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Comment on Dreamfall Chapters: Book One - Reborn article:
DrFrankenstein DrFrankenstein
Oct 31, 2014

Thank you for the preview, Emily. As exciting as it is that the wait for the next TLJ is nearly over, I think that it will be a mistake for Red Thread to release the game with such bugs and issues. Easier said than done, but I think they should push back on the release schedule to fix the engine up even if it means (temporarily) disappointing some of the most eager fans. Quality should not take back seat to content.


Comment on Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition article:
Bradly
Oct 30, 2014

If you are new playing GK you’ll like this one, but i recommend everybody that beat the remake, if you can get the chance to play the original one do it, it is not just for the fact that its the original version but because this remake lacks of darkness because the comics don’t make any sense with the actual gameplay, the voice acting is not good at all, there’s some missing content in this game that you will love to see in the original one, Gabriel Knight Sins Of The Fathers is a very dark adventure game, and you’ll know what i mean when you play the original, this remake just killed a lot of the good things that the previous one had so it just has 3/5 for me, playing the original one again and enjoying it a lot!


Comment on Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition article:
Subway
Oct 29, 2014

The voiceacting ruined this game for me completely, played though it but never got into the game. Gabriel Knight’s voice was both annoying and inappropriate in an unfunny way, also the speech volume kept changing from character to character making you detached from the story.

All and all I endured the game due to that I loved the rest of the series but this is a Gabriel Knight game I will never replay


Comment on A Golden Wake article:
InspectorMustache InspectorMustache
Oct 29, 2014

I agree. I would say the story is bad but there isn’t really any story to talk about. You’re just running errands most of which don’t make any sense in regard to the general plot (e.g. stealing blue prints as part of a job interview) then there’s a text message telling you that four years have passed and then there’s more menial tasks. Writing is also pretty bad. 5 minutes before the protagonist decides everyone’s just walking all over him, all characters start talking in an over-the-top manner emphatically pressing the point how they’re walking all over him.

In my opinion this is by far the worst Wadjet Eye game so far. Voice acting is good but that’s pretty much the only thing. Kinda amazed at the rating here.


Comment on Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition article:
Jackal Jackal
Oct 28, 2014

Nostalgia seems to be a major factor in the level of disappointment among (some) existing fans, but it’s obviously not in a review written by someone with no previous GK experience, like this one.


Comment on Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition article:
Sruss
Oct 28, 2014

I loved the original, and that was a 5/5 game. But, I feel like this version getting 4.5 is so high that it fundamentally undermines the scoring system of this site. For one, the amount of bugs I experienced in this game were numerous. Graphical glitches I can overlook, but I had to go to the Phoenix Online forums to download save files just so I could progress to day 4. My immersion was totally lost there and I simply found myself wanting to complete the game as fast as I could just so it was done. The environments also felt very sterile. There were many little things that jarred me like if you leave Jackson Square via the South exit, you’ll notice Gabriel walks over a black bar where the background cuts out.. it’s these kinds of details that make the whole thing feel very very half-baked. Was the high score mainly due to nostalgia? Surely that’s not right. Such a shame to see a great opportunity ruined in this way and I’d give it a 3 at a push..


Comment on Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition article:
Pulstar
Oct 26, 2014

Attracting new audience is everything I want, because that puts us closer to new Gabriel Knight game. However I’m afraid that mediocre execution could ruin this. I understand that many of people think like this: I know that maybe this game has its flaws, but if I won’t tell it aloud, nobody will notice it. That doesn’t work like that. We, experienced adventure gamers can fool ourselves, but new gamers are not going to and great game could fail commercialy, because Gabriel walks like John Cleese from The Ministry of Silly Walks.
I’d love to be wrong, really, but I think that such important issue as future of Gabriel Knight franchise, shouldn’t rely on developer who wasted enough opportunities to show its presumed skill.
And don’t call me hater - I have played their games and know them first hand. The fact that they are not terrible, doesn’t make them good.


Comment on Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition article:
CroGamer CroGamer
Oct 26, 2014

I played both the original and the remake, and I simply don’t understand the POS hate. This was a better game than the original, simply because it remains the same, while just updating it. The graphics were great, and the cut scenes where made brilliantly. The animation wasn’t bad at all. This will definitely attract a new audience, which is also great. I also feel that Pinkerton Road got no reaction from haters, while POS got all the hate comments. So, kudos to you, Phoenix Online Studios, and I can’t wait for your next game. Maybe a season 2 of Cognition…


Comment on The Vanishing of Ethan Carter article:
Subway
Oct 26, 2014

I can’t argue with that the graphics are beautiful but that’s about it regarding this game, the story is so and so, the puzzles are easy and finding how to continue the story requires a lot of randomly walking around scanning the surroundings…. still it’s worth playing for the graphics but as a game it leaves a lot to desire.


Comment on Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition article:
El Manny El Manny
Oct 25, 2014

It´s a good decision from the staff to give this review to someone who has never played the original.  That is what this remake is for ( to hopefully attract people who have never played any of the GK games).  This way the review is not based on nostalgia but on the actual quality of the game, and the reviewer can see things clearer than someone who is watching the game through rose-colored glasses.  As big fan of GK series I am glad that you liked it and also hope that there will be a lot of new people that will enjoy it too.


Comment on Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition article:
Pulstar
Oct 25, 2014

I’m not that enthusiastic unfortunately. In my opinion pretty good outcome is the result of previous work of many talented people in Sierra - Phoenix Online based on best possible source material. Still they managed to broke whatever possible (like character models - especially Gabriel, or walking animations that are terrible; not to mention game breaking bugs - like problems with autosave that prevent you from finishing game).
Looking at previous games by them and the present one I’m convinced that they’re not at commercial developer level.
I think Jane Jensen should divorce them as soon as possible, because in my opinion they ruin her great ideas.


Comment on Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition article:
humbertthehorse
Oct 25, 2014

I found the release to be disappointing.  A straightforward remake that was, for me, inferior to an original that is still available.  Why did they make this?  And those working on the graphics and animation in the old version had greater talent and experience than those of the remake.  This comes through in every scene.  I recommend a newcomer to pick up the original, cheaper, better produced, version.

I think I’ll take a break from POS games.  No one there, currently, has the expertise to successfully overlook the graphical end of their games.  They need to address that.  It is important when a remakes main selling point is a graphical update.


Comment on Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition article:
KatieHal KatieHal
Oct 25, 2014

Thank you so much Becky! I’m thrilled to see enjoyed the game so much, and it was great hearing about it from the perspective of someone who’d never played before, too.


Comment on Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition article:
Miranna Miranna
Oct 25, 2014

I agree with everything in this review, after the disappointment that was Moebius I was really pleased to see Phoenix online Studio managed to release a game that remains faithful to the original and enjoyable to play, even though there are some bugs that remain


Comment on Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition article:
subbi
Oct 25, 2014

Very well written review Becky and it pretty much sums up my view aswel. It’s also good to note that PO studios actually did some post-release updates, correcting some of the missing shading, weird animations and the option of a schattenjager library with all the behind the scenes stuff at the end of the game. That coupled with the extra content offered during the 10 days prior to release is an example of a developer that went just the extra mile to please both long time fans and newcomers alike. A job well done and also in my book an 8.5 - 9 out of 10 game!



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