Paris in the Fall... a brutal murder at the Palais Royale. When Nico Collard is invited to interview statesman Pierre Carchon, she finds herself inextricably drawn into a terrifying conspiracy. One of the all-time classic adventures, multi BAFTA-nominated "Broken Sword: Director's Cut" pitches sassy journalist Nico Collard, and...
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Release Date: Sep 2, 2010

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Paris in the Fall... a brutal murder at the Palais Royale. When Nico Collard is invited to interview statesman Pierre Carchon, she finds herself inextricably drawn into a terrifying conspiracy.

One of the all-time classic adventures, multi BAFTA-nominated "Broken Sword: Director's Cut" pitches sassy journalist Nico Collard, and intrepid American George Stobbart into a mysterious journey of intrigue and jeopardy. Guide George and Nico on their globe-spanning adventure, exploring exotic locations, solving ancient mysteries, and thwarting a dark conspiracy to reveal the secret truths of the Knights Templar.

"Broken Sword: The Director’s Cut" introduces an intricate new narrative thread, alongside the classic story that has charmed millions of players. It’s time to experience George and Nico’s worldwide adventure in a whole new way, with brand new puzzles, hilarious new jokes, and the distinctive, rich story that made the series so deservedly renowned. This is adventure gaming at its very best.

Key features:

Director’s Cut of the classic – Reinvented and enhanced:
  • Whole new story arc added, with 2 hours of additional gameplay
  • Addition of contemporary first person perspective minigames
  • New facial expressions drawn by Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen
  • Help system incorporated – ensure that player won’t get frustrated
  • Enhanced audio – both music and voices

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista
    • Processor: Pentium
    • Memory: 64 Mb
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB
    • Video Card: Any video card with 64 Mb video RAM
    • Sound: Any sound card
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Broken Sword and Broken Sword 2 are two of the greatest adventure games of all time. They are rightfully up there with the Lucasarts masterpieces such as Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango, and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. But the one thing that BS had in its favour that in some aspects elevated it above those games was the incredibly immersive and detailed story. The story was originally like The Da Vinci Code, before it was even a thing; rich, complex and based on history. It also had great, humourous dialogue, and the exploring element once more elevated it. You could pretty much look at anything, try using anything, and the game never held your hand in terms of completeing puzzles, making for a truly challenging game, in which a wrong move could have your character killed.

Broken Sword: Directors Cut has stripped back virtually all the things that made the original great. As someone who has played the original literally dozens of times, I knew from the opening sequence that something was wrong. I don't mind that they have interspersed a couple of new puzzles into the game, but the new animation is jarring and horribly static flash animation, as opposed to the original Disney-esque fluid cinematics from the original. But I quickly noticed that the cafe scene (which opens the original game) is missing a lot of things that I used to love looking at, and getting George's cynical or funny takes on. The dialogue has been halved, the puzzles have been halved, and its just a big mess. Some of the dialogue has been re-recorded for some reason, which is painfully obvious from a striking difference in audio quality.

I seriously love BS, but i feel like i paid for a DC and ended up with a Broken Sword: Lite instead. Remember when Monkey Island 2 first came out, and there was an option to play it with easier puzzles? This is basically that, but without the option of the full experience. Is there an original version of this on Steam? If so, i'd go for that.


EDIT: I've just been informed that the version on GOG.com comes with the option to play the original or the DC, so i would suggest getting that. The Steam version has no such option
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Don't get me wrong, this is one of THE greatest games of all time - possibly my favourite.
But this is the newer version released on Nintendo DS, the Directors Cut.

Its had some serious revamping, new art, new puzzles and some updated voice acting.
But the whole thing feels rushed. The original game had great pace, and the puzzles were difficult -sometimes infuriting (the goat, amirite?) and sensational depth of character and plot.
This version feels rushed, the new voice acting is good and with the original actors - but it feels lack-lustre and not as serious as the original. Even the animation seems like its been skipped - the original game had better animation and that was in the early 90's!
The new puzzles are not great or difficult and make up around 10% of the puzzles of the game. the old puzzles are simplified and shortened.

The other kicker, this version seems to have been censored. No blood and (the real downer for me) you can't die.

The whole excitement of the original game came from the fact your very mortal character could succumb to his antagonists at any given moment, this gave the player a fear and a drive that spurred you on - but with caution every step of the way.

Thsi version feels very "that will do", the skipping of some iconic lines, the rushed feel on animations and puzzle solving and also the cutting of some cut scenes.

The good news is, you can buy the original on Amazon for literally £0.01.

Which is what I have just done.

Do the same if you want to experience the uncensored, de-nintendoed game.

Once again, this is one of my favourite games ever - a close second is Broken Sword 2.


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99 of 119 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2015
Buy the original rather than this version! Simply put I compared this version with the original version which is available to watch on a YouTube walkthrough, and it seems that more than half of the dialogue is cut out in the "director’s cut". Not only that but many of the interactive options throughout the game are also cut, unless they are directly involved in progressing the games story. I guess the aim was to streamline the game or move the story along more quickly, but by cutting out much of the dialogue and gameplay they have inadvertently cut out most of the charm and humour that I experienced when playing the original game. Would definitely recommend finding the original rather than this version, I brought this as part of a trilogy so just hoping the other two games haven't been butchered as well!
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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
https://youtu.be/T3akY2AgIVs
Old School Point & Click Action

Great old-school point & click adventure game. While graphics and resolution settings migh be outdated, good stories never get old. The Directors Cut gives you bit more content than the original version of the game also the layout is rather good.

There were some issues with the game still like Hintbook being glitched and saving system not saving the actual points but rather close to that. The game offers around ~12h of gameplay, awesome corky dialogue, great story and fun times
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100 of 139 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2013
Broken Sword: Director’s Cut does a lot of the little things wrong. Back in 1996, the player was thrown out into a graphic noir world very much like our own, one brimming over with unique personalities who don’t think of themselves as cogs in a giant machine, but people getting suitably annoyed at the pushy American who won’t stop showing people the soiled tissue he found in the sewers and asking them if it means anything to them. Now updated, a lot of the dialogue options are cut in an attempt to streamline the adventure, making the Templar mysteries a significantly greater focus point, but in doing so, it robs the title of so much of its former wealth. Interactive hotspots are not only slashed in half, but are made instantly visible, taking away the nagging frustration of room-sweeping with your mouse to find them yourself, but also highlighting just how much the new version wants to hold your hand. Including an in-game hint system is understandable: a stuck player only needs visit numerous online walkthroughs should they decide coping with their frustration early is better than the cerebral rewards of working through a puzzle, but gone also are the numerous instances where George could make a fatal mistake. Leave an exclusive French hotel with an important and newly-discovered clue, and fail to remember the pair of Italian gangsters hanging around the entrance, and the last thing you’ll remember before being gifted a pair of concrete shoes and invited for a swim is an aggressive frisking and an insincere goodbye. Now, try and leave through the same door, and George will warn you that it’s not a good idea. Then tells you exactly why!

Full review -- http://www.honestgamers.com/9033/pc/broken-sword-directors-cut/review.html
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64 of 86 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2015
Do NOT buy this. This is not what Broken Sword should be like.
This director's cut came out in 2009 and has LESS animation than the old 90s version.
Less dialogues.
Less items.
Less riddles.
Less cutscenes.
Less characters to speak to.
More bugs.
The added storyline is USELESS and ends suddenly in the middle of the game.

If you want to play Broken Sword, the good one, play the original version not this Broken Sword: Ubisoft Edition.
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38 of 48 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2011
I love Broken Sword. It's one of my favorite adventure games of all time, I grew up with it. Hearing about an update to one of my favorite games made me weary but I remained optimistic. Naturally, I tried to like it. But I just can't.

This revision completely butchered the original on so many levels; it's a disgrace. I am majorly disappointed with how this was handled.
The new arc doesn't bring anything new or interesting to the table (especially if you never played the original before, newcomers get nothing out of this new story) and seems unnecessarily tacked on. It explores a side story that is negligible in the greater context and waters down the impact of the original story's writing and pacing immensely.
The new environments, icons and character models look really out of place when displayed right next to their by now 17 year old assets which in my opinion negatively impacts the immersion and cohesiveness: the clashing art styles and different asset qualities make the game feel terribly stitched together.
The shoddy new UI (which is optimized for touchscreen devices; use of a cursor feels awkward which is a disaster considering the original is a Point & Click classic), automatically displayed points of interaction as well as the help system make the game unbearable when you are familiar with the original.

Revolution went to the extremes with the handholding which is terribly annoying: everything is pointed out to you and instantly made visible. You never feel taken seriously as a player and it's almost as if the game doesn't want or need your skills to be solved. It rather points at everything with a flashy sign as if you were near-blind.

Sadly, Revolution took the phrase Directors 'Cut' a bit too literally. Removed were details like waving flags, idle animations and ambient sounds but also integral parts of the game like dialogue and entire scenes. The cut narrative aspects break the game's story and writing, which was already impaired by the new sidestory.
The missing details destroy the charm the original used to have, the charm that made players fall in love this game. This content was removed for absolutely no logical reason and is a decision of the developer I can't understand or get behind. Who thought this was a good idea? Cutting parts of your story doesn't do the game's pacing any favors whatsoever.

The most jarring of all the omissions however is that you can't die. This is absolute nonsense.
The original version of Broken Sword had a ton of situations where wrong decisions could get you killed (Video Contains Spoilers). Presumably, this was done in order to save the player from losing too much or all of their progress. Removing this aspect however, eliminates incredibly much suspense and is a case of game design decisions meant to appeal to a contemporary audience causing the loss of a lot of suspense, gameplay, atmosphere and ultimately enjoyment for the player.
If you are curious about the extent of the changes, you can find some of them here: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=254238

Regardless whether you experienced the original or not, use ScummVM to play the original release if you can obtain it (Or purchase it via GOG where you will receive both versions with one purchase) and let this abomination rot in the store. You will get a more polished, detailed and cohesive gameplay experience out of it.
Who knows what Charles Cecil and Revolution were thinking. But it certainly wasn't anything good.

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EDIT: Fixed a few typos and revised wording.
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Please note that I previously purchased this version of the game outside of Steam (iOS) and completed it, the playtime recorded by Steam is not indicative of my total experience with the Director's Cut version.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Back in 1997 I had just a handful of games installed on my first PC. Broken Sword was one of them and therefor it brings a lot of good childhood memories. For a kid this game is very hard to beat and I remember how when I got stuck and didn't know what to do, I would ride on my bike to the nearest store and open a games magazine to read real quick a walkthrough for the part where I was stuck (no internet back then for me haha).
Fun fact: At the time I lived in Germany and the Germans translated the title of this game as "Baphomets Fluch" (Baphomets Curse), which makes sense because of the game's story, but when "Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror" came out, the Germans called it "Baphomets Fluch 2: Die Spiegel der Finsternis", which doesn't make sense since "Baphomets Curse" is not part of the story anymore. It's like imagine the title of the second Indiana Jones movie would be "Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Temple of Doom". http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=710913670 http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=723778468
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
What can i say. I first played Broken Sword when i was around 12 on the PSone. From the moment i started, i couldnt stop playing. The story, characters, whole atmosphere kept me playing and coming back for me.

The puzzles within the game are great and range from all difficulties. Sometimes of course you get frustrated because you trying to figure out this puzzle and in no damn way you can make it work. BUT, when you finally do get through, a sense of achievement and satisfaction comes through that gets your back into the groove again.

The story itself is one big buildup from the start to finish with interacting with interesting characters all over.

The art style is great aswell, even though its quite dated now, it still brings a classic feel towards it and really dosnt dampen the gameplay itself like other titles might.

Having the game to play through again brings back the great feeling i had when i was young. Recommend this classic to everyone who is looking for a point and click.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2014
Years before Dan Brown's Da Vinci's Code made headlines for its religious subject, there was another story that had a similar setting even starting in Paris and ending in Scotland.This gem was Broken Sword: The shadow of the templars a point and click adventure game released 1996 and re-released in 2010 for the PC with more content as Director's Cut.

First I'll talk about the main game and after I will talk about the director's cut.The game begins in Paris where our main character George Stobbart is enjoying his vacations.Just as he drinks his coffee and enjoying the Parisian autumn two people enter the Caffe: a man with a briefcase who stops to order a coffee and after a short time a clown with a musical instrument.The clown takes the mans briefcase and leaves his instrument which is revealed to be a bomb which goes off and that's how the game begins.The whole story is about George's quest to find the costume killer, and as the plot advances we find out the whole story arc is about the conflict between Templars and Assassins and the templars called here Neo-Templars are the bad guys(sounds familiar? :) ).Besides Paris, other places you get to visit are Scotland(twice), Spain and Siria, each with its own feel and colorful characters which make this a game a joy to play even after you finished it once.The game has hand-drawn animations which look gorgeous, the voice acting is solid and the music works very well with the whole game.

The original game has from me a 10/10 rating, I find no issue with it, its a great adventure game with great characters and a good story.

Now about the director's cut, after the success of the first game the game got 4 more sequels: Broken Sword The Smoking Mirror, Broken Sword The Sleeping Dragon, Broken Sword The Angel of Death and recently Broken Sword The Serpents Curse.Between Broken Sword 4 and 5, the first 2 games The Shadow of the Templars and The Smoking Mirror where re-released with more content and improvements.The director's cut of Broken Sword starts with Nicole Collard, not with George a day before the bombing of the caffe and is essentially a prologue setting up the main story.The new content is some levels with Nico where we find more about her past.As the main game starts the first problem appears:the sound quality,the new recordings really stand out against the old ones from the main game,and also some of the character designs look worse than the main game which is weird one good example is when the character visits a hotel in Paris and there is one character reading a newspaper in a armchair, for some reason his outline was removed he looks like a black mass of animation.Also, they changed the interface and added dialogue pics at the top corner of the screen with the faces of the characters with which you hold a conversation.

rating for the director's cut: 8/10 the new content is good, but the technical problems really drag down the score, they could have remastered it better, luckily they remastered the second game perfectly and the problems here are not present.
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Their are games that are so brilliant you need them in your collection and this is certainly one to add.
Some of the puzzles are frustrating but it's an example of brilliant writing that draws you into the game, if you are a fan of Lucasarts point and clicks you need this game.
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AccidentlyOnPurpose
10.8 hrs
Posted: August 6
9.2/10 - After 20 Years Still One of the Best Point and Click Masterpieces!

I didn't play this game in 1997; but nearing 2007 it’s still amazing! I was blown away by the length, depth and especially the fully voiced, comedic 12 hour campaign! The help system is pretty extensive and greatly appreciated; with such a fun campaign it's a pity to stop due to getting stuck on something easy.

You take the role of Nico, a French photo-journalist and George a California native that has a habit of getting into trouble. While on Holiday the two meet up in an unlikely circumstance and end up on a journey that spans the globe! Will the pair be able to uncover the treasure or succumb to the countless enemies and perilous obstacles in their way?

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Artemur
9.8 hrs
Posted: July 31
this is a old but pretty good point n click adventure game. i really recommended those who like to play old school adventures games.

pros

- well drawn cartoony characters and colorful backrounds
- there are too much locations waiting to be explored by you.
- likeable protagonists and side characters
- great variety hard to solve but enjoyable puzzles
- lengthy adventure
- with a intriguing plot you ll never get bored.

cons

- unnecessary long and pointless conversations between characters. i skipped some of them.
- there are no english subtitles opening and cut scenes.
- if you play fullscreen mode, you will encounter tiny subtitles top of the screen.
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