George Stobbart embarks on a journey to unravel the mystery behind a cafe's bombing, and the legendary Broken Sword.

User Rating: 9.1 | Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars PS
Broken Sword is the journey of a man named George Stobbart, whom after barely surviving a mysterious explosion, decides to become an unofficial detective, so to speak.
Waiting to help him uncover the killings related to a cult seeking an ancient power, is a young attractive reporter.

Based in France and branching out into other countries, the intriguing story surrounds an occult group seeking to retrieve a sword with the power to control the will of anyone.

Following the few clues left behind by the group, you play as wisecracking George Stobbart; asking around and finding unusual uses for items (remember MacGyver?) in the hopes of stopping the occultists' killing spree.

With dimensional, creative personalities for the characters, plenty of humor, and an increasingly intriguing plot, it's a must-have for those who love more relaxed, story-based Mystery/Adventure videogames.

Though the games has its laid-back moments as you follow the story, there are several points in which your character could be killed by a wrong or delayed choice.

For those who enjoyed this game, I also recommend the Sherlock Holmes series (such as The Serrated Scalpel, aka The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes on the 3DO) Deja Vu, Rise of the Dragon, Clock Tower, D, The Adventures of Willy Beamish, and Echo Night.

Likewise, those who enjoyed one of the above games are sure to enjoy Broken Sword.

Like any game of its style, there is as much replay value as there is to a film; though there are little tidbits, unrelated to the story, that you might pick up on or try upon repeated playing, it's far from enough for an immediate replay.

Replay value or not, any videogamer who places importance on a game's story won't be disappointed in the hilarious, intriguing and immersive plot. The voice acting, for a videogame, isn't bad either, and compliments the humor well.

Blessed Be