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Bonjourno to all of you.

I’ve been a huge fan of games like the Broken Sword series and especially the Gabriel Knight games since I was too young to be playing those games.

Having recently re-read the paperback book based on Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within, I’ve been craving to get back into the genre.

I’m looking for a game to play that has all the detective aspects of the above, where I can question witnesses, examine clues, etc while becoming immersed in an extremely gripping story, with believable characters, etc.

While my knowledge of the genre is limited, I’m thinking this is THE place to be asking these questions, given the expertise on offer from fans here. So your suggestions would be much appreciated.

All games you suggest need to work on my Windows 7 laptop, though I’m more than happy to download any emulators / roms / patches to make older games work.

THANKS!

     

For anyone who remembers the bit in Gabriel Knight 2: Beast Within where you’re forced to hide a cookoo clock in a pot plant… I feel your pain…

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LA Noire is pretty much everything you’re looking for but it’s not a straightforward adventure.  Think GTA lite with witness interviewing and clue hunting set in a fictional post war 1940’s setting.  It’s hard to say if it will work on your laptop without some specs.

     

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Still life will be well worth a look if you haven’t played it.

Other than that the Sherlock Holmes games may be of interest and possibly the Art of Murder series.

If you like the globe trotting angle then the Secret Files series are probably worth a go too!

     

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If you love Broken Sword and Gabriel Knight, you should love Tex Murphy games too.

http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/tex_murphy_under_a_killing_moon

     
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Yes, Tex! Available at GOG.com. (Skip the first two games in the series.) And Black Dahlia.

     

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I have a recommendation. Hint: it begins with “Mau” and it’s about an island.

Another hint: it’s the best detective game ever made. <—FACT

     

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Just another vote for the 3 Tex Murphy games on GoG and LA Noire (if you don’t mind action games).

     
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Spycraft is different than BS and GK, being more of a “CSI/detective” than mystery, but it’s still one of the best spy thrillers.

     

Recently finished: Four Last Things 4/5, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout 5/5, Chains of Satinav 3,95/5, A Vampyre Story 88, Sam Peters 3/5, Broken Sword 1 4,5/5, Broken Sword 2 4,3/5, Broken Sword 3 85, Broken Sword 5 81, Gray Matter 4/5\nCurrently playing: Broken Sword 4, Keepsake (Let\‘s Play), Callahan\‘s Crosstime Saloon (post-Community Playthrough)\nLooking forward to: A Playwright’s Tale

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Why no love for Cruise For a Corpse or The Colonel’s Bequest? They’re rarely mentioned in topics like this…

Also, if you must choose one Sherlock Holmes game, make it Case Of The Rose Tattoo.

     

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Agustín Cordes - 18 September 2012 04:22 PM

Why no love for Cruise For a Corpse or The Colonel’s Bequest?

Hey, I heard that! Smile


As for Sherlock Holmes, I would agree Case of the Rose Tattoo is the most detailed of them all, especially if you don’t mind a lot of reading. Serrated Scalpel is classic, as well. As for Frogwares games, there’s already been a lot of discussion, but I was pleasantly surprised while playing The Awakened Remastered recently. However, I feel that with “vs Ripper” they watered down gameplay a bit. Let’s see what the new game will bring.

     

Recently finished: Four Last Things 4/5, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout 5/5, Chains of Satinav 3,95/5, A Vampyre Story 88, Sam Peters 3/5, Broken Sword 1 4,5/5, Broken Sword 2 4,3/5, Broken Sword 3 85, Broken Sword 5 81, Gray Matter 4/5\nCurrently playing: Broken Sword 4, Keepsake (Let\‘s Play), Callahan\‘s Crosstime Saloon (post-Community Playthrough)\nLooking forward to: A Playwright’s Tale

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diego - 18 September 2012 04:27 PM
Agustín Cordes - 18 September 2012 04:22 PM

Why no love for Cruise For a Corpse or The Colonel’s Bequest?

Hey, I heard that! Smile

Déjà Vu! Confused

SPEAKING OF WHICH! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Déjà_Vu_(video_game)

There. Only hardcore detectivesque suggestions.

     

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i would have to agree with tex & L.A. noire.
Both are very good at creating a world where you feel like a detective. IMO l.a. noire is an adventure game with shooter elements (and not the other way around).

     
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Wow. Pleasantly suprised by the myriad of suggestions. Will GOG a few and see how I go.

There’s plenty to get my teeth in to here, so thanks to all who posted - you didn’t dissapoint! I like it here, maybe I’ll stay…

     

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I’ll throw in the Blackwell series and while it’s not exactly a pure detective story, The Last Express has arguably the best mystery storyline in gaming history in my opinion.

     
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If you have a DS, I recommend Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past as a solid noir detective game, and also Hotel Dusk: Room 215 and its sequel Last Window: The Secret of Cape West. While these last two are not detective games per se, the main character plays detective throughout, and they’re good noir games as well…

     

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I’m really surprised that so far no-one has chucked in Discworld Noir.
Mind you “believable characters” might be a problem there Smile

     

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