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The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery (1996)

Shortly after moving to Rittersburg to take over duties as the lone "Schattenjager", Gabriel Knight is called by the townsfolk to investigate the killing of a child believed to be caused by... See full summary »





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Erickson ...
Joanne Takahashi ...
Grace Nakimura
Russell Mitchell ...
Ludwig II
Baron Garr Von Zell
Clabe Hartley ...
Von Aigner
Edmund L. Shaff ...
Andrea Helene ...
Gerde (as Andrea Martin)
Kriminal-Kommissar Leber
Fredrich Solms ...
Harald Übergrau
Mrs. Smith


Shortly after moving to Rittersburg to take over duties as the lone "Schattenjager", Gabriel Knight is called by the townsfolk to investigate the killing of a child believed to be caused by a werewolf. While Gabriel is away on the case, Grace Nakimura leaves New Orleans for Rittersburgh to conduct research and keep an eye on him. Grace soon learns that Gabriel's case goes back centuries and involves King Ludwig II. Meanwhile, Gabriel's investigation leads him to a small private hunting club, where he believes the culprit may be hiding. The two are pulled deeper into the horrific events, leading Grace out to stop the unrelenting nightmare and Gabriel in a fight for his very own soul. Written by Andrew Kasch <akasch@darkvortex.com>

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Although all the in-game video sequences were shot in front of a blue screen and none of the actors actually went to Germany, the German game package still had a sticker on it, saying: "Exclusively filmed in Germany!" to attract more buyers. See more »


Several errors occur when Mrs. Smith is doing the Tarot readings for Grace. 1) She says Grace's lifetime card is the Chariot. Later, the same card comes up for Gabriel's lifetime card, yet Mrs. Smith calls it the Lovers. 2) When she draws the other card for each, the same design stands for both the Magician (in Grace's case) and the High Priestess (in Gabriel's case). 3) The second error results in two different cards (Grace's other card and Gabriel's soul card) being called the Magician. See more »


Policeman Fink: Nein, ich spreche keine Englisch.
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Follows Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (1993) See more »

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Surprisingly good
16 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

I do not think A Gabriel Knight Mystery is as good as Sins of the Fathers and Blood of the Sacred, but as a game it is a lot of fun. The story is great, quite complicated but it is a lot of fun to see unfolded and resolved, with a number of interesting sequences. The look of the game impresses too, it looks colourful and sophisticated and all the characters are impressively rendered. The score is very good, with plenty of energy.

The dialogue is witty and smart, and I liked the characters. For the first time, I thought Gabriel was overshadowed by the villain of the piece a suave, mysterious and charismatic one by the name of Baron Frederich Von Glower, brilliantly voiced by Peter Lucas. Dean Erickson does do an above average job as Gabriel, he is funny and clever not to mention both likable and oily, but there are one or two times when his line delivery falls a little flat. Although I much prefer Tim Curry, who actually IS Gabriel, Erickson does do a good enough job to not make me feel I missed him too much.

All in all, a surprisingly good game and definitely worth playing. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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