Broken Sword: The Angel of Death is the forth game in the broke sword game series. It was released in 2006. The game was only released for PC. On the US market the game was also referred to as Secrets of the Ark: A Broken Sword Game. The US version was released in 2007.
Broken Sword 4 was a 3d game just like the third installment in the series but did unlike Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon offer a control system that allowed you to operate the game with the help of your mouse in a similar fashion to the first two games. When you hoovered the mouse over an object where an action was possible the arrow would change into an icon that displays the action possible. En example is that the cursors would change into lips when it was possible to talk to someone and into a hand when an object could be picked up.. The game could also be controlled with the keyboard similar to the system used in the third game.
The game was received by critics with mixed reviews. Many thought it was a good game the fixed the issued that the third games suffered from. Other thoughts that the game was too difficult and to uneven. Some parts of the game was according to these critics good while other had little to offer. Over all most critics thought that the game could help show the way for future adventure games. The aggregated score for the game at metacritic is 73/100 . Some reviews include:
“Not only the game succeeds in addressing many of the flaws in Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon that have plagued the previous title, this sequel is able to surpass the high standard and expectation set forth by past games in the series to create yet another chapter in the legend of the Knights Templar.”
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“It’s hard, its opening acts don’t match the quality of those which follow and some characters grate – but as a modern rendition of a traditional formula, The Angel Of Death has both pointed and clicked wisely. It’s another nail out of the adventure gaming coffin – although admittedly quite a few remain.”
The game starts with George Stobbart down on his luck. When he seems to be stuck at rock bottom a new lady is introduced into his life, Anna Marie. Anna-Maria drags George into a new mystery where he is forced to save Anna-Maria from being killed by a group of men wanting her dead. In classic broken sword manner it is soon clear that the plot is much bigger than anyone had expected and that the fate of the world hangs in the balance. The story takes George all over the world to destinations such as Rome, the Vatican, and the Convent. Everywhere he goes he discovers corruption. The opponents are ones again the Neo knight templars.
The angel of Death is a lot better game that the third installment of the series and brought new life into the series. We recommend the game to all adventure game fans but it can unfortunately be a bit hard to find for sale. You should be able to find it for sale online.