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November 13th, 2017

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06:52 pm - Recordkeeping: Broken Sword 2 - The Smoking Mirror COMPLETE
Around the time when George Stobbart, Adventure Lawyer started openly wondering if someone was having a stroke or just British I had to double-check and makes sure that yeah, this was made by a company in the UK. Broken Sword 2's tone is a little different than the first. The first game had a number of Hilarious Comedy Stereotypes, but usually they were fairly passive and nonthreatening. This one has a number of more malicious and road-blocking types that you have to overcome as obstacles, probably so you won't feel bad about the things you end up doing to them.

It also starts with Nico being kidnapped and ends with her saving George, so there's some balance there at least.

As to pacing, I feel like this is the Aliens to the original game's Alien. A lot less slow talky dialogue, a lot more dropping the player into action scenes happening in media res or just about to happen once you solve a thing or two. There were a couple of times I had to stop and pull up Youtube and make sure I hadn't just completely missed a connecting cutscene.

I'd say in spite of being a Very 90s Game, Broken Sword 2 deserves its status as a classic and improves on the first game in a number of ways, but I do sort of miss those slow talky parts and there were a few puzzles that bordered on ultra-obtuse, including what I think of as the Final Boss Puzzle of the game: a sprawling heap of panels and levers in a Mayan pyramid because where else would you put a sprawling heap of panels and levers?

From here I'm led to believe the series rolled downhill. From what I've heard about it, Broken Sword 3 is widely regarded as a full-game block-pushing puzzle with Weird Overmuscled Buff George in the lead, Broken Sword 4 hardly anyone wants to admit EXISTED, and Broken Sword 5 was a hit-or-miss Kickstarter episode that needed a second polishing pass before it was regarded as "acceptable but not great".

Because I am a crazy person I'm almost MORE EXCITED about playing the regarded-as-terrible entries in the series than I am the good ones, but I want to take a break from point and clicking for a little while to stave off fatigue.

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