Dark times have fallen upon the people of Albion. Many work for wadges less then spare pocket change and others starve to death under the oppressive famine and the kingdom’s lost hospitality. Albion needs a new beginning. Albion needs nothing less then a revolution. Albion. Needs. YOU.
Fable III is everything you’ve always imagined Fable I could be. With this latest re-imagining of the Fable franchise, LionHead seeks to win our hearts once again, and set things straight in the land of Albion. The first thing I was able to sense right away, was
not just the feeling of playing a video game, but the performance in itself to be like a heroic epic (you know, something like Beowulf or the writings of Homer). In no other game in the series was this best felt than with Fable I, and LionHead manages to capture every detail. As you would have already guessed, you are linked to a long bloodline of hero’s before you and those hero’s have left the destiny of Albion for your rewriting. Now the only hard part is mastering your hero potential and using it to strike down the plague that has festered among the townspeople for far too long. Your own brother, King Logan.
It only happens on very few occasions that a game will be able to stand on both story and gameplay; both just as important and just as strong as the other. Fable III does that and even draws you in from the very first 5 minutes. Decisions and interaction have always played a great part in the Fable games, but never has it been so greatly depended upon until this game. The very actions that you take from step 1 in your journey may very well echo through the rest of the game (and more importantly, your final outcome).
Fable III’s graphics detail with everything from player model details to world and ambiance details, has been vastly improved upon and updated to make for a nice polished presentation. It almost makes you gag when you go back and play Fable II. Many graphical and delivery potential were reached far beyond what most would have expected since the last installment. On another note, the infamous mute hero personality has been completely done away with. That is right. Your hero has a voice of his own! (I mean, how do you rule a kingdom without a voice to back it up?) LionHead has also chosen to render cutscenes for the game to maximize the overall story deliverance. My feedback? It works and fits in very well.
The gameplay aspect of Fable III is very filling for its share. You can master yourself in swordplay, ranged weaponry, and even magic if you like. It’s all up to you. There are vast choices for weapons, magic combinations/usage, clothing, personalization, and the whole nine yards. You can now even perform epic executions to your enemies if you are doing well in battle. It is honestly a Fable game at it’s best. You can once again work in various jobs to earn money, buy/sale/rent houses and/or shops, and build your own empire the way you desire to! The only ultimatum, is what you choose to do with it.
Something else you can take a big note of, is the massive changes done to lay forth a co-op gameplay experience that listens to the community. Do you remember the huge walls and set-backs Fable II set on it’s co-op experience? Others and myself were not happy campers when we realized we had been duped. Believe it or not, LionHead has completely redeemed their mistake. Instead of sharing one screen, you only worry about your own. Instead of being limited to how you look, you are granted freedom to look as you are. Taking a step even further, you can now even marry, have kids with, and become business partners with other people across the Fable III community. LionHead put some thought into it for the players this time around.
The only cons that could be said from me are the glitches your dog may experience, such as getting stuck on objects and levitating. The camera will also go into a cinematic mode for a cool effect but leave you off-screen to get pummeled by an unseen enemy. While these aren’t game-breakers, they are worth taking note of.
The game is almost flawless. Excellent presentation, exemplary graphics, gripping gameplay, fulfilling customization, epic story… I could almost go on and on. I also do kind of find it bitter sweet that now I can’t say that Fable I is my favorite in the franchise. IRBGamer gives Fable III a 5 out of 5 for providing such a well polished game to enjoy with the ages. Buy it as soon as you can!
Fable III (X360) Review