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Review of Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror by Intense Degree

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Rating by Intense Degree posted on Aug 13, 2012 | edit | delete

It must be said that this game isn’t as good as the first, but it is still a great game. To be fair, the first is among the contenders for the best game ever so matching it was going to be tricky.

Voice acting is once again great, graphics are lovely sound is good too. The storyline is not as focused as in the first one, there is not the same sense of urgency, and a bit more of a sense of humour and whilst this isn’t necessarily bad it does give a different feel from the first game.

One of the problems with the game is that you get no real sense of what is going on to make you save the world again. In BS1 there is emotional involvement from the beginning with the clown bomber and a group of people who must be stopped, but even Nico’s kidnap in BS2 does not shed any real light or give any emotional involvement with the “evil masterplan” at work in BS2, which comes across rather as an afterthought than central to the game.

Some of the puzzles are a little more “peculiar” than the average ones, but most if not all are logical and not too difficult, although (in my opinion) not too easy either (i.e. Zombie Island).

Having said negative things, this is still a good adventure and well worth playing, there is some good character work and writing and it is, on the whole, a good story and whilst it maybe a little shallow in places it has depth in places too.

So, maybe not as good as BS1, but still a great game.

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Time Played: Over 20 hours

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