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Fable III takes a lot of elements from the previous two Fable games and gives you the Kingdom of Albion to rule over. Has Peter Molyenuex given us the Fable game we always wanted or do some of the changes actually make it worse?
The Fable series has always been one of my favorite games. I've played through the previous versions multiple times. It's not about being good or evil for me, I'm always evil. I just wonder what would have happened sometimes if I were good. Fable III is more of an extension of Fable II, just not as cool.
Graphics in Fable III are top notch and pushes the Xbox 360 to its limits, so much that the game runs at a complete crawl sometimes, it's laughable. The weapon detail and the coloring of the clothes are spot on. Fable III also shows us the most expansive Albion yet in the series, with more land to cover than ever. The characters through out Albion all have sweet costumes and look very cool
Most of the music and sound effects are carried over from the earlier Fable games, which fans will recognize immediately. Something new in this department wouldn't have hurt. The sand area has some new music, which I quite enjoyed.
Gameplay has been completely dumbed down. You can go through the entire game, just holding down the B button and killing everything around with magic. In Fable II, your character changed whether or not you used guns - you would grow tall, if you used magic - your skin would start to break up with blue cracks, and if you meleed a lot - you would become more bulky.
Doesn't happen in Fable III, if you use magic, your tattoos and clothes just glow. I'm extremely disappointed with the combat. I used the gun mostly when I started, because that was my favorite weapon style in Fable II. Fable III has completely removed the headshots or shooting the weapons out of the enemies hands. You just blast them in the chest. Roll and shoot, roll and shoot. Very repetitive and very boring.
The dog to me seemed to be dumb as hell. Countless times I have come across silver keys or treasure chests only to have the dog bark at me when I was standing right next to the item. And the dig spots are the worst, the dog would bark and the icon would pop over his head to let me know that the dig spot was close. So I walk back to the dog where he is barking and then the dog walks back to where I was before he started barking. The dig spots had me constantly back tracking to the dog, just to lead me to the same spot I was already standing in. This feature worked fine in Fable II, I don't know how they could have gone backwards. Unacceptable. Another difference is that the dog would get injured in Fable II - I can't remember if it died, I know he died if you chose to kill him at the end - But in Fable III, the dog is invincible. PETA must have been involved.
Although I have a few negative things to say about Fable III, it is still a very good game. The humor is great and has one of the best list of dialogue lines in the series. I was a female character and I specifically remember one mercenary yelling out "Whoa, look that fun bags on that one." *See Fable III Topless pie making video.
In my Fable III experience with GoukiJones video you get to hear a lot of the dialogue. Especially when I raid the mercenary camp and they all think I'm Jimmy, that's right ... Jimmy.
If you played Fable II, you are familiar with the insulting, trash talking gargoyles. These little stone statues hidden throughout the world that you hunt down. Just one of the many mini-games in Fable that keep you interested. The thing with the Gargoyles or Gnomes in Fable III is that as soon as you get close to one, they start talking trash. I couldn't find a video online of the Gargoyles from Fable II, so I made a video of the Gnomes from Fable III. Who knows, maybe you'll learn a few good insults from them.
Fable III is the glitchiest game of the series. You thought Fallout New Vegas was bad? Fable III is right behind it. During this scene, Walter is about to pass out because of dehydration or the fact that he is fat. The option to hold his hand pops up during the cutscene. I click hold hands and when the cutscene ends, I'm dragging the passed out Walter around like he had too much at the bar and it was time to go. Jimmy!
Co-op is a shining point for Fable III. You can visit your buddies world and he can visit yours. You can even buy items from each others world and if you enter into a business contract you can buy property together. This is great, I love that idea and I'm really happy they added that, it was something I wanted in Fable II. This also includes doing missions and you don't have some cheap version of yourself to take to your friends world, it's actually your character, with your guns and your magic. The co-op gameplay in Fable III is perfect. Except ...
Playing co-op in Fable III is glitchier than playing solo. When I entered my friends world, I would slide along the ground like I was on skates. If I kicked a chicken - I love kicking the chickens - the chicken would just slide along the ground as well. To move to different areas and complete quests you and your friend must be standing next to each other. At first you may not realize this and just walk through a doorway and fall into a bottomless pit. I wish I was recording at this point, because it was unbelievable. I ran through door after my friend and ended up in oblivion, falling forever. If I tapped up on the thumbstick, I would fall out of my weapons, (what I mean is, my weapons would stay floating in mid air and I would fall out of the bottom of the screen.) then fall back into the screen and then just continue fall. Luckily for me I was able to just quit out back into my world. My friend, unfortunately, saved in there and every time he loaded his save game, he would just be in free fall. lol. Jimmy!
Grunt birthday party in Fable III.
The money and economy in the game is irrelevant. As soon as I could by my first property I was making 166 coin every five minutes. So after a few hours, I owned almost every property in the game. Even from areas I hadn't visited yet, thanks to the world map that would allow you to inspect and buy properties from anywhere.
Which reminds of another unique thing I have not seen in other video games. In Fable III when you pause, you would enter a room where you could walk into your closet to change clothes or into your armory to change your weapons. I hated the menus in Fable II, but a menu where I have to walk around wasted just as much time as going back and forth through pages of crap like in Fable II.
Tips and tricks on how to get rich, bet the farm on Two-Wings Timmy at the chicken races. Oh and then BUY the farm.
I've gotten 20 hours of gameplay out of Fable III and I'll probably get another 20 hours. I'd also like to recommend Fable II , which is my favorite in the series. But Fable III is still a great game and one of the best this year. Building your team and getting your followers for the revolution is a great idea. Fable III is the only game where you level up, beat the game and then go on an adventure. I like that idea a lot. I just wish the combat was more like Fable II.
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