Broken Sword: Angel of Death

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Broken Sword: Angel of Death

Postby britsy » Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:46 am

Well - I didn't stop playing this game until I finished it - and it's a long time since I've done that.

Obviously I found it very engaging and very much a return to point and click classics.
There are timed sequences - but once you've sorted out the correct plan of movement - you will get through it easily.
Some of the characters were hilarious - I'm going to write to Revolution suggesting a game series for Viscount Archibald Lonsdale.
He was wonderful.
Some old favourites make an appearance.

The game control is very like Grim Fandango - you get used to them after a couple of minutes. You can also point to a location - holding down the ctrl button - and the character will run there. Useful for timed sequences.

There is an amount of pixel hunting. Some hot spots are huge - and others are tiny - remember that when you're searching -
and search everywhere !
Pick everything up - you may have to reload and start a scene again if you forget an item in the last scene.
In some cases the puzzles are too easy - the game practically shows you the way. You have to do a lot of talking and reading ot trigger responses - but I enjoy that.


There were Pros and Cons.

Pros - the characters, the humour, the intriguing story line, the fun of having challenging but solvable puzzles.
If you have played the previous ones - you'll find it fairly easy.


Cons - the controls were fairly unweildy at times - although I didn't have the bugs and crashes that some others have reported.
I used my laptop and the touch pad/key combination was fine -
although I'm sure I have RSI from some of the timed sequences.
The ending - well. Many have been very disappointed with it -
I simply felt bereft - as if the game had frozen and I somehow couldn't finish the game.
It was far too abrupt.
It also wasn't at all what I was expecting - not from the introduction at the start of the game -
but I'm not including any spoilers.

I really REALLY enjoyed this - and feel at a loose end now I've finished.

I paid top price for it at Game in the UK - £34.99 -
but they already have it at £17.00 on Amazon.co.uk - drat! :)
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Postby britsy » Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:55 am

Oops - in addition -

some of the scenes were very dark at times - (set in a tunnel or nightime) -
but I think they were almost too dark at one point.
I thought this was a problem with my monitor - but when I reloaded - the scene was brighter again.

I took this to be a glitch on my machines' part - but I read a review just now complaining of the darkness too - so turn up your monitors!

The device of clicking on a map to travel to other destinations is still there - and at one point I couldn't see it due to the darkness.
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Postby Melia » Fri Sep 22, 2006 8:13 pm

Thanks for your review, britsy. I'm looking forward to play - well - getting the game.
I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process.
It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance? :shock:
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Postby danyboy » Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:39 pm

Thank you for the review britsy.

CU

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Postby britsy » Sat Sep 23, 2006 8:32 am

Actually folks - and I feel a bit silly now -
all my moaning about the dark screen at times?

Emmm - I think it may have been the sun shining in my window - :?

I'm replaying today - it's dull outside - and the lighting in the game is just fine.

On re-reading my feelings about the end of the game -
I think it simply boils down to I didn't want it to end.
The sign of a good game in my book - and I suspect that is the case with some of the posters I've seen on other sites.

I could have said so much more - but it's difficult without including spoilers.
If you liked BS previously - you'll most likely love this one.


Enjoy!
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Postby Melia » Sat Sep 23, 2006 1:28 pm

Whew! That's good to know. You had me worried.
I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process.

It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance? :shock:
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Postby Val » Sun Sep 24, 2006 2:12 am

Thanks for that Britsy - I can't wait - I just love the series!!! :)

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