Broken Sword 3: The Sleeping Dragon (PC)

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…

From the jungles of the Congo to the deceptive calm of the English West Country and gothic castles – time is running out for the Earth and only George and Nico can save it…

The Sleeping Dragon is the third installment in the Broken Sword series of adventure games. Unlike its cartoon-like hand-drawn predecessors, it sports a full 3D engine. The game was targeted at console gamers, and on PC it does sometimes feel like it is an adventure game trapped into a third-person action game, so playing with a controller is suggested.


Controlling one of the two protagonists at any given time, Broken Sword 3 is a fantastic british comedy that puts you in direct contrast with a secret society. It all goes supernatural on you at the end, but the journey along the way is enjoyable.


Why should you play this game today?

If you are into conspiracy theories and are willing to go unto an adventure that will make you laugh out loud, then you should give this game a try. You can start playing the whole series while you are at it, so that you familiarise yourself with the cast of colourful characters. Broken Sword 3 is the link between the old-school and the new style of adventuring so for a younger audience it may be a better introduction to adventure games. All in all a solid rainy day playtime. Myself, I clocked around 11 hours to finish the game.


And what if you have already played it in 2003? Being a 3D game, Broken Sword 3 can take advantage of newer hardware and render the game at higher resolutions. So it may warrant a replay, although some of the background textures do show their age and the cutscenes look really old. It also brings back fond memories of Paris for me, I could watch the water flow along the Seine all day.


What could put you off?

There’s too many doors. Probably there’s a bit too much of pushing crates around as well.


Where can you get this game?

GOG
Humble Store
Steam
Fanatical
Gamersgate


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