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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

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Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition
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: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Nov 29, 2016
    10
    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 thisThey 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. ;)
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  2. 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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  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. Mar 20, 2019
    8
    Good adventure game. Nice setting and story, interesting content. I didn't play the original 2d game but the new version seems quite good,Good adventure game. Nice setting and story, interesting content. I didn't play the original 2d game but the new version seems quite good, both visually and audio-wise. There were some rough edges though, like some slow-paced animations, and some overly-heroic teenager stuff. Overall nice game. And you will learn a lot about Woodoo. Expand
  5. Oct 18, 2014
    7
    The game itself is ok... it is GK after all.
    But somehow i miss the magic in the remake which the original inherited.
    The graphics tbh.. i
    The game itself is ok... it is GK after all.
    But somehow i miss the magic in the remake which the original inherited.
    The graphics tbh.. i think they could been better, the backscenes often look very stale and lifeless. Same goes to the characters, they look like moving puppets.
    The music is good overall, Robert Holmes still has it. The voice acting... well it's not bad i know some of the actors but most voices do not fit to the person and even if they put effort in it trying to sound like the originals, they just don't
    Overall it is a nice game but i think they could have done much better for the remake.
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  6. Oct 5, 2020
    7
    Very challenging game... Nice plot, nice characters, but puzzles really do it. Can't complain!
  7. May 21, 2020
    5
    Couldn't get into it because it is old school frustrating and don't have any nostalgia for it. Sorry is good and engaging. Grab it on mobile,Couldn't get into it because it is old school frustrating and don't have any nostalgia for it. Sorry is good and engaging. Grab it on mobile, you will figure out during the first chapter demo of you like it. Expand

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