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One for Jane Jensen’s fans! Like many other fans who have played the Gabriel Knight series, I was eagerly awaiting the latest adventure game from Jane Jensen. After many years and multiple production houses in development, Gray Matter is finally here, and it has been worth the wait.Disclaimer: Being a fan of Jane Jensen’s adventures I may have evalauated the game to her high-set standards.The game has the trademark quality of a Jensen adventure with a great story, character depth, atmosphere and…challenging puzzles? Well, only the last feature has left me with some hesitancy in recommending the game just to any adventure games fan, especially ones that do not favor all of the above qualities over the level of challenge/brain-taxing. In this respect, Gray Matter is a lot like Dreamfall ( Longest Journey 2), i.e. a great piece of interactive fiction though somehwt lacking in the puzzle department. In fact, I found Gray Matter easier than Gabriel Knight 2. Also, certain puzzles that the female main character has to solve as her personal objective did not blend well with the main story arc. The puzzle-solving aspect is the only note-worthy low point of this title.Graphics are well-drawn, with some imaginative backdrops and colors that are appropriately dreary for the most part. Before I played the game, I saw a lot of mention about the comic-book style cutscenes in the reviews. In many instances, they are adequate, but elsewhere, you wish the cutscenes had more clarity and animation, especially when there is more happening in the scene. Jane’s hubby Robert Holmes has done a great job with the soundtrack, although it is less-varied than the GK2 music. There are quite a few tracks, though throughout most of the gameplay you hear only two or so. At certain points in the story, the music may even leave you emotionally moved. Voice acting is generally very good; the only aspect I couldn’t help but notice is that Dr. Styles’ character sounds older than the mid-thirties character potrayed.Perhaps what sets this game of Jane Jensen apart from the GK series, apart from the obvious setting and characters, is the fact that the game leaves a lot to the interpretation of the players. If you get into the story as much as I did, you will definitely find yourself searching the web forums for explanation to certain events in the game and what other players thought about them. Some of the cutscenes are essential to revealing these. Most of this is I believe delibrate, though the end does seem a bit rushed, when compared to the general pace the story advances at.All in all, the game is a must-play for fans of the GK series, and anyone who likes their adventure games with a good dose of intrigue, atmosphere, memorable characters and decent puzzles.Update 4-15-12: Excited to see that a sequel is planned by Jane Jensen’s newly found Pinkerton Road Studios and her community-supported funding project through Kickstarter!
Great Game Let me start by saying I have played a lot of adventure games in the past, I grew up playing the classic Sierra games, Space Quest, Kings Quest, and Jane Jensen’s other works Gabriel Knight to name a few. I was very excited to hear about this game, and I just finished it a few minutes ago.For those who don’t know what this is, the best way I can describe it is a interactive book/novel. divided into chapters, where you play the led character, and have to go though and find out what is going on, in order to move on with the story. With this can sometimes be hard to figure out, I believe it is well worth the effort. For people tired of the same old game, give it a shot you might be surprised.For fans of Jensen’s other titles I believe that you will enjoy this game, it has a feel of her other games, and it kept me hooked wanting to find out what was going to happen next.I’ll leave it on this, it was nice to find a game that made me use my brain a little, which is becoming uncommon in the world of video games today.
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