An ancient conspiracy. A broken Code. An unsolved murder. Welcome to Broken Sword – The Sleeping Dragon, the multi BAFTA-nominated adventure. Once more George and Nico must travel the world, wrestling danger, and piecing together the clues that will unravel the secrets of the Sleeping Dragon. Powerful seismic events are shaking the world.
User reviews: Mixed (153 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 2, 2009
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Includes 3 items: Broken Sword: Director's Cut, Broken Sword 2 - the Smoking Mirror: Remastered, Broken Sword 3 - the Sleeping Dragon

 

Reviews

"The near perfect script is delivered with humour and subtlety by a brilliant cast. The magnificent facial animation system says as much as the dialogue, adding nuance to the simplest of lines. In terms of narrative-led video gaming it is leagues above anything else in recent times" - Edge, 9/10 (Issue 131)

"...an adventure game that does the genre proud." - Gamespot 8.1/10

About This Game

An ancient conspiracy. A broken Code. An unsolved murder. Welcome to Broken Sword – The Sleeping Dragon, the multi BAFTA-nominated adventure. Once more George and Nico must travel the world, wrestling danger, and piecing together the clues that will unravel the secrets of the Sleeping Dragon.
Powerful seismic events are shaking the world. Something sinister is emerging. An Ancient Conspiracy, the Secret of the Templars, and a fiendish source of pure Evil are responsible. The death of a back bedroom computer hacker in Paris is just the beginning of another extraordinary adventure for George Stobbart and Nico Collard. Welcome to the world of Broken Sword.
  • Breathtaking graphics driven by cutting edge technology.
  • Compelling contemporary non-linear gameplay driven by a powerful and unique interface.
  • Proprietary real-time Ray Tracing technology creates a unique visual style with free-roaming camera.
  • Movie quality script and voice acting, choreographed by Revolution’s proprietary Virtual Actor Engine.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: Pentium3 750MHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 128 MB
    • Graphics: 64 MB
    • DirectX®: 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB
    • Controller Support: Yes
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Having finished Broken Sword 1 and 2 I decided to immediatly play Broken Sword 3 expecting the same quality as before....sadly this was not the case. This game takes everything great from the past 2 games and completely ignores it.


The Bad:

- This game came out roughly 10 years after the first game and has aged worse than the previous games. This is what happens when you focus on technical graphics over art style. Gone is the cartoonish look and animations replaced with a more realistic look that doesn't even come close to holding up in modern times. Obviously a decade old game isn't going to look good compared to modern times but when the game is harder to look at than the previous games, you know you have a problem.

-The areas in this game feel so lifeless and soulless. All the charm has been lost. Every area is devoid of anything and now that you have to manually control your character it feels even emptier than before. I remember areas from the first two games that felt vibrant filled with people and unique locations. This game, every area feels the same. The feeling of being on an exotic adventure is gone.

- The game suffers with poor controls and camera angles.

- Designed with controller in mind

- The dialogue is atrociously bad and painful to listen to with some of the worst sounding accents I've heard in a game. To make matters worse you can't skip any dialogue. It's like getting punched in the face repeatedly and there is nothing you can do about it.


-The puzzles are not very good and most of them are 'crate puzzles'- moving crates around to access new areas. On some occasions you have to use 'stealth' or risk being killed. These stealth sections are also poorly done given the camera angles and controls.

The Good:

+ The only bright spot I can think of is if you enjoyed the characters from the first game than you will enjoy seeing the same characters and revisiting familiar locations.

Conclusion:

I don't blame the developers for this. Point and Click Adventure games were all but dead in the early 2000's so trying to make them relevant and porting them to consoles only seemed like the logical choice given that is where the money was at. This game sadly did not make the transition so smoothly. As a standalone game I could recommend it, problem is 2 other games came out before it and did a much better job in every area.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
The good:
1 - The graphics. Gorgeous landscapes. Really took advantage of the "new" 3D technology.
2 - The plot. Better than Broken Sword 2.
3 - The price. I paid less than 2,5 € for the whole trilogy. I feel like I robbed someone.

The bad:
1 - Controls - What were adventure game producers thinking, tranforming a point and click into a keyboard game. It was really a dumb move. This game have much more success if it wasn't for that lack of judgment. (as could Grim Fandango by the way)
2 - The "George moving a box" puzzles. Very time consuming. Extremely boring.
3 - Some parts of the game require keyboard dexterity. What is this, an action game?
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
A bit of an odd duck, this one. It comes from that time when everyone wanted their games to be 3D even if 3rd person adventure games weren't exactly sure how to do it correctly and the result is a game with a decent, if not fantastic story, but clunky controls and quick-time events that are not always intuitive. Still worth it for fans of the series or adventure games in general.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
This is a nice game although the controls are a bit rusty and the camera deceives the player at times. It works on Windows 7 and there is no integrated hint system and some puzzles may be hard to figure out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
The controls on this game stink. I actually had a hard time figuring it out at first and finally after an hour was able to play the whole game. You couldn't use your mouse at all, It was Page up, Page down, wasd, shift, ctrl, enter, and arrow keys. . .very annoying because the first two games had a much simpler to follow control system.

As for the storyline, it was more fantasy based rather than something more believable. It was certainly an extension to the first two games and lets us know more about the templars. I hated that you couldn't skip conversations like you could in the first game, so they made you sit through the dialogue and the cut scenes over and over again until you succeeded in whatever actiosn or missions were needed. This game involved far too much box moving. Almost every chapter I felt like George was pushing and pulling boxes or crates.

George wasn't as much of an idiot as he was in the first two. Nico was the same (no complaints). Hope the 4th one has better gameplay!
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