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  • Summary: Five decades have passed since the events of Fable II, and Albion has matured into an industrial revolution, but the fate of the kingdom is at peril. In Fable III” you are called upon to rally and fight alongside your people, ascend to the seat of power, and experience the true meaning ofFive decades have passed since the events of Fable II, and Albion has matured into an industrial revolution, but the fate of the kingdom is at peril. In Fable III” you are called upon to rally and fight alongside your people, ascend to the seat of power, and experience the true meaning of love and loss. The choices and sacrifices you make while fanning the flames of revolution, and then as you rule as King or Queen or Albion, will lead to an ever evolving world of consequences that will be felt across your entire land. This sets the stage for unparalleled action and adventure that offers even more ways to fight and engage than ever before. Throughout your journey, you encounter a colorful cast of characters that fans have come to expect from the off-beat style and humor in the Fable games. After determining whether these characters are your friends or foes, you either join them or fight against them in explosive combat, alone or with a friend on Xbox LIVE. In your quest to plant the seeds of revolution, seize power and rule over your kingdom, the choices you make change the world around you, for the greater good or your own personal gain. Who will you become? A rebel without a cause, the tyrant you rebelled against, or the greatest ruler to ever live? [Lionhead] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 88
  2. Negative: 0 out of 88
  1. Oct 26, 2010
    100
    It's hard to talk about Fable III without heaping more and more praise on it. It's one of the best games of the year and one of the richest role-playing experiences to hit the Xbox 360. It begs to be played by anyone who appreciates a game that is expertly produced in almost every area.
  2. A bold experiment in storytelling that shines all the brighter for its many imperfections. [Jan 2011, p.93]
  3. Dec 19, 2010
    88
    Fortunately, those familiar concepts have been augmented with some innovative new ones, and while they aren't all successful, the overall package is an impressive, if imperfect RPG experience.
  4. Oct 26, 2010
    80
    For those of you looking to rekindle the Fable flame and get online and have digital babies, then there's plenty to sink your teeth into. You'll feel right at home with what's on offer, and be glad to make decisions for the greater good. It's an entertaining ride, and one that has the legs to keep you hooked from humble beginnings to royal conclusion.
  5. 80
    Revolution in story is not followed by a revolution in the game system – unfortunately. Nevertheless Fable III is a decent ending to the series. Although great freedom of act is not followed by great responsibility. [Dec 2010]
  6. Dec 19, 2010
    75
    With a little more polish, Fable III could have been a great game, but it fails to live up to its potential. Instead, it's good, but disappointing.
  7. Dec 19, 2010
    50
    Fable III attempts to radically reinvent the franchise, a reinvention that fans neither wanted nor asked for. Instead of following on the success of the previous entries, Fable III tries to be something other than it is, but I don't think the developers were even sure what this is supposed to be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 162
  2. Negative: 37 out of 162
  1. Oct 26, 2010
    10
    It's been interesting to see how critics respond to the latest iteration of a well known game franchise over the course of this year. With soIt's been interesting to see how critics respond to the latest iteration of a well known game franchise over the course of this year. With so many top-notch titles the market itself has felt more than saturated with grade-A content. This is far from a bad thing for us gamers. Quite the opposite as it marks a new step in gaming where we aren't overstocked on too much random IP and have a plethora of games to choose from.

    The drawback has been in the way games have been received and the strange ambiguity that game critics have put forth of late. It's been a neverending series of "damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don't" reviews that seem to be in constant conflict with other games. When a game like Fable III hits the shelves you'll see critics lauding the game as a triumph for its hilarity, size and willingness to change the mold, and yet another game will be crushed for doing the same. What do we as players want? The same game again? Do we want it to change? The difference in this perspective is causing critics to appear extremely random in their desires. The frustration of this all is knowing that yet another by-the-numbers FPS will be out here shortly that will roll in praise for no solid reason. We, as gamers, deserve better than that. As a result I urge you to enjoy the title for yourself and ignore negative reviews for this game because after several hours (all night) I can stamp it with a seal of greatness.

    Fable III has what I will call the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed syndrome. By that I mean you'll have harsh critical bile spewed over changes in the franchise and yet the fans will flock to it because it has a certain charm that just can't be labeled. The humor of the game is as hilarious as it's ever been and yet there are moments of true human drama that should tug at you emotionally. The games engine feels slightly dated at times, but it's never a drawback and might be considered a perk to veterans of the series. The story can feel slightly contrived at times, but there are twists to be found that make it worthwhile. It's difficult to discuss without spoilers but suffice it to say that the story is far more engaging than the so far more critically appraised Fable II.

    Everything is improved in every way. From the graphics to the story to the humor to your dog there is nothing that hasn't seen a step up in the series. Enjoy it for yourself and take the game in the lighthearted fashion it is meant to be played. If you don't you will miss out on one of this years top must play games.
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  2. Nov 17, 2010
    9
    Fable Three is an amazing game, it would be perfect if I wasn't replaying it right now because my first game glitched. If you've played oneFable Three is an amazing game, it would be perfect if I wasn't replaying it right now because my first game glitched. If you've played one or two you know what to expect. A simple and fun combat experience, an action/adventure that melds MMO elements, and lot's and lot's of hallow men. On the plus side the story is much better then Fable 2 (the ending of two is referenced in a hilarious moment where the developers make fun of them selves) and there's also a new interactive menu system call the sanctuary, while this is a neat addition it tend to be glitchy and could just as easily have been a normal menu. Though it is cool to see all your gold piled up in front of you, or see you clothes before you actually put them on. The game is also nicely paced, when I found myself easily killing enemies it wasn't long until they got hard, though you won't die often... and there's not really a penalty if you do. Now the biggest downside is the glitches, you'll encounter at least a few by game's end. You can't use this weapon, Jasper stops talking, or you wife is randomly killed :( A little polish on the developers end could have gone a long way. And finally the story is more interactive, the "good" decision may now always be the "good" decision. You'll need to compromise and do some bad things to make ends meet. In the end Fable 3 might not be the tightest experience on Xbox, but it is one of the most unique, and should not be missed. Expand
  3. Feb 6, 2011
    8
    I've read many reviews and most all of them compare Fable II very heavily with Fable III saying "If you like II you will like III". That mayI've read many reviews and most all of them compare Fable II very heavily with Fable III saying "If you like II you will like III". That may be the case, but let me say that I almost HATED Fable II. I came into Fable III with low expectations hoping against hope that I wouldn't have another depressing experience. I was not let down. Fable III's story is (IMHO) hands down much better than Fable II's. It is more gripping, more compelling, and all-in-all more enjoyable in the way it is told, executed, and paced. I find that was the deciding factor in my enjoyment of this game. Now on to the rest. The combat has once again been simplified to 3 face buttons: X for melee, B for magic, and Y for ranged. Combat is far too easy and not once was I really challenged. I in no way take this to mean that I was good at the game. If you DO want a challenge then play the entire game without using magic. The combat lets you know right off the bat that this is a game for the casual gamer. The sanctuary menu element was a fresh take and while it could have been better implemented was still much preferable to wading through a slew of tabs. The fact that my butler kept trying to sell me things from the Marketplace was rather annoying though. An up in the amount of clothing items offered was nice, but clothing does as much for how you are perceived as your choices throughout the story. That is to say "nothing". Whether you are good or evil does zero to your outward appearance besides changed the color of your tattoos which is a bit of a let-down. The only thing that does change is what NPCs say to you, which doesn't matter in the slightest. Quests are standard, but anything outside the main story is for coalitionists only in that its necessary to do these to acquire the max number of guild seals. All-in-all this is an enjoyable game, but the depth is lacking which comes especially to light in the second half of the game. You can read about that in any review and so I won't spoil it here, but I'll just say that it's far too cut and dry and the deciding factor ($) is so easy to obtain it takes away any real moral weight to your decisions. So here's the beef: If you're a Fable fanboy, looking for an RPG to steal your time, or are new to the genre then this isn't too bad a choice to play through once or twice at most, but in the larger picture, this game is nothing special. Thanks for your time. Expand
  4. Nov 29, 2011
    7
    It looks a lot better and there are a lot less bugs and glitches in this game as well. However lame and repetitive mission objectives as wellIt looks a lot better and there are a lot less bugs and glitches in this game as well. However lame and repetitive mission objectives as well as simple combat and poor moral choices that dont change much in the game makes it another disapointing addition to the franchise. Expand
  5. Nov 1, 2010
    5
    It seems Lionhead tried to reinvent the wheel (which wasn't broken) and ran out of time to do so. One type of Xp, One item per store, no wayIt seems Lionhead tried to reinvent the wheel (which wasn't broken) and ran out of time to do so. One type of Xp, One item per store, no way to view your items, TOUCH SYSTEM was a complete gimmick serving no value to the game as a whole, no online store... I can go on.

    This was a great game... until I figured out I could beat the story in 4 hours. What could have been a powerful and epic game turned out to be a waste of my $80. I went ahead and continued the side-quests, having fun although half felt repetitive and same to Fable II. Beat those in 4 hours! Whole game beat, 8 hours. I found all the chests, gnomes, and doors in another 5 hours. DONE. ALL DONE. In 13 hours. No more to play. What a joke, this is an RPG people. I put days into Fable II, more in Fable I... Lionhead, you should of taken another year to finish your little concept that you left bare, boring, and short. I'm a Fable fan to death... and I really want my money back with this one. Actually made me depressed on how fast it was over. I was so excited, pre-ordered, and I get a hunk of unfinished game in my Xbox. I'm very disappointed.
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  6. T-A
    Jun 18, 2011
    5
    Fable III is a major letdown for fans of the series. Despite new, seamless inventory and traveling systems, the game lacks the wonder,Fable III is a major letdown for fans of the series. Despite new, seamless inventory and traveling systems, the game lacks the wonder, challenge, and exploration of its predecessors. The plot at first seems very promising and epic, but Molyneuxâ Expand
  7. Jan 27, 2014
    0
    don't plan on playing this game in multiplayer version unless you intend to spend some money. You cannot access multiplayer unless the otherdon't plan on playing this game in multiplayer version unless you intend to spend some money. You cannot access multiplayer unless the other person has the exact same downloadable content that you do. now I bet you're thinking it would just be really easy to go and delete an extra downloadable content that you have so that you can then play with this other person, however then you cannot access your saved game because you are missing your downloadable content. This is just a gigantic fable scam trying to get us all to buy everything so that we can play with each other. Personally it's not worth it and I'm not going to play anymore. Expand

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