Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 2 (PC) Review

By Adam Riley 31.05.2014 2

Review for Broken Sword 5: The Serpent

It really does not seem too long ago that the Cubed3 team was rapidly working its way through the fantastic first part of Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse, enjoying the offspring of Revolution Software after its highly successful Kickstarter campaign. Finally, however, the second chunk of the point-and-click title is ready and waiting to be consumed!

The first part of Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse saw lead character George Stobbart return once more, this time with the American quickly becoming embroiled in what appeared to be a rudimentary murder mystery, soon being reunited with past flame, local French reporter, Nicole Collard. As the chapter continued, events surrounding the death early on started to grow in scale and the real mystery came to the fore…just as things then concluded, all of a sudden. Rather like Broken Age from Double Fine, Revolution decided it was best to slice the latest Broken Sword into two sections. In some ways it works, whilst in others it simply does not, though.

The way matters concluded were all fine and dandy, with a decent cliffhanger, yet coming back to jump into The Serpent's Curse - Episode 2 is not the smoothest of processes. To start with, this is not actually downloaded as a second part, instead coming as an update to the main game file on Steam, meaning the original save file is required in order to even start events (so if it was deleted during an uninstall, heading to the company's official site to download it is necessary), and even then it is not abundantly clear how to access the new elements of the game. Fumbling around and loading what should be the 50%-complete save file from the end of Episode 1 has George and Nicole in the same sticky situation they were left in several months back, only this time when getting them out of it, events continue rather than the credits rolling. With the initial hurdles overcome, thankfully everything picks up very swiftly to compensate.

Screenshot for Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 2 on PC

There were no real complaints to be had with the first part of this historical-tinged escapade, with beautiful 3D character models donning a beautiful cel-shaded appearance, gorgeous atmospheric music, thoroughly high quality voice acting all round, and perfect use of the traditional item collection and puzzling solving antics of classic point-and-click games. It really was a return to top form for Revolution Software. Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 2 seriously should have been part and parcel of the first episode, though, and splitting them almost ruins the experience to start with. However, despite the lack of recap to bring players up to speed after a few months away, after a few minutes it is all back to the norm - high quality adventuring from experts in the field. A closer connect between the two parts would have been ideal, but as it is, Episode 2 is still a great experience.

Rather than focusing on the Templars yet again, it is a group called the Gnostics this time, and the importance of the stolen piece of art from the first episode becomes more apparent, linking into a crazed plot to raise Lucifer (the Devil) at the expense of Jehovah (God). Never one to be bogged down by overly complicated narrative - avoiding potentially making players bored- the whimsical banter between George and Nico throughout is as light-hearted and humorous as ever, yet there are many serious elements that need covering and it is the strong supporting cast that deliver those all-important points that have to be committed to memory for use in cracking conundrums faced at various stages en route to the finale. The puzzles on offer are a mixture combining various objects collected, using logic to figure out patterns, analysing clues and committing key details to memory, some back-and-forth moments to piece things together, as well as some real leaps of faith - serious out of the box thinking that will raise a smile once the task has been completed! There will be times of frustration, mainly due to adventure games nowadays laying everything on a plate before the player, but those older gamers more used to hardcore old point-and-click classics will appreciate the added brainpower required to make that imperative breakthrough for progressing to the - admittedly disappointing and somewhat rushed - concluding sequence.

Screenshot for Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 2 on PC

Cubed3 Rating

8/10
Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

Although not quite hitting the highs of its first part, Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 2 is still sheer class, showing that Revolution remains at the forefront of the industry in the point-and-click adventure genre. Readers that played Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse will be pleased to finally dive into the (albeit shorter than expected) experience, whilst newcomers are recommended to download the full package for what is one of the best Broken Sword entries so far.

Also known as

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse

Developer

Revolution

Publisher

Revolution

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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Comments

Wait, there was only two parts overall? Dunno where I heard there were five. Will have to get both soon. Smilie

This and Broken Age are just two parts...BS5 was only meant to be one, but there was a last minute decision to split in order to add more polish. There are little upgrades in this Ep.

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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