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The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery (Windows)

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Description

The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery is a direct sequel to Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, the first in the supernatural mystery adventure series telling the story of a bookstore owner and writer Gabriel Knight, the last offspring of generations of Schattenjaegers (shadow hunters), whose task is to fight the evil forces that abound in the world.

After leaving New Orleans, Gabriel moves to the Ritter Castle in Bavaria, Germany, his family heritage. One day, a group of peasants approach the castle, and the elder tells Gabriel about a terrible death of a little girl, who was killed by a vicious wolf. Suspecting the wolf could be a supernatural creature, the peasant asks the Schattenjaeger to purge the evil. The investigation brings Gabriel and his assistant Grace Nakimura to the mysterious Hunter Society and to Bavaria's dark past.

The game utilizes a cast of live actors and full-motion video technology: the actors are filmed over photorealistic images of Munich and its surroundings, and nearly every interaction with the environment leads to a FMV sequence. Despite its visual style, The Beast Within is not an interactive movie, but a full-fledged adventure game with many dialogues, detective work to do, and puzzles to solve. Unlike the first game, it is entirely controlled through point-and-click actions - all the icons have been replaced by a single cursor. Both Gabriel and Grace are available as playable characters during different chapters of the story.

Screenshots

The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery Windows Kriminal komissar Leber, this ain't no NYPD Blue
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery Windows Diary
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery Windows When Gabriel is bitten, the fate lies in the hands of Gracie.
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery Windows Title Screen

Alternate Titles

  • "狩魔猎人2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "תעלומת Gabriel Knight: החיה שבתוכו" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Un Mystère avec Gabriel Knight : The Beast Within" -- French title
  • "The Beast Within: Ein Gabriel Knight Krimi" -- German title
  • "TBW" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Ta'alumat Gabriel Knight: Ha-Khaya she Betokho" -- Hebrew title
  • "GK2" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within" -- Informal title
  • "Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within" -- GoG Windows release title
  • "Gabriel Knight 2" -- informal title
  • "A Fera Interior: Um Mistério de Gabriel Knight" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

Is it possible for something to be above the best!? Yup, I guess it is :) MAT (66268) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Very good, but WHY an interactive movie style? Gav Powell (25) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
A gripping story and a true achievement jTrippy (63) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
More good than bad things frin (155) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The Quality FMV Game Game22 (42) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
The Gabriel Knight Series sets the bar for other adventure games to beat mclazyj (28) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
A victim of the dreaded FMV-death Joakim Kihlman (270) 1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars
Excellent, but what does Richard Wagner and King Ludwig II have to do with werewolves? *Katakis* (37493) unrated
One of the better FMV efforts available Afterburner (477) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Mar 09, 2002 5 out of 5 100
Puntaeclicca.it Mar, 1999 9.5 out of 10 95
Adventure Lantern Apr, 2006 94 out of 100 94
Adventure-Treff Jun 09, 2003 92 out of 100 92
Joystick (French) Feb, 1996 90 out of 100 90
Gamezilla 1996 89 out of 100 89
WomenGamers.com Aug 05, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot May 01, 1995 8.3 out of 10 83
Power Play Feb, 1996 79 out of 100 79

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Trivia

Development

The Beast Within was originally intended to take place over the course of nine chapters instead of six. The additional three would have had the player shift into the past in order to play as King Ludwig II. These chapters were ultimately cut from the game due to time constraints, budgetary limitations, and the fact that this would have required even more CDs for a game that already requires six discs.

The game's backgrounds were created from photographs taken on location in Germany.

German language

Most Germans in The Beast Within are played by American actors. They thus speak German with a bemusing English accent. In the completely localized German version of the game, quite a few "German" characters have a notable American accent, which is even stranger. Additionally, because Gabriel and Grace speak German in the localized version, the translators had a problem in dealing with scenes in which one of the protagonists speaks to a German and doesn't understand him. The problem was solved somewhat half-heartedly by suggesting that Gabriel and company speak High German, whereas the locals speak in a Bavarian dialect.

German version

When the game was first released in Germany it was the un-dubbed and un-subtitled version which had a few scenes censored (for example, a character sitting in his cave and eating flesh from a human bone). The screen would go black and instead of being able to see what was happening the player would instead see a short message on the screen in German simply describing the scene. When the game was later released in its localized German these scenes were uncensored.

Inaccuracies

  • In the game's opening movie, the camera shows a close-up of a scar on Gabriel's arm (acquired in Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers). The scar is on the wrong arm.
  • There is no sign of the chapel in Schloss Ritter that featured so prominently in Sins of the Fathers.
  • When Grace browses the part of the Schattenjäger library that is supposed to contain books on the occult, she finds a book on Lycantrophy between volumes with such German titles as Das Nest and Der Arzt von Stalingrad. These are novels without any relation to occultism.
  • On looking at a window display of watches in Munich, Gabriel claims that he can't stand wearing things on his wrist. In a later scene, a watch is clearly visible on his arm.
  • German Volkswagen Golf keys have a standardized look. The car key that Gabriel carries around in his inventory will unlock anything except the Golf he drives. His car also has no license plate.
  • Even though Grace doesn't speak German, she has no problem reading loudly from Cosima Wagner's diary, which was most likely not written in English.
  • In the book Lore and Law it is said that in Brazil there's a priesthood society called "Manos Del Sol" (Hands of the Sun). But the language spoken in Brazil is Portuguese, and "Manos Del Sol" is in Spanish. The correct name would be "Homens do Sol", as is seen in Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned, when Gabriel researches the same subject on SIDNEY, the computer database of shadow hunter data.

Actors

Kay Kuter (Werner Huber) seems to enjoy playing the role of a bartender; he also plays one (Griswold Goodsoup) in The Curse of Monkey Island.

Novel

Jane Jensen, the series' designer, has written a novelization of this game as well as one of the first game (Sins of the Fathers).

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1996 (Issue #143) – Game of the Year
    • November 1996 (15h anniversary issue) - #17 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #10 Hardest Computer Game
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #7 Most Memorable Game Villain (Fredrick von Glower)
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #4 Most Rewarding Ending of All Time
    • November 2003 (Issue #232) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2005 - #33 in the "50 Best Games of All Time" list
Information also contributed by -Chris, Adam Schoales, Alan Chan, chiriniea, Foxhack, PCGamer77 and Swordmaster

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Eurythmic (2612) added The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery (Windows) on May 15, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Eurythmic (2612), chirinea (33100) and MAT (66268)