This week, we decided to do something a little bit different for our preview coverage of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers. We did a video stream of the preview build on our Twitch channel.
Having grown up in the golden age of adventure games, it’s kind of shocking that I never actually played Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father. I played the FMV follow-up, Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within, but I somehow never played the original game. Playing the HD version of Sins of the Fathers shows a lot of what I loved about old-school adventure games and, unfortunantly, some of what I disliked about the games.
The first thing to notice about the re-mastered Sins of the Fathers, is that Tim Curry no longer provides the voice of Gabriel Knight. The original voice recordings were, tragically, lost in a fire and getting the original voice actors to redo their voice work would have likely meant that the voices didn’t sound right. That said, having never played the original, I wasn’t tied to the voice work, which is both a blessing and a curse. The new voice of Gabriel Knight sounds like the most over the top Elvis impersonator that New Orleans could find. In a way, it’s gloriously over the top, as every line rolls out in the same manner that Tim Curry does. The other voice actors are fine, but the voice of Gabriel is something to behold.
The one thing that was both frustrating and refreshing was using adventure game logic. Old school adventure games have a certain internal logic to them that requires you to do specific things in a certain order. For instance, I had to lure a mime towards a cop in order to listen to the cops radio. That’s not something that most normal people would think to do. However, using this logic leads to a lot of trial and error and can get frustrating when you’re not entirely sure of what to do.
After playing the game for around an hour, I was surprised that I had never stumbled upon the game years earlier. It scratches a certain adventure game itch and the glorious, over the top voice acting makes it a pretty fun experience. Now, I need to go lure out some creepy mimes.
A code for Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers was provided to Pixel Related for preview purposes.