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  • Summary: The murder of an underground hacker in Paris is just the beginning of this extraordinary adventure for George Stobbart and Nico Collard in the highly anticipated Broken Sword III. Powerful seismic events are shaking the world. An Ancient Conspiracy, the Secrets of the Templars, and a fiendish source of pure Evil are responsible... [The Adventure Company] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 100
    Have you ever played a game that's so good that the simple knowledge of its existence is enough to put a smile on your face? This is one of those games. Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon is a shining example of what this genre is capable of, and it comes as close to perfection as any recent adventure game has.
  2. A stunning achievement in interactive entertainment. With a solid story, engaging characters, stunning visuals, and delightful dialogue, this is one adventure you simply won’t be able to tear yourself away from.
  3. A must have for anyone that is looking for an engrossing story or adventure and wants a change of pace from mainstream gaming genres.
  4. An unparalleled sucess at storytelling, and even the most stupefying crate puzzle can't overcome the ability to tell a great story.
  5. George’s finely crafted witticisms and Nico’s finely crafted, er, investigative skills make the game a pleasure to play; moreover, the plot is engrossing and really pushes you to keep gaming in an effort to uncover more of the nefarious scheme being perpetrated.
  6. An intriguing story telling adventure game that manages to get players engrossed in the gameplay in the hope of working out what happens next.
  7. Many of the puzzles are somewhat straightforward in design, and while ensuring players are less likely to hit those infuriating brick walls typically found in the genre's great titles, your input into the proceedings once again tends to feel slightly shallow and less rewarding than before. [Christmas 2003, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. BogdanI.
    Nov 13, 2003
    10
    The best adventure game in years. Great engine, great graphics,great storyline. Forget about Syberia and The Longest Journey. Revolution done it again. This game is a must-have. Expand
  2. Mar 3, 2012
    10
    The story, voice acting, dialogue, and lovable characters make you forgive the "eeh" controls. While the box puzzles are repetitive, the others are very clever. One of the best adventures ever. Expand
  3. GeorgeW.
    Nov 17, 2003
    10
    If you have money for only one game this year you should buy this one. The engine of this game is the future of adventure games. The areas you have to explore are beautifully rendered. The game have a real cinematic feel. The plot is excellent as in the first two chapters of Broken Sword. The puzzles are not too easy but not too frustrating either. Overall i really enjoyed playing The Sleeping Dragon. It's an excellent title that can bring adventure games back to the top. Expand
  4. AndrewM.
    Jan 5, 2005
    10
    Absolutely brilliant. I love all three BS games but this is simply the icing - and it's bloody sweet at that! It's all been said above, but just to repeat a couple of points: the graphics in this game are as attractive, breathtaking and intimate as any I've seen; the voice acting is as good as I've heard; and the story as interesting and immersing as the genre allows. Bottom line: the perfect adventure game. Please please please, Revolution, can we have more (just like this) of the wonderful adventure that is George and Nico's lives. Expand
  5. GertK.
    Apr 7, 2006
    10
    Well done to the developers for keeping the Broken Sword series alive and well. It's an excellent game - one I enjoyed just as much as the previous Broken Sword titles, despite the transition to 3D. Looking forward to a sequel. Expand
  6. BenC.fromBirmingham,UK
    Jan 10, 2004
    8
    If you liked Broken Sword 1, and like me, thought BS2 was a bit lacking, fear not - this game has some of the great atmosphere and dialog of the first (and best IMHO) game. The transition for 2D to 3D works better than I imagined - the graphics really are lush! If you are after a story driven, rather than puzzle driven adventure game, this is a must, whether or not you have played either of the two provious games. Not as good as the first, but definitely better than the second Broken Sword. A worthy sequel. Expand
  7. Jan 12, 2012
    0
    The controls on the game are so broken as to make it impossible to play expect for the most dedicated of fans. The Sleeping Dragon is the only installment that is not point-and-click. In fact, it's impossible to use the mouse for anything. Instead all major actions in the game are done by the keyboard. The game manual brags about this "hybrid" system but it's horrible. This is implicitly acknowledged by the fact that the fourth installment went back to the point-and-click system. People who can shudder their way through the UI might find an otherwise excellent game. But the UI in this game is so totally different than the other three games in the series that I strongly advise anyone thinking of purchasing The Sleeping Dragon to download a trial or play a friends game. This is not what you'd expect from the Broken Sword series and it's unfortunate that they tried this experiment in the middle of the series. Expand

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