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  • genre adventure / tpp / detective-mystery
  • download size 2.5 GB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 1456 user ratings.
  • release date June 30, 1995
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Sierra / Activision
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual (14 pages)
  • HD wallpaper
  • avatar

What's cool about it:

  • A fully cinematic adventure game that lets you play both Gabriel Knight and Grace Nakimura
  • Discover the truth about the death of King Ludwig II and uncover the mystery of Wagner’s lost opera
  • Explore actual locations in Germany captured in 1000 beautiful, high-res images


The Beast Within is the second installment of the trilogy presenting the dark adventures of Gabriel “Schattenjäger” Knight. This time the protagonist is on the trail of a strange wolf, murderer of a little girl. Gabriel was asked to take care of this evil and suspects that this case is paranormal in nature. Together with his assistant, Grace Nakimura, he discovers the dark truth behind the history of Bavaria.

The game employs full motion video technology to its fullest. The actors move through photo-realistic sceneries and every action leads to an FMV sequence. The game is a classic point-and-click adventure where you lead two characters through masterfully designed riddles, tons of life-like detective work and perfectly scripted dialogue. The friendly user interface is a finishing touch making this title a masterpiece you don't want to miss.

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Mature Sexual Themes, Realistic Blood, Realistic Gore, Strong Language.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.

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A Fantastic Classic

Posted on 2010-02-23 18:16:52 byAlessar's avatarAlessar:

In the second installment of the Gabriel Knight series, Gabriel (Dean Erickson) is in Germany where he is coming into his inheritance as a monster hunter. Circumstances soon see his friend and assistant Grace Nakimura (Joanne Takahashi) joining him in Germany to investigate a mystery involving Neuschwanstein Castle, local legends of a werewolf, and a lost Wagnerian opera. You'llread more take turns controlling Grace and Gabriel to unravel the mystery in different locations around Munich. For the time, the game was amazingly well-done. The attention to story, detail, acting, costuming, and sets combined to create a truly breakthrough experience. For a point-and-click type adventure game the engine works quite well and the video does make it fairly realistic; immersive for its time even. If there was anything to detract from it, it was simply some bugs early in the release cycle, heavy system requirements for the time, and the limitations of early optical drive technology. (One particularly dangerous sequence occurred right after a disk swap.) Obviously, none of these will be issues in this all-digital re-release.
I bought this game when it was new and was very happy with the great mystery story. It was a worthy successor to the original. Unfortunately, I never finished the game. I was playing it on a friend's computer (mine couldn't handle it) and he accidentally deleted my savegame when I was on the 5th disk trying to finish the game. I always meant to install it when I got a better computer, but OSes moved on and I didn't think I could get it to play. I actually still have the disks here at my desk and I just pulled my copy of the strategy guide out of storage. I *really* meant to play this one again. I don't think this is one I can say no to...!

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Great game... even if you hate FMV

Posted on 2010-02-23 08:45:17 byDanda's avatarDanda:

GK2: The Beast Within is one of the few FMV games (along with the Tex Murphy series) that stands firmly as a "true" hardcore adventure game that doesn't become an interactive movie in the bad sense (="click to see the next video"). Tim Curry is missed as the voice of Gabriel Knight but the cast is adequate and the puzzles are as good as you canread more expect from any other classic adventure game. Getting this 6 CD-ROM adventure for $5.99 is a great deal. Thanks, GOG!

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The game that marked me the most, ever!

Posted on 2010-02-24 10:40:46 byNuno's avatarNuno:

This game is simply superb and I cannot recommend it enough. The story is magnificent, the music and ambiance are to notch and is full of historic references. So much, in fact, that it "made" me go to southern Bavaria for a summer holiday... and I kept going for another two!
If there is a game that really marked both my gaming and personal life, this is it!
Buyread more it, buy it, buy it, and now you can even play it without swapping the whole 5 original CD's!

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