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Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon (Xbox)

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Description

No less than six years have gone by before the third installment in the Broken Sword series saw the light of day. The first two games (The Shadow of the Templars and The Smoking Mirror) delved into the Knights Templar and Mayan mythology. This time, George Stobbart and Nico Collard are after the Voynich Manuscript to unravel its mysteries.

The Sleeping Dragon moves away from the 2D point-and-click concept from the earlier games and features a full 3D world, with a camera that does not rotate, but uses fixed cinematic perspectives, combined with full 5.1 sound. For the Windows version the game is no longer controlled through the mouse, but now through the keyboard, for the movement of the characters as well as all the actions. The player alternately controls George or Nico. Next to typical adventure gameplay such as exploration, conversations, and searching and combining items, there are also a few action sequences. The characters can duck, sneak, hang from ledges and move crates to reach higher areas.

The locations visited throughout the game include The Congo, Paris, England, Czech Republic and Egypt.

Screenshots

Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon Xbox Main title from the second part of intro cinematic.
Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon Xbox Now matter how bad things are, things can always get worse.
Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon Xbox Developer's (Revolution Software) company logo.
Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon Xbox Alas, the badguys reached the scientist before George.

Alternate Titles

  • "断剑:沉睡之龙" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Сломанный Меч 3: Спящий Дракон" -- Russian spelling
  • "Slomannyj Mech 3: Spjaschij Drakon" -- Russian title
  • "Les Chevaliers de Baphomet: Le manuscrit de Voynich" -- French title
  • "BS3" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Broken Sword: Nenereru Ryuu no Densetsu" -- Japanese title
  • "Broken Sword: Il Sonno del Drago" -- Italian title
  • "Broken Sword: El sueño del dragón" -- Spanish title
  • "Broken Sword 3: The Sleeping Dragon" -- GOG.com release
  • "Broken Sword 3" -- Common title
  • "Baphomets Fluch: Der schlafende Drache" -- German title

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User Reviews

Nice but failed attempt MAT (74217) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

The Press Says

Game Chronicles Jan 11, 2004 9.1 out of 10 91
MS Xbox World Nov 18, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Nov 26, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83
GamerDad Apr 09, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Captain Dec 07, 2003 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot Dec 15, 2003 7.7 out of 10 77
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 19, 2003 15 out of 20 75
Xbox World Australia (XWA) Jun 22, 2004 70 out of 100 70
Gamestyle 2003 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Dec 06, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Casting

The actress who played Nico, Sarah Crook did not actually audition for the role. She was one of the supervisors of the audition, and asked Charles Cecil if she could try out for the role after a string of applicants Cecil regarded as unsuitable.

References

  • In the room of Vernon Blier, the geek, you can find some references. In his bedroom, there's a poster with the cover image of the first Broken Sword game against the wall. In the living room, there's a painting with an apple on it. If you observe it closely, Nico will say: "Another Steve Jobs original" - an obvious reference to Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple.
  • George's lucky piece of coal makes a return. In the previous game, you could pick up a 'lucky piece of coal' in the warehouse in Marseilles. It appears in this game as well, you can find it in the locked metal shack in Susarro`s Castle. Just like the previous game, it has no use at all in the game itself.
  • The picture of George in Nico's apartment is the picture that George uses to ask about the killer throughout the first Broken Sword game, Circle of Blood. If you look behind George, you can see the assassin, complete with the bright green clown pants.

Trilogy

This was planned to be the last Broken Sword game, but later Revolution decided to continue the series with Secrets of the Ark: A Broken Sword Game.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2003 – Best Console Adventure Game of the Year (PlayStation 2)
Information also contributed by Depth Lord, Kalrac and Martin Smith

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MAT (74217) added Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon (Xbox) on Nov 17, 2003
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