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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 ...
Russell Mitchell ...
Baron Garr Von Zell
Doktor Klingmann
Clabe Hartley ...
Von Aigner
Edmund L. Shaff ...
Andrea Helene ...
Gerde (as Andrea Martin)
Werner Huber
Kriminal-Kommissar Leber
Fredrich Solms ...
Harald Übergrau
Etan Boritzer ...
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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The character Gabriel Knight ranked #2 in Computer Gaming World's November 1996 listing of the 15 most memorable game heroes. See more »


Gabriel and Grace pronounce the name Von Glower as it is written, while it should be pronounced "Fon Glover". Both Gabriel and Grace speak German rather poorly, although Grace has learned some basic phrases from her private studies. See more »


Gabriel Knight: Just the right size for the Big Bad Wolf to come down the chimney... unless he's already here.
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Magnificent: Gets better as the story progresses
6 February 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I'll admit...when I first saw the opening movie with Dean Erickson behind the typewriter, I chuckled to myself and thought "who the hell is this joker?" Indeed, as the game began, Erickson did little to change this sentiment. But then something happened: he got better and better as the game went on. Don't get me wrong, he's not exactly the same Gabe that was written for Tim Curry, but Erickson has a personality all his own. In the hunting lodge, Erickson reaches the apex of his character. He just seemed so cool and natural, a regular guy (albeit a schattenjager) caught up in an extremely horrendous situation.

But the rest of the acting is also superb. I've played a few FMV games and they were TERRIBLE. God, even the one with Christopher Walken was a disaster. But this game, filled with unknowns, delivers the best acting that I have ever seen in a video game. Kudos to all involved.

The oscar goes to: Peter Lucas. A 200 year old werewolf with homo-erotic tendencies. This guy was great. Funny, charming, likeable, and very cool. You never know exactly what he's thinking.

Also, the girl that played Grace was excellent, which is good because you control her for half the game. In fact, nobody really stunk. Wait a minute, this is a game we're talking about right?

Oh yeah. Great story, great puzzles, great sound/music/video/everything. Jane Jensen is GOD.

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