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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A – Just Adventure

8/10 – Alternative Magazine Online

“Superb”
92% – Gamespot (all formats)

Localized Titles

French Title: Les Chevaliers de Baphomet - The Director's Cut
German Title: Baphomets Fluch - The Director's Cut

About This Game

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 XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • 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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NRGKO
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Remastered Point and Click perfection. Broken Sword: Director's Cut is sexy and exciting with superb writing, mind boggling puzzles and characters that you just can't help but love. It's very witty indeed, and if you're happy with a slow-burner where you are free to wander confused around beautifully animated and now beautifully rendered environments while being charmed by superb writing and homely voice-acting, take a shot at this.

A comfort game if ever there was one.
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M5rl
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Classic played this years and years ago love it!
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marciliocb
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
I loved the extended story of the director's cut. Awsome game.
If you never played point and click adventure games, I don't know what you are missing.
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Uncle Fisto
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
The game that started it all, the original Broken Sword. A fantastic point-click adventure with plenty of story and dialogue to keep you immersed. Its story set up the story for 4 more Broken Sword games. If there's a game series to have, it's definitely this one. But don't start with the latest, get this first, play this first, learn the story, enjoy everything Broken Sword has to offer, right from the beginning.
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Greg
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
While I don't love the visual style of the game (maybe a little too cartoonish for me), that's just a matter of perference, and it didn't at all detract from the excellent story and pretty good voice acting. If you get stuck, there's a great built-in hint system, but I rarely had to use it. All in all, I give it an VIII out of X.
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Richbags
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
This is one of my favourite point and click games. The music is great, the puzzles are not too difficult that you need a walkthrough (and even if you do get stuck, the game has an in-built hint system which is awesome) and the characters are witty and humourous. The quality of the voice overs are a bit dubious but other than that, it's a fantastic little murder mystery with conspiracies abound. If you love the Knights Templar you will adore the story line, and if you don't, well, you'll love it anyway because the game also teaches you a bit of history. Definitely give it a go!
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ranst
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
The prequel isn't really good nor useful, and the little modifications to the original game are quite clumsy, but it is still a wonderful game. As the original version is apparently not available (except on the physical market), I still recommend to play it.
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Odyssic
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
Broken Sword is one of my favourite point and click games ever, when I saw this game in 2009 on the DS, I jumped at it and found very little new content but still the same game I like. A few years ago I got the game on android which first allowed me to hear the voice acting again which was fun. However I noticed something was off, I noticed it didn't have the same punch as the original, a lot of lines are cut and the scenes don't blend well with each other.

I recommend watching this scene until George leaves the cafe from the original broken sword game:

https://youtu.be/xFMHIu2zKcE?t=536

Now I'd like you to watch the same scene from the director's cut:

https://youtu.be/c_Qq-wLX-xI?t=124

So my original impression of the director's cut having a little more content is kinda wrong as there are spots all over in this game that are like this. Director's cut removes dialogue and cuts scenes in a way that makes it look like it was done by a bunch of amateurs. Nico's side story is poorly done and never even talked about when it is finished and you can't die in the game. I'm sure most are disappointed by this because there is one part of the game where you die and it's kinda scary on the original because you can mess it up really easily. Now the tension is all gone and the scene itself is completely ruined.

The developers or Steam should really give the option of playing the original, because then I would say YES BUY THIS GAME NOW, but for now. Find and play the follow:
Original retail PC version
Playstation version
GOG Version (Even the GOG version includes the ORIGINAL VERSION)

Even if the number of hours I've played isn't high, I've played this version of the game for a total of 20 hours overall and this just isn't worth it.
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lewrker
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
I like the humour. The gameplay and story aren't really that great, but it's not a complete waste of time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Remastered Point and Click perfection. Broken Sword: Director's Cut is sexy and exciting with superb writing, mind boggling puzzles and characters that you just can't help but love. It's very witty indeed, and if you're happy with a slow-burner where you are free to wander confused around beautifully animated and now beautifully rendered environments while being charmed by superb writing and homely voice-acting, take a shot at this.

A comfort game if ever there was one.
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92 of 109 people (84%) 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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95 of 132 people (72%) found this review helpful
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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59 of 79 people (75%) found this review helpful
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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33 of 42 people (79%) found this review helpful
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 30 people (77%) 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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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 22, 2015
Personal rating: "Excellent" = 5/5

PROS:
+ great story telling
+ atmosphere of an adventure
+ fun puzzles
+ no clumsy & ugly 3D graphics (like in BS3 & BS4)
+ good voice acting
+ most compatibility issues fixed in Remastered version
+ added background story and new missions for Nicole

CONS:
- some puzzles make less sense
- the damn goat
- hints added by the Remastered version take a bit from the challenge

Comment:
I first played this game over a decade ago. I got it along with BS2. The game felt relaxing and I really enjoyed that time. But I never finished it up until now. Why? Because I got stuck at the infamous goat sequence. The Remastered version apart from fixing the compatibility issues the game had also makes the goat sequence better. So yes, this Remastered edition is great. The original is sort of a classic among point&click adventure games. And you can see why. The writing is great, the story interesting and the characters likable. I can see that the game is a bit easier now with the reworked UI and better hints. I played the original version and I see how it takes a bit of the challenge out. But that in my opinion is not a bad thing. Overall an excellent game which I highly recommend it to all fans of the point&click genre.
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18 of 23 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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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 6, 2015
The Good:
+ Because of the cartoonish graphics, they surprisingly hold up very well for such an old game, which once again proves good art style is timeless. You just don't see cartoonish animations in many games anymore so it was very refreshing to see.
+ For the most part the puzzles are well designed given the situation although there were a few times when the puzzles made no sense
+ The game provides a hint system to help you if you ever get stuck although it becomes too easy to rely on this if you get stuck.
+ The story is very intriguing and really brings you into the world.

The Average:
The characters didn't really appeal to me. I found them to be the least interesting aspect of the game and sometimes annoying.

Conclusion
This was my first time playing Broken Sword so I wasn't looking at this game with 'rose tinted glasses' For such an old game it is amazing how well it holds up in all areas. I can easily see why this game was such a classic when it was first released.
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