+ George Stobbart is still one of the most likeable protagonists around
+ Somewhat interesting premise
+ Great HD comic book bundled in the game
+ Remaster hotspots eliminates pixel hunting
- Limited interaction between George and Nico
- Jungle locations aren't the most interesting
- Being a dickbag can kinda break the immersion
- Your characters can at times be really slow
- The Remaster HD portraits don't fit with the rest of the game
The Smoking Mirror IMHO doesn't reach the greats of The Shadow of the Templars. Smoking Mirror deals with Central American mythology, which should be as interesting as the Knights Templars in the first game... unfortunately, it isn't. Much of the game is spent in the Caribbean jungle, which just isn't as interesting or vibrant as Paris and the rest of the first game was. Furthermore, George and Nico are separated for much of the game, which sucks as their banter really is a high point of the series!
A big problem, as I see it, is also that the ethics of George and Nico seem to bounce all over the place: They seem like nice, respectful people - until they suddenly start smashing priceless artifacts, trapping people to steal their private property and causing harm to innocents to accomplish their own goals. All while smiling and cracking jokes. Some of these actions go very poorly with the usual likeability of the two protagonists, and can tend to break immersion at points and make the game a little too Monkey Island'ish. Monkey Island never took itself seriously - Broken Sword 2 seems unsure of whether it wants to or not.
Also, due to your characters having to walk pre-defined pathes, when at sections of the game that require a lot of running around, the game can seemingly slow to a crawl. It's not as bad as a game like Syberia, but the impatient will probably be annoyed.
There are animated sequences in this game, but they are few, far apart and all end very abruptly. It's like watching Disney on a budget!
The "Remastered" edition, unfortunately, is really a detriment to the game, as the new HD portraits don't fit with the classic graphics AT ALL, and much of the time breaks the immersion, as the portraits have a very limited range of emotions.
Still, the old George Stobbart charm is still present, and his witty remarks really carry a game that would otherwise somewhat suck. All in all, though, this is by far the worst of the original 3 Broken Sword games, and, really, should be skipped by anyone who is not a dedicated fan of the series.