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on 21 September 2006
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. The self-referential nature of the game is also a plus in this regard: having George confuse Anna-Maria with Nico Collard is a genuine masterstroke, and a nod to the fans who have been with the series for over ten years.

What else is there to say? If you're a fan as I am, this is the game you wanted it to be. The transition to 3D does work, and although nothing will ever be as memorably lush as the first Broken Sword game, the fashion of fantastic narrative and memorable characters is carried on here and polished. A great story, a great experience, and a fantastic addition to the series.
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on 21 September 2006
If you are like me and have played and adored Broken Sword 1,2 and 3 then be prepared to be a little disappointed with BS4. This review is based on my first impression of the game and I will submit another opinion as I proceed deeper into the adventure.

The game installed perfectly on my pc with windows XP. And so it should as my pc is only 6 months old.

The introductory minutes were very dark and I had to turn up the brightness on my monitor and leave it turned for the first section of the game.

I think that the Wow factor is missing from BS4 as in "Wow, what gorgeous graphics"

On the plus side George is the same chap he always is and the music soundtrack is fine. The heroine follows George around like a little dog making helpful suggestions.

Overall I would say, don't be put off playing this game if you have played the others in the series but don't expect much eye candy from your monitor. I will review again as the game proceeds
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on 22 December 2006
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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on 15 December 2012
This is the fourth in the Broken Sword series and just like playing all the others I was not disappointed. I have just read that a fifth in the series, after which feels liking waiting an eternity, is due for release in early 2013. I want it now!
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on 18 November 2010
Played other Broken Sword games before this one and had to wait to I got a new computer before I could play this. Only about a third of the way through due to other commitments but found it more logical than the others and enjoying it so far. The graphics are good.
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on 11 April 2014
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
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on 9 February 2015
Excellent Item! Had no problems!
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on 22 February 2015
received with thanks
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on 27 September 2014
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on 13 October 2015
Played broken sword 1 and 2...this version absolutely rubbish.
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