Fable II is probably my favourite. I also actually really enjoyed Fable III and never felt like it was terribly worthy of all of the hate it got.
Personally I loved Fable III. I found the story awesome, and the mixture of the powers gave rise to some cool effects. I also loved the world they built.
Fable: The Lost Chapters is a close second though. I loved the twist. I really felt strongly about it.
Haven't played the first, but I loved Fable 2. I can remember spending about 12 hours just messing about in the world, completely ignoring the story. In fact I may have spent the first hour blacksmithing... Fable 3 on the other hand I thought was terribly mediocre and just about every aspect of Fable 2 had taken a step back or was made to be completely redundant. I mean they actually made the social interactions to be even more shallow than they were in Fable 2!
Why did you include 1 and TLC? They're like 90% the same game.
Anyway, 1. Fable is my favorite game on the original Xbox. Fable II was so disappointing by comparison, though it was fine, I guess. It just wasn't anything like the first game.
I bought III on sale on Steam but I haven't played it yet.
Fable 2. It was just an excellent, bizarre, fun game all around. So was Fable 1, but 2 really nailed it for me. 3 ain't half bad either, but it's just so stripped down. Still a great game though.
I'll have to marathon the trilogy some time, and really compare them back to back.
So it looks like TLC or Fable 2 is the way to go.
I'm really trying to give TLC (and with it, the fable franchise) a shot, but I feel like I'm running around aimlessly at the moment. It had an okay opening, but now every time I log in I just end up in some random place that's not even close to where I saved the game so I keep having to run back to where I was, if I even remember where that was, or what I was doing. So far my time with it has been just really confusing. I just feel I'm missing something constantly.
How do I see what mission is part of the "main quest" and make sure I only follow that for a while to get into the story? And how do I buy property and start making some money? Wasn't that a big thing with fable, like you could own stores and you character would make money even if you weren't playing or something...? I dunno.
I really liked Fable, it was a fun world with a lot of lore and world building stuff that I was really into (Jack of Mother Fucking BLADES!) loved what The Lost Chapters added to it (Briar Rose ftw!) and became a die hard fan in Fable 2 (Zombie Lady Gray anyone? How awesome was that quest? And the Chesty quest? And-and-...ah frell it, Imma just go play Fable 2 again) Fable 3...I was really dissapointed by (bought the special limited edition and everything) but I liked some of the world expanion stuff, and had a genuine interest in the lore and mythology that they were bringing in.
I'm anxious to see what Lionhead have planned for the series after The Jounrey (which I didnt bother getting, and just watched the story stuff on youtube)
I like the gameplay of Fable 1 better, the world of Fable 3 better, and the content of Fable 2 better.
Why don't you guys like Fable 3? What was it that turned it from a good game to an horrible one?
The clunky, annoying start menu. Also there wasn't really any travel int he game. teleport to one city then to the next....