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.
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father was a treasured addition to Sierra’s stable of old school adventure games. The anniversary edition of the game is readily accessible to those who have no history with Gabriel Knight or even Sierra games.
The original game’s feeling is still intact thanks to great writing and intriguing puzzles. From a technical standpoint the remake could have gone a little further, but the experience is streamlined for the younger players.
What it ultimately comes down to is this: Although it suffers from some of Phoenix Online Studios’ usual technical issues, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition is a perfectly valid way to experience one of the best point & click adventure games of the 90s.
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.
They just don't make games with souls like this anymore (it's become so rare). I miss that era. Here is to the hope that remakes like this will stir things up and see not only continuations to these old classic gems but also new beautiful soulful games. Fans make some noise please!!!
The game: Engrossing story based on real historical facts - locations- people mixed with myths and the supernatural, entertaining, fun to play and provoking characters(even when some act in a cliche way there is always a reason for it), excellent dialogue and atmospheric music. Challenging riddles and a classic point n click adventure gameplay.
The remake: True to the original with beautiful graphics and very good voice acting. A job well done.
Recommended for: Adventure, point n click, mystery, puzzles, horror, gothic, story rich, detective enthusiasts. Also people that like books. ;)
Phoenix 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?
Отличный квест с большим внимание к деталям и интересным сюжетом. После прохождения очень много узнал о вуду, прямо как небольшую энциклопедию прочитал. Стоит отметить просто шикарнейшую музыку, которая идеально вписывается в историю и играет на атмосферу.
Идиллию нарушает провисающая как в плане истории, так и в качестве загадок вторая половина игры. До середины сюжетная интрига лихо закручивается, а вот с середины (когда мы уже приблизительно узнали, что тут собственно происходит), начинается более ровное повествование. В концовке ждешь что расскажут почему все происходило, но разработчики как-то плавно обходят этот вопрос стороной и выдают вполне обычную концовку без изюминки. Но несмотря на это история получилась очень даже.
PS Всю игру впечатление настырно портили постоянные рандомные зависания, причину которых установить не удалось, но игра определенно недотестирована.
A nice comeback for Gabriel Knight, even though I would much rather like to see a GK4 instead of a remake, especialy that the original GK had this old-school feel that everybody loves (at least everybody who lived in that era). Basicaly it's the same old GK1, but with refurbished graphics, audio and UI. The rest is pretty much the same. Unfortunately the game is bug-riddled. I spent more than 10 hours with this game and encountered at least 10 crashes. That gives an average of one crash per hour. Horrendous. Hey, Phoenix Online techs, do something about it!
SummaryGabriel 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: Si...