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Fable is not an RPG that re-invents the wheel; it is not the groundbreaking RPG that Final Fantasy 7 was, but it is rather fun and brings a welcome level of customisation that the genre has not as much seen before. Primarily the game is an action RPG, and although it is rendered very minor due to its short play time and light tone, it is still an entertaining game even if it will leave you wanting a lot more for your money.
Those looking for an original plot might want to check elsewhere, for it's your typical story of a young boy who grows to become a hero. The only interesting nuance is that you can either be a "good guy" or a "bad guy", indicated by an in-game gauge that tallies the good/bad worth of your actions. This impacts the different scenarios you will be afforded, as well as how cordial the townspeople will be to you. Those wanting something portentous and epic might want to look elsewhere, but it is a nice bit of light, diverting fun nonetheless.
Fable is not a deep game. It relies on simple action, where you are given a quest, run to perform it, sometimes fight a few people, and mostly repeat this for the whole game. There isn't a great deal of freedom to the quests, and the missions are not really very original. However, the game is only about ten hours long if you stick to the main quests, which is both a blessing - in that it means it doesn't get stale with its routine quests - as well as a curse - because there's just not much here.
Visually, this is a great game, but RPG fans who want more substance will not be so satisfied by this.
Every game and movie has a hero, wether good or evil. But how exactly did they end up that way? Well, with Fable, you get to experience this firsthand.
You begin as a child whose family gets killed when his village gets attacked, but what happens next? Well that's up to you. Do you become a noble warrior, vanquishing all evil? Or do you become evil itself; murdering and stealing your way to power? Or do you do a combination of the two?
It's all up to you, but that's really as far as the game goes customisation-wise. You character's appearance and stats change as you do different activities (using magic will give your character white hair, whilst using large weapons will make you muscular), which is worthy of a few runs through the campaign to experience the game differently.
As you adventure through the story you are given moral choices, which affects your standing with certain characters and alters your gameplay experience, although the more evil approach to the game was personally more fun for me.
The combat mechanics are interesting and relatively varied (do you use magic or weapons against certain foes?), but is nothing that hasn't been done before. You basicly pick up a weapon and press the attack button over and over until things die. Your character pulls off combos and interesting animations but it doesn't feel like you were part of the process. It feels very automated and simplistic.
Fable does not live up the hype which surrounded it up until it's release a few years ago. It was entertaining for a few days but became repetitive and was extremely easy to complete.
Worth a rent rather than a purchase.
You start of as a boy who loses his family in Oakvale by bandits. He then gets taken in the guild and is trained to become a hero.
This game offers you the choice of becoming good or evil, much like Lionhead's Black & White, villagers and travelers will either fear you or love you from this. There are several choices in Fable which affects your morality and other events in the future. The game play is very easy to control and the fighting is fun, the graphics are a little rough but they're still decent. The story is very well done and there are quite a few shocking twists in the game. There are other things to keep you busy other than the main story, such as getting married, mini games and demon doors.
The only main criticism is that once you gain access to Northern Bowerstone, it becomes easy to gain money, I got the best armor and weapons easily which put me off playing once I finished the game.
But this game is seriously awesome, I recommend it.
Now this is a diamond in the ruff. Its not the story that makes it, it's what you can do in the game. The story is about a young child in a small town called Oakvill, the town is invaded by bandits and most of you're family get killed. Then you are enrolled into a "Hero's Guild" which is where you train to become a great fighter. Then you must battle oversized Wasp's, Bandits and scary looking Ghosts, for revenge over you're family's death. The graphics are abit tacky and undermade but the what you can do compensates for it, you can choose if you want to commit bad deeds or good deeds, with bad deeds you end up with devil horns and baldness and the good deeds you end up with a halo when you stand still, But that's not the end of it you can make money becoming a landlord, I spent hours killing the villagers to make the houses available for purchasing, then renting them to others. Its not a bad game I was disappointed with the lack of sandbox mode once the game was complete, but if you like games like Final Fantasy then its worth a look.
You start the game as a young boy having to escape from a fire started by bandits who are slaughtering everyone in your village including your parents. Luckily once you escape you're safe and you will then begin your journey.
Your character will age as the game goes on and like in Knights of the Old Republic, your character's appearance will change to reflect your actions. However in Fable it doesn't end there, the world will also change to reflect your actions.
Fable has a sense of humour about it which is quite refreshing in a game of this style. One of the flaws with it however is that once you've completed the missions there's really not a lot you can occupy yourself with. Then there's also the issue of the characters. Whilst you can socialise with the characters, get married etc. there isn't a susbtantial variation in their appearance which is disappointing.
Overall Fable is a very good game. The gameplay is in general quite good, the graphics and sound also good and the light and dark element mean there is some replay value.
I am also a member of Ciao so this review is posted there.
If you havnt tryed this game for the pc yet i strongly recommend giving it a go,its avalible for a few different consoles as well as the pc and although i have completed it i still play it over and over again.
The game can be brought for around the £10.00 mark and it consists or four different discs to load,these dont take very long and you can be ready to play in about 20 minutes depending on your computer.
The game starts with you as a young boy and introduces you to the story with a cmbined tutorial this is a little frustrating especially if you have played before but once your through it you can play as you wish.You can pick what quests you would like to take or just go off and explore and make money,every thing you do effects your stats which can be found on your personality screen it records everything though out the game from how good or bad you have been to the number of times you have had sex!
When you kill a monster it disolves into little balls if u pick these up you get to choose skills and level up as well theres alot to do in the game and also some areas i have never figured out how to unlock.
For the cost of £10.00 this game can provide lots of hours of fun,in fact i think i might download it now and have another go:)
Based on the best-selling award-winning Xbox title Fable, Fable: The Lost Chapters is now fully optimized for the Windows platform complete with expanded content, greater customization, new quests and enhanced graphics. In this groundbreaking role-playing adventure game from Lionhead Studios, your every action determines your character's skills, appearance and morality. Your character's life story is created from childhood through to adulthood and on to old age. Grow from an inexperienced child into the most powerful being in the world, spoken of by all and immortalized in legend. As additional story and side quests await, choose the path of righteousness, or dedicate your life to evil, and see yourself transform into a reflection of your actions and decisions. Age leaves you wizened and battle leaves you scarred as you explore the world of Albion and the plethora of expanded and enhanced content.