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The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery

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Where shadows end, the hunt begins.

From the darkly prolific mind of creator Jane Jensen comes the second Gabriel Knight® mystery: The Beast Within. We find Schattenjäger, or shadow hunter, Gabriel and his assistant Grace Nakimura deeply embroiled in a murderous mystery that unravels half a world away.

Play as both Gabriel and Grace as they are dispatched to Munich to solve a series of mutilation murders thought to be the work of werewolves. Gabriel confronts his own demons while Grace traces an historical mystery, that of the strange demise of Mad King Ludwig II. The hunters become the hunted, and the only hope for deliverance lies in the most desperate of schemes…

  • Solve the enigma that surrounds Gabriel, Mad King Ludwig II, the Black Wolf and the strangely powerful Lost Wagner Opera, in this spell-binding mystery.
  • Perspectives change and two stories unfold while you play as both Gabriel and Grace.
  • Experience a contemporary drama steeped in European history and lore.
Release date
Sierra On-Line
Activision Blizzard
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Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
  • Processor: 1.0 GHz
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 7 Compatible
  • DirectX: Version 7.0
  • Storage: 3200 MB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 9 Compatible
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GK2 is the second part of the trilogy of Jane Jensen, hen of the golden eggs of Sierra in the mid-90. If the first part was one of the top works of this company and one of the best graphic Adventures of the Golden Age of the nineties and the history of video games in general, the second part continues the wake although to a lesser extent. In This adventure of the 96, the voice of Tim Curry and the wonderful pixelated graphics that set New Orleans give way to Dean Erickson and a lot of FMVss shot in a blue chroma that gives life to Munich and the fictitious Rittesberg. The dark, taciturn and noir theme of the first installment vanishes to create a European, fantastic and Victorian atmosphere. If in the first part the plot revolved around the crimes of voodoo, for this second part we introduce the werewolves. It Is A game that even applying the patch to eliminate the interlacing, time has made it age relatively poorly. Loses in terms of difficulty and immersion with respect to the first. Jensen said that due to the challenge of creating a video game entirely with scenes shot, had to get off the bandwagon in terms of creative and playable capacity, which resulted in greater simplicity and artistic puzzles. In any case, the story has a masterful screenplay, and the mystery, although in 2016 is not going to surprise anyone, is interesting and itches. It'S his biggest asset. The characters, although represented póbremente by the actors (I've always wondered how ridiculous it must be for an actor to record a work entirely on a green carpet without seeing what he has read in the script, and more for a production of "under" budget or a Video game), they do their homework. I would like to Emphasize Peter Lucas as the Baron Von Glower, a huge, somewhat wasted character. In The Sound section, we can mention the impressive, impressive, impressive soundtrack and arrangements of Jensen's husband, Robert Holmes. Update and refresh some pieces of the first, which are also his creation, but this time is not limited to the MIDI (For many Roland MT-32 that you had at the time) a sample of the main theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJLIn3zT03s casting voices Obviously matches the actors. Here misses Tim Curry or Mark Hammill, especially for the radically different that ends up looking like the protagonist to sing. And of course, I find it commendable and courageous that message in defense of the homosexuality implicit and camouflaged, but detectable without difficulty, throughout the whole work; Starting with the title ("The Beast Within") and continuing through those speeches and final conversation that mentions the brake of the impulses as the trigger of the whole history. Gabriel Knight is a great "point & Click" A-la-FMV, which is to be played as a fan of "Sins of the Fathers", of "Phantasmagoria", its author Jane Janssen or of the Good graphic adventures. 8/10
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