I happened to play Broken Sword 3 before I got hold of these, but I got stuck and did not complete it. Playing these two inspired me to dash back to finish it, (and run out to buy Angel of Death), they were so entertaining. Harking back to the days where everything was 2D and game designers apparently had a sense of humour, both games are brilliant, although I feel the original is slightly better. George, the American goofball hero, is an endearing character prompted by circumstances, pretty journalists and blatant curiosity, to get involved in a whirlwind plot of murder, secret societies and exploding accordions. Hilarious.
Broken Sword 2 I found to be a slightly less thrilling fill in between 1 and 3. The major flaw was the lack of excitement at the end. In the other Broken Sword installments you have to think and act quickly to prevent the villains bumping you off sharpish. Here all you had to do was solve Nico and George's separate puzzles, walk a few steps and settle back to watch the final cutscene.
Nonetheless, I loved these two games and they have successfully hooked me on all present and future volumes of the Broken Sword series.