I personally liked Broken Sword 3 to a certain extent, however I share the common disappointment with parts 3 and 4. The first two games occupy two guaranteed places in the adventure games hall of fame. Parts 3 and 4 just couldn’t apply the jump to 3d to the gameplay. Broken Sword 2.5 is the game that Broken Sword 3 should have been.
The first two BS games had a quality few games have. They made me care about the characters, they made me curious to know more about them, and they portrayed the locations they played in perfectly. While playing the first game, I really felt like visiting Paris again and seeing these places. In this respect, the games are similar to other games I like, such as The Longest Journey, while playing which I would’ve loved to take up studies at VAVA.
Broken Sword 2.5 brings back the flair of the first parts. It is completely free, was programmed by a team of hobbyists (my deepest respect for getting it done after such a long time) and even has some of the original voice artists (although only for the German version, I think). The story is comparable to the first games and the animations are done with the same love for detail. The only minor drawback is that most puzzles are relatively simple for seasoned adventurers. However, especially since it is free, you can’t go wrong with this one.
I finished this game just like SBCGFAP Ep.3 and Psychonauts after a rather long hiatus at the end of 2008. I started it at the beginning of October of 2008.
Now, dear Hero 6 team, I’m now waiting for almost 10 years, so please be inspired by the BS 2.5 team and finish sometime in my lifetime :-)