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  • Summary: Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut, is an update to one of the most popular adventures ever written, and boasts an all-new story arc woven into the original plot. With new facial animations drawn by Dave Gibbons (co-creator of Watchmen), enhanced graphics and audio, aBroken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut, is an update to one of the most popular adventures ever written, and boasts an all-new story arc woven into the original plot. With new facial animations drawn by Dave Gibbons (co-creator of Watchmen), enhanced graphics and audio, a context-sensitive help system designed for those stumped by the game's ingenious puzzles, new mini-games and puzzles, and a new perspective on one of gaming's most celebrated plots, Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut is an essential adventure for fans old and new. Expand

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  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    80
    Simplified and slightly extended version of a legendary adventure game uses somewhat obsolete visuals but still counts as one of the best games of all times. [Issue#196]
  2. Oct 27, 2010
    75
    Maybe new players who don't know the series might find the story uncohesive or even might be dissapointed by its graphics. But Broken Swords fans should buy it without hesitation.
  3. PC Gamer UK
    Dec 30, 2010
    69
    Wonky visuals, but this is as close to The Da Vinci Code meets Monkey Island as we'll get. Did I mention the hot French accent?
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  1. Aug 28, 2012
    10
    Played this game years ago when it first came out for PC. Now I believe the Director's Cut is a huge improvement, and gives an old fan excusePlayed this game years ago when it first came out for PC. Now I believe the Director's Cut is a huge improvement, and gives an old fan excuse to play the game again. Only recommend if you like point and click style adventure games. Only downside for some might be the 2D cartoon style graphics, but if you can look past that, you will find a masterpiece of game here. Expand
  2. Nov 27, 2013
    10
    Brilliant game it kept me intrigued throughout the whole story. It's long with various locations, and very enjoyable! (Though the Syria partsBrilliant game it kept me intrigued throughout the whole story. It's long with various locations, and very enjoyable! (Though the Syria parts were somewhat racist...) Expand
  3. Jan 10, 2012
    10
    Better game than The Longest Journey. There, I said it. Treason! The story to this game is filled with laughs, sly wit, and over the topBetter game than The Longest Journey. There, I said it. Treason! The story to this game is filled with laughs, sly wit, and over the top spoofs and in its own way is every bit as good of a narrative as TLJ. Once you move away from the story elements Broken Sword shows itself in every way to be the superior game. The inventory system is better, the graphics have been updated, the puzzles mesh with the story, and the in-game hint system both manages to keep immersion intact while allowing the player to set their own level of difficulty. April Ryan will maintain a singular place in the hearts of adventure game fans but for pure entertainment value Broken Sword wins. It's impossible to objectively criticize the first installment of the Broken Sword series without nitpicking. Perhaps the only fair criticism is that the puzzles are not super hard even without the hints. However, the sad truth is the most of the challenge to the puzzles in other games comes from bad design, not intellectual sophistication. When all and said and done Broken Sword: TDC is the best adventure game because everything in it just works synergisticly to keep the player to keep on playing. Expand
  4. Apr 24, 2012
    9
    For fans of Longest Journey, Still Life, Secret Files et al, Broken Sword (all three game episodes), is up there with the best of them, Fine,For fans of Longest Journey, Still Life, Secret Files et al, Broken Sword (all three game episodes), is up there with the best of them, Fine, so the graphics are old, but the story is great, great voice acting (first game especially with the French female accent), some very funny scripting, and getting the balance just right on puzzle solving and how much to-and-fro there is to do. Loved playing all three. Happy to recommend all them to point-and-click fans. Expand
  5. Oct 23, 2017
    8
    The added scenes in the Director's Cut are welcome, and flesh out the story a little, but the new sections at the beginning of the game whereThe added scenes in the Director's Cut are welcome, and flesh out the story a little, but the new sections at the beginning of the game where you play as Nico feel a little padded with unnecessary puzzles to extend the playtime. Ironically, a few things that were in the original game are missing here, like some pieces of dialogue and an option that used to result in a death and game over. Nothing very significant is gone though, much more has been added than has been lost, and some things were cut for good reason, so it's not a problem unless you're a purist. The Director's Cut has the same graphics, resolution and sound quality as the original, but newly recorded lines are of higher quality; which actually makes the rest of the sound much more jarring, as the old lines of dialogue are very low quality in comparison. The UI is slightly different too, and there is a hints system which gives you clues (and eventually a solution if you prod it enough) to the puzzles, allowing the player to set their own difficulty as they wish, so I find this a great addition. The most noticable difference of the Director's Cut, apart from the new scenes, is the fact that little boxes appear on screen with characters faces during speech, which animates the dialogue a little more.

    For those who aren't familiar with the game at all... Well, two things make a good adventure game: story and puzzles. On the story side, it's a globe-trotting kind of adventure about finding ancient clues, exploring ruins and mausoleums, uncovering murder plots, and a little bit of magic and mysticism. Although it sounds quite serious, it's actually a pretty vibrant and light-hearted game with some good humour and exaggerated characters. It's charming, but pretty grounded and rarely laugh-out-loud funny. The story makes me think of a mix between Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code. On the puzzle side, it doesn't indulge too much in the typical "adventure game logic", puzzles usually make sense (with a few exceptions), and you don't have to roleplay MacGyver that much (again, with a few exceptions). So overall, great. Not every puzzle is entertaining though, and some are a little obtuse or long-winded.

    As a P&C adventure where you spend a lot of time just looking around a static screen and talking to people, visuals play a fairly important role. The art style was always good (for the most part anyway... Characters can look a bit "off"), but this game does look aged, and I'm not just talking about the resolution. Characters can clip through each other or through objects on the screen, some sprites are badly aliased; and when George is walking at an angle, his positioning and size relative to the environment around him can look embarassingly bad.

    Overall though, a great game that spawned a great sequel and... some other ones.

    PS. I forgot to mention the music. I love the music in this game! Very atmospheric soundtrack, kind of minimalistic but soothing, and always fits well with the scene.
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  6. Jul 4, 2012
    8
    Astonishing game!!!! The puzzles, the story, the dialogs, the scenarios, everything in the game is awesome. It makes you wanna play at once.Astonishing game!!!! The puzzles, the story, the dialogs, the scenarios, everything in the game is awesome. It makes you wanna play at once. Amazing! But the original version is better... Expand
  7. Dec 1, 2011
    5
    This is a decent point and click adventure--made me feel like I was part of a Johnny Quest cartoon. The story is an engaging history lesson inThis is a decent point and click adventure--made me feel like I was part of a Johnny Quest cartoon. The story is an engaging history lesson in 14th century Templar Knights and the voice acting is well done. It is a very casual adventure; the puzzles are extremely easy, plus the blue markers remove any difficulty in finding whatever you need, plus there is a hint system in the unlikely event you get stuck. On the downside, the graphics are dated and the movement is slow paced making the game longer than it needs to be. But overall, it was pleasantly entertaining. Expand

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