Broken Sword: The Angel of Death

Format: PC

4 005209 082792
Age Restrictions: 12+
15 September 2006

After reluctantly battling dragons, Mayan gods and becoming a Knight of a long lost Holy Order, unwitting hero George Stobbart settles down to a life of mundane 9-5 office work. Who would have thought that a mysterious and beautiful woman would enter his life; a woman whose sudden disappearance draws him into a desperate search for a nefarious artefact of great and terrible power...

Broken Sword: The Angel of Death is the fourth game in the popular Broken Sword series. Although, I have to admit that I've never really understood the appeal of this franchise. I've played the previous three games, but always managed to get myself into a situation where I had no idea what I was supposed to do next and so just stopped playing out of frustration.

It's been almost three years since The Sleeping Dragon was released and THQ has revamped the game play considerably. However, I couldn't help but feel that The Angel of Death was rushed onto the market a little before it was really ready. Another six months to iron out the bugs and flesh out the environments and this could have been a lot of fun. As it stands, however, it's a bit of a disappointment.

The latest in the series has way too many puzzles that are just way to complex - and the obvious solution is not the correct one. And quite a lot of the environments seem larger then they need to be, with very little in them with which you can interact.

The whole game felt incredibly dated, despite the revamp, and you've got to ask yourself whether there is really still a market for point and click games.

If you are die-hard fan of the first three games then you'll probably enjoy this. Otherwise I doubt very much you'll spend more than a few hours on it. And when you consider that this retails at £35 - an ridiculously expense price tag for a PC game in today's market - I really can't see many people buying it on impulse.

Nick Smithson

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