Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon Review

Developer: Revolution Publisher: Adventure Company
Release Date: November 17, 2003 Available On: PC and Xbox

Having played Broken Sword 1 and 2, I was eager to get a copy of Broken Sword 3. Knowing it was in 3D was one of the major factors in me wanting to see if they had over-compensated with graphics and lost a good storyline. You play as George Stobbart and Nicole Collard – the same two faces from Broken Sword 1 and 2. They are brought back together by fate and end up solving the mystery together, in order to save mankind.

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The graphics are actually better than what I expected. Although they are not the best, they are good, and don’t hold the game up. The characters still look like they used to, so the transformation to 3D worked out well. The game does fall down in this area, however, with camera angles. They are fixed and sometimes just do not work well with the way you want or need to move. It’s not a huge problem, and I’ve seen the same problem a lot worse in other games

The quality of sound in the game is good and the background music is fine, but I did have minor problems with speech. Sometimes the characters speech would overlap, but it wasn’t a huge problem, didn’t happen often and didn’t detract from the gameplay. Sound plays a big part in this game as it has to be there to make the atmosphere. Without, it just wouldn’t be as fun.

The gameplay in this game is excellent. The game is long so even if it doesn’t have a lot of replay value, it should keep you going for a good amount of time. I liked the way you switched between George and Nicole each with their own storyline that eventually ‘melded together’.

The puzzles are fantastic. There is no way you can simply breeze through the game without thinking about what you are about to do. Forward planning is key – this is a good feature about any game as you can’t just walk through it like a nice stroll in the park.

Creativity is great in this game. Even though this game is the third in the series, Broken Sword still brings a great new story; great new puzzles and a great new look on things. If you have played the first two games in the series, this is a must buy. If you haven’t, you could still easily play this game and get through it nicely, as there are only very few references to the previous games.

Graphics: 8
Sound: 8
Gameplay: 8
Creativity: 9
Replay Value/Game Length: 7
Final: 8
Written by Dean Review Guide

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