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Fable 3: Review and Opinion

Discussion in 'Gamer's Hub' started by Ken-E, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. Ken-E

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    Fable 3 is been out last year, I made a review in Gamespot and decided to share it here. I would also like some other opinions or reviews about the game since there are plenty of mixed reactions when it released. And also, I give the game 8/10.


    The Review

    The Good:
    *Plenty of funny moments and the humor is much funnier than the past games.
    *Same gorgeous and charming graphics but with much improved character modeling for the people in Fable 3, for example, villagers are much more prettier than Fable 2 and your Hero is much more good looking than the past games.
    *Widely expand areas to explore and its dripping with awe and beauty, with so much areas added in Fable 3, there will be plenty of exploration needed to be done to unlock hidden secrets. While having some familiar areas from Fable 2 and introducing a new wide range area to explore in Fable 3. Also, it introduces a nation also known as Aurora, it really helps to create a new addition to the series and it allows us to know that Albion isn't just going to be a one lonely nation.
    *Spell weaving is a welcome addition to the Fable series. Weaving spells using the new gauntlet systems allows you to equipped two different elements of spells and enables you to cast a more devastating combos, its pretty cool. The gauntlets is also a promising addition.
    *Emphasize on 3D interaction is a very artistic touch, whenever you're going to buy something, items are bought and sell with 3D images. The Sanctuary on the other hand is an effective addition, rather spending your time dressing your character on a 2D interface, you'll get to choose around a 3D wardrobe, aside from that, changing clothes is much faster than its predecessor's 3 seconds pause before changing.
    *Gorgeous artistic clothes and dresses to wear.
    *Brutal cinematic finishers keeps combat entertaining.
    *Marriage system is improved, allowing you to choose a wedding ceremony, for your would-be spouse.
    *Most quests are good, funny, and entertaining.
    *Weapons constantly evolves into a greater and lighter side or on the evil and bloody side. It really helps to determine on what are you doing with your weapons and its pretty cool.
    *Weapons have unlockable traits that would further boosts its performance though it'll be requiring you to do something.
    *High replay value, really encourages you to create and choose different choices along your journey.
    *Superb voice casts keeps the Fable charm lively great and keep things funny.
    *Some interesting enemy from Aurora is a favorable addition.
    *Online play and marriage keeps things very interesting, allowing you to bear a child with another player on Live. They didn't scrapped the local co-op play that allows you to use your own character rather than being a henchman, it seem to be good but still slows down progression.
    *Stature and body build is much lighter keeping your character in a more decent perspective, no more Hulk or She-Hulk body build!


    The Bad:
    *The plot is bottom line weak and predictable. The story was already spoiled and said during the interviews, it goes like: "Your a rebel prince/princess that would start a rebellion to overthrow your king brother and then you'll step up to the throne and be king/queen.", its a simple children's fairytale that has some unsurprising twists in the near end game.
    *Touch expression is a great addition but didn't live to its full potential, it isn't very complex as it should be and doesn't really allows you to choose which expression you'll choose as random expressions only pops up to your screen, you'll eventually end up dancing man-to-man and kissing his hands, that's not cool!
    *Over hyped and plenty of broken promises keeps the game a disappointing sequel.
    *Weaker RPG elements makes Fable 3 undeserving to received an "action adventure-rpg" title. Seriously, the 4 elements of experiences were scrapped making you to rely on one source of experience, its a great simplified touch but then again it forgets the Fable we used to play. Other than that, if you're going to "level-up" or just simply improve your skills. You'll be teleported on a weird one way road with chests, a chest requires guild seals in order to be unlock, guild seals are your new XP, the reward for unlocking it is an upgrade for your weapons, new spell gauntlets additional expressions, or a new capability for example Marriage. This new feature feels lost and doesn't feel the magic of any RPG game I used to play. I personally like the xp system during Fable 1 and 2.
    *Button mashing combat gets tedious and easy. The penalty is still the body scarring that makes you little bit uglier and you'll lose one circle of a guild seal. Penalty system is rather weak and doesn't feel like a penalty at all. Aside from that a new regen system was implemented, your life goes like Call of Duty, Gears of War and other shooter games, you'll be noticing a flashing red on your screen and will tell you to dodge and wait to regenerate, eventually this keep things alot easier, you'll be just jumping around until you regenerate like Wolverine, it doesn't feel right, this system only works on shooter games.
    *Disappointing and over hyped King/Queen section, once you are to be declared a ruler, you'll be facing rather frustrating and irreversible choices than challenging ones. Being the ruler of Albion isn't all to be crank up to be, especially when a villager orders you to do some crap fetch assignments and forgetting to say "milord" or "milady" and I was expecting that if you want to marry someone, you could simply order him/her to marry you like full authority in the entire nations, governing Albion and plundering its riches but its not a dream come true. Eventually, the King/Queen section ends after you fend of the threat that will decimate your nation. Well, at least being the ruler allows you kill anybody and the guards won't stop you from doing so.
    *The connection to Fable 1 seems to drift away including the story about Heroes and magic. It just feels badly different and amiss.
    *Scrapped interface goes terribly wrong, you can't see if your gaining morality points and its just a pain.
    *Very few technical problems tend to hinder plot progression.
    *Moral impact and consequences is much weaker until you reach the King/Queen section.
    *Plot characters are highly detailed however you don't get to know them much and there are no emotional connection between you and them, this goes same to your dog, he only follows you around and barks if he found something, it feels your dog doesn't goes to the plot, your dog is different from Fable 2.
    *A huge missed opportunity to import your saved file from Fable 2, we were suppose to shape Albion's future to our willingness and make a history of glorious Hero from Fable 2 but then again its not a dream come true.
    *They didn't scrapped the local co-op play that allows you to use your own character rather than being a henchman, it seem to be good but still slows down progression.
    *Less rewarding for unlocking secrets.
    *Weapons are greatly reduced leaving only 2 melee and range weapons, a sword and a hammer and a pistol and a rifle.
    *While adding a new nation, Aurora, its a very interesting touch however you don't get to explore it too much and it is much smaller than Albion.
    *Plenty of unnecessary simplifications distracts the beauty of Fable 3.


    The Final Verdict:
    Fable 3 is definitely over hyped and left plenty broken promises keeps this game a bad sequel but its still solely colorful and a great game.
     
  2. The_wand_mirror

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    I did play it but it couldn't interest me anymore beyond some point. I guess there weren't enough numbers and loot thingies and stuff =p
     
  3. Nudl9

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    8/10, are you serious?
    Every Fable game has been even shittier than the last and the 2nd game were absolutely terrible.
    So much for Peter Molyneux's vision of the greatest rpg.
     
  4. Joe-black-5

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    Amen.
    I'd give it a 3/10 MAX and that is me being generous.
     
  5. The_wand_mirror

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    I understand what fable is trying to do but they need to make it more complicated instead of going casual to make it more intresting for me.
     
  6. AlexDragon1111

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    Well I bought the game too. It's interesting I guess. Here's my review

    Pros
    - Voice acting
    - The humor
    - Artistic direction ( artworks, graphics .etc)

    Cons
    - Too easy
    - Gaining money is a piece of cake

    Last words:
    Nice, funny but offers no real threat. Oh, and did I mention that in this game you cannot die? One word: LOL!

    From a scale to 1 and 10:
    7.5/10

    Alternative: I'd say The Witcher 2.
     
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  7. Adiktuz

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    I love the new gameplay but I hate what they did to the battle system...
     
  8. fWinifred

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    Thanks for the review, Ken-E!
    Very helpful to me. I actually loved the first two prequels of Fable and didn't have a chance to play Fable 3 yet.
    AlexDragon1111 isn't it possible to change the difficulty to make it a bit harder to play?
     
  9. Geazergimli2

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSaw85bliyQ

    basiclly all the reasons why i hate fable 3 also ^^, but TBH.. the only good fable game (to me) is definitely the first one... by a light year!
     
  10. AlexDragon1111

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    They actually made Hardcore mode for us PC gamers and for me that's a plus. The enemies have improved A.I, you take more damage and you don't regenerate health.
     
  11. Aeroblyctos

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    I played the game like 30 minutes and then got bored.

    I however liked Fable 1, it wasn't anything superb, but still good enough to play it through. I haven't played 2 because it wasn't made for PC.
     
  12. brad.dude03

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    I have never bothered with the third one, and these horrible reviews are a big reason why. Nothing in the series will be as good as the first one, for me, and that's a game that arguably has some pretty big flaws (I don't mind them, it's near-perfect imo).

    The second one, while correcting a lot of the flaws of the first, just didn't have that same charm, or engrossing story as the first. There was just something about it that separates it from other games for me- I STILL go back and play it every year, and The Lost Chapters is 8 years old this year, the original Fable 9.

    All I've heard about Fable III is that it's an even bigger departure from the origins of the series (awesome RPGs with engaging plot, good quests, perfect music, and an atmosphere that simply cannot be replicated) in order to make it more like a weird-ass kingdom building sim game or something. I don't even know.

    It's a shame they don't make good casual rpgs like Fable anymore- I knew so many non-gamers that absolutely loved that game.