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  • Summary: Gabriel Knight fans have been waiting for this day for a long, long time: Jane Jensen, the original creator of the acclaimed Gabriel Knight adventure series, has licensed the IP from Activision and is working on a Gabriel Knight game for the first time since leaving Sierra Online in 1999!Gabriel Knight fans have been waiting for this day for a long, long time: Jane Jensen, the original creator of the acclaimed Gabriel Knight adventure series, has licensed the IP from Activision and is working on a Gabriel Knight game for the first time since leaving Sierra Online in 1999! The 20th anniversary remake of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers will release on computers and tablets in mid-2014. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Oct 26, 2014
    94
    Either as a remake of the 1993 ultra classic or a modern 2014 adventure game, it easily stands as one of the best adventure games we have seen during this year, possibly the very best. Whoever loves the genre should really thank Pinkerton Road Studios and Phoenix Online Studios for this delicate revamped version.
  2. Nov 4, 2014
    88
    A true classic revitalized that's easy to recommend to anyone who enjoys a great story, with bonus content to boot for those interested in videogame development or history.
  3. Oct 17, 2014
    85
    A good remake, with some annoying issues, for one of the best graphical adventures of all time.
  4. Oct 20, 2014
    77
    Well-done remake of a classic for old-school fans with a few problems regarding controls and animations.
  5. Nov 25, 2014
    70
    The higher resolution leads to a sort of spatial uncanny valley, leaving the world feeling a little cold, a little off.
  6. Oct 20, 2014
    70
    The game took me a solid half a day to play through completely so it should probably take a normal, switched-on person half of that time to complete.
  7. Oct 15, 2014
    40
    Yes, things look prettier. But scratch the surface to plumb the depths as the saying goes, and Sins of the Fathers Anniversary Edition’s flaws become that bit more glaring. The polished aesthetics may well be enough to sway those avid nostalgia hunters, but I can’t be sure that new players will be at all interested.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Oct 20, 2014
    10
    Phoenix Online and Jane Jensen have outdone themselves with an almost flawless remake and 20th Anniversary edition of Gabriel Knight. ThisPhoenix Online and Jane Jensen have outdone themselves with an almost flawless remake and 20th Anniversary edition of Gabriel Knight. This game combines being true to the original while making improvements and modernizing. And its visually stunning!

    +Amazing HD graphics! I love the way they kept the original composition as much as possible.
    +The new voice-over cast is a surprising success!
    +The new remastered music is wonderful!
    +Hints system and notes adds to the gameplay experience!

    -Some visual collision and sliding issues on animations, kind of jagged at times.
    -Had to reload a couple of times due to problems with continue function

    The new voice-over cast was initially worrying. Not so strange being a hardcore fan of the old 1993 version, having played it close to 30 times. However after a couple of hours into it, I found it surprisingly refreshing and wonderful. Especially happy to see the essence of Gabriel's cocky New Orleans character being intact. I would also mention Grace, Dr John, Mosely and Frick as outstanding performances.

    Visually its a balanced mix of photo and painted textures, blended with pre-rendered backgrounds and real-time props & characters. A nice touch is the ambient atmospheric particles & lighting effects.

    The original music is remastered by composer Robert Holmes. This is a huge improvement from the early 90s midi tracks.

    The bonus option to view old concept art from the different locations, combined with info and audio interviews with the original developers is a nice addition for fans of the old game.

    I would highly recommend this game for adventure fans, looking for a story driven game. If you are already a fan of Gabriel Knight, what are you waiting for?
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  2. Oct 16, 2014
    10
    I pulled an all-nighter to finish this game, I just couldn't put it down!! LOOOOVED it!!
    Took some time to get used to the new voices though.
    I pulled an all-nighter to finish this game, I just couldn't put it down!! LOOOOVED it!!
    Took some time to get used to the new voices though. Gonna check out the other GK games now.
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  3. Oct 16, 2014
    10
    Wonderful. I am thrilled with this remake of one of the greatest games I've ever played. Before it was a great story that stands out, now theWonderful. I am thrilled with this remake of one of the greatest games I've ever played. Before it was a great story that stands out, now the beautiful scenery and modern gameplay is let the fans realized. Expand
  4. Dec 15, 2014
    9
    I played the original when I was 20 years old, spending long hours trying to find that one last clue to progress onto the next day (mostlyI played the original when I was 20 years old, spending long hours trying to find that one last clue to progress onto the next day (mostly because the graphics limitation that won't let you see it :P ), when I finished the game, I felt sad that I no longer get to live in that world. I was happy to get the chance to play it again with the improved graphics with my wife (she loved it), and I liked how they offered us the view to how the old game looked like. Overall, it is a great P&C adventure game that I would recommend to any genre fan. Expand
  5. Oct 20, 2014
    8
    From a nostalgic point of view this Gabriel Knight remake is an outstanding game. From an objective point of view, it is an OK game. The storyFrom a nostalgic point of view this Gabriel Knight remake is an outstanding game. From an objective point of view, it is an OK game. The story remains unchanged from the original,and is a bit short in length.

    The interface is simple though sometimes a bit cluttered with many interaction possibilities crammed into a single area. The spacebar provides a "reveal" function which identifies each interactable area, alleviating this problem.

    The audio is pretty good, some of the games soundtrack comes through a bit too loud but the quality is good. The background audio in game (Jazz musicians, Tribal Drummers, etc..) is great and really helps set the mood during certain sequences.

    Graphically there is something to be desired. The graphics themselves aren't bad per se, but the game tries to blend 3D characters against 2D backdrops without depth scaling. This leads to 3D characters getting inexplicably taller as they move towards objects intended to be farther away, such as doors. The players character enters one door at normal height yet barely fits under another door in the distance. Aside from the poor blend, the visuals are good.

    Overall, this remake gets an 8 from me, but a big part of that is based on the nostalgia.
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  6. Oct 20, 2014
    7
    Review from someone who did not play the old version, but who played tons of point&click. Great game in general.

    The HD remake portion is
    Review from someone who did not play the old version, but who played tons of point&click. Great game in general.

    The HD remake portion is pretty good. New backgrounds and cutscenes are nicely detailed and the technology work great. 3D models are a bit low-res, but still good.

    Game length is fair. The story start a bit dull, but near the end it get really interesting. It is also pretty evident a female was the writer here based on some sentences.

    I encountered two places where I think it's impossible to think you need to do this without a guide, which is much less than the majority of p&c games, so it's good. I encountered few smalls bugs (Gabriel not pushing the dead professor out of his chair the first time I entered the room, the mummies animation not getting triggered and wondering why I was dead, journal hints stay active even after completion of objective), but it's nothing game breaking.

    Voice acting is the poorest point of this game. The narrator voice is seriously irritating and cringe-worthy. Gabriel was not really nice to hear too. (sorry devs).

    Still a very great game to play for others like me who did not play the original, or for big fans of the original who want to see it again.
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  7. Oct 18, 2014
    7
    The game released in a poor technical state but all the leaks were plugged promptly. The story is the same old classic people love so not muchThe game released in a poor technical state but all the leaks were plugged promptly. The story is the same old classic people love so not much to say about that. Now that the most glaring, immersion-breaking technical issues have been dealt with, I can recommend this as a pretty decent way to relive the original without any DOSBox shenanigans. Expand

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