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Review of Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon by Niclas

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Rating by Niclas posted on Aug 23, 2012 | edit | delete

I actually just recently replayed this title to freshen up my memory before the release of BS5.

Many people talk about BS3 lost track of it’s roots with this title. However, I must say that this game is still definelty top notch in Adventure Games standards and perspective. If you compare this game to other games in the genre, it still holds up extremely well.

I have said this before about Broken Sword 1, but even in this episode, the story is top notch. It can easily rival famous conspiracy/adventure/thriller authors like Dan Brown, Clive Cussler, and Steve Berry.

However there are some issues with this game that stops it from being a master piece. First of all the game engine that is fully in 3D. I am actually not that disturbed by the graphics and the game engine being in 3D, it is more about the controls. If this game would have been controlled by mouse with an easy point and click interface, instead of being controlled by a keyboard or a joystick, things would have been much better. The control scheme just makes navigating extremely difficult and it feels very unnatural.

Second of all there are some story elements that get a little bit too supernatural (one really over the top ending scene amongst others) that does not really fit into the Broken Sword universe, but it i definitely not a big deal breaker.

Third, there are a little bit too many “pushing objects/boxes” puzzles. A few of them would have been OK, but not this many.

Overall great game with solid story, interesting characters, beautiful music, fun puzzles, that we have come to expect from the Broken Sword series.

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Time Played: 10-20 hours
Difficulty: Just Right

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