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Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon (Xbox)

by THQ
Xbox
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Third installment of franchise
  • An epic narrative from Europe's master storytellers.
  • Unique graphics look sets game apart. Stunning graphics delivered by a radical new graphic engine.
  • Compelling 21st century adventure gameplay. Wholly intuitive direct control interface.
  • Fresh gameplay reinvents the genre Movie quality script and voice acting, with facial animation
  • Choreographed by Revolution's proprietary Virtual Actor Engine.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 11
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00009LW6Z
  • Release Date: 14 Nov. 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,587 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

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Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon is a skilfully-woven global adventure and a landmark in interactive story-telling. In the third instalment of the adventures of George and Nico, the pair fight through the steaming jungles of the Congo, eerie castles in Prague, the chic backstreets of Paris and the historic village of Glastonbury--among many other locations--to unravel the secrets of the Sleeping Dragon and save mankind from the threat of global catastrophe. Featuring a revolutionary new interface and a fully 3D environment, Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon is the future of adventure.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Just like flares, cockroaches and Tony Blackburn, some things never die; this third entry in the Broken Sword series hopefully means the good old graphic adventure is making a comeback. It was created by Sierra and perfected by LucasArts but unfortunately UK developer Revolution is the only company still making them like they used to--although this all-new title features direct controls, instead of point and click, and even Shenmue-style Quick Time Events.

The plot in The Sleeping Dragon revolves around yet another ancient threat to the world, this time related to the mysterious (and real) Voynich Manuscript, which may or may not contain the secret to eternal life. Needless to say it's up to the game's hero George Stobbart and his long-term associate Nico to stop the bad guys from prevailing, and this they do by solving a long stream of logic puzzles ranging from getting into a locked room armed with only a press card to waking up an unconscious Australian before he falls off the side of a cliff.

Even though the game is not controlled with the mouse the interface is extremely easy to use, with four main context-sensitive buttons used in conjunction with your inventory. It won't be to everyone's taste--those with a taste for arcade action may get bored quite quickly--but it all works well and has excellent graphics. It's a real game to watch this winter. --David Jenkins


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
There are a few games out there on the market that truly captivates the gamer, pulling them into a virtual reality, creating a "blockbusting movie" experience with you in control. Broken Sword: Sleeping Dragon is one of them.
The game starts off with a wonderfully done movie like scene with George (A humorous American) in a plane with an Australian joker. Unfortunately, due to a freak weather occurrence, the plane losses power and crashed onto a cliff face. You then take charge of George and you must find a way to escape the burning plane with your friend.
After your escape up the mountain side, you encounter a scene in the game where the scientist you were supposed to meet is murdered.
Next you are introduced to Nico, a French journalist. She herself witnesses the murder of a young man she was supposed to interview.
From there on you alternate between characters solving puzzles and finding clues to search for justice, until finally both characters meet up with each other.
If you have not played the other two Broken Sword series don't worry. You learn as you play the game that both characters knew each other.
The game is a detective point and click adventure. There are many actions to carry out throughout the game. In other words your characters are very flexible.
The only way to reach the end of the game is to think logic. This game is pure logic that you would not find in many games. For example in one part of the game you must try and retrieve a key that is in a lock in the door on the opposite side. Simple, place a newspaper underneath the door and poke the key with a pencil so the key will fall down onto the paper. Pull out the newspaper and hey, you have the door key.
Music is wonderfully composed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GAME, SHAME IT ENDED! 28 Sept. 2006
By Crafty Marie TOP 500 REVIEWER
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you're not into fast-paced action games but want a game which has a very good story, lets you take your time to explore areas, find items and discover how to use them in order to solve puzzles - this just might be for you.

From first inserting the game into my Xbox, I could not play anything else until I had completed this roughly 3 weeks later. It is that compelling.

Graphics-wise it is good (not great but decent enough) and you get quite a few Video clips which almost makes you feel like you are watching a movie at times. It is the story and the puzzle solving which really drives this game however.

You get to play 2 characters in the game both male and female (which is nice because I am a female gamer and there are not enough games which cater for this) and you get to move to several different locations both in terms of type of location and geographical area which keeps it fresh and interesting.

The flaws! There are a few flaws. One is the loading screens - most of the time they did not bother me but at certain points, when you can get killed and have to restart an area, they are a pain. The other bad point is not so much the shortish ending but the fact that the game finishes (I didn't want it to end!) and also that there is absolutely no replay value. Once you have played it through, there is little point playing it again because it is not like you can change the outcome or play from another perspective like playing from the baddies point of view which would have been good.

Despite the couple of bad points, I still rate this game very highly because it is one of those rare games that can keep you totally hooked from start to finish - so long as a slower-paced game is your cup of tea!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic continuation of the series 1 Dec. 2003
This game is essential for fans of the previous Broken Sword games. The same intelligent humour makes a welcome return in a tight and very well written script. The story is immediately compelling and the voice acting is spot on and sounds totally natural throughout. There are parts of the game that will stump even the most seasoned adventure gamers but the plot provides ample incentive to persevere and the next development in the story is always a sufficient reward for your hard work.
One big area of improvement over previous instalments is in the camera work. The fully 3D environments allow the camera to sweep around and lots of work has been put into the cinematic presentation. Small passageways are viewed through a close-in and claustrophobic camera angle while cliff edges and high rooftops come with a dizzying top down perspective. Along with the ever present sense of urgency provided by the storyline this game is as gripping as many great films.
There are few criticisms that can be levelled at the game. The solutions to some of the puzzles are slightly too obscure and sometimes guesswork rather than logic is needed. The loading screens are both frequent and long, although this is only really irritating because it disrupts the narrative. Still, you can't help but feel that this is unnecessary when compared to other games on the system. Apart from that, and an over - reliance on block puzzles, there is little to fault. Action fans may find it too slow paced, but those after a more cerebral challenge and something that is much more mature than any 18 rated game should make this a priority purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An worthy sequel of one of the greatest adventure games of all time !
The first Broken Sword (the predecessor of The Sleeping Dragon) was considered one the best and most beautiful "point and click" adventure game (like the funny "Monkey... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Francisco Miguel Mendonça
5.0 out of 5 stars A game that makes you think.
After me buying this game for the 360, never read properly, still managed to play it on friends Xbox. Why aren't there any more games like this? Read more
Published on 21 Mar. 2013 by Moodyfozzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I really like adventure games,but somehow missed this one,however I bought it last week and just finished it,I really wish more games were available for consoles like this,instead... Read more
Published on 9 Jun. 2011 by Karl Grosvenor
5.0 out of 5 stars An Adventure Of Consummate Perfection
The Broken Sword series has long been famed for its strong narrative and sublimely simple game play and tradition has certainly not been forgotten here. Read more
Published on 20 Feb. 2004 by "geraintcsteyn"
5.0 out of 5 stars broken sword 3:the sleeping dragon
at last the game can be played in a an over view type selection moving your character around.i prefare the new gameplay to the other 2 and think this one is definitely the best. Read more
Published on 4 Jan. 2004 by "octovia"
3.0 out of 5 stars ok game
this game is ok not the best game ive played and not the worst its good bacause of the graphics and the backgrounds the puzzles r good even though they r easy. Read more
Published on 23 Nov. 2003 by "tombailey8"
4.0 out of 5 stars George to the rescue!
A long wait for a long over due sequel, at least it was not a wasted wait! George and Nico are back, although this time they meet up only through “coincidence” and are... Read more
Published on 16 Nov. 2003 by "clanfalcon"
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