By Dalton McClain / October 15th, 2014
|Title||Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition|
|Publisher||Phoenix Online Studios|
|Release Date||October 15, 2014|
I’m so glad to finally be able to talk about this game! This has by far been the best 10 hours that I have ever spent on a video game. I can honestly say that I’ve never in my lifetime spent so long trying to beat a game, and physically craved more. I loved and enjoyed every second of playing this remake of an amazing game, so without any further ado, here’s my review of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition.
For those of you who don’t know, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers is a point-and-click adventure game where you must ask questions and solve puzzles in order to discover who the murderers in a mysterious string of murders are. You play as Gabriel Knight, an aspiring author who owns a bookstore. He starts out in the game just wanting to write a new novel, but he soon becomes drawn in more as he dives deeper into the mystery. The mystery spans over a total of 10 days, with different puzzles to solve and different people to talk to each day. This may sound like a game that would be all serious all the time, but, oddly, it isn’t. The game has a quirky sense of humor that seems to know no bounds of hilarity. My favorite scene has to be where Gabriel is talking about the overweight police officer. Whenever you try to pick him up with the hand button, Gabriel will reply with “Do you have a forklift?” When you ask to look at him, well, the picture below says it all. While this game had its serious moments, it still had plenty of jokes to go along with it to make the ride twice as fun. Also, if you wanted to know more about the backstory and plot, the game comes with a graphic novel to help explain.
The sound effects in this game are absolutely splendid. The remake features a remastered soundtrack of the original, and the music really fits the entire New Orleans detective style of gameplay and story. Those, however, aren’t the only reasons that I love the sounds in this game. There are also the voice actors. The actors fit their characters perfectly, especially Gabriel. He is introduced as this intelligent (if not somewhat arrogant and egotistical) character who tries to be suave and charming. The voice of the actor playing him perfectly fits this role, as he speaks with a really deep and charming accent. This might be just me, but he sort of reminds me of Elvis’s voice back when he was really young. Also, I have to fanboy for a bit over the fact that Adam Harrington voices one of the police officers. Don’t know who that is? Well, then allow me to tell you. Harrington is the voice actor who has played, just to name a few: The Narrator from Mortal Kombat 3: Fallen Nation, Andrew St. John from The Walking Dead, and Bigby Wolf from The Wolf Among Us. This alone would be a great reason for me to buy the game, but topped with the voice talents of the rest of the cast, you’d have to be crazy not to buy it!
The sounds and deep plot aren’t the only reason to play this game, however. There is also the matter of the fantastic gameplay and graphics. It’s the classic point-and-click style of gameplay; you click on items and you can either look at them, activate them or put them into your inventory. It’s all pretty basic, and that’s what makes it so great. I personally do not believe that point-and-click games should have difficult controls, since they have difficult puzzles to complicate things. I’ve always been a huge fan of simplicity, and this amazing game it just the perfect example of it.
Overall, this game is amazing, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. The graphics are great, the gameplay is fantastic, the story is phenomenal, the music is outstanding and the voice acting is superb. I grew up in a time where I had point-and-click games, but only short Flash ones on the PC. To see a game like this warms my heart and lets me know that there are still many great games like it. However, I don’t expect that any of them could ever measure up to the standards set by this game. I hope that you enjoy playing just as much as I did!
Review copy provided by publisher
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