Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon - Xbox

Also known as: Broken Sword 3

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Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon (Xbox)
Also for: PC, PS2, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Revolution Soft. Co.: Revolution
Publishers: THQ (GB)
Released: 14 Nov 2003 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Accessories: Xbox Memory Unit


Revolution's Broken Sword franchise first saw the light of day on PlayStation in late 1996, when The Shadow of the Templar was launched. It was one of the console's earlier adventure games that, although not a 3D adventure, proved that a good narrative, engrossing puzzles and highly interactive environments was all that was needed for a game of this type to succeed. It's sequel followed soon after, but since then? Broken Sword had gone AWOL - until now. Finally making an appearance on current generation consoles is the third instalment, The Sleeping Dragon.

The Sleeping Dragon sees players once again assume control of protagonist and natural born-adventurer George Stobbart as he teams up with his good friend Nico in a beautifully woven adventure. Once again the adventure is on a global scale that takes players through a variety of European cities such as Paris and Prague, and carries them as far as The Congo. Can you save mankind from a global catastrophe?

The most obvious change for players of the previous instalments is that this third outing is the first to be rendered in full 3D. Whereas the first two in the series were merely point-and-click affairs with nice backdrops, The Sleeping Dragon boasts a series of 3D locales in which characters are free to roam. The story is very 'Indiana Jones', and so the surrounding environments do resemble scenes from those films, but that's as far as the similarity stretches.

The Sleeping Dragon boasts an intuitive interface that can easily be mastered by the player, and comes complete with a solid script, voice acting and facial animations a la Final Fantasy X. It's undoubtedly Revolution's greatest offering with regards to the technical and visual aspects of the game, and given the story's well-constructed narrative, it's one to keep Xbox adventure/mystery fans on the edge of their seats.