If you have played Fable 1 & 2, then you probably don’t need a review to let you know that Fable 3 is just as good if not better than the original games! It has the same high standard of graphics, a decent game play, good sound and much the same hack and slay feel to it – so you should be right at home. However, if you’re new to the Fable Series then you may want to read on, especially if you’re a hardened role playing game (RPG) fan, especially one whose played Dragon Age or Divinity 2, then you might want to read on……
Fable 3 joins the trend within modern RPG games and has many moral choices that will change the game as you play. This isn’t as complex as some of the recent games like Dragon Age, but does add an intriguing and often difficult element to the game. The game is still essentially more of a hack and slash type RPG than a more strategic game, but the elements of having to take over and ultimately run a country add an uniqueness not found in the majority of RPG games.
The storyline is perhaps the best of the Fable series, and with far better narrative, you do feel more a ‘part’ of the world than you have before; in previous Fable games I felt somewhat disconnected from the world – in Fable 3 your decisions have an impact, so you are immersed far more deeply into the land, and really feel you have an impact on the denizens and citizens of the country.
The graphics are still good, nothing special, but good enough to convey an atmospheric world on most decent PCs – there are some glitches that are more funny than annoying though, but I’m assuming a patch or two will fix these over time.
The sound is much improved, with far better voice acting – probably down to some of the ‘stars’ that are voicing some of the major characters in the game.
One annoying feature of the previous games was the fact that you had to run all over the country as you performed tasks, and while you can still do this, you now can ‘short cut’ to some of the locations around the world – making it less onerous to play – now there are some pretty vast areas, that are quite ‘beautiful’ so you may miss out on some of the scenery, but overall you’re not going to lose out on the game play elements.
One of the biggest changes in the game, and one I’m still not quite sure about is how the social aspects of the game seem more important – you gain ‘progress’ by performing quests or by ‘impressing’ people – as you progress you get access to chests that allow you to upgrade weapons and social skills – so to a certain extent you’ll find yourself making hard choices as social skills have an impact on your ultimate progression! This just seems a little fake to me – how do social skills make me better with a sword? Well it is what it is!
Overall this is a good game that is strangely addictive. It is more for the average gamer who likes to ‘tamper’ with RPG games and really won’t please a true RPG fan who likes the complexity and ‘statistical’ involvement of a game like Dragon Age. It’s definitely an improvement over the previous Fable games though, and has a few innovative new ideas to go along with the tried and tested formula – it also has more re-playability value with the moral choices you are faced with.
You return to the continent of Albion fifty years after the events of Fable 2. Your brother is King, but is a tyrant – you, as the Prince are forced to take up a rebellious quest and remove your brother before he can do too much damage to the kingdom.
Once you eventually dispose of the King, you are then faced with the task of running the country….
Ok so it’s a little more involved than that, but you get the idea…….
Stars in the game
The voice acting has definitely improved in this game, and it’s down to the stars that are in the game:
Jasper the Butler – John Cleese
Reaver – Stephen Fry
Logan – Michael Fassbender
King of Mist Peak – Sir Ben Kinglesy
Sir Walter Beck – Bernard Hill
Theresa – Zoe Wanamaker
Like the previous games, there is a lot of walking, bashing and questing involved in the game – there are many dangerous creatures to encounter and with your burgeoning skills and magic you’ll soon be exploring and enjoying the game. However, there’s much more to this game than simple hack and slaying – here are some of the key elements of Fable 3:
* Now that you are king, your Family members will be pestering you trying to get favors; castles will need maintaining and upgrading so that you (and they) can have a Kingly life style.
* Now that you are King, your days of simple adventuring are over – you still get to adventure of course, but now some of the decisions you make as king will really have an impact on the world – you have to deal with crime, poverty and even taxation!
* Your actions not only change your appearance, but they can even change the appearance of the land! If you ignore poverty, then this will be evident in the land etc.
* Menus – where’d they go! The game is far more intuitive, and while there are ‘menus’ in a way, you get to interact with the world a lot more!
This game is definitely not for everyone, and many hardened RPGers will consider it childish – but it is a good game that builds on the franchise and is strangely addictive. There’s plenty to do, a huge smattering of humor and some really nice touches to make this a game well worth the $50 or so you’ll pay for it.