Broken Sword was one of the first games I ever owned on the Playstation and loved it from the first time I played it as it involved alot of puzzles and was an exciting adventure game. To this day I still believe this is the best of the Broken Sword series of games brought out.
You play as American tourist George Stobbard. We catch up with him during his travels through Europe when he is sitting having a break and having a cup of tea in a small cafe in Paris. Everything is quiet and peaceful until a clown with an accordian decides to blow the cafe up. This is where the adventure begins and the mystery starts to unfold. There are many things that George must discover on his travels and with the clues he picks up along the way must piece together exactly what's happened here.
Unkown to George as this adventure starts is that he will be on the run from a mysterious group of international assassins who are hell bent on getting a blue diamond that is said to harness the power of the ancient Knights Templar. There is a large cast of characters in this game and the graphics and settings George finds himself in are fantastic. Along the way he meets such a diverse selection of characters and has to do some smooth talking at times to get himself out of holes he finds himself in.
This adventure game is a simple point and click game and the animation is extremely smooth and fluid. The music adds to the atmosphere in the game as well as it changes when he is in danger and at other times. If there was one thing I would say I didn't like about this game is that sometimes between scenes the loading is slow and you can get a bit bored waiting for the next scene to load up. Luckily you can save the game whenever you want as sometimes you do miss things that are important for a particular puzzle and need to go back to sort that out.
I really enjoyed this game as it's not all about the all action running about of say Tomb Raider, and you move around through great graphical scenes solving puzzles that require alot of thinking and it's almost like a movie as you progress. I would say you can get this game pretty cheap now so it's definately worth getting this if you are into these sort of games. You won't regret it and I wouldn't have thought you will get bored with the gameplay itself.
I actually had Broken sword: Shadow of the Templars, on the PC, I did have it originally on the psx, although they are exactly the same game and style so this should be no different. This was the very first, and still the best, installment of the adventures of George Stobbart. The American visiting Paris in the fall taking a break and having a cup of tea at a small quaint cafe. Until a clown, with an accordian, decides to blow the cafe up...but why? The suitcase inside, the murder of the owner and an ancient manuscript will take George on a road from Paris around europe, from Ireland to Madrid via Syria. Near death experiences, gangsters and hot parisian women...well, woman. This point ande click adventure game by Revolution was THE game I grew up on, an incredible game and such a simple game.
The graphics aren't brilliant (although more than adequate for their time) but the gameplay is superb. This is a point and click adventure game in the same style as Monkey Island, although much easier and a much better storyline. Although easier to use on the pc moving the cursor around the screen is easy and the menu and items are easy to click and navigate. The storyline takes some facts from history and weaves it's own storyline into it. The Templars are a real group of people from the...whatever century, and many of the people and places in the game are historically correct.
The story and gameplay combined equal one of the greatest games ever, the dialogue, especially from George is incredibly witty and the hilarious tone of voice and jokes from the characters adds so much to the game. The earliest in the game starting what would be the tone for the next 3/4 adventures of his:
"Moue: [pointing a gun at George] Freeze! Hold it... right there!
George Stobbart: Woah! Don't shoot! I'm innocent! I'm an American!
Moue: Can't make up your mind, huh? "
Broken sword is a game based on detective work as a normal, regular human being, having to use items, or a combination of items, and paths to find why the clown, as mentioned, took it upon himself to murder for a suitcase and an ancient manuscript. George uses the help of Nico Collard, a Parisian journalist, to uncover the mystery and follow the murder and Knights Templar around europe. The game is incredibly difficult, alot of the time the game just needs trial and error although the game does include a host of combinations and discoveries that seem illogical to anyone playing the game, it's incredibly hard to avoid any walkthroughs and even now, after about 20 times of playing through the game, I still forget and need to check the odd walkthrough.
The game, is by far the best game I have ever played, it doesn't ever get boring and the storyline is engrossing and is addictive to the end. Broken Sword one is the game that started off the series which then followed on to Broken Sword 2 and Georges travels to South America and back to Paris. The game is very simple (in terms of idea), the concept is clever and very well implimented, the dialogue between characters is witty and clever. The game can be difficult but it's so worthy to play, a game that will never leave my side, a game which will always be there when I need it and the greatest game I have ever played.
It can be bought for as little as £5 for Broken Sword 1, 2 and 3, for that price who could possibly refuse a game as great as this. It is just incredible.