered fairly good. The story is not as interesting and well written as the Shadow of the Templars and dialogues are less hilarious. The graphics are very colorful and aged well. I would recommend this to Broken Sword fans who want more after finishing the first game, but it simply is not a must-play adventure game.
NOTE: The game has one of the best ending songs
ever (the only other perfect example I can think of is Portal). So don't miss it!
damien score: 7.5
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