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Oct 10 2013 2:00pm

Gaming Roundup: Jane Jensen Revives Gabriel Knight

Gabriel Knight

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers was one of the best point-and-click adventure/puzzle games of the 90s, if not beyond. A compelling mystery about a New Orleans bookseller investigating a series of occult murders, Gabriel Knight might not have stood the test of time graphically, but Jane Jensen’s witty, twisted script and challenging puzzles resulted in an eminently replayable game, even today. And we haven’t even mentioned the superb voice acting by Tim Curry as the title character and Mark Hamill before his Batman days.

So imagine our delight when Jensen announced a remastered Gabriel Knight 20th anniversary edition releasing in 2o14.

Gabriel Knight

Jensen, at the helm of her newly-kickstarted studio, Pinkerton Road, was able to acquire the rights to Gabriel Knight from Activision and begin development on an anniversary edition over the course of the last year or so. Longtime Sierra fans will surely want to revisit charming flirt Gabriel and his steadfast shop assistant Grace Nakimura. New fans of creepy exploration games like Gone Home and the current voodoo-tinged season of American Horror Story owe it to themselves to pick up a little local New Orleans history.

There is a little bad news. The original audio files for the game have been lost and Jensen admits that she’ll be forced to recast the game’s voice talent, which means, disappointingly, a goodbye to Tim Curry and Mark Hamill. We remain hopeful that the game will be able to acquire a cast even half as talented as the original actors.

In the meantime, if you’re feeling impatient or wish to revisit Curry’s turn as Gabriel, Good Old Games has made the original Gabriel Knight (as well as its two sequels) available for download on any modern Windows system for $5.99 over at GOG.com.

In other gaming news this week, get a free Walking Dead episode, Beyond: Two Souls launches, Assassin’s Creed IV nears, and The Last Guardian lives. Read on!

  • If you’re a fan of Telltale’s episodic Walking Dead games, you should check out the launch trailer for their noir-ish next project, The Wolf Among Us, based on Bill Willingham’s acclaimed graphic novel, Fables. The Wolf Among Us launches for PC, Mac, and Xbox 360 on October 11, and a PS3 version will follow within a few days.

  • Speaking of The Walking Dead, you can now pick up the first episode of Telltale’s award-winning game for free via the Xbox Live Marketplace or the PlayStation Network. Subsequent episodes are now available at a discounted price.
  • To the surprise of absolutely no one, we now know that Far Cry 4 is in the works. Composer Cliff Martinez, best known for his work in Drive, let news of the game’s existence (as well as his involvement with the game’s score) slip in a recent interview over at Lost in the Multiplex.
  • Developer Quantic Dream’s Beyond: Two Souls—their follow-up effort to their surprise PS3 hit Heavy Rain—has received fairly mixed reviews. While the game is praised for its narrative and voice acting (thanks in large part to standout performances by Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe), many seem to believe that in the realm of cinematic gaming, Beyond skews too far toward cinema and neglects its fundamental purpose as a game, making for a very passive, observational gaming experience. We loved Heavy Rain, so we’ll probably check this out eventually, but if you’re interested, check out the launch trailer below. Beyond: Two Souls launched earlier this week exclusively for the PS3.

  • Avast, ye scurvy landlubbers! We’re less than three weeks away from the launch of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and the open-world (open-sea?) sandbox pirate gaming it brings with it, and we can’t. Freaking. Wait.

  • So, does the once hotly anticipated The Last Guardian even exist anymore? According to Sony Worldwide head Shuhei Yoshida, the game is alive and kicking, and all indications (from the game’s troubled technological past to its going dark for years) suggest that it will be a PS4 release. Developer Team Ico has banked enough goodwill via Shadow of the Colossus and Ico that they can get away with taking their time.

  • Finally, Ubisoft’s next-gen Thief remake is looking pretty damn good, but may we say we’re getting a little tired of game trailers that open up with a close-up of a cawing raven/crow? Something new, please. Also, the writing seems like it may leave a little something to be desired, but it’s an early trailer. Not judging. Yet.

 


If there are games you’d like us to cover or blogs you think we should be following for more news, please let us know @tdelucci or @pritpaulbains.

4 comments
Brent Longstaff
1. Brentus
Like the IGN previewer for Thief, I'm not happy that the amusing banter and insults like "taffer" in the original trilogy have been replaced with weak writing and f-bombs. The way people spoke in the original was an important part of the world's flavor.
chrispin
2. chrispin
I just played through Gabriel Knight and loved it! Especially how everyone insulted him about his hair.
JoeNotCharles
3. JoeNotCharles
I wonder if the Gabriel Knight remake will add some non-evil black characters. Just for variety...
chrispin
4. Pat X.
Enjoyed the original series, especially the one set in Germany. Perhaps the next game, he could battle the brain dead enemies of who gripe if scripts are not pre-vetted to meet liberal PC standards.

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