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Fable III : Review

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Game Information

Developer : Lionhead Studios

Platform : Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

Genre : Action Role-Playing, Open World

Release Date : 26th October 2010

Rating : 12+

 

Plot

 

Fable III is set 50 years after the events of Fable II. The game is set on the fictional continent of Albion, which is entering the age of industry. The King/Queen, the hero/player character of Fable II, has died and left the Kingdom of Albion to their son, Logan, the player's older brother. Some NPCs allude to how Logan has "changed" in the last four years of his rule, becoming excessively tyrannical. The player begins the game investigating rumours that Logan had a citizen of Albion executed, causing a group of citizens to protest. After the player character intervenes, Logan presents the player with the first of the game's numerous moral choices. The player is tasked with deciding whether the group of protesters are executed, or whether the player's love-interest is executed instead. Following the decision, the player escapes Logan's castle along with their mentor, Sir Walter Beck and their butler, Jasper.

The player then, at the behest of Theresa , the enigmatic Seeress of the Spire, starts to gather allies to aid in a revolution against Logan. The allies they gain include Sabine (, the leader of the "Dwellers," a nomadic community that lives in the mountains; Major Swift and Ben Finn ( from the Royal Army in command of a remote fort; Page (, the leader of the "Bowerstone Resistance"; and Kalin, the leader of Aurora, a desert land across the ocean. When attempting to gain the support of Kalin, the hero learns that a creature called the "Crawler, ruler of the Darkness," the forces of the Darkness which have already devastated Aurora, intends to exterminate all life in the Kingdom of Albion. It is revealed that Logan's reason for treating his people so harshly is to raise money for an army to defend against the Crawler.

The player then leads a coup d'etat and becomes the King/Queen, at which point the player is given the choice to keep the promises made to those who aided in the revolution at great expense to the treasury, or betray those promises in order to raise money for the defense of Albion through industrialization and using natural resources. The choices made help decide the hero's fate as a good or evil ruler. The player can also utilize the treasury money for personal purposes, or transfer personal money from the player's own supply to the treasury.

If the player chooses to be a "great" ruler, the treasury will be vastly drained and the only way the player can offset this is by transferring several million gold from their personal funds to the treasury. With 6,500,000 gold in the treasury at the time of the Crawler attack, the player will be able to fully fund an army that can successfully defend the entire kingdom. With no money in the treasury and thus no army to defend Albion, the civilian casualties inflicted by the Crawler's attack amount to 6,500,000. If this happens, the world will be largely absent of civilians upon completion of the main quest. If the player passes lots of time by sleeping, working and increasing the royal treasure income significantly, plebeians will start to return. If the player was a benevolent leader but lost large sums of civilians, many citizens who return will still praise the player. However if the player raises money to fund the army through exploitation or tom-foolery, then they will be hated regardless of whether the kingdom was saved. The player can also take on the extreme evil morph. Also, it is possible to both raise funds for an army and be a benevolent ruler(in this case the player must donate his/her personal gold to the treasury until the debt is paid and the amount of 6,500,000 gold is put together), this results in the player monarch being loved by the entire kingdom and no civilian casualties.

 

Online/Co-op

 

You're given plenty of ways of finding someone to play with: you can invite a friend, hop into a quick match, or just scan the map in your Sanctuary for the glowing orbs that represent other people playing online. Highlight an orb with your magnifying glass, hit a button, and in mere moments you and your dog have joined someone's game. It's a pleasingly painless affair.

Once you find someone to play with, the most fun thing to do is go out and kill stuff, which isn't surprising given the weaponry strapped to your back. You have to stick to the same zone, but you can get as far apart from each other as the area's boundaries will allow. The feeling of freedom it affords is very much appreciated after the constricting nature of Fable 2's co-op, as is your ability to play as your actual character, as opposed to some random hired help. You'll earn plenty of experience and money by adventuring with your friend, which makes it not only fun but also worth your while.

Fable 3 makes much of the fact that you can go into business with your online pal, marry them and even have kids with them, but it's all a bit anticlimactic. I expected the business ventures to involve some amount of haggling or negotiation, but they came down to little more than "Do you want to do this?" and hitting a button. Proposing marriage was only slightly more involved: You need to be able to buy houses in order to get married, but after that it just comes down to your intended reviewing a list of your assets and saying "yea" or "nay". Actually, the option is "Reject and Kick," which is at least a little amusing. Even divorce is drama free - just hit the B button and you're a swinging single yet again.

 

Pictures

 

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Rating

 

Fable III is definitely a step up from Fable II, but there are still a few bugs here and there, but overall a great game.

8/10

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great review looks like a fun game.

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Good review, but this game sucks comapared to Fable 1 and Fable 2. Fable 3 by far the worst and has been that since its release.

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Good review, but this game sucks comapared to Fable 1 and Fable 2. Fable 3 by far the worst and has been that since its release.

Thats your opinion, Fable 2 was an amazing game but far to buggy for me.

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Put pictures in a spoiler and center them all. Will look better :)

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