Last month, the lovely nufafitc from Emotional Multimedia Ride very kindly participated in the first ever conversation and critique post. We both played The Brotherhood’s isometric horror-adventure CAYNE before getting together online to chat about our thoughts; and both came away feeling that it was a good game considering it’s free, but ultimately a little forgettable. You’re better off sticking with STASIS.
Nathan from Hurricane thought process stepped up to be my next participant but unfortunately, neither of us has been able to finish the title we’ve selected just yet! This will hopefully be coming next month and in the meantime, I recently picked on my other-half to help me continue the series. Here’s what happened when Pete and I sat down to play Broken Sword 4: The Angel of Death (with the profanities removed but a few minor spoilers included).
Are you sure you want to play this? A lot of the Steam reviews are pretty bad…
Yeah. The sooner we finish it, the sooner we can move on to Broken Sword 5 and that’s meant to be much better.
Why are the graphics stuttering?
So what’s happening here then?
Human sacrifice is always a good way to start a game.
So this woman comes to your office knowing that some men are after her, and they’ll kill you too if they find you with her.
What about the dude that’s working with George in the office? He’s just left him to deal with the henchmen all on his own.
Right, let’s have a look around.
“I’m just going to take a casual stroll around my office while some henchmen are waiting outside for me.”
Maybe George just likes golf.
I hope not. We’d be dead by now.
Let’s just leave her there to hold open the elevator for the rest of the game.
But Anna Maria thinks it’s a good idea.
Push the fan under the elevator so you can take back the golf-club.
The pigeons don’t even move when you run past them. They know George Stobbart isn’t a threat.
Climb up there and then get the chain.
No, climb back down and grab it from the bottom.
Once again, Anna Maria stands there doing nothing to help herself.
Yes, so you said. Several times.
Why don’t you try that other handle?
Yeah, but these henchmen are useless.
George is going all ‘Nathan Drake’ on us.
Stop being horrible to George.
Right, so we can’t use the two objects on the screen with any of the objects in our inventory. What do we do?
Look, the icon says you can open it even though it’s locked.
Alright, that is stupid.
We’re finally out of the tutorial. Do you want to save?
Has anyone reported anything on Steam?
The only thing I can find is a message from someone saying that you need to contact Catherine at Revolution for a copy of a save game.
So either we keep emailing her for saves or leave the laptop on and play the game all the way through without saving it? I’m not doing that.
I guess we’ll have to watch it on YouTube then, if you want to know what happens before we play Broken Sword 5.
Yeah, that might be a good idea.
So as you can see from the conversation above, we didn’t get that far with Broken Sword 4. Although we only managed to complete the first section, from what we saw from that alone there wasn’t much to keep us interested: the controls were sometimes difficult to use and the puzzles were either too easy or illogical. And on top of all that, George is still an idiot.
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