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      17.06.2009 15:26

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      Broken Sword best game ever

      Broken Sword, Shadow of the Templars cam free with my first ever playstation in a group of games, it also so happens to my my favourite game of all time, possibly my favourite.

      I played this game first when I was aged about 8/9, 12 years later I still play this game at least once a year along with it's sequels, the story is fantastic, the comedy in it is subtle and incredibly clever as well as darn right hilarious, the characters are common, funny and interesting and George Stobbart is probably the best lead character of any game ever created.

      A clever puzzle point and click game similar to monkey island (although I never liked monkey island), you are George Stobbart in the city of Paris as an American tourist, when suddenly a clown comes running into the cafe you're in and steals a briefcase leaving a bomb in the, george is lucky to survive the explosion as he sits outside sipping his coffee.

      This explosion brings with it a huge story and George is determined to get to the end of it with his new 'friend', journalist Nico Collard from a Parisian newspaper. The story revolves around a group called the templars as you visit numerous landmarks, countries and people in order to discover the secret of the Templars.

      In fact, I love this game so much, that I now need to play this game...which is what i'm not going to do...

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      13.06.2009 00:05
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      a great piece of story telling

      To be honest ive always been a fan of point and click games i can never understand why some people in the gaming community hate it!Broken sword is an excellent example of the genre, ive played other games like this before but this one really got me hooked!
      Broken sword starts off in Paris where you play a character named George Stobbard who get involved when he is survives an explosion intended to assasinate an individual in the cafe with him, what follows is a journey across europe to unlock the secrets of the Knights Templar.
      In todays terms i would view this game as sort of like Dan Brown Da Vinci Code, the story is kept at a good pace and the plots with its teist and turns are brilliant,as well as the comedy characters you meet, you get indepth history of the Knights Templars.
      Gameplay in the game is a simple point and click affair and timing is crucial in some parts if you are to progress, the puzzles in the game can be simple and at other time really complicated but never impossible,the presentation of the game is superb in a sort of cartoon animation.
      i thoroughly enjoyed this game and have been adding the others in the series into my collection, some moment in the game are downright funny and at times you feel a tug at your heart as something emotional happen on screen, that in by book is what makes a great interactive game.

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      25.03.2009 16:44
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      The game that everybody should have played at least once in their life!.

      This is the game that got me into the point and click adventure game genre. I was about 11 at the time and my mum bought Broken Sword for my dads birthday, he'd been raving about it for ages so I decided to try it out and instantly loved it.

      The game begins with George Stobbart, an American tourist in Paris, enjoying a cup of coffee in a little cafe when all of a sudden he finds himself thrown into an almighty adventure along with his new found friend, Nico.

      The game is full of twists and turns and although there is no fighting or real action sequences, there are a couple of points where the characters can die so it's always best to save game at regular intervals.

      By modern standards the graphics would be described as poor, although they were fantastic for their time and I still love them, the backgrounds are very detailed and the characters move and talk realistically. The acting is great and you really find yourself warming to certain characters and viewing them as your friends (yes, how sad am I? lol).

      The music throughout the game is beautiful and atmospheric, it definitely adds to the story and the sound effects are fantastic also.

      As with most Adventure games, there are a few points where you'll find yourself getting increasingly frustrated with certain puzzles, but most of them are logical and easily solved with a bit of thought. There was very little 'pixel hunting' and most objects you needed could be easily found and added to your inventory (check out Georges never-ending pockets!!).

      This game would be great for anyone who likes adventures and history, it can probably be picked up quite cheap these days so it's well worth a look, in my eyes the Broken Sword games are the best game series out there so take a chance on this game and you'll wonder how you'd gone all these years without playing it!.

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      18.01.2009 22:50
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      A Rather Exciting Game!

      After finding this game as a friends house and popping it into his disc drive i was hooked, i was never fussed on 'point and click' games but George had me glued to the screen.

      This game can be found in most 'Game' stores usually in the 3 for £20 deals or what not, we're practically having the game thrown at us and im not complaining!

      Take George on adventures with the power or your mouse, a deffinate game for those who are like me and just hate fighting games such as Call of Duty and such.

      a simple role play game for beginner gamers will deffinatly have you hooked from the start! work out puzzles for yourself, if not there are always the online walkthroughs all the same though a bit of brain work never did hurt.

      I would recommend this game to all of my friends, even those who arnt into gaming. And if you loved this one then you should pick up the 3 after that! being a 4 part game, George is always getting himself into some sort of trouble! must love him hey!

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        12.06.2002 19:02
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        I only played this game for the first time this year, after buying it as part of a '3 for £12' deal on the Sold-Out range of games. I don't know how I missed it until then! I love all point and click, and adventure style games in general, and this was ideal for me since I was using a particularly old and slow PC at the time. The game is available for PC or Playstation; but although I played this on PC, just about everything I’m going to say applies to both games. You play the part of George Stobbart, a Californian tourist on holiday in gay Paris, and the game begins with an explosion in a café. When George witnesses the killer (disguised as a clown) escaping, he (not too surprisingly) decides he owes it to the man killed in the blast to find his killer. The story goes on from there with George and Nico (a photographer he befriends at the scene of the crime) going on to solve the mystery of the Knights Templar. They encounter plenty of puzzles, some difficult and some just plain obscure and illogical, and travel half way around the world and back in the process. There are countless new characters to meet as you go along, easily enough new locations so that you never get bored of always returning to the same place, and the humour, although sometimes groan-worthy, is guaranteed to keep you entertained. There are jokes at the expense of just about every nationality included in the game, and some terrible (yet very funny) stereotypes of English, Irish, French... and of course some suitably dodgy accents to go with them! Yet although there are all these different places to visit (all with detailed backgrounds and characters), you are usually only given the choice of a few places to go to at once. This avoids aimless wandering all over the place when you're not so sure of what you should be doing next. I think the humour keeps you interested when the game is sometimes getting a bit repetitive (constantly asking people abou
        t random and irrelevant objects, dirty tissue being one of the best examples), and although the storyline is nothing too unusual (save the world!), it does have one, and you never really lose track of what the point of the game actually is. The only downside I can think of to the game is that for me there is no real replay value, but I know other people disagree with me on that. I think that once you’ve solved the puzzles once, that’s the challenge gone. The graphics don’t give the impression of being as old as they are, the backgrounds are painted rather than computer designed and the game is 2D, but I never felt that this affected the gameplay. There’s also none of that annoying characters walking through objects (or through the floor in one game I played!) that you get in some of that later 3D games. The puzzles do get very frustrating sometimes, but the basic rule is that if you try everything, however obscure, you will solve them by chance in the end. There’s plenty of gameplay time, although I found it quite addictive so I spent so long playing it that it didn’t actually last me long. However the sequel, Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror, is also available in the budget range now though, so I’m playing that. The one thing that always worries me a little when buying this time of game for PC is the fact that point and click and adventure games are very prone to just crashing for no apparent reason, especially when you’ve already spent 15 hours playing them! Also, when there are bugs in this style of game they can cause more significant problems. In this game I found a few problems, but nothing that stopped me finishing, e.g. for some reason the game doesn’t tell me when to change from disk 2 to disk 1, causing the wrong sound files to be played and turning the dialogue into nonsense! So if you do find any problems I’d advise a visit to the messageboard on the developers’ websi
        te (revolution.com), there are also some more majors bugs mentioned there, and advice on how to avoid them. Even if this isn’t the type of game you usually go for I’d still expect you to enjoy it, I’ve persuaded people to play it whose favourite games range from Championship Manager to The Sims or Medal of Honour, and they all have – and for £4 or £5 how can you go wrong?

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          17.04.2002 20:37
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          Broken Sword is now so cheap they're practically giving it away! this is my review for any Playstation owners who haven't yet experienced the delights of this classic game.. You are George Stobbart, intrepid American on vacation in Paris who has to piece together events leading up to the bombing of a Parisian cafe of which you were just in the vicinty at the time whilst unravelling the more sinister mystery of Broken Sword and saving the world. This is a point and click game whereby to progress you have to wander round picking up handy objects, solving puzzles by the aid of chatting to the local folk.. a lot and combine one unlikely object with another. Needless the say the inhabitants who provide the keys to your journey don't open up to you straight away. You have to glean information from people by the method of asking about absolutely everything.. Unfortunately George is a slightly impertinent tourist who unashamedly asks things like; 'did I show you my tool?' by way of conversation, but this is where the beauty of the game lies in that it's packed with humour, some of it tongue-in-cheek, some of it plain awful! and goes a long way to keeping your interest. You'll even find yourself enjoying the bemused responses you get from unsuspecting guards and workmen by showing them random objects you've picked up that they're really not interested in. Eventually though with a lot of questioning (or repeated button bashing) you can prise out the useful bit of info you were after and off you go to your next destination. George also has the unexplained ability to carry an infinite number of objects in his pockets or even down his trousers and this really helps as you travel from one place to another collecting more seemingly pointless articles to aid you on your quest. The puzzles you encounter start off with the gentle 'give the newspaper to the workman to make him
          go away' type of thing but soon become much more taxing and involved and you'll need to do all manner of weird and crazy things with red noses and telltale bits of rag. Although your conversational topics are pre-determined you still have enough free-reign. The different types of characters you meet won't give you any new leads without the right prod and this can lead to some comical results as you find yourself desperately exhorting surly waiters into telling you again if the greasy tissue you found in the sewer actually means anything to them. The locations in the game are varied, you can be in the uncomfortable atmosphere of a Parisian police station at first then later standing in the cosy nook of an Irish pub, as you move between places more characters situations and puzzles await so there's always something new round the corner. As George relentlessly questions and probes the bewildered folk you're free to cast your eye over over the gorgeously detailed scenery that surrounds you, the hustle and bustle of life around and the authentic sounds like the drone of traffic that all go to illustrate what a realistic world you're in. There's neat little touches too, the tinkle of a piano tune an old lady plays in a hotel lobby or suspicious looking characters twitching nervously in the background. There's a lot of thought gone into this and apart from the slightly intrusive loading screens this is a graphical treat, extremely polished and well presented. Drawbacks to this massive adventure could be that as you progress and your list of conversational routes gets longer and longer your patience inevitably gets shorter. In an effort to overcome this you can find yourself stabbing the button over everything on the screen in an attempt to get something (anything!) useful. Conversation can go on a bit and even the most humorous dialogue you'll be tempted to skip after a while. But don't let tha
          t put you off, this is still a brilliant game and despite the humour it's also one tough challenge with depth you'd be hard pushed to complete without a walk through (especially for the dratted goat puzzle!) The game is showing it's age a bit now as it can be quite jerky and slow at times and the opening music that five years ago sounded like an orchestral masterpiece is now sadly a tad ear-grating but hey its Broken Sword! and when number 3 comes out later this year I'll be first in the queue!

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            27.05.2001 17:28
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            The story begins in Paris with George Stobbart, an American tourist sitting outside a French cafe. Suddenly a clown approaches with an accordion and runs into the cafe. He runs up to a man in a grey coat, snatches his briefcase and runs like hell! Suddenly a bomb in the accordion goes off. The cafe is in pieces and George is lucky too survive. The man is killed. Who was the killer clown? Who was the man with the briefcase? These are just some of the questions you'll have to answer on your long (believe me, it's long!) journey. This 2 CD puzzle game is by far my favourite PC game for a number of reasons. 1. It never takes itself too seriously. If the answer to a part of the game is unlikely they'll make a joke of it. Most of these jokes are from the main character the damn funny George Stobbart. 2. It lasts for AGES! 2 CDs of puzzles this challenging, is long enough for even the smartest of us puzzlers. To finish it in under two weeks you'd have to be brainier then a brain pie. 3. They visit Ireland! Hurrah for Ireland! Unfortunately, in the game we still all talk with leprechaun accents and we even say "Top a' da mornin' to ya". Oh yeah also guess where the Irish scene is set? In a pub. Bloody typical! There are times when you'll want to throw this game across the room in frustration and may think of picking up a walkthrough. Persevere though, and the rewards are much greater when you finish it. Probably the hardest game I've ever finished, but the minute I was, I flew down the shops and picked up Broken Sword 2. The time has never been better to pick up one, or both of these games, as they are both £4.99 for 2 CDs in GAME. You may not like them, but for £4.99 you can't go far wrong. If you ever finish them, tell me what you thought of them on the comments page. Bring on Broken Sword 3!

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              15.05.2001 02:29
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              This was the first of many point and click adventures that I've bullied my way through and none of the subsequent ones have ever been able to stand up against this masterpiece of gaming. It's just hard enough that it'll take most of your resources to work out the puzzles, but not so difficult that you'll need to resort to a walkthrough (with the possible exception of the goat on a chain bit!). It's fiendish, it's comical, it's a great length - George Stobbart makes the perfect hero in fact. If you buy one point and click adventure in your gaming lifetime, make sure it's this one.

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                03.03.2001 22:15
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                With Revolutions success with Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword was an eagerly awaited point and click adventure game. Coming out at the same time as another revolutionary series began, Quake, Broken Sword managed to get rave reviews and very healthy sales. Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars is a magnificent game. I have played it through a few times since buying it and it still has entertainment value. You play the role of American tourist George Stobbart who, while on his 'vacation' to Paris, gets a big surprise, in the name of clown, an accordion and a big bomb. Nice. Following that wake up call George finds himself tangled up in a dark conspiracy involving the supposedly destroyed Knights Templar who are hell bent in brining the world to their knees...will they ever learn? The game has a very good mixture of humour, puzzles and history put into it and despite some fun moments this is a serious game, after all you can die on several occasions if you do the wrong thing, but don’t worry because there are usually warning signs if you are about to. There is a lot of dialogue in the game, however thanks to the brilliant voice acting and the content of it you wont be clicking the right mouse button to skip through it, like I said before history is also involved in the game, telling the tale of the Knights Templar, this doesn’t bore but can be quite insightful and interesting. The graphics, although dated now, were state of the art back then and even now they still look pretty good. It was back in the day when adventure game were 2D and backgrounds were drawn, thanks to the guys at Revolution all the backgrounds are wonderfully detailed, so good in fact it makes the moving characters seem a bit out of place. During the game there are some welcome cut-scenes, which are nice to sit back and watch for a few minutes or a few seconds, depending on their length. Puzzles can be taxing but never total
                ly obscure that you will be ripping your hair out in frustration. Luckily the game guides you down the right paths so you won’t be going from one location to the other wondering what the hell to do. The game will last quite a while, and seeing as its on budget now, it really will be money well spent. The task at the beginning of finding out who the clown is will expand the game into several subplots before the grand finale. The box says it has about 50 hours worth of game time in the game, which sounds about right, but play it through in detail, listening to all conversations and examining all objects and it could last longer. Bear in mind though that it could be hard to find because of it being quite old and re-issued on budget a few times. Revolution have begun a great series of adventure games with Broken Sword, its well thought out, nice to look at and not frustrating to the mind (although there are bound to be a few head-scratching moments). Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror continued the adventures and Broken Sword III: The Sleeping Dragon is in development now.

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                  19.01.2001 03:54
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                  Broken Sword is a cocktail of gaming genius, classic puzzle/riddle solving and artwork that packs one hell of a punch. Vibrant watercolour visuals make Broken Sword immediately striking, and turn the whole adventure into a delightful exhibition of eye candy. You have to see the game itself to really appreciate the effect this has, but I can assure you that the refined texture is a welcome relief from the monotony of what we have come to expect from gaming. The soundtrack is pure genius and will loop around in your head for days, instantly evoking just that particular scene. The storyline collaborates perfectly with the visuals and soundtrack. As well as being historically and culturally informative, it is truly fascinating and charming, setting Broken Sword a cut above the rest of the point and click adventures. The superb characterisation contributes largely to this, everyone you meet will make you laugh, cry, love them, loathe them, fear them or will perplex you until the very end. You will feel an instant association with George Stobbart (a plucky American who is the main character) and his waggish ways. A bit of comedy and a few punchy, witty, even occasionally cheesy comments from him (often amusingly getting him into or out of great danger) and others, and a corker of a tale explodes into life. The further you get, the more profound and desperate the plot becomes, having you solve puzzles across Europe and infiltrate dangerous cults. The puzzles are as ingenious as the rest of the game, although often somewhat far-fetched. They will tax your brain for hours on end before you jump for joy and commend yourself upon finding the solution. Although beware, as quite early on in the game is a deviously (even famously) irritating and illogical puzzle that you will most likely solve by luck, but do persevere as the rest of the game's worth it. It may not initially appeal to all types of gamers, however if you give Broken
                  Sword a chance it won't disappoint! Equally, if you like a fine storyline and a bit of brains in your games then Broken Sword is THE game for you. BUY IT! P.S. The games pretty much the same on PC as it is on PSX!

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                  A game developed by Revolution Software and published by Atlus Software. Originally released on the PC (as Circle of Blood) Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars places players in the role of George Stobbart an American tourist in Paris who happens to be in the vicinity of an explosion (which kills a man). Taking it upon himself to discover the truth George Stobbart eventually finds himself in a position to save the world throughout his travels in discovering the truth.