A partly successful attempt to breath new life into the adventure genre
Well, the most important thing about a game, at least in my opinion, is that it's
fun to play, and fortunately, Broken Sword 3 possesses this virtue.
Another thing of interest to most gamers these days is graphics, and Broken Sword 3
manages to deliver in this area as well.
On to the core, the gameplay itself. BS3 has all the ingredients an adventure should
have, interesting characters and locations, meaningful conversations, brainteasing
riddles ... all this doesn't sound too bad, does it?
Well, it isn't. But the game still offers some reasons for complaining.
The most painful thing for me, an old adventure game veteran, is the absence of
mouse control. Over the course of the development I've read a number of
interviews with different chaps from Revolution Software in which they bragged
this game was going to reinvent the adventure genre. However, you'll be hardly
pressed to actually notice this. Most things have been done before, mainly
by the also fully three dimensional Gabriel Knight 3. BS3 is still playable
enough, even without a mouse interface, but I missed one more than once and
aforementioned GK3 HAD mouse control, so I have to come to the conclusion the
reason for it's absence is mere lazyness.
That out of the way, the next biggest complaint, FAR less serious from my personal
viewpoint, is the weirdo mixture of mythologies featured in BS3.
Revolution Software did a great job basing Broken Sword 1 on the myths around the
legendary Knights Templar, but the move to mixing in different other mythologies
started in BS2 has been brought one step further in BS3, up to a point where it gets
somewhat too much.
Having a direct connection between artifacts of the Knights Templar,
Old-Egyptian temples and the tale of King Arthur is a bit much for my taste.
But this is a matter of personal preference, I guess.
Finally, there's an abundance of sokoban-style puzzles in Sleeping Dragon, which
can get kind of annoying at times.
The Bottom Line
Don't be fooled by the fact that the bad section is twice as big as the good section,
despite all downsides BS3 is definitely a game worth playing, it's just not a pure
blood adventure and - not uncommon amongst multi-genre adventures - a bit shallow
at times. Nonetheless, the sentence I began this review with is still true at it's end.