Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars The Director's Cut

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Intriguing whodunit updated for the Wii generation.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

You are a journalist, trying to get to the bottom of a murder case. There's a lot of good interaction because you ask tons of questions of people you meet. Because some of those questions are pointed, people may not always take kindly to what you're asking.

Violence

There's mild violence, a murder, and you see blood - in a still graphic - emerging from a wound.

Sex

There are mild references to sex and puns about sex. But there's never any sex onscreen.

Language

You'll hear 'ass' within the first minute of the game. You'll hear 'bitch', too.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There's an occasional reference to hashish, but no one is seen smoking it.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this game has an excellent mystery story, you will find some minor cussing along with sexual innuendo and sexual punning.There are still pictures of a murder with blood shown.

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What's it about?

Old school point-and-click mysteries were once all the rage. Now many have been relegated to online Flash games and downloadable casual games. With BROKEN SWORD: SHADOW OF THE TEMPLARS – THE DIRECTOR'S CUT, Ubisoft is trying to bring back the genre by re-imagining a 1996 PC mystery featuring a journalist who happens upon a strange mime and the creepy murder of a media mogul. Could the Knights Templar be involved?

Playing the game is fairly easy. Point the Wii remote on the screen and press the 'A' to move there. Press the 'A' button to examine objects that have an 'eye' icon near them. Press the 'B' button to collect the item into a knapsack. Use the items in your knapsack to open safes or mix them together to solve clues. When you see a gears icon over an object, you can interact with it, turning a key in a lock, for example. You can converse with the characters to gather more information. Hints are also provided if you're stuck and need them.

Is it any good?

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Broken Sword has a finely crafted story that's enhanced by superior voice acting and dialog that is tight and never seems shoe-horned in to help you solve a puzzle. Because you can ingeniously use items together when trying to figure out a small mystery, the thrill of pointing and clicking doesn't grow old. You'll also enjoy moving around Paris, from the fancy, medieval mansions to the autumn leaf-laden paths along the Seine.

While the game has been updated with artwork by Dave Gibbons, the man who drew The Watchmen, there's not much animation here or much of a 3D feel to the game. There's depth to each area you move around, but not much. And there's very little movement in each scene as well. While game players of a certain age will love the antique feel, younger players may pine for more animation and a more quickly paced story. Still, if you stick with Broken Sword, you'll be rewarded with numerous surprises as the compelling tale twists and turns through the streets of Paris and beyond.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the mystery that's being solved. If you're stuck on a puzzle, do you talk it over among your family or do you go directly for a clue from the hint section? Why? What do you like about the story -- the setting in Paris, the journalist protagonist, or something else. What?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
Price:$30-40
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:March 26, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Drug Reference, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Mild Violence, Sexual Themes (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byACDude800 April 2, 2009
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Best game on the Wii, hands-down

By far the best title on the Wii. The gameplay is superb and the graphics are beautiful. Absolutely no inappropriate content, save the killing of enemies, which is minor at worst; they die by being jumped on or lightly punched, disappear in a puff of smoke or glitter, and are reborn every time you replay the level. Kids as young as 6 will have fun, but they may not be able to fully appreciate the game until age 10.

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