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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, 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. 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. 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. 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 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
  2. 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 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
  3. 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 parts were somewhat racist...) Expand
  4. Sep 21, 2010
    9
    9.5 score in reality. This game is a masterclass of how to make an adventure game and one of the very few adventure games that can live with the classic Lucasarts titles. New content adds a bit to the game but it's the 14 year old content that still steals the show for me. The main feature being a story that is so good that if it were to be made into a film, I would be in the cinema watching it now. This game always got the difficulty blend just right, sometimes it can drive you nuts but you feel good once you've solved a problem. On top of great story and gameplay, the voice acting is top notch doing justice to a script that is witty and clever.

    There is no reason not to own this game at least on one platform but for me, PC is the real home of George and Nico.
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  5. 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. Amazing! But the original version is better... Expand
  6. 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 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. Collapse
  7. Jun 20, 2012
    4
    Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars is not a bad point and click game but it isn't very good either. The story is there, the characters can be interesting despite the odd voice acting and there's quite a bit of humour to be found but it is just so terribly slow-paced. Only recommended for die-hard point-and-click adventure fans. Expand

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