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The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery (Windows)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Is it possible for something to be above the best!? Yup, I guess it is :) MAT (72512) 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 (147) 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* (37806) unrated
One of the better FMV efforts available Afterburner (477) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.5
Overall MobyScore (109 votes) 4.1

The Press Says

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Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Plot, puzzles, characterization and art all lead to one of the most ambitious denouements ever in graphic adventure game history. The lost opera of Wagner scene is worthy of a film epic. It offers tense moments, comic relief, and a fascinating catharsis. We've always believed that a significant amount of production resources should be spent in rewarding the gamer who plays all the way through the game. GABRIEL KNIGHT 2: THE BEAST WITHIN transforms game endings—a dynamic finish to a most dynamic game. Jane Jensen just may have become the interactive Anne Rice she‘s always wanted to be.
Aventura y Cía
Tras el éxito de la primera parte de Gabriel Knight, que quizás fue la aventura que dio el empujón a las aventuras "para adultos", Sierra dio uno de sus cambios radicales de tecnología y Jane Jensen diseñó su segunda parte en el polémico FMV (video a pantalla completa, muy de moda entonces), y consiguió otra magnífica aventura, apasionante en todo momento, que al igual que la anterior cosechó muy buenas críticas y varios premios.
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
Until you've played one of the Gabriel Knight series, you can't truly call yourself an adventure gamer. These classic games immerse players in heart-throbbing suspense, constantly focusing on the story, the story, the story. You're caught up in it, part of it, intrigued, frustrated, triumphant, and just plain scared by your experiences on the screen. That's adventure!
Just Adventure
Jane Jensen is the best storyteller to write computer games. No one can deny it or say someone else is better. If you believe Take 2's Black Dahlia has a storyline "that blends reality and fiction in perfect rapport," then you just have to repent and pray to be forgiven ... and play Gabriel Knight 2 to see what a strong storyline should be like.
Adventure Classic Gaming
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers is considered by many to be among the best animated graphic adventure games of all times. It is only natural for Sierra On-Line to capitalize on its success by making a sequel. With the advent of Full Motion Video in game design, many critics are complacent when it is learned that its sequel, The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery, has incorporated this technology in place of animations to achieve the so-called interactive movie experience. This worry is well founded considering that many games incorporating this multimedia technology have failed so miserably. Fortunately, the strong direction by Jane Jensen has ensured that, once again, the story and gameplay are not overshadowed by technology. The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery is therefore a rare example of success in the use of this interactive medium.
Questo gioco è frutto di un grosso impegno creativo, per quanto riguarda la storia, per i riferimenti culturali, le ricostruzioni ambientali e i dialoghi curati da Jane Jensen, sia per quanto riguarda gli enigmi, non difficilissimi ma comunque impegnativi e ben inseriti nel contesto. Vi sono delle scene piuttosto realistiche che possono non rivelarsi adatte per ragazzi troppo giovani ma che sono d'altronde necessarie e peculiari alla narrazione. Non è facile definire quale sia l'elemento che rende un gioco avvincente e coinvolgente, ma di sicuro questo lo è perché raggiunge perfettamente il suo scopo; creare nel giocatore una suspence, una tensione, una suggestione tenebrosa di pericolo incombente e e nello stesso tempo prenderti emotivamente per la gola e condurti senza fiato verso lo svelamento del mistero ultimo.
Adventure Lantern
In conclusion, Gabriel Knight II is an excellent game. While other games at the time used full motion video as this does, they tended to be fairly poor, lacking the effectiveness of either movies or less realistic games. In this case, however, the movies are well-directed and at least decently acted, and are supported by some very well-chosen actors, such as Peter Lucas in the part of Baron von Glower. The game play is fun, the story is well-written and interesting, and the characters have advanced nicely from their previous adventure. The graphics are at times beautiful, and the music at its best stirring and dramatic. This is a game that I definitely recommend to any who might find the themes of interest, and would suggest that others at least try if they come by it for a decent price.
Jane Jensen ist mit diesem Spiel mehr als nur ein würdiger Nachfolger zu ihrem Erstlingswerk Sins of the Fathers gelungen. Sie hat es geschafft, mit einem fähigen Team von Filmleuten und Grafikern, den Musik-Kompositionen ihres Ehemannes Robert Holmes, einer Menge an kluger Rätsel und einer ebenso fesselnden wie faszinierenden Geschichte (die bis heute Ihresgleichen sucht), ein atmosphärisches Meisterwerk zu schaffen, das selbst noch in Zeiten, in denen 3D-Grafik nur noch Nostalgiker interessiert, ein einzigartiges Spielerlebnis sein wird.
PC Player (Denmark)
Du bliver ikke skræmt til døde af The Beast Within - dertil er der alt for få chok-effekter. Til gengæld får du overbelastning, hjernesvind og en lang interaktiv thriller, der med få skønhedspletter rammer lige i plet.
Joystick (French)
Presque rien à redire, sauf que l'acteur est assez moyen. Un scénario béton, une durée de vie raisonnable, de bons acteurs, des lieux magnifiques : tout cela fait de ce produit un vrai bon jeu d'aventure comme on n'en avait pas eu depuis longtemps.
Pris individuellement, les différents éléments de Gabriel Knight II ne payent peut-être pas de mine : les «graphismes» obsolètes et la jouabilité réduite à son plus simple appareil peuvent décourager le premier venu. Mais ce serait passer à côté d'un chef-d'œuvre du point'n click, au scénario captivant et extrêmement bien écrit. Gabriel Knight II prouve, à lui seul, que l'utilisation du FMV ne fut pas une simple expérience technologique, un projet resté lettre morte : chaque instant du jeu est au contraire sublimé par sa parenté avec le 7ème art. C'est une utilisation intelligente d'une esthétique qui pose ce second opus comme un titre à part dans la série des Gabriel Knight. Etrangement, si le jeu devait subir un remake aujourd'hui, il n'est pas certain qu'il garderait sa force et son aura si particulière. Fruit d'une technologie décriée, il est peut-être, paradoxalement, le meilleur épisode de la trilogie. A découvrir pour tout amateur de jeux d'aventure qui serait passé à côté.
Pro: Man kann nicht nur Gabriel Knight selbst spielen, sondern auch in die Rolle von Grace Nakamura schlüpfen. Sie geht die Ermittlung von einer Seite an, während Gabriel das andere Ende abdeckt. Das Spiel wurde von Jane Jensen geschrieben; insofern bekommen wir ein paar intelligente weibliche Rollen geboten, was eine erfreuliche Abwechslung darstellt. Im Kino oder im Fernsehen sieht man nicht gerade sehr viele gut geschriebene Rollen für Frauen, und bei Computerspielen schon gleich gar nicht.
Contra: Das Spiel wurde mit einer Reihe von Bugs ausgeliefert. Ich war bereits mitten im Tag Drei, als ich merkte, daß ich ein Patch von Sierra benötigte. Und als ich das Patch dann bekam, merkte ich auf einmal, daß ich das Spiel von vorne beginnen mußte. Liebe Leute bei Sierra, das ist wirklich schlampig!.
Let me say at the outset that I really enjoyed The Sins of the Fathers -- the first Gabriel Knight story by Jane Jensen. It was without a doubt one of the best graphic adventure games I have played. It had an interesting story, some great puzzles and an interface that allowed you to do lots of different things. When I heard that the second Gabriel Knight mystery was going to feature live actors and full motion video I immediately feared the worst. My fears were compounded when I played Phantasmagoria and discovered lots of video footage but precious little adventuring. Now, having recently finished The Beast Within, I have to admit to having mixed feelings about this game.
Adventure Gamers
In the mid-nineties, the big buzzword in the computer gaming industry was "Interactive Movies." Hollywood had invaded gaming, and production companies now had to worry about blue-screens and actors as much as puzzles and gameplay.
Gabriel Knight 2's storyline was the most intriguing and creative one I've seen in an adventure game; the game smoothly integrates puzzles and clues into the plot; it has a low frustration level; it would be challenging for beginning and intermediate level adventure gamers. Cons: Advanced adventure gamers might breeze through this one a bit quickly.
Lock your doors and turn off the phone. Just don’t forget to eat and sleep. Put in the first CD of Gabriel Knight and enter the magic.
This is well-executed, visceral, mentally exhausting, and exciting entertainment.
Power Play
Obwohl es sich um eine unmittelbare Fortsetzung des Inhaltes des ersten Gabriel Knight-Abenteuers handelt, wirkt "The Beast Within" wie ein unabhängiges Spiel und wird auf Grund seiner Movie-Charakteristik eher in einem Atemzug mit "Phantasmagoria" genannt werden. Das ganze Zusammenschnipseln von Filmchen nagt doch mitunter stark an der Atmosphäre, die im gepixelten ersten Teil wesentlich besser rüberkam. Habt Ihr Euch mit dieser neuen Art von Adventure erst einmal angefreundet, genießt Ihr den unfreiwilligen Humor der in "Deutsch" radebrechenden Akteure. Erfreulicherweise gibt's weiterhin knackige Puzzles mit angehobenem Schwierigkeitsgrad. Das gelegentliche Wecheln der Spielfiguren läßt keine Langeweile aufkommen und gibt der gut gesponnenen Story weitere interessante Aspekte.
High Score
Gabriel 2 är fortfarande inte i klass med traditionella äventyrsspel, men erbjuder mycket underhållning.