Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fable III | Review

Synopsis: What kind of ruler will you be? Fable III will help you with your little identity crisis whether you are a favored leader or a hated overlord. The third entry in the Fable series takes you back to the kingdom of Albion, fifty years after the events of Fable II. The land is in the middle of an industrial revolution and the citizens are in an uproar regarding how your brother, Logan, is acting as king. To go along with the high production value of this title, such stars as Simon Pegg, Sir Ben Kingsley, and last but certainly not least, John Cleese have lent their voices to the title adding that blockbuster touch. Like Fables past, you will be faced with a number of difficult decisions that will ultimately effect who will be your friends or enemies, but this time around comes online coop, so enough with what this title has to offer and let’s get down to brass tacks.

Praise: To start, the folks at Lionhead did a great job at making Albion a beautiful kingdom, with many sites and environments to take in on your journey. The voice acting is also very fitting to the characters and everyone loves John Cleese advising you on what to do. I had previous tried Fable 1 and 2 and while both were good games, I just couldn’t really get into the games, but with Fable 3 I was hooked just after a couple hours, mostly by the story, choices, and character progression. The choices you have to make is probably the best part of my playthrough as I actually had to put thought into the decisions and try to weigh the outcomes, at times wishing I could go back and do things differently. The online coop is easy to get into allowing the players to do quests together, get married, have children, trade items, and become business partners for more funds.

Gripes: I came across some issues during my playthrough that need to be addressed in the review, starting with the video cut scenes as they seemed to be blurry and choppy at times playing on an HDTV. There is also a number of “filler” quests in which you have to earn guild seals to progress the storyline which tended to be dull and tedious at time. After playing online with a few different people, I had noticed that the online aspect was rather buggy, as my character’s would stop moving, so it seemed like I would just float through Albion without motions and would tend to end up in loading screens at random times. Lastly, I found the story and gameplay encountered amazing on my quest to confront the tyrannical king, but without giving away any spoilers, felt that the rest of the game slowed way down and l just wanted to complete the game.

Overall, Fable III is an engrossing good time, with great replay value as immediately after completing my playthrough, as the do-gooder everyone liked and keeping promises made, I wanted to go back and play as the tyrant to see how the story differs. Whether you are new to the series or a die-hard fan, there is enough background to not be lost as to what is going on in this newest entry. Also, there is a lot of dry and subtle humor to keep you smiling throughout the 20 plus hours it takes to play through the story.

Mashbuttons.com gives Fable III a 8 out of 10.

Fable III is available now for the Xbox 360 and PC.

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