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

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Intriguing whodunit updated for the Wii generation.

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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.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii , Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: UbiSoft
  • Release date: March 26, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Drug Reference, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Mild Violence, Sexual Themes
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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