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The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery (Windows)

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Written by  :  Gav Powell (25)
Written on  :  Oct 30, 2000
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

Very good, but WHY an interactive movie style?

The Good

The plot was great, the scipting superb and the graphics were quite impressive. The locations were accurately reproduced and the interface was simple.

The Bad

There was no need to deviate from the traditional style, and replace it with poorly made FMV sequences. The guy who played Gabriel wasn't right for the role, and the conversations were too melodramatic, detracting from the game's atmosphere.

The Bottom Line

A thoroughly excellent adventure game, but frustatingly peppered with god-awful FMV sequences for conversations. A good effort, but mistakes were made.