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Posted by rolfmayo

Damn! That's a shame. I'll buy it anyway though. I love fable!

Posted by CrazedMaverick

Man that whole hub world thing to change equipment really breaks it for me. seems a bit tedious and pace breaking.  Fable seems like a series that constantly disappoints. =/
Off-topic: jeez guys, reviews are just opinions. If you usually agree with a reviewer than take their review into consideration. If you usually don't agree then read the review with a grain of salt, but no need to completely reject it. 

Posted by xyzygy

Can't they just patch these technical issues? And if so, wouldn't this review be kind of misleading if, in the future, they do patch the issues?

Posted by ajamafalous
@xyzygy said:
" Can't they just patch these technical issues? And if so, wouldn't this review be kind of misleading if, in the future, they do patch the issues? "
What are you, goddamn Fable 3 Defense Force?
Posted by one_2nd
@bgbball31 said:
"  Can't wait to pick this up... although the score is a bit disappointing.  Edit: Ugh, after reading about the technical issues (same reason I'm avoiding New Vegas), I think I'll wait. "
get new vegas. it's an amazing game with a few bugs and glitches here and there. one of my favorite 360 games so far..
Posted by LethalKi11ler
@one_2nd said:
" @bgbball31 said:
"  Can't wait to pick this up... although the score is a bit disappointing.  Edit: Ugh, after reading about the technical issues (same reason I'm avoiding New Vegas), I think I'll wait. "
get new vegas. it's an amazing game with a few bugs and glitches here and there. one of my favorite 360 games so far.. "
I got to back up this one, ever since the patches on PC, the game has been more than playable.
Edited by xyzygy
@ajamafalous said:

" @xyzygy said:

" Can't they just patch these technical issues? And if so, wouldn't this review be kind of misleading if, in the future, they do patch the issues? "

What are you, goddamn Fable 3 Defense Force? "
No, I'm just curious about this. A lot of people seem to be complaining about this (even though 95% of them are just basing it off the review and haven't played it for themselves), so I'm just wondering if a patch could solve the bugs. I mean, thats one of the reasons patches exist, right?
Posted by FoolishChaos

If the technical complaints are akin to jeffs complaining about Fallout: New Vegas's bugs, then I think I will bite the bullet.  

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

Sad, but totally what i expected. The franchise has been getting worse with time. I might rent it to experience the good bits, but I really didn't like Fable 2 beyond the charm, so who knows.

Posted by Akeldama
@xyzygy: You are fighting a battle you cant win. People like to sensationalize these "low" scores and any attempt at defending it will make you look like a fanboy to them. Let the sheep do as they please.  
 
Also, this game looks terrible as far as visuals go.
Posted by Sinkwater

The teleporting to your menu thing sounds hella tedious.

Posted by RsistncE

LOL

Posted by TwoOneFive

damn. i never liked this series, never was interested in it. 

Posted by Maclintok

Marquee holiday title (of an establish franchise) gets taken down a notch. I am a bit surprised since I thought Fable 2 was very unique for what it tried to do in the console RPG space.  Sad to hear Lionhead has continued to ignore its UI designers, or simply does not hire the good ones. 
 
Anyway, good of an excuse as any for gamers to take a chance of some new IP this season.

Posted by sizu

I love how people are commenting on a review without playing the game. 
 
Ultimately a review is a single person's opinion of a game so don't let it spoil the enjoyment you get from the title.  One thing about Fable II. and Fable III is that I always thing that some of the humour must be missed by non Brits.  The use of British local accents to increase the humour  e.g. the glaswegian gargoyles must be missed. 
 
I managed to get fable III early yesterday and it is a good game.  So far for me it feels, quality wise, to be similar to Fable II.  3/5, or the 6/10 that this really equates to is slightly harsh and just another example of why I wish the guys would use a 10 point system for their reviews.  The 5 pointer is the only thing I don't like about the site.

Posted by Dan_CiTi

I guess I am sticking with New Vegas, the new RDR stuff and Super SFIV for now. 

Posted by Utiow21

Man, that's a shame. Molyneaux's idea of making things simple and intuitive often has the opposite result from my experiences, and it seems like that was certainly the case here. I'll wait until a few more reviews drop though

Edited by lokilaufey

 Fable's good features bogged down by weird design decisions? Who would have thought?! Not like that's new for the series. Granted, I was hoping they'd try harder not to do that this time but...looks like they didn't. 
 
And before someone lumps me in with "OMG I HAET IT BECAUSE OF >ONE REVIEW< OMG." accusations... I want to like Fable games, I really do. But I just can't and I was hoping this would change things, but clearly it didn't. Brad had legitimate issues with the things I know for a fact would ruin the game for me, and I trust his opinion. I really like the charm of the games but at some point they just stop being fun to play and I don't bother finishing them. I don't think I'm even going to waste my time with this one.  I'm not made out of money, so I'd rather spend that $60 or so on something I know I have a much larger chance of enjoying and finishing.

Posted by spiceninja
@xyzygy said:
" @ajamafalous said:

" @xyzygy said:

" Can't they just patch these technical issues? And if so, wouldn't this review be kind of misleading if, in the future, they do patch the issues? "

What are you, goddamn Fable 3 Defense Force? "
No, I'm just curious about this. A lot of people seem to be complaining about this (even though 95% of them are just basing it off the review and haven't played it for themselves), so I'm just wondering if a patch could solve the bugs. I mean, thats one of the reasons patches exist, right? "
You don't review games on what they will be like 20 years from now. You review what will be in stores tomorrow.
Posted by Deathpooky

It's sad that I almost enjoy reading the comment wars beneath a review as much as finding out what the GB crew thought about a game.  People who already decided whether they were or were not going to preorder a game arguing at one another.  High comedy. 
 
Making the interface more simplified yet more cumbersome seems pretty terrible.  I always wonder how people can screw up something as simple, yet important, as interface in an RPG.  It happens in so many games and is always terribly detrimental to the experience. 
 
The narrative complaints I can see, though I recall Fable II also was packed with point of no return type moments that kind of jumped out at you, and strange parts that seemed disconnected. 
 
Probably will wait for this one to drop in price, then maybe pick it up if I have extra time.  I imagine the "Fable" label means it will go platinum sometime.

Posted by SuperSambo
@xyzygy said:
" Can't they just patch these technical issues? And if so, wouldn't this review be kind of misleading if, in the future, they do patch the issues? "
Yes then can patch issues, but what do you want to happen? He is reviewing the game that is in front of him, not what it could potentially become. Use your brain before you start typing.
Edited by lokilaufey
@Deathpooky said:

" It's sad that I almost enjoy reading the comment wars beneath a review as much as finding out what the GB crew thought about a game.  People who already decided whether they were or were not going to preorder a game arguing at one another.  High comedy.

Isn't this always the best part of any review?  
 
Well, other than the review itself of course. But still...comment wars = hilariousss.
Posted by JaredA

Hmm... I thought for sure this was gonna get a better score. Oh well, I will still buy it!

Posted by gunslingerNZ

I still hope this comes to the PC, since Fable has me genuinely intrigued. Looks like it's not worth paying full price though.

Posted by Detrian
How could they cock up such a brainless, repetitive game?
A fitting title for such a mediocre series surrounded by hype and fantasy.
Posted by computerandy9

I have played through th first 5 hours and so far i have enjoyed the game although i do agree with brad, i do feel rushed so far even before the game changing bit at the end, i feel lost in this world in comparison to fable 1 and 2, it feels abnormal. And yes there are definitely some major glitches like when your trying to do a job and it appears to lag so you miss all the button presses, this may be just my xbox (doubt it) but yeah i wish they would spend more time to polish the game...

Posted by TheChaos

Glad I'll be getting this on PC when all the kinks are worked out.

Posted by selfconfessedcynic

Hm - unexpected, but a well presented argument nonetheless. 
 
Thanks Brad - gives me something to mull over as I play through it (is installing right now - hope I don't get that fall-through-floor error).

Posted by Detrian
@PlasmaBeam44 said:
" @xyzygy said:
" @ajamafalous said:

" @xyzygy said:

" Can't they just patch these technical issues? And if so, wouldn't this review be kind of misleading if, in the future, they do patch the issues? "

What are you, goddamn Fable 3 Defense Force? "
No, I'm just curious about this. A lot of people seem to be complaining about this (even though 95% of them are just basing it off the review and haven't played it for themselves), so I'm just wondering if a patch could solve the bugs. I mean, thats one of the reasons patches exist, right? "
You don't review games on what they will be like 20 years from now. You review what will be in stores tomorrow. "
Remember Fable III for what it was meant to be and not what it was.
Posted by None

I'll probably get it, but some of those new game mechanics sound annoying. Oh well, we'll see.

Posted by Wrighteous86

Meh, I'm over Fable.

Posted by guthwulf

So Fable didn't deliver what Molyneux promised? That's a first.... Oh wait.

Posted by ozzdog12

That a good score for the Fable franchise as a whole imo

Posted by SockLobster
@sizu:  5 star rating systems are much more efficient than 10. It equates to a 6 or 7 out of 10 because Giantbomb don't use half stars. I'm probably still gonna pick up Fable 3.
Posted by Besetment

I find it baffling how many people are disagreeing with the review of a game based on other reviews of the same game. Are they trying to justify a pre-order or something? Do they not know how reviews work? You read them, and then you form your own opinion. This is why reviews should not have score systems, but always will.

Posted by DostoyevskysShamblingCorpse

Fable 2 was a really good game with some really endearing and really annoying quirks.  With all the changes they were implementing it was clear #3 would be either the penultimate entry in the series or a mess. Sorry to see it seems like the latter. Will still pick this up, just not right away.

Posted by takua108

Oh shit! Three stars? Man! I was hoping this would get a better review than New Vegas, because, having played Fallout 3 and not really wanting a buggier one of those right now compared to having never played a Fable game, I could've really gone for one of these right now.

Posted by FMinus

Laugh, Peter failed yet again to deliver.  
  
I think it about time for him to go back and make another Dungeon Keeper, though I'm afraid he might fail at that too, with his over-the-top ideas, which sound nice in theory but fail in practice usually. 

Posted by Tordah

Is there any game being released these days that does NOT have major technical issues?

Posted by Catarrhal

This series was at its best when it was called Project Ego. Interesting review nonetheless…

Posted by zarice

nice giantbomb 2nd lowest review score on metacritic... brad ur wrong babe it shouldve been a 4/5.

Posted by MjHealy

Dammit Fable! Might pick up Rock Band instead now.

Posted by Underachiever007

I fully admit that I was not expecting that score.

Posted by DAAANNNN69

Sounds like it's the same as Fable 2 in the sence that I loved Fable 2 until the end then never picked it up again, a rental perhaps....
Posted by MachoFantastico

Not sure about picking this up, I love the humour and the setting but it doesn't sound particularly fun to play. 

Posted by PeasForFees
@Detrian said:
" @PlasmaBeam44 said:
" @xyzygy said:
" @ajamafalous said:

" @xyzygy said:

" Can't they just patch these technical issues? And if so, wouldn't this review be kind of misleading if, in the future, they do patch the issues? "

What are you, goddamn Fable 3 Defense Force? "
No, I'm just curious about this. A lot of people seem to be complaining about this (even though 95% of them are just basing it off the review and haven't played it for themselves), so I'm just wondering if a patch could solve the bugs. I mean, thats one of the reasons patches exist, right? "
You don't review games on what they will be like 20 years from now. You review what will be in stores tomorrow. "
Remember Fable III for what it was meant to be and not what it was. "
Bravo
Posted by PirateNeal
@Besetment said:
" I find it baffling how many people are disagreeing with the review of a game based on other reviews of the same game. Are they trying to justify a pre-order or something? Do they not know how reviews work? You read them, and then you form your own opinion. This is why reviews should not have score systems, but always will. "
I wish i could thumbs up this comment or something
Posted by Nictel
@zarice said:
" nice giantbomb 2nd lowest review score on metacritic... brad ur wrong babe it shouldve been a 4/5. "
 
I hope you're joking but I fear you're not so enjoy jumping off that bridge when everyone else does it. Cause you know; so many people can't be wrong!
Posted by Simmse
@zarice said:

" nice giantbomb 2nd lowest review score on metacritic... brad ur wrong babe it shouldve been a 4/5. "

 @zarice:  Because Brad's opinion isn't the same as some of the other metacritic review's that means it's wrong? 
The only words i can think to describe you right now is biased dumbass, especially since you reviewed fable 3 and copy pasted it's so good buy it now over 10 times.
Posted by CptBedlam

Very insightful review. Thanks Brad.
 
I can totally relate to many of the points you made. The hub level for managing stuff sounds awful and I hate it too when the player is pushed into an endgame from which there is no return without a warning beforehand.