Review: Fable 3

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I kinda wish I could play this. Unfortunately, I'm not 17 yet and I don't own an Xbox360.

I WANT IT NAO!!!

Why did I buy the PC version?

Oh yeah, because I don't have an Xbox...

EDIT: Oh and Susan, you spelled Balverine wrong.

Yay. Two awesome buy buggy games to play at once.

Susan Arendt:
Review: Fable 3

Susan Arendt just might kick Peter Molyneux in the shins the next time she sees him.

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Hah! Considering it's Susan... if the Escapist interviews Molyneux in the near future, I want it on video.

I feel like the only person that hated Fable 2. The whole game felt like a thinly veiled fetch quest. For a game that allows such customization of character, you had to follow the rigid confusing story the way they wanted you to.

Big_H:
Did Fable 2 ever come out for the PC? I enjoyed Fable: TLC, but was never able to find Fable 2. I see Fable 3 is up for pre-order on Amazon, so hopefully we'll see it eventually.

Nope, it never surfaced, just like a lot of MGS titles - GoW2(+3), Halo 3(+ODST & Reach), the sequels to Viva Pinata and a couple of others.

That's probably the most positive review I've seen of Fable 3. Like a lot of others here, I'm waiting for the PC version to surface. After D.Toid and Kotaku's reviews, I'm more enthusiastic, but I can't say I'm as enthusiastic as I was pre-reviews.

Elementlmage:
WOW, way to post a review at the closing bell...

Or is this the lifting of the press blackout? It's 12 am where you guys are isn't it?

We schedule most content that gets posted at exact times in advance, so we don't actually have to be awake to press the button. I'm pretty sure the embargo on reviews was lifted at midnight.

Aiddon:
John Cleese is my butler, that's enough for me.

Agreed, Getting this on friday, when its out in the UK.. :D

Susan Arendt:
Review: Fable 3

It's time for a revolution in Fable's Albion. Chicken kicking optional.

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But do I get to avenge the chicken? WHAT ABOUT CHICKEN?

Warnolo:
I'm waiting it patiently to pc.

By the way, any owner can tell me if you can still bulk your hero?

Or how morphing your weapon works?

If you stick to melee weapons, you'll get brawny. (Magic makes you glow and ranged weapons make you tall. Because, you know, that totally makes sense.) Eating the wrong kinds of food will make you fat, while sticking to the good stuff will slim you down.

As for morphing your weapon, it changes based on how you play the game. Stuff like the kinds of things you kill, at what time of day, if you open a lot of chests, buy a lot of real estate - probably if you get a lot of spouses or children, too. While the ordinary weapons will tell you what you need to do in order to upgrade them, what happens to your Hero weapons is a surprise.

Daystar Clarion:
Anyone know if decisions from Fable 2 effect Fable 3? It's just that I lost some of my save data and I can't be arsed to play through Fable 2 again.

The only obvious thing I noticed was that the game correctly identified the gender of my Hero from Fable 2, making references to "my mother" and "the queen." There are definitely some shout outs to events from Fable 2, though - if you played that game, you'll definitely recognize some characters and situations. But I wouldn't worry about redoing your saves, I don't think it has much actual bearing on Fable 3.

Interesting, but to be entirely honest I like being a wizard in fantasy games and I am not too fond of the idea of spellcasting being item based (potions, gauntlets) as opposed to knowlege and innate-abillity based.

It's a conceptual thing, and I guess a small complaint, and I gues it says something if that's the only real gripe I can find after that review.

At any rate my collector's edition is still en-route from Amazon.com, we'll see when it eventually gets here.

pneuma08:
Yeah, between this and Fallout: New Vegas we're seeing a disturbing trend in the Good Game to Bugs ratio.

Still, it's nice to know that the Fable series is getting better with each iteration.

Bugs in New Vegas? Are you playing it on the console? I'm about 40hrs in in the PC version and I haven't come across any bugs thus far..aside from the occasional silly AI walking into walls and such.

Really enjoyed this review. I was pretty sure I was going to buy it before, but this has kinda helped clarify some of the average tasks and quests you go on and just makes me want it more.

I'll be all over this one tonight...I don't expect I'll be getting much sleep over the next few weeks.

this review kinda made me want to play it.

good review.

Susan Arendt:

Warnolo:
I'm waiting it patiently to pc.

By the way, any owner can tell me if you can still bulk your hero?

Or how morphing your weapon works?

If you stick to melee weapons, you'll get brawny. (Magic makes you glow and ranged weapons make you tall. Because, you know, that totally makes sense.) Eating the wrong kinds of food will make you fat, while sticking to the good stuff will slim you down.

As for morphing your weapon, it changes based on how you play the game. Stuff like the kinds of things you kill, at what time of day, if you open a lot of chests, buy a lot of real estate - probably if you get a lot of spouses or children, too. While the ordinary weapons will tell you what you need to do in order to upgrade them, what happens to your Hero weapons is a surprise.

Well, i'm curious about the weapon morphing because i dont know if you only can upgrade some weapons IF they had that option. I mean, it will have a Balverine rune if you kill X Balverines, it will have diamons if you get X gold, and things like that.

It's not out on PC in England till December. :(

best fable yet huh? I don't think it will be better then fable: tlc but I will still buy it.

I'm getting Fable 3 on friday

Dash85:
Goddammit why can't this come out for PS3?!?! Or I win the lottery so I can buy a 360 and/or a better computer.....actually I'd prefer that one, I need money.

No luck here :( I've a monster computer, and I still can't play the game on account of Peter M. not releasing the game for the PC, yet. The release date has been further pushed back to Nov 3rd.

Warnolo:

Susan Arendt:

Warnolo:
I'm waiting it patiently to pc.

By the way, any owner can tell me if you can still bulk your hero?

Or how morphing your weapon works?

If you stick to melee weapons, you'll get brawny. (Magic makes you glow and ranged weapons make you tall. Because, you know, that totally makes sense.) Eating the wrong kinds of food will make you fat, while sticking to the good stuff will slim you down.

As for morphing your weapon, it changes based on how you play the game. Stuff like the kinds of things you kill, at what time of day, if you open a lot of chests, buy a lot of real estate - probably if you get a lot of spouses or children, too. While the ordinary weapons will tell you what you need to do in order to upgrade them, what happens to your Hero weapons is a surprise.

Well, i'm curious about the weapon morphing because i dont know if you only can upgrade some weapons IF they had that option. I mean, it will have a Balverine rune if you kill X Balverines, it will have diamons if you get X gold, and things like that.

The weapons you buy have specific criteria. The Casanova, for example, wants you to kill ugly things, while the Slimquick will make you thinner with each strike. As for your Hero weapons, as far as I know, the same criteria apply to all of them. But you also have to use them. If you kill 300 hobbes with your pistol, for example, your sword doesn't get credit for your having killed 300 hobbes, the pistol does.

Fable 3 is the best Fable yet?

I cannot wait to pick this up for my girlfriend after work - she absolutely adored the 2nd game (she still plays it regularly, what, 3 years after it was released and countless play-throughs).

If the story is as good as it sounds like it is, then I might even play through it this time too.

I can handle a few bugs. So long as they don't completely break the game then all is well.

The new system for making friends does seem a bit tedious though. You mean I can't just fart and chicken dance my way to popularity any more? That was, like 90% of Fable 2 for me.

Hell yes Im getting this!, i mean I was already but still.

If you can collect guild seals, does that mean that the Heroes' Guild is back?

Big_H:
Did Fable 2 ever come out for the PC? I enjoyed Fable: TLC, but was never able to find Fable 2.

No, it didn't. I was not happy with Microsoft when they did that to us.

Holy shit, that actually looks... fun!

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!
Molyneux finally did something fairly right!

Right, i am sold! :D

I'll have to pick this up once I get money again. Recent purchase of a new car is really bringing me down. Hopefully I'll see Albion sooner rather then later.

Too bad Americans get to play this game earlier than us. We can only do so on Friday. It's fucking insane considering Lionhead is stationed in the UK - Europe. But I bet Microsoft has to do with this, but we have Fable III: Kingmaker app.

Susan Arendt:
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Susan, this one is for you. How easy is it to make money in this game? I am using the Kingmaker App to generate good amount of gold before I hit the game but money-making in Fable II was so tedious that I resorted to the rent cheat/glitch to enjoy the game.

So are the jobs satifsying and entertaining to do? Does Questing generate money as well? Please let me know, because that's the only negative aspect of Fable that irks me.

GAH!! Why did they want to realease the pc version later?!

Anyways i am so looking forward to this...I want it to PC NOW!

Krantos:
This is why Susan is my favorite reviewer. She's to the point and analytical, but can still be funny as hell when she wants.

Thinking I might rent this one. Just to see. The co-op is going to be a big thing for me, so I'm sad it wasn't online for the review. Ah well.

Well I haven't played the Co-op yet, but it isn't like Fable 2. The screens aren't tethered to each other anymore (you can both go w/e direction) and you don't play some generic henchman, just your own character.

Sounds cool. I knew Fable 3 wouldn't be perfect but TBH people ask wayyyyy too much of the franchise, it's a looking great game and I'll definitely check it out.

loved the "hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy" reference.

God i cannot wait to get this game. My pre-ordered copy got dispatched yesterday :D

The Fable series has had good voice acting? Where was I for this?
Yeah sure the audio quality was quite good but then again if I hear static/crackle/background noises in the audio of a video game now a days I consider it my right to go over to the development studio and smack some people about the head.
I swear if I hear another citizen of Albion talk in a stereotypical english accent I will take the safety off my flintlock and start spraying into crowds of shoppers at the port town's obligatory fish market.
Steven Fry and Zoe Wanamaker are of course the exceptions but the person who did the voice of Hamma needs to go away.
At work me and a friend immitate that type of voice to take the piss and sound as stupid as possible.

"Oi reckon there are a gang of 'obbs down the ol' mine!"

Sigh.
This is why I say that I am Scotish rather than British.

I recall my very first experience with Fable. A guy staying in the same barracks as I, called me over with the excited "Dude, watch this." in which he proceeded to boot chickens, laughing with gleeful abandon for probably 10 minutes.

He drank alot, too... but whatever.

Whiskey Echo!!
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