BROKEN SWORD II
1 CD, 1 Player, Mouse compatible, Memory card - 1 block
One year after the excellent "Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars", Revolution Software has released the sequel to the best graphic adventure on the Playstation. Much in the same style as its predecessor, "Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror" pushes the traditional point & click engine to, possibly, as far as it can go.
The "smoking mirror" in question, is a device constructed by ancient Mayans to imprison the evil god
Tezcatlipoca. The story begins with George Stobbartt (the hero of the first game) returning to France to
meet his girlfriend Nicole after six months. The intro dives right into the plot, showing us how Nicole
is abducted and George left unconscious in a burning house confronting a lethal spider. Not wanting to
give out too much of what is another brilliant script, the story shifts you around the globe as you
unravel a plot involving a madman's attempt to resurrect Tezcatlipoca and bring the world to its end.
Performance of the game's engine has improved much for this Playstation version. The on-screen pointer
seems to respond faster than before, characters move quicker too, loading times between scenes are
greatly improved, backgrounds are of higher resolution and sprites scale more smoothly, retaining their
characteristics as they move in and out of the background. The warm, stylized graphics are complemented
by easy going music that picks up pace to highlight the dialogue in progress or some particular action
you've taken. For example, music turns triumphant when you resolve a major plot thread and becomes ominous when you
are about to enter a dangerous situation. In these days of ubiquitous 3D, Revolution had to do something
to spice up the visuals a bit. So they've introduced lighting effects. And they work well too, elevating
BS2 very close to the quality of a good animated film.
For Playstation users there isn't much choice. If you like graphic adventures and want a game that will give you a respite from all the violence and the action that seems to dominate nowadays, get "Broken Sword 2" now.
Reviewed by Konstantinos Kontos, firstname.lastname@example.org