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Friday, May 20, 2011



As you might expect from Peter Molyneux's Lionhead, Fable 3 was always going to be a polished but flawed gem.

It tells the story of a Prince trying to liberate his kingdom from an evil brother and is basically a game of two parts. The first and longest part involves building a team of heroes capable of staging the rebellion. This is achieved by slowly building your wealth and powers, solving fetch & carry quests and interacting with the local townspeople.

In play, it's like a combination of Dungeon Siege and the Sega Dreamcast's Shen Mue. So, although there's plenty of repetitive hack-and-slash action, there's also the ability to earn money or invest in property to keep your coffers constantly ticking over.

Complete the main quests and the game switches dramatically to being one of moral or world-shaping choices rather than questing. It's a shift you will either love or feel strangely annoyed about – something fairly typical of Molyneux's maverick, slightly twisted approach to game design.
Some of the puzzles are intriguing. Early on, for instance, you have to act out a lost play before its ghostly author will release you and the treasure they hold. It's highly inventive stuff which makes the more formulaic quests (retrieve an item, beat a monster, etc) seem increasingly lazy.

In fact, Fable's greatest problem is that it sets such high standards in some areas that the gaps elsewhere seem all the more noticeable. The social interactions start off promisingly, but soon pale when you realise that you must belch, dance or whistle your way through almost every encounter. It's also a shame that your three main trades (blacksmith, pie-making or lute-playing) are basically the same mini-game with different animations.

Other niggles seem to have been ported over from previous console versions. Having to hold a key down until a little green circle fills up may be fine for Kinect users trying to avoid making accidental choices, but PC owners will find it an annoying two-second delay between almost every interaction. It's also irritating that you need to click to confirm adding any treasure to your infinite inventory – surely having to dig the damn thing up is confirmation enough.

Despite all this, Fable 3 aspires to greatness and finds it surprisingly often. There's a superb music score, deep (if formulaic) gameplay and literally hours of inventive storytelling played out by likes of John Cleese and Stephen Fry. If the series continues to develop at this pace, it will one day rival the mighty Final Fantasy ... just not quite yet.

53 comments:

  1. i think this actually is a decent game

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  2. sorry I have no time to play it (

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  3. I still have to play Fable 3, but I do love the first two episodes

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  4. i havent played fable 3, but i loved the other 2 games. :)

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  5. I love all these games. RPGs are my fav kind of game :)

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  6. Cool. I'll need to check this out.

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  7. Wow it looks amazing, I absolutely loved the trailer (and the chicken trying to escape!) when I first saw it, thank you for sharing and I'll keep that on mind (the PC inconvenience), take care! Following.

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  8. I haven't played Fable 3 yet but I've played fable 1 and 2... didn't really like fable 2 the British voices kinda put me off :P

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  9. Never played the fable series but it looks pretty good tbh.

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  10. i love fable after reading this i wanna play them all again :)

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  11. i preordered it on steam, to bad my installation isn't working or i'd be playing it right now.

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  12. I never played the first fables, but i watched my friends...this game looks even better tahn teh first 2!

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  13. One of my favourite game, i loove it :)

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  14. I didn't play the series, but I did play on a friend's house. That game looks interesting you know? I wish I could buy games on a decent price.

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  15. wish I had an xbox to play this game.

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  16. I love the fable is my favourite game!!

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  17. Actually looks kinda good. I wish I had the time to try new games as I did when I was younger. :/

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  18. 1 and 2 were brilliant, I'm sure 3 will be just as great :)

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  19. wow i remember watching fable 2 and it looked amazing

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  20. John Cleese and Stephen Fry voicing? Gaming has come a LONG way.

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  21. Im just happy that it will even be relased on PC i played Fable I and it was worthy piece of pixels

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  22. I was really happy to see PC owners will be able to play to this new opus, but the delay will be a bit annoying...

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  23. I've never really been able to get into Fable..

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  24. fable is awesome. definitely worth a try

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  25. never really got into the fable series, reckon i should?

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  26. Cool I had forgotten about this game. Thanks for the video and review.

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  27. Great post :)! I just played the 2 one.

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  28. i played this game and a glitched ruined it... took away my hard work!

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  29. Length of gameplay in these games is always a let down for me. Novel idea when it came out first, but now... meh

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  30. Not a real big fan of fable games. It looks ok.

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  31. Not a great fan of the Fable franchise, but enjoyed reading your article. You should do previews of games too, such as Modern Warfare 3

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  32. Fable 3 is a good game, although the feel of it lessened in 3 then in 2... i felt 2 was only better for the fact that is wasnt as restricting in a sense... t left much to the imagination and felt more like fantasy then reality...

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  33. awesome game :D
    Great post, followed!

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  34. I've always wanted to play fable 1 and 2. I guess I'll just start with 3

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  35. I need to get fable, it looks amazing

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  36. I'm more on the Elder Scrolls side.

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  37. I kinda wanna play it, but the reviews are always so mixed. I see that the price has dropped though, so it might not be a bad deal now. I'm not huge on rpgs (played several in my day) but Fable has potential. I've been looking for something like this for a while, maybe with 3 I will dive in and see if its what I've been missing.

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  38. Have you played the previous series?

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  39. Not too bad, it was a short game but it has its replay value

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  40. I loved fable 2...i now have fable 3 on order...not really sure why i didnt get around to buying it earlier.

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  41. i've never played fable games. am i making a big mistake?

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  42. Looks amazing, but I don't have the time for games anymore. It seems like every game now-a-days want to suck you into another world. I miss the SNES days...

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  43. Thumbs up for the Shenmue III shout-out - I'm one of those fans that clung to the hope of a continuation of Shenmue forever!

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