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Broken Sword: The Angel Of Death (PC DVD)

by THQ
Windows XP
 Ages 12 and Over
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Built upon an entirely new and dedicated engine, Broken Swords promises a greater level of detail to the world and of belief in the characters than previously experienced in adventure games, whilst keeping that same excellent artwork and attention to detail that has always made the series so popular.
  • Thanks to the Proprietary Virtual Actor System the player will be able to read the emotions of the characters and also develop an extremely close relationship and strong level of empathy towards the heroes and the diverse and colourful cast of characters.
  • Broken Sword: The Angel of Death features rich and varied environments from around the globe for the player to explore.
  • For the first time ever in the Broken Sword series, Revolution Software have introduced time pressured situations ensuring the pace of the game is never static
  • Challenging but logical puzzles
  • Intriguing and gripping story that's based on a mixture of fact, fiction and conspiracy theory
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000GJEEZ2
  • Release Date: 15 Sep 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,483 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Manufacturer's Description

When the forces of ancient worlds, past forgotten myths battle against the power of old friends. When current emotions clash with past regret, and when some guys in York design cunning puzzles, write funny scripts and orchestrate the type of music to make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end, it can only mean the fourth instalment of Broken Sword has been born.

After reluctantly battling dragons, Mayan gods and becoming a Knight of a long lost Holy Order, unwitting hero George Stobbart settles down to a life of mundane 9-5 office work. Who would have thought that a mysterious and beautiful woman would enter his life? A woman whose sudden disappearance draws him into a desperate search for a nefarious artefact of great and terrible power. (Well apart from those guys in York, that is)

Emotion, humour, time pressure and puzzling combine for the latest Broken Sword Adventure and unfortunately for George, it looks like the world needs saving one more time.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I love Broken Sword but was disappointed with the third one but eagerly awaited the fourth anyway in the hope it would be better. But I found it more tedious than the third.

Apart from having to practically buy a new computer to play the damn thing, all the tasks and puzzles in the game seemed pointless and unrealistic.

I am disappointed to see the dry humour, which is what I really loved about Broken Swords 1 and 2, was completely non-existant in the Angel of Death.

The 3D graphics are brilliant but, like a reviewer before me, I am not happy about walking around not really knowing where to go or what to do unlike in previous BS's where you were kinda nudged in the right direction!

And I agree with other reviewers that the ending was just not worth all my hard work! I'm still not sure what happened!

Overall, it was an OK game, I would play it again, maybe, one day, but there was no way I could play it without a walkthrough. It definitely isn't as re-playable as Broken Swords 1 and 2 which if I've played them once, I must have played them 20+ times!! (and haven't got bored of them yet!)

Oh yeah - and what's with all the computer-hacking?? Got a bit repetitive for me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned genius 21 Sep 2006
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The unique problem with the two modern Broken Sword games is that their very structure is a problem. Sony USA decided early on that the previous game 'The Sleeping Dragon' was simply too old-fashioned for their new, hip market, and as such refused its release in the states.

And starting up 'The Angel of Death', you can fairly easily see what Sony saw as a problem. Controls is clunky and unresponsive, George walks slowly and stoicly as you direct him, clipping and pathfinding problems abound and the graphical transition to 3D still proves to be a slight problem to Charles Cecil's Revolution Studios. The sense of danger in the opening scene is there, but the slow strategy of examining, finding and using items is not condusive to action as a whole. George Stobbart is not an action hero.

And it's when you realise this that the game as it is meant to be clicks into gear. Everything that George comes across that is of any importance can be scrutinised, and the vocal work is of the highest standard. Seemingly impossible situations can be thought through and played at a leisurely pace, and the fully interactive nature of the scenes makes this an enjoyable experience.

Characters are, as usual, varied and interesting, and the almost accidental part that they play in George's life makes them all the better. The simple depth of the people you meet comes together to produce the feel of a very deep and real world, and as the game progresses this is what makes it feel like such a seminal experience. You feel like your actions have meaning, as the already fantastic narrative is bolstered by the inclusion of these minor people who add the fringe of humour and purpose.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Going back to classic gaming - more please! 25 Jun 2007
By T. Wong
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I loved this game and was rather disturbed by some of the comments by the other reviewers... I will admit the gripes that I did have with this game and then I will go on to say the good points.

The bad things about the game were the music and the voices. The music in BS1 and 2 were scored by a classical composer named Barrington Pheloung. He is most famous for scoring the music for the Inspector Morse TV series, and he created some wonderful music. Unfortunately, he is not present and the music is lacking somewhat especially with the fact that short tunes seem to get played randomly just to keep you going through a new scene rather than adding to the atmosphere. Secondly, although, it is great that Rolf Saxon reprised his role as the laconic George Stobbart from Idaho, I was quite disappointed in the voice actor for Nico, and slightly dismayed that all the other characters did not seem quite as alive as George, as I assume that all the other voice actors haven't worked on Broken Sword before.

Now the good points! I enjoyed every minute of this game, including those times I had to pull out my hair to get my circulation to my brain going, as it reminded me of all the great times I had had with BS1 and 2, and I thought how nice it was that there was another point-and-click on the market. The puzzles were clever as always and induced the appropriate satisfaction you get from solving it. They weren't too easy or too hard and the learning curve for them was just right. The story was fascinating, once again. Maybe the developers could have put more effort into the research a bit more as there is much history they could have incorporated, but it was enough.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As far as adventure games go.... 22 Dec 2006
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Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Any fan of the Broken Sword titles obviously knows their stuff with adventure games, it follows in the footsteps of such greats as Monkey Island. However, the story in Angel of Death seems to lack any kind of coherence, with some puzzles being spectacularly illogical. Similarly, there's no motivation to make you want to play the game. Compared to the first games when something interesting actually happens at the beginning, to now, when a woman simply turns up at your door and asks you to decode a manuscript. Oh. Great. Not to mention of course that the interface is pain-stakingly annoying (ie trying to click on a tiny object while the screen continues to move), making any action in the game extremely tiresome. In future the makers should return to the quick, bright, fun and imaginative cartoon style game that made Broken Sword a great like its predecessors.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars broken sword
quite a good game better if it was mouse only playing it now but stopped cant move on don,t understand what to do even with walkthrough
Published 3 months ago by Mr. R. Slaney
4.0 out of 5 stars Broken Sword PC Game
Another good broken sword game :) Just started playing it and enjoying it very much. Gets the brain thinking! :)
Published 6 months ago by Miss Stacey Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Just love this
This is the fourth in the Broken Sword series and just like playing all the others I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 19 months ago by K. Irvine
5.0 out of 5 stars Amost there
Played other Broken Sword games before this one and had to wait to I got a new computer before I could play this. Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2010 by Past my sell by date
1.0 out of 5 stars This game is quite simply broken
When I first bought this, four years ago, my laptop could only run it on jerky, low-res settings. No problem, I thought, I'll wait a couple of years as I'll be making my own PC... Read more
Published on 17 July 2010 by Tom
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent game
Great game but takes a while to get into it. Well worth the effort though
Published on 30 Sep 2009 by Mcgregor Kinross
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
This game is a culmination of great research and great ideas.

I have been a fan of the Broken Sword series of games since they started and they are still entertaining me... Read more
Published on 31 May 2009 by Mr. Conrad Steven Malpas
3.0 out of 5 stars A royal pain in the bum but ok
I was a big fan of the first two Broken Sword games having been a huge fan of the Monkey Island games and all point and click comedy puzzle types. Read more
Published on 9 April 2009 by Mr. N. Wildman
1.0 out of 5 stars Broken Sword: The Angel Of Death (PC)
Having just completed the game I am left feeling the whole thing was one big practical joke and I wish I could get those hours of my life back. Read more
Published on 19 April 2008 by Becky
2.0 out of 5 stars THis is the official end to Broken Sword, they messed it up again.
After being a huge fan of Broken Sword 1 & 2, and replaying them many times, I was let down by this game, after having high hopes for it. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2008 by James Fletcher
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