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    Fable III

    Game » consists of 16 releases. Released Oct 26, 2010

    The third game in the Fable series sets you with the task of overthrowing your own brother, the tyrant ruler of Albion, as the kingdom enters the industrial era.

    chaossebba's Fable III (Xbox 360) review

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    Trouble in the land of Albion

    I really wanted to like Fable 3, I really did. As much as I liked Fable 1 and even liked alot of Fable 2, I couldn't bring myself to bring up the same amount of liking towards this game for a couple of reasons.

    But I should say that not everything about this game put me off:
    First of all I should say the writing and voice-acting along with the music are excellent. The dialogue is funny, the writing is good and it all sounds very authentic. And who doesn't like John Cleese voicing their butler!
    Second of all, there were some interesting design decisions: the traditional start menu has been replaced by a sort of hub, where each room is used for either clothing, weaponry, achievements, options, and map. But while it all looks very neat, I always found the traditional menu to be alot more functional then the new one, as it takes longer to get to where I want.
    Sadly a game can't stand on neat writing and interesting design alone:
    I've ran into multiple cases where I teleported somewhere for a quest and the area didn't even load in, and I was looking at this weird hell of half-loaded textures up to one point where I thought my xbox was dying.
    Second gripe I had is that I feel the combat has changed about 0.5% from Fable 2. It's still quite monotonous button mashing mixed in with a couple of magic and gunshot blasts for hitting the further away targets.
    Then there's just overall jankiness: there were parts of the game where the breadcrumb trail (The little glowpath that shows the path to your next objective) would simply not work and point me straight into a wall, also the mechanic where you have to impress the villagers makes a return from fable 2, however this time you can only impress one villager at a time, instead of Fable 2 where you could impress a whole group of villagers at once, making this alot more tedious then it should be.
    ESPECIALLY if impressing a villager gives you a Guild Seal (read: Upgrade points).
    Man's best friend also makes a return and tells you where to find treasure and dig spots like before, but sometimes he takes a REALLY long time to get to where the actual digspot is, which is kind of annoying as well.
    Bottom line is that Fable 3 is riddled with awkward decisions, some interesting, some annoying. But if you can manage to look past most of the issues listed above, there's still an interesting game here for you to enjoy, although perhaps not for everyone.

    Other reviews for Fable III (Xbox 360)

      A Broken Game in a Beautiful World 0

      It’s been about 50 years since your father (the Hero of Fable II) defeated Lucien and became King of Albion. While the billowing smokestacks of Bowerstone’s industrial district indicate much has changed in the past five decades, many things have also stayed the same; for instance, it’s still acceptable to start a conversation with a stranger by clucking like a chicken or farting in their face. The protagonist of Fable III is the youngest son of the former king, who at the beginning of th...

      14 out of 14 found this review helpful.

      Fable III Review 0

      By -- Richard JacklinDecisions, decisions, decisions. Fable III is game that is completely built around decision making. Although this is the first Fable game I have played, I've come to understand that the entire series is focused on decision making. My first decision with Fable III was whether or not I wanted to start the series with the third game, but I can tell you that doing so was a good decision for me. Fable III is a light-hearted, but intense action RPG that takes you by the hand and n...

      5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

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