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Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars

We’ll always have Paris…

When you look up lists of point and click adventures to play and write about for your blog that no one reads, the Broken Sword series is a name that keeps popping up. I have to admit that I had never heard of the game and, $5.99 on GOG later, I was ready to rectify that. And boy am I glad that I did.

1996 Me would have died.

We’re going to be playing through the Director’s Cut version of the game (the only version of the first game available on GOG or Steam). In doing research on this game, I found out that it was available on every platform… I’m not joking- this game is like the DOOM of point and click adventure games. When it came out, it was available for Windows, Mac, Playstation, GBA, Palm OS, and Windows Mobile.

Told you.

Upon launching, there are three things that set this title apart from your typical 90’s point and click. The first thing that strikes you is the quality of animation. The character animations during cut scenes are the same kinds you would find in an episode of Archer. In game animation uses a cartoon style to create a smooth, visually appealing environment that your character lives in.

The second thing you’ll notice is the quality of voice acting. I’m a huge voice acting nerd, and bad voice acting takes me right out of a game. A notable example for 90’s point and clicks would be “Flight of the Amazon Queen” which is being played currently for a review. You combine this with the excellent score from composer Barrington Pheloung, you’re in for a great time.

…Lana??

The game opens up with the Nico receiving an invitation from a french media mogul who may or may not have known her father. After doing some reading, it appears that this prologue section is only found in the Director’s Cut version of the game. All other versions pick up with the main character George Stobbart, and American Tourist that survives a terrorist attack perpetrated by a costumed assassin. What ensues is an adventure for the ages as George and Nico solve try to outwit the costume killer and get dragged into a conspiracy with the Knights Templar.

If you’re one of the 8 people who haven’t checked this game out, you really need to. It’s a great introduction to the point and click genre.

Broken Sword is available on GOG, Steam, PalmOS, Windows CE, and Gucci SmartToilet.

I want to love you.

Game: Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb

Released: 2003

Publisher: Lucas Arts

Platform: PC / XBOX / PS2

Available Here: GOG.com

I love Indiana Jones games. Love them. I have such fond memories of playing Fate of Atlantis with my old man way past my bed time on Saturday nights. I played The Infernal Machine every time I went to stay with my grandmother. So, imagine how fast I hammered the download button on GOG when I saw that Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb popped up on sale.

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Blam Blam Blam- Cops on the Beat.

The Police Quest series of games from Sierra really brought the tedium of by the books police work into full, living VGA 256 color. Today, I’m going to be talking about Police Quest 5: SWAT.

The rarely seen "Everyone shoot at the same time" tactic.

The rarely seen “Everyone shoot at the same time” tactic.

This FMV title starts with the player as a new recruit on the LAPD SWAT team. The game opens with some of the best hair that 1995 had to offer and, what every 12 year old on the family’s brand new Compaq wants to sit through, a painfully detailed briefing on professionalism and safety. You can skip it, but you’re going to be reprimanded by your superior officer for being impatient. I feel like the game is punishing me for wanting to get out there and bathe the streets with the crimson blood of justice  doing the best for my community and fellow officers.

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