That’s how Gabriel Knight 3 is sometimes called. And I see where it comes from. In terms of complexity, interactivity and storytelling it is far ahead of other adventure titles of the past decade. Not to mention the fully 3D world with a free roam camera, 30+ hours of pure gameplay, fantastic music score and a great mix of themes and genres.
Gabriel Knight combines religion, mystery, thriller, drama and espionage into one solid story. While the game is pretty linear, you can still miss a lot of events on your first playthrough. Every character you meet has something on his mind, every place has its own history.
As with all Jensen’s games, the writing is very good. You can argue whether Gabe’s comments are tasteful or not, but you can’t argue that he has A LOT to say and to research, along with Grace. The variety of things to do is amazing. The Le Serpent Rouge puzzle alone is a masterpiece of game design.
Of course, some might not enjoy a puzzle or two, find the ending a bit over the top and even be offended by religious themes, but it’s only natural with a complex game like this. All others will be too immersed to search for flaws.
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Time Played: Over 20 hours