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Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned (Windows)

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Description

The third game in the series takes Gabriel Knight, the former owner of a book store in New Orleans, and now a Schattenjäger ("shadow hunter") living in a castle in Bavaria, to Rennes-le-Chateau, a quiet town in Southern France. Gabriel and his assistant Grace Nakimura investigate the kidnapping of a baby: the son of Prince James of Albany was taken away, and the trace leads to Rennes-le-Chateau. While exploring the town and its surroundings and getting acquainted with the unusual history of the place, Gabriel and Grace realize that supernatural beings are pulling the strings behind the stage, and become involved in a mystery with a religious background dating back to the very beginnings of Christianity.

Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned is a 3D adventure game. Playing as Gabriel or Grace, the player navigates the characters through fully 3D environments, which can also be viewed and explored from first-person perspective using the "camera" option. The player interacts with people and objects by clicking on them and then selecting one of the available actions. There are many kinds of puzzles in the game: traditional inventory-based ones, detective investigation, as well as complex puzzles based on the player's knowledge and understanding of the game's lore.

Screenshots

Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned Windows This is the screen from which the player loads a previously saved game. It's from the German version. The Save screen is virtually identical
Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned Windows Right clicking brings up a menu box from which other options can be selected. Here the control that offers  different camera angles has be selected.
German edition
Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned Windows Gabriel Night.
Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned Windows Saving screen now, comparing to GK and GK2 can hold almost infinite saved games.

Alternate Titles

  • "狩魔獵人3:聖魔血祭" -- Taiwan spelling
  • "狩魔猎人3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Гэбриэл Найт 3: В поисках Грааля" -- Russian spelling
  • "GK3" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Gabriel Knight 3: Testamento del Diablo" -- Spanish title
  • "Gabriel Knight 3: Sangue Profano" -- Brazilian title
  • "Gabriel Knight 3: Krew Świętych, Krew Potępionych" -- Polish title
  • "Gabriel Knight 3: Il Mistero di Rennes-Le-Château, Il Mistero Macchiato di Sangue" -- Italian title
  • "Gabriel Knight 3: Enigme en Pays Cathare" -- French title
  • "Gabriel Knight 3: Blut der Heiligen, Blut der Verdammten" -- German title

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User Reviews

Can you say 'cat mustache'? אולג 小奥 (170185) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Another kickass GK game which unfortunately tones down the terror in favor of the "edutaiment" value....blah! Zovni (9355) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A flawed classic jTrippy (63) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
"I didn't sleep for four days playing this game....." Andy Roark (253) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Gabriel Knight returns in his last adventure for now *Katakis* (37815) unrated
Millennium Mystery MAT (74114) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars

The Press Says

Aventura y Cía Aug 14, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
incite PC Gaming Jan, 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
JeuxVideoPC.com Dec 15, 2003 19 out of 20 95
Quandary Dec 16, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamer's Pulse 2000 89 out of 100 89
Nerikes Allehanda Mar 10, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamersWanted Dec 07, 1999 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 1999 75 out of 100 75
FiringSquad Jan 12, 2000 70 out of 100 70
ESC Magazine Jan 22, 2000 7 out of 10 70

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Best adventure series ever. 7 אולג 小奥 (170185)
Nov 08, 2011
Still The Greatest 9 St. Martyne (3562)
Feb 23, 2009
And that f'ing puzzle is not only stupid ... 9 Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590)
Oct 03, 2007

Trivia

Bugs

Gabriel and Grace both give humorous comments at most objects you see in the game. Though there is a little bug in this - being Grace and looking in the museum of rennes-le-chateau and looking at one of the paintings on the wall in the big museum-hall will give you Gabriel's comment on it.

Development

Dean Erickson, who played Gabriel in GK2, was briefly considered to play the role of Gabriel again. But Sierra wanted a more professional actor to play the role and so Tim Curry was chosen to return to the series.

Inspiration

The plot around the San Greal Secrets book is partially based on the real 1983 novel Holy Blood, Holy Grail. A controversial work on its own, it returned to the spotlights once again amid plagiarism speculations in the 2003 bestseller The Da Vinci Code.

Legacy

Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned was the last adventure game published by Sierra.

References

  • Grace now has a computer that keeps all the shadow hunter's data and is called SIDNEY. The thing is, that when you enter "Gabriel Knight 4" as a topic of research, you get a ghost story. Jane Jensen affirmed that if GK4 ever gets out, as a book or a game, it will be about ghosts.
  • When you look at the chicken who's walking outside the hotel, Gabriel will say something about the voodoo murders from the first Gabriel Knight adventure.

Wal-Mart

The game's subtitle "Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned" was removed from the cover of boxes sold at Wal-Mart locations, as per their request.

Information also contributed by Crawly, Ju, just Ju..., Luis Silva, MAT, Picard, Tom Murphy and WildKard

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Andy Roark (253) added Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned (Windows) on Nov 28, 1999