Fable II was great but the worst issue was the interface, to hear it hasn't been improved is a bummer.
After reading the review, it doesn't sound like a 3 star game...
While I do appreciate reviews, people tend to forget that at the end of the day it's an assessment of a product that by it's nature cannot be wholly objective. Every reviewer has their particular likes and dislikes. I don't think a 3/5 is a bad review at all. Sure it's not what I was hoping it would get, but maybe seeing Fable III get rated lower than Fable II across the board will light the fire under Lionhead's arse to do an even better job next time.
Still, having said that, it seems to me like if you're already a fan of the Fable series you'll be quite happy with what you've got in Fable III. If you're not a fan then this probably isn't going to sway your opinion. Seems reasonable to me.
And those that still listen to the hyperbole of Molyneux should really know better by now. Fable is a charming, humorous series that tends to have a lot more experimentation in game design than most games, but also it's share of flaws that come with said experimentation.
Wow, sounds like a wet pile of suck.
Glad I choose Fallout New Vegas over this.
Nice review, still totally excited about Fable III for all the right reasons it seems. It's going to be such a pallet cleanser after 30 solid minutes of dying in SMB.
Though I am dissapointed that the menu system wasn't improved at least it seems they've tried something besides the same boring old menus. I like the paired down interface ideas, but I suppose I'll have to see how it plays...
Damn you Molyneux I'm such a sucker for your fancy Brittish talk!
Edit: Also I love how personal this review is, I may rate the game higher in the end, but only because Fable pulls all my strings in the right way. Enough so that I can have these little blind spots for the poor interface and at times lackluster motivation in the story.
The butt-hurt wrought by 3/5 star reviews never ceases to amaze me. Keep the douche-baggery going, ye fools.
Its only rough around the edges for people who are too lazy to learn how to do something on their own. Crap review.
well i can see this review is going over well...
No Protos in it hence the 3 stars!
God damn you Lionhead...These are some pretty stupid choices.
Fable III out of V
What's the point in having a 5 point scale if people are going to think that actually using the entire 5 points of the scale is somehow a controversial decision?
Also, when did 3 out of 5 become a bad game?
I find it sad the amount of people in these comments unable to think on their own and rely solely on one semi negative review. Me on the other hand, will be getting this game after work today and judging the game by my own experience rather than solely the words of others.
Very good review though! I'm more so excited with the amazing cast involved in this game. John Cleese and Stephen Fry just to name a couple! This game does sound more complicated than the last which is good, as I loved Fable 2 (Fable 1 is still on my to do list). Fable 2 I found very easy to go through though at the same time humorous and an all around fun game to play. I look forward to 3!
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Very surprised by the rating but overall a very well-done review. It's a bummer to see a game's interface be the cause of so many issues. Feels like that's a thing which could have been so easily fixed.
Fantastically indepth review Brad! :D
This review bummed me out about the game but after reading some more reviews it seems that most are giving it 4/5 ish scores. Still going to pick this up when it comes out here in the UK. (UK gets a British made game after America AND Japan. What the blue canadians)
" I find it sad the amount of people in these comments unable to think on their own and rely solely on one semi negative review. Me on the other hand, will be getting this game after work today and judging the game by my own experience rather than solely the words of others. Very good review though! I'm more so excited with the amazing cast involved in this game. John Cleese and Stephen Fry just to name a couple! This game does sound more complicated than the last which is good, as I loved Fable 2 (Fable 1 is still on my to do list). Fable 2 I found very easy to go through though at the same time humorous and an all around fun game to play. I look forward to 3! "I could listen to them narrate a Twilight novel and would probably love it...
Mr.Peter is the one responsible for the words he spouts. You and I however are either going to enjoy his games or not.
" @Death_Burnout: Really? Like how Mr. Molyneux kept talking about how fleshed out the coop was? How Fable II was going to "revolutionize" gaming. At the end of the day the coop was just as 1/2 assed as the rest of the game. BUT.. BUT AT LEAST YOU CAN FART "
Not too surprising.
They should start on a fresh, new franchise...
That sucks Brad started the ending sequence too early, I wonder if the average gamer playing it after it comes out and people are talking about it online will have that problem, is there a way to do all the side quests first? One buggy enemy in the floor situation is usually forgivable but if that is your only way to load from 20 hours of playing that is almost Dead Rising 1 bad. Does Dpad up really not do anything else? i could understand if it was context sensitive so you could do more stuff but if its just for the map and disabled that's lame. I'll probably still get the game because I liked Fable 2.
I would also like to point out that Game Informer gave the game a solid review of 9.0
I've always liked this series, but looks like they still have not changed the way they do the end. Autosave + point of no return = sucks. I was really disappointed because of that at the end of fable 2 (I'm sorry I'm just not going to play this game 3-4 times to see each ending from the choices), looks like it may be no different this time.
Wow, that whole interface thing sounds completely retarded.
can't you have 2 saves?
Still buying the hell out of this after new vegas,
Still getting it, but it sucks that Brad didn't enjoy it...
Closing out a game in a satisfactory manner still seems to be the hardest thing to accomplish in game design (even more so than comedy).
A weak ending and interface issues are a surefire way to undermine an otherwise solid game and sour the whole experience. Now a weak ending isn't surprising at all (and especially in this franchise), but the interface issues (if they're as annoying as Brad says) just sound dumb and unforced - there's only so much streamlining you can do before you're removing vital functionality.
Buying this one out of curiosity more than anything.
" What's the point in having a 5 point scale if people are going to think that actually using the entire 5 points of the scale is somehow a controversial decision? Also, when did 3 out of 5 become a bad game? "When people began feeling that they were somehow being attacked by the staff's reviews.
These are all of the problems I had with Fable 2, but I still really enjoyed it. Then again, I bought Fable 2 on sale and I'm probably going to do same thing with this one.
Now, in order to change your clothing or weapons, or look at the map, or check your quest log--to do anything managerial at all, really--your character has to bodily teleport to a small hub level and then physically run up to the wall in your armory to change your weapons out, or over to the map table to view the world map.That seriously sounds like one of the worst design decisions ever. I kind of liked Fable 2, but if inventory management is that cumbersome in 3 I will definitely be passing on this game. What were they thinking?
What? No Quick Look? I want to see the brokenness
" What? No Quick Look? I want to see the brokenness "Quick Look is coming later today, stay tuned.
Oh Molyneux, silly silly Molyneux.
I think I'm gonna give them a few months to patch the technical issues and then I'll pick it up. It's a bit of a bummer to see that the user interface has taken a turn for the worse, but as long as the core gameplay is still intact I can probably look past those problems.
since its not starcraft, Brad will auto default to 3/5
Whoa....really!? Huh...I'll still give it a rent.
Still thinking about trying it, there's a lot here that sounds neat, from the great voice actors to the pseudo steampunk style and clothing options. However, I might wait a bit, I dunno.
I fell for the hype and empty promises of both Fable 1 and 2. Not gonna fall for them again. I think George W. Bush said it best-
"There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again. "
Good review, im going to pick this up tonight after work. I was just kind of curious as to the rating it got (im not saying that is should be higher as i have not played the game yet) because it really surprised me. I mean jeff was talking about how Fallout New Vegas locked up on him like 10-12 times but yet that game got a 4, so is this game really worse that that?
" since its not starcraft, Brad will auto default to 3/5 "What a dumb comment...