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I'm Gaming Jay: Youtube gamer, let's player, retrogaming fan, and determined optimist... Join me in this series while I try out EVERY game in the book 1001 VIDEO GAMES YOU MUST PLAY BEFORE YOU DIE, before I die. The game review for each game will focus on the question of whether you MUST play this game before you die. But to be honest, the game reviews are just for fun, this series is more about the YouTube gamer journey. Let's try out those classic retro games we grew up with, have fond memories of, or heard of but never got a chance to try! And with that said, the game review for today is...
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery
Developer(s) Sierra On-Line
Platform(s) PC, Mac
Sierra was a well-known company that created some of the classic games in the adventure genre. From Leisure Suit Larry to Space Quest, Police Quest to King's Quest, there are countless great Sierra adventure games. Gabriel Knight, in many ways, is just like all their other adventure games, except it utilizes full motion video and motion captured video as game sprites. Hence, it is the most "real world" of any of the classic Sierra games.
The game itself tells the tale of Gabriel (last name Knight) who is a writer who gets mixed up in a supernatural werewolf tale somewhere in Europe. The gameplay itself is your standard point and click adventure. You must explore a series of environment, and by picking up particular objects and using them in the right way, solve a variety of puzzles to progress the plot. To be completely honest with you, the setting and tone of the game didn't feel all that intriguing to me.
I think part of it has to do with the fact that the game has aged so much. When full motion video was new, it was astonishing. Seeing actual actors being portrayed in your game and being able to control them was pretty neat. Sure the acting was horrible and the dialogue cheesy, but you were in control of REAL people. Unfortunately, 20 years later, that same technology just looks very dated. And now all the bad acting and all the bad dialogue just stands out that much more. In an unfortunate twist, the thing that made this game amazing when it came out, now is its biggest hindrance.
Beyond looking dated, the animations actually slow the game down a bit, and even make some of the puzzles a little obscure. Because many of the backgrounds are actual photos, it's hard to tell something what parts of the environment can be interacted with because there are no distinct sprites beyond yourself or a few other actors. Another issue is that the realistic animations actually slow the game down a bit. For example, at one point you have to mix some cement in a bucket. In a normal adventure game it would happen relatively quickly with some cartoony animation but in this, we get to watch Gabe turn a tap, fill a bucket with water, mix it up, then finally reach forward to turn off the tap. It's as if the game is showing off the fact that they captured someone really mixing up cement, which again, these days, is not very impressive.
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