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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Reviews

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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Tony_fugazi™
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Great game, but awful remaster
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~GOGI~ Enchanted Sorrow
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
Definite recommendation. Great story. Really good animations.
10/10
Rico == 12/10 :P

(Got this off a bundle though so I don't know what the "best" value to
buy this game at on Steam. If you want a cheap thrill, maybe put this
on a watchlist for the next Steam sale)
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Menace123
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
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- Note : I got this game in a bundle on Bundlestars, the game alone should be around $1.53 -

Rating
Must Play

Family rating
Everyone 10+

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
about 12 hours
Gaming level
Casual
Game style
Point n' click (Third Person), Puzzle
Game modes
Story mode
Graphics
Fine. (first release was on 1996)
Story
Very good !
Playthrough
One
Voice
Just fine.
Music
Good.
Controls
Mouse only
Tutorial
Yes.
Glitches / bugs
None.
Worth price
It deserve its full price if you love that kind of game. I suggest to get the whole in a bundle to get them cheaper.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

This is a very old and familiar game I've played when I was a teen. I've played the French version years ago and now finished the director's cut. I would rather prefer the French dubbing than the English one even if the English one is fine too.

Broken sword is a saga of 5 episodes connected to each other. In the first episode you'll investigate murders linked to a very uncommon murderer as a female reporter called Nico Collard. She will though need the help of some other people including George Stobbart an American tourist who will be involved the first day of his holidays in Paris. As you'll know more about the murderer you'll also learn that there is an even larger conspiracy linked to the Templars.

In that episode you'll play alternatively Nico Collard and George Stobbart. You'll need to travel a lot, mostly for George, in different area of Paris as well as some place in Spain, Ireland and Syria. The story is rich of events, history elements as well as some second-degree humor. The story is narrated at the first person.

Travelling is not the only thing in that game, you'll also need to find evidence about the murderer and the conspiracy as well as solve some puzzles with your brain (block-slider puzzle, decipher coded messages, "jig-saw" ...) and your mind interacting with the environment using items in your inventory to solve some other puzzles but also ask the help of some people. As long as there is a puzzle there is a hint system providing you a first general hint. If you wish you can always ask for more hints giving more and more detailed information. To help in your quest you've also a notebook where you write every important information.

Puzzles are really good and some are challenging. There is also a bonus content to unlock after finishing the game. The bonus itself is a short comic book in 5 parts that cover the event before the interview.

I would recommend the saga to anyone that love Point-and-click Puzzle games with a good story. The best way to get the games for low price is to get the whole saga in a bundle.
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bog_dan_ro
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
Impressive game, and very good linux support!
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Zacinoff
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
I remember playing Broken Sword on the playstation when I was a kid. I wasn't quite patient and observant enough at the time to actually enjoy this game but I decided to try it again man years later and enjoyed it very much. I picked up a few games in the series and look forward to playing the rest.

Broken Sword is a point and click adventure where you have to keep an eye out for objects in your surroundings you can use to complete puzzles or escape dugeons. The end goal of these games is to stop some cult of criminal organization from accomplishing their task.

Pros:
- Fun story which is fairly easy to follow
- Dialog is fantastic and changes often based on what items you've collected and what's happened in the story
- Detailed and gorgeous backgrounds
- If you're into puzzle games this series is a must because of it's added story elements

Cons:
- Some puzzles can be frustrating
- If you miss a clue you're pretty much screwed. I wish there were multiple ways to accomplish the same task sometimes.

Game Score: 8/10
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Burn
( 4.9 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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canOgrog
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Fantastic point-and-click adventure game that will keep you coming back to finish it.
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Krassimir
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
I own the entire Broken Sword Series. I love this original Director's Cut, it's just a brilliant game with a deep and intricate story. I can't say enough good things about the entire Broken Sword series but if you're interested in intriguing and fun adventures, something that has some historical relevance and some taste of reality and fiction, then these games are well worth a try. Without spoiling too much, the destinations were very interesting, I love the main character in the story, the protagonists are believable and the intermittent characters and plots are allot of fun. I literally felt like I was watching a movie or reading a really great book. Lastly the game implements a quarry guide which helps you out in the stickiest of puzzles.

Highly recommended if you love Point-Click adventure games.

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kupopom
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
One of the best point 'n' click adventures, even problem solving isn't as illogical as it can be in some other games. Played the original version on cd-rom many times through.
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Krahen
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
I like this game! This is my favourite game!
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Recommended
4.9 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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Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding -

- If you haven't found this review helpful or if you have found a mistake please leave a comment below -

- Note : I got this game in a bundle on Bundlestars, the game alone should be around $1.53 -

Rating
Must Play

Family rating
Everyone 10+

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
about 12 hours
Gaming level
Casual
Game style
Point n' click (Third Person), Puzzle
Game modes
Story mode
Graphics
Fine. (first release was on 1996)
Story
Very good !
Playthrough
One
Voice
Just fine.
Music
Good.
Controls
Mouse only
Tutorial
Yes.
Glitches / bugs
None.
Worth price
It deserve its full price if you love that kind of game. I suggest to get the whole in a bundle to get them cheaper.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

This is a very old and familiar game I've played when I was a teen. I've played the French version years ago and now finished the director's cut. I would rather prefer the French dubbing than the English one even if the English one is fine too.

Broken sword is a saga of 5 episodes connected to each other. In the first episode you'll investigate murders linked to a very uncommon murderer as a female reporter called Nico Collard. She will though need the help of some other people including George Stobbart an American tourist who will be involved the first day of his holidays in Paris. As you'll know more about the murderer you'll also learn that there is an even larger conspiracy linked to the Templars.

In that episode you'll play alternatively Nico Collard and George Stobbart. You'll need to travel a lot, mostly for George, in different area of Paris as well as some place in Spain, Ireland and Syria. The story is rich of events, history elements as well as some second-degree humor. The story is narrated at the first person.

Travelling is not the only thing in that game, you'll also need to find evidence about the murderer and the conspiracy as well as solve some puzzles with your brain (block-slider puzzle, decipher coded messages, "jig-saw" ...) and your mind interacting with the environment using items in your inventory to solve some other puzzles but also ask the help of some people. As long as there is a puzzle there is a hint system providing you a first general hint. If you wish you can always ask for more hints giving more and more detailed information. To help in your quest you've also a notebook where you write every important information.

Puzzles are really good and some are challenging. There is also a bonus content to unlock after finishing the game. The bonus itself is a short comic book in 5 parts that cover the event before the interview.

I would recommend the saga to anyone that love Point-and-click Puzzle games with a good story. The best way to get the games for low price is to get the whole saga in a bundle.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
One of the best point and click adventure games I've ever played.

A true classic.

Must buy for anyone into mystery/adventure games.
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Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Great game, but awful remaster
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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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98 of 135 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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62 of 82 people (76%) 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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35 of 44 people (80%) 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.
--
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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