Fable III Xbox 360

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  1. Dec 31, 2010
    9
    Fable 3 is in my opinion one of the best games to come out this year, the only flaws are that it is too easy and it has some bugs, as far as graphics go there not very realistic but there not supposed to be and Albion has never looked better, lip sinking is off, voice acting is great as is the music and sound effects, it has an AMAZING story playing through it was like watching a movieFable 3 is in my opinion one of the best games to come out this year, the only flaws are that it is too easy and it has some bugs, as far as graphics go there not very realistic but there not supposed to be and Albion has never looked better, lip sinking is off, voice acting is great as is the music and sound effects, it has an AMAZING story playing through it was like watching a movie that has you sitting on the edge of your seat, combat can get pretty dull it is mostly just button mashing, the new features like weapons evolving as you use them and the sanctuary are really cool, though I wish they hadn't changed the expression system because they did this it takes away some of your freedom which does hurt the game,I really had a blast with this game and I would recommend it to any fan of the series or any fans of RPG's Expand
  2. Apr 19, 2013
    7
    This game was such a let down for me. Moleneux promised so much and delivered only an echo of what he said.

    The game itself is pretty good and is technically a huge improvement on the last game. But also, doesn't do too much new. The "landlord" approach to maintaining your kingdom is fun at first but gets extremely tedious the deeper in you get. The social aspect and the ability to
    This game was such a let down for me. Moleneux promised so much and delivered only an echo of what he said.

    The game itself is pretty good and is technically a huge improvement on the last game. But also, doesn't do too much new. The "landlord" approach to maintaining your kingdom is fun at first but gets extremely tedious the deeper in you get. The social aspect and the ability to join other games is also pretty fun. Clothing and tattoo seem totally pointless as they don't offer any real benefits or perks, not to mention most of the costumes are just stupid. I did like the evolving weapon idea. I found it curious how much attention they gave to making your main weapon unique and evolve based on your play style, yet put a ton of other weapons in the game that are far better. Your companion (dog) this time around seems more tacked on. Serving little purpose within the main narrative.

    Overall:
    Fable 3 is, on its own, a great game. But from all the hype and what we know Lionhead is capable of, it should have been allot better. Fable 3 is a disappointment that suffers from lack of innovation. I really hope that Lionhead have learned from this and improve for the next game.
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  3. Apr 21, 2011
    9
    So good and so humorist Lion Head managed to fix a lot of things in the game old places just like Bower Stone are more bigger and different than on Fable 2 making you to explore the whole city. Also necessary they made a voice to the protagonist (son of the hero of fable 2) so he talks giving it a personality . Many new features cool interesting is the menu anytime you press start itSo good and so humorist Lion Head managed to fix a lot of things in the game old places just like Bower Stone are more bigger and different than on Fable 2 making you to explore the whole city. Also necessary they made a voice to the protagonist (son of the hero of fable 2) so he talks giving it a personality . Many new features cool interesting is the menu anytime you press start it transports you to a house (or something similar), and this time you are not going through vengeance, revolution is the main theme in this installment trying to throw out of the way your brother that is a tyrant King. Simply awesome 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 well as simple combat and poor moral choices that dont change much in the game makes it another disapointing addition to the franchise.
  5. Nov 15, 2011
    7
    I have played both Fable and Fable 2 since they came out and Fable 3 is easily the second best game of the series (behind Fable). It greatly improves the audio and visual aspects of the game and features a lot less bugs and glitches but the gameplay still needs a lot of work and there is no replay value to it, Lacks quests and overall interest, Also your choices have no effect on anythingI have played both Fable and Fable 2 since they came out and Fable 3 is easily the second best game of the series (behind Fable). It greatly improves the audio and visual aspects of the game and features a lot less bugs and glitches but the gameplay still needs a lot of work and there is no replay value to it, Lacks quests and overall interest, Also your choices have no effect on anything before you become king and after you become king, They just effect the environment and if people hate you or not.

    Disapointing.
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  6. Mar 29, 2015
    8
    I think that the fable series are one of the more enjoyable RPG's. Fable III is one of the finest adventure games out there, you do interesting quests for people out in the open world, fight off bandits and play as an actual king. Fable III has done an outstanding job in creating this game. The quests you did for the people were some of the most exiting and rewarding iv'e done in a videoI think that the fable series are one of the more enjoyable RPG's. Fable III is one of the finest adventure games out there, you do interesting quests for people out in the open world, fight off bandits and play as an actual king. Fable III has done an outstanding job in creating this game. The quests you did for the people were some of the most exiting and rewarding iv'e done in a video game. Don't listen to those haters, you may find that this game is actually rather good. Expand
  7. Dec 18, 2012
    7
    Ofh Fable, you try soooooo hard. But you couldn't possible escape a 7 if your life depended on it. But you are fun. No doubt. Anyways, Fable is good, no question. It's fun' It's big. It just never, ever blows me away. I feel like "wow, I'm on a big adventure" but I don't feel like"Omg this is the greatest thing ever!!!" Anyways, play it, have simple fun. I do truly (said it since Fable1)Ofh Fable, you try soooooo hard. But you couldn't possible escape a 7 if your life depended on it. But you are fun. No doubt. Anyways, Fable is good, no question. It's fun' It's big. It just never, ever blows me away. I feel like "wow, I'm on a big adventure" but I don't feel like"Omg this is the greatest thing ever!!!" Anyways, play it, have simple fun. I do truly (said it since Fable1) thing it's the most overrated series ever. But it's still fun. Give it a shot. Expand
  8. Jul 3, 2012
    3
    An abysmal mess of a game that has threatened to derail what was once a successful franchise. Fable 3 takes everything good about the RPG classic and dumbs those elements down into a game which is as stupid as it is short.

    The gameplay is awful - melee combat is completely broken; you simply shoot people in the face for the whole five hours of actual gameplay you'll have in this game.
    An abysmal mess of a game that has threatened to derail what was once a successful franchise. Fable 3 takes everything good about the RPG classic and dumbs those elements down into a game which is as stupid as it is short.

    The gameplay is awful - melee combat is completely broken; you simply shoot people in the face for the whole five hours of actual gameplay you'll have in this game. Yes, five hours. An epic RPG experience this is not. You'll maybe play ten hours in total, but half of that will be load screens and following a golden breadcrumb trail to your next location. The storyline absolutely dies after the first half an hour. Within three hours you simply don't care.

    The maps suck, the characters suck, even the trademark Fable humour just sucks in this instalment. The dog you have is utterly, utterly pointless. The game crashes once every few hours. Even the inventory system is an absolute ballache. But the most disappointing thing about Fable? It's how it squandered so, so much promise. I could forgive this title if it was from some fledgling company with up and coming staff. I could make a claim that the intent was there but the execution was way off. I couldn't recommend the game, but at least I'd have some encouraging words for their next effort.

    But this is Lionhead - you simply expect better. Not only have they not improved on Fable 2 with this sequel, they've smashed the franchise with a hammer.

    It's such a shame. As a big RPG fan and a big fan of the potential of Fable, I was watching this series progress with interest. After this, I'm dreading Fable 4. 3/10, and the end of an RPG era in my eyes, as resurrecting this franchise would seem to be as implausible as the plot of Pet Cemetery at this point.
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  9. Oct 19, 2011
    7
    Fable III trumps its predecessor "II" by giving you a well defined story which your protagonist can rise to the role of a hero and save Albion. Upgraded graphics, a clear map system, and a larger world to explore also make this a better game. The voice acting is top notch as usual and the side quests are as hilarious as ever. The Fable franchise has certainly become one of the moreFable III trumps its predecessor "II" by giving you a well defined story which your protagonist can rise to the role of a hero and save Albion. Upgraded graphics, a clear map system, and a larger world to explore also make this a better game. The voice acting is top notch as usual and the side quests are as hilarious as ever. The Fable franchise has certainly become one of the more artistic and unique RPGs of this generation that is definitely worth experiencing. The decision to axe the menu system in favor of an interactive walk-in closet has good and bad qualities. The good is that you feel more immersed into the game you are playing, the bad is that it is slower than navigating an on screen menu. So it is more of an immersion experience over practicality, but doesn't take away anything from the game. The bad part of the game is that the npc interaction has been reduced from the Sims style of a player-choice wheel to floating option buttons, which takes away player choice and is limited. Not only that but the unusual choices given to you for the interactions make you feel like an idiot every time. If Lionhead could have used the Fable II npc interaction with the Fable III storyline this game would have been a 10. In addition, the "fetch" quests were just exactly that; "Could you go fetch this for me?"--"Thanks I thought I lost that forever."---If you're going to make fetch quests, don't be so obvious. Because of the lack of interaction options along with its idiocity, and the boring fetch quests, I avoided as many npcs as possible....until I realised that I could get Guild points from them, then I sluggard my way through them, not enjoying them one bit. Speaking of fetch quests, I found the final conflict to have been dissapointing in a sense that it lasted as long and I had to put enough effort into it as if it were another fetch quest. Lionhead needs to work harder on the actual climax of a story for the fan's sakes. But overall, the game was fun and entertaining so I do recomend it. Expand
  10. Apr 14, 2011
    5
    Personally I didn'ty like this ame as much as the first 2 games, this game felt rushed and felt like a lazy attempt to make money. The only thing that was cool, was the environments, This was a poor excuse for a fable game.
  11. Oct 26, 2010
    5
    what is the point at looking at reviews anymore? It is now routine that games are released buggy and patched at a future date so how do you really guage a game anymore? Reviewers are scoring games 100% based on their mood and love of a particular genre or game and not so much the real quality of the game itself at the point of review. As game bugs are worked out through patching the gamewhat is the point at looking at reviews anymore? It is now routine that games are released buggy and patched at a future date so how do you really guage a game anymore? Reviewers are scoring games 100% based on their mood and love of a particular genre or game and not so much the real quality of the game itself at the point of review. As game bugs are worked out through patching the game also deserves different scores. I just give up. Expand
  12. Dec 6, 2014
    6
    It shouldn't win any awards but the third Fable game has enough going for it to make it worth completing. The combat is fresh and the story is admirable.
  13. Aug 8, 2014
    9
    Bugged? I loved Fable 1 and 2, so was really looking forward to Fable 3 and jumped at it when it appeared on XBL sale for £5 (I think). But fable 3 is one of those 'one save' games. No going back. So, towards the end game, encountering what I think was a game killing bug was a bit of a downer. In the second phase of the game, you have 'a year' in game time to prepare your kingdom for theBugged? I loved Fable 1 and 2, so was really looking forward to Fable 3 and jumped at it when it appeared on XBL sale for £5 (I think). But fable 3 is one of those 'one save' games. No going back. So, towards the end game, encountering what I think was a game killing bug was a bit of a downer. In the second phase of the game, you have 'a year' in game time to prepare your kingdom for the climactic battle. I was happily preparing my defences, with the game 'countdown timer' telling me I had 180+ days remaining - then bingo, straight to the the end battle. I 'won' the battle but lost pretty much all my kingdom in the process because my kindoms 'battle chest was in my pocket rather than the castle' and in game terms I was woefuly underprepared. Mechanically I guess it doesn't matter, because I 'won' the game, but psychologically its a real downer particularly with no 'second chance save game'. Expand
  14. May 30, 2013
    5
    Fable 3 was such a disappointment from it's ancestors, but I can't say I didn't enjoy it. It didn't really change anything from Fable 2, but I loved Fable 2; so I did enjoy it. However, it came across me as a lazy, and rushed project. Wouldn't recommend it, but it's not the worst game you'll ever play.
  15. Feb 11, 2014
    8
    Pretty fun game, interesting choice driven story changes the way the world shapes being the best part of the game. With that I do have a few knocks. The road to rule sucks. Why on earth did someone think it would be a fantastic idea to have you run around and open chests in an unnecessary area to level up your character. Was it really such a bad idea to contain a simple menu that allowedPretty fun game, interesting choice driven story changes the way the world shapes being the best part of the game. With that I do have a few knocks. The road to rule sucks. Why on earth did someone think it would be a fantastic idea to have you run around and open chests in an unnecessary area to level up your character. Was it really such a bad idea to contain a simple menu that allowed you to spend your points? I also had a gripe with the sanctuary, it would've been a lot cooler having a house or something to store all my stuff in as opposed to the sanctuary. No repair all property option was a pain in the neck too, having to hover over every piece of property you owned to select repair ate up a ton of time if you were trying to make a ton of via real estate. There were great ideas in this game but the developers lacked thought process when it came to providing the player with simple convenience. Expand
  16. Apr 29, 2012
    9
    Allow me to preface my comments by saying that I never had the opportunity to play the original Fable, but found Fable II to be one of the best RPGs I've ever played. With that in mind, I'm going to respectfully disagree with many of the reviewers here and say that I found Fable III to be an excellent piece of work and quite worthy of the Fable series name. It was an enjoyable storylineAllow me to preface my comments by saying that I never had the opportunity to play the original Fable, but found Fable II to be one of the best RPGs I've ever played. With that in mind, I'm going to respectfully disagree with many of the reviewers here and say that I found Fable III to be an excellent piece of work and quite worthy of the Fable series name. It was an enjoyable storyline and had adequate RPG elements to it. While I'd like to break the analysis down to clear pros and cons, it's impossible; the two are inextricably linked. For example: the inventory system has been extremely simplified and streamlined. In a way, this is handy in that it keeps you out of the annoying shuffling-through-lists inventory management and hunting through your virtual pack for the whatsit you want, but at the same time, limits your options. You are limited in carrying only one food items, severely limiting flexibility and planning. On the flipside, the replacement of the extremely clunky inventory list of F-II with the Sanctuary system in F-III was ingenious and a vast improvement. It replaced a menu that made you curse with a segmented character management zone with a cool character voiced by John Cleese as a bonus. Voice acting was, in my estimation, very good. Writing was adequate, though the plot could have used more polish, particularly after the midpoint. Frankly, the second half of the game did feel a little thin, and the only excuse for that is lack of either time or inclination on the part of the developer; if you're the king (which even according to the game jacket is your goal), then you should have more than a half dozen or so decisions to make -- which would've been a major improvement. Yes, the combat and experience system was simplified, but I'll count that as a bonus; by replacing the segmented strength/skill/will system of F-II with the buy-your-bonuses system presented by F-III's Road to Rule character progression system, it allows the player to use a more flexible play style, switching from one combat style during the early-game weak phase to a more combined arms strategy after progressing. Overall, I rank Fable III among my most favorite games without reservation and, particularly now that the price has fallen, is worth any RPG'ers time and shelf space. Enjoy it! Expand
  17. Dec 29, 2010
    9
    I love this game. The storyline is very good, and the fights are awesome. You can choose between good or evil, and live your life in tons of dimensions. This game is a fresh face in my gaming library.
  18. Feb 22, 2014
    8
    A genuinely entertaining game, the attention to detail is beautiful in dialogue, games, minigames, collectibles, quests and sidequests, in the graphics and sound. Sure it is easy, the item system for weapons and armour are underdone for an rpg game. But the overall experience is very satisfying. I find it astonishing that a game can manage to get through every critic review without aA genuinely entertaining game, the attention to detail is beautiful in dialogue, games, minigames, collectibles, quests and sidequests, in the graphics and sound. Sure it is easy, the item system for weapons and armour are underdone for an rpg game. But the overall experience is very satisfying. I find it astonishing that a game can manage to get through every critic review without a single one coming up negative and still get hammered by the players, I feel like this game has fallen victim to its own popularity when it was released it was 'uncool' to like fable and so the game got sh*canned, also may be the exclusive game effect where ps fanboys feel the need to break something simple because it isn't theirs. Expand
  19. Jun 19, 2014
    7
    Fable 3 is an action RPG set in the world of Albion. You must become a hero and saved your Kingdom. It's good fun, but if you've played Fable 2 you may be disappointed. I've outlined the pros and cons without being too picky, I hope.

    Pros: - The voice acting! John Cleese and Stephen Fry! This is probably the best part of the game! - The humour! - The artwork and improved
    Fable 3 is an action RPG set in the world of Albion. You must become a hero and saved your Kingdom. It's good fun, but if you've played Fable 2 you may be disappointed. I've outlined the pros and cons without being too picky, I hope.

    Pros:

    - The voice acting! John Cleese and Stephen Fry! This is probably the best part of the game!

    - The humour!

    - The artwork and improved graphics! Visually this game is an improvement over Fable 2.

    - I liked the magic system. It's much improved. It's fun to combine two different elements. It's also a lot faster than before.

    - The girl in this game is way hotter than before.

    - It was fun making decisions as a queen.

    - The jobs system has improved. Instead of timing a needle, you press the X and A buttons, and try to hit the bars. Also, getting multipliers is easier.

    Not a Con, Not a Pro:

    - I liked the 3D map. But it lacked accuracy in details. Also, you could not deselect missions.

    - The controls are a mixed bag. It's slightly improved, but there are two main things I didn't like. First, getting rid of the gestures wheel. Opting for extreme simplicity was the wrong move. It does not allow players full control.

    - Second, you have to take out your gun, and then squeeze the left trigger to aim. Why? Why not just squeeze the left trigger and have the character withdraw his/her gun automatically? They had to put in the silly hand holding.

    - Furthermore, speaking on controls, I wish they would just have an option to always leave on sprinting.

    - There should be a separate button for dodging (rolling away from) enemy attacks.

    - Upgrading your weapons is a lot easier, but I did like the augmentations feature from Fable 2. Either one is fine. I guess it's personal preference.

    - I would've liked to have started off as a child like the previous games. It fleshes out the character better.

    Cons:

    - The sanctuary is extremely cumbersome. I hate how they've done away with the old menu. Bring back the old menu and tweak it.

    - You have a limited selection of clothes. It's harder to customize and mix and match. It makes your character less personal.

    - Gifting is a pain.

    - Lack of a gesture wheel takes away control from the user. Was not a good idea.

    - The world of Albion feels smaller. Not by a huge amount but there seems to be less exploring to be had.

    - I thought the holding hands feature was too silly and unnecessary. I did not care for the dancing and hand kissing either.

    - Why do I have to hold the A button to enter places? I want to press it once.

    - Sucks when you buy homes and you have to repair them. The maintenance is annoying. - Some areas have slow down. I guess this is inevitable in any game. Not a huge deal though. - The sword and hammer need to be more powerful to be balanced out with magic and guns. - Aiming the gun is difficult. It feels so wobbly. - There are less defined consequences for being good or evil. It takes away from the idea that you are a hero and you have to make choice that really affect your life. - Fable 3 is much shorter than Fable 2. I played Fable 2 and it ate up a lot of my time. Fable 3 was finished pretty quickly. - The story is good, but a bit more tepid than Fable 2 and 1. It feels less emotional. IN CONCLUSION: I really do hope the make 'Fable the Fourth' but improve, and combine all of the best elements together. I wish the game makers the best of success. Even though I've given this a 7 it is still a good game that is worth checking out.
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  20. Dec 11, 2012
    1
    Simply put Fable 3 is Fable 2 but watered down and without the charm. Additions which have been made are silly and only make the game more cumbersome, and overall it's weaker all-round and has obviously been crafted with about as much love and care as a tin full of spam. A production-line cash-in if ever I saw one, and although the differences between this and Fable 2 aren't that massive,Simply put Fable 3 is Fable 2 but watered down and without the charm. Additions which have been made are silly and only make the game more cumbersome, and overall it's weaker all-round and has obviously been crafted with about as much love and care as a tin full of spam. A production-line cash-in if ever I saw one, and although the differences between this and Fable 2 aren't that massive, the overall gulf in class and gaming enjoyment is. Avoid, avoid, avoid. Expand
  21. Apr 25, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A lot that can be said about Fable III can be found in my Fable II review, the Disneyesque presentation is still there and the production seems to have been ramped up with voice acting talent coming in for a great sound quality. The game is more or less the same in structure, design and gameplay, this time around the missions are a little bit better one memorable mission was being shrunk down to be involved with a kid's Dungeons and Dragons game. The game ended a bit strange as you become king and have to run the country with bureaucratic decisions that can save the people but the time jumps randomly during this period of the game which makes it really hard to prepare and yet again I feel the franchise has wasted a handful of good idea's that would progress the series. Overall it is good looking and competent. Expand
  22. Aug 29, 2014
    7
    Fable III is good, but we just didn't ask for it. I will say that it's the most BEAUTIFUL game I've EVER played. It's pretty enough to make you weep. The combat is also very fun, even though you just end up mashing one button. The side missions are as plentiful as they are interesting. The voice acting is great, with masterful performances from great actors. However, the story is the worstFable III is good, but we just didn't ask for it. I will say that it's the most BEAUTIFUL game I've EVER played. It's pretty enough to make you weep. The combat is also very fun, even though you just end up mashing one button. The side missions are as plentiful as they are interesting. The voice acting is great, with masterful performances from great actors. However, the story is the worst part. It feels clichéd and scripted, and the RPG elements are wasted. Overall, Fable III is a disappointment, but is still a fun package. Expand
  23. Nov 19, 2015
    7
    Fable 3 is a beatifull game. Beatifull soundtrack, beatifull graphics, beatifull scenery and beatifull character models. But the gameplay is really unbalanced, the magic is overpowered, the guns are decent but the melee weapons are useless. The Road to Rule is weird. Everywhere you go theres a loading screen. Theres no end boss fight. But I do like the buying and managing propertiesFable 3 is a beatifull game. Beatifull soundtrack, beatifull graphics, beatifull scenery and beatifull character models. But the gameplay is really unbalanced, the magic is overpowered, the guns are decent but the melee weapons are useless. The Road to Rule is weird. Everywhere you go theres a loading screen. Theres no end boss fight. But I do like the buying and managing properties aspect. The customability is okay but the gameplay is so unbalanced I cant give it a good score. If everything in the game is beatifull, but the gameplay is bad, I cant say its a game worth buying. Expand
  24. Apr 15, 2012
    8
    This is a simple and short game alright. The combat system is rather boring, for magic is what you only need throughout the game. The conversations and quests are interesting, I love their humour in their jokes. If you are hardcore rpg gamer, this game might not for you, for the design is really simple, casual. If you are looking for simple gameplay and story-telling, yes.
  25. Mar 21, 2014
    3
    Lionhead has given us a shell of a game that is a major downgrade in every way from it's predecessors. It has a grainier lower quality look, it has had all RPG elements stripped out of it, and it's environments and people are bland and unintersting. The magic system is one dimensional, the weapon selection is laughable, and the road to riches really did make me feel like Disney had aLionhead has given us a shell of a game that is a major downgrade in every way from it's predecessors. It has a grainier lower quality look, it has had all RPG elements stripped out of it, and it's environments and people are bland and unintersting. The magic system is one dimensional, the weapon selection is laughable, and the road to riches really did make me feel like Disney had a hand in this game's development. Having the hardest decision to make in the game occur in the opening tells you how poorly this game was thought out. How can they make a game this thin for 360, I would barely have accepted this game on regular xbox, never mind a next gen system.

    The only redeeming quality to this game is another very well executed storyline that keeps you going until the end.

    I received this for free and still felt like I may have overpaid.
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  26. Feb 19, 2014
    10
    It's a thoroughly gratifying experience when you complete a game that took so much of your time and effort, especially when it's a good game. And that's Fable III summed up. It's graphics are beautiful and it's a cinematographic game, with a fun fighting system and a stupendous voice cast. It's a wonderful game not to be missed.
  27. Nov 2, 2010
    6
    I don't know why this is such an issue in Fable games, but the frame rate dropping on almost every moving thing all the time is back. What's worse is that it's not even lag, its just bad graphical design. It's a shame because the game looks gorgeous in every other aspect. Characters mouths move strange though, and that might be nitpicking but for a game that uses a cartoony style ofI don't know why this is such an issue in Fable games, but the frame rate dropping on almost every moving thing all the time is back. What's worse is that it's not even lag, its just bad graphical design. It's a shame because the game looks gorgeous in every other aspect. Characters mouths move strange though, and that might be nitpicking but for a game that uses a cartoony style of graphics this shouldn't have been a problem. Otherwise really, its a Fable game. If you like the old ones, you'll love this. The combat is awesome and way more fun than in past games. The new menu system takes a while to get used to, but doesn't jar the experience at all like the old menu full of text. I'd recommend definitely checking this one out at least, theres a lot of good in it, but not enough for me. Expand
  28. Nov 7, 2011
    7
    They pulled a Nintedo and made the same game 3 times in a row with one or two little changes. If I reviewed it based on what was new it would have a 3, but I was impressed with how refined and nice this one was and am updating my review as a result. It's playable, and pretty decent.
  29. Feb 8, 2013
    2
    An absolute tragedy. A shadow of the original, this is just BAD. Easy, Short, TERRIBLE DESIGN, TERRIBLE CUSTOMIZATION, AWFUL STORY, AGGGGHHHHH!!!!! I was a HUGE fan of the original, but this in not anything like the first. Just BAD. BAD BAD BAD. I'm sorry, but just save your money, no matter how cheap it becomes.
  30. Jul 6, 2013
    7
    Fable 3 is one of the best fantasy games available on the Xbox 360. Skyrim of course is much better, but still Fable 3 succeeds in most areas where it needs to.

    The characters in this game are developed and very intriguing. Characters like Sabine and Boulder are hilarious while Logan and Reaver are evil. You can change your relations with not only these characters, but all of the
    Fable 3 is one of the best fantasy games available on the Xbox 360. Skyrim of course is much better, but still Fable 3 succeeds in most areas where it needs to.

    The characters in this game are developed and very intriguing. Characters like Sabine and Boulder are hilarious while Logan and Reaver are evil. You can change your relations with not only these characters, but all of the characters in Albion.

    The combat while simple is always fun. You can choose to use magic, melee, or ranged weapons. All of them are fun to use, even though magic might be too overpowered.

    Fable 3 should have more choices available in the second half of the game. The way that most of this portion of the game is presented is that either you can spend all your money, but be a hero or don't spend money and be called the worst king ever. While I do like the idea of how this game shows direction with the trails, in execution it doesn't work perfectly. It glitches and in one instance I lost an entire quest due to this. Interactions are funny at first, with the ability to fart in someone's face, or do the chicken dance, but eventually you will wish that you could do more.
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  31. Aug 29, 2013
    6
    An average RPG, and a bad Fable game, Fable III aims to do much but achieves little. It's buggy, dumbed down and boring. The graphics are one redeeming quality, with some really gorgeous character and enemy design, pretty environments and smooth animations. Overall though, this game is lacking in a lot of ways.
  32. Feb 16, 2011
    8
    Fable 3 can definitely be called a worthy successor to the Fable series, but is it what we were all waiting for after Fable 2? I don't know about most other people, but I feel a little disappointed in terms of promised gameplay. To be honest, I felt that the original Fable was brilliant, Fable 2 was OK but nothing special or revolutionary, and Fable 3 is starting to stale the series. ItFable 3 can definitely be called a worthy successor to the Fable series, but is it what we were all waiting for after Fable 2? I don't know about most other people, but I feel a little disappointed in terms of promised gameplay. To be honest, I felt that the original Fable was brilliant, Fable 2 was OK but nothing special or revolutionary, and Fable 3 is starting to stale the series. It plays, feels, and even looks almost exactly like Fable 2 did. Fable 3's novelty that you get to become king was promising, but turns into nothing more than pressing A or X on your controller. Instead of you choosing what you want to get done as king, you simply select it, and Reaver carries it out for you with a cutscene. However, there still are some interesting chores for you as king, despite some of the other disappointments. Managing the economy of the land is very amusing, and deciding whether or not you want your citizens to have restrictions on how much alcohol they drink is a ton of fun, watching them stumble around drunken in the streets. There are some other entertaining decisions to be had, but I'd rather not spoil it. As promised, the main quest is much longer in Fable 3. It took me approximately 25 hours to complete it, and that's excluding many side quests available. The main story is decent enough to keep you interested, and voice-acting is tremendously well-done. I thought that the ending was fitting, and did not disappoint me. Listening to citizens' witty comments and Jasper's interesting input is a treat to hear, and I found myself laughing aloud constantly. My favorite character in particular is Private Jammy, who has an extremely nasally voice but never ceases to cause me to chuckle. Many of the side quests are highly original and equally entertaining. The D&D-style side quest has been praised by many critics and it seems a little cliche for me to keep that trend up, but I think that it's appropriate to give credit where it's due. This quest is phenomenal, providing many laughs along the way to completion as well as a very comical insight on the video game development process. The combat of Fable 3 is still very simplistic. It works, but is nothing amazing, and I still feel that magic is slightly overpowered. One thing that disappointed me tremendously was the fact that enemies do not rely on being difficult to kill, rather on overwhelming numbers. Any monster you encounter 1v1 is extremely easy to kill, even the vicious white balverine is a cakewalk. The enemies constantly swing their arms around towards you, eventually making contact since there are so many of them constantly. Despite overwhelming numbers, the game isn't particularly challenging, and even the final boss crumples in about a minute. The ability to combine spells sounded great on paper, but was very poor in execution. Combining spells doesn't result in a "new and unique" spell. If you combine a fireball and a lightning bolt, you end up with a fireball with lightning around it. Kind of lame, but it's a start to a mechanic with potential. The weapon morphing system is a joke, seeing as you have no control over what shape your weapon takes. To top it off, your weapon morphs have no real effect on how it behaves, and it seems a little superficial. Since you cannot "reset" your weapon if you dislike the way it looks, it rules out the fun prospect of weapon grinding. The co-op on the game is much better than on Fable 2, but still leaves much to be desired. It's not what I would call laggy, but there is an occasional delay that tends to irritate. I find NPC interaction on this one a joke. Instead of letting you select from the vast wheel of expressions, it merely gives you 3 options that never make any sense. Why would you randomly walk up to a civilian on the street and initiate a dance with them? Makes no sense, and is completely idiotic. Despite all of the game's flaws, the core Fable experience is solid. The story is good, quests are fun, and the combat is entertaining. If you're looking for a good RPG experience or you're a fan of the series, than look no further. If you're looking for the next revolutionary RPG experience, I can't say that I recommend this one. Expand
  33. Jan 28, 2012
    7
    The game isnt as bad as some reviewers say. I actually genuenly thought the game was fun ,funny (In some parts) and pretty unique. Sure the game has its faults. Like having to go into the sanctum every time you want to equip something. Yeah it does get sort of annoying but since theres no loading screen when heading there its not so bad and i found it actually kind of cool and unique. TheThe game isnt as bad as some reviewers say. I actually genuenly thought the game was fun ,funny (In some parts) and pretty unique. Sure the game has its faults. Like having to go into the sanctum every time you want to equip something. Yeah it does get sort of annoying but since theres no loading screen when heading there its not so bad and i found it actually kind of cool and unique. The combat is all around decent but its FAR to easy and removes the tension that combat should have. Heres my biggest issue with the game. The designers put a lot of effort into creating the world which looks very nice and is designed well. But instead of looking at the stellar visuals you are forced to stare at a glowing trail of sparkles to your destination, That is annoying and should have been removed entirely, and sure you can turn it off but then you have no clue where to go. Overall its a pretty enjoyable game though. Expand
  34. Jul 5, 2011
    8
    In my opinion, Fable 3 is a game with a good story, and great game play. The world of Albion is not that open ended, but the game play is fun, with a great variety of guns and spells that are fun to use. So if you are looking for a fun game, pick up Fable 3.
  35. May 6, 2011
    5
    This game i felt was very poor. Felt far too much like fable 2. The upgrade system was a shambles and combat shockingly bad. Running about holding little girls hands isnt my idea of a good rpg game. The only saving grace and reason why this game did not score lower is because the graphics where exceptional. In my view your not missing much here.
  36. Dec 27, 2010
    7
    Yes, the difficulty isn't in the combat, it's in the decisions you make, and many people don't see this. Unfortunately, these decisions are too few and far between, and while the choices have meaningful consequences, being the king is too short and you can't re-write your laws. Also the story can often feel dis-connected, because the main quests are quite serious, but the side-quests,Yes, the difficulty isn't in the combat, it's in the decisions you make, and many people don't see this. Unfortunately, these decisions are too few and far between, and while the choices have meaningful consequences, being the king is too short and you can't re-write your laws. Also the story can often feel dis-connected, because the main quests are quite serious, but the side-quests, which you must inevitabley do some to continue the main questline, take away the seriousness of the main story. Now for the good parts of this game. I am glad to say the co-op has been vastly improved, with your own camera and character now, though you still have to stay within the same area. Spell-weaving is a fantastic addition that helps to spice up the combat, but the biggest addition by far is the sanctuary. The sanctuary is very original and is great fun, but mixing and matching my clothes is really long and annoying with the sanctuary, but thats my only complaint about that. As for the story, it's saved by the chram of the witty characters and the ending which is a lot better than Fable II's.

    To sum up this game is great, thanks to the witty characters and thee ven more flexible combat, with some hard decisions to make at the end of the game. Unfortunately it is held back by the fact that the last half of the game, (when you're king) is way too short, and the side-quests, while hilarious at times, force out all the seriousness of te main questline. This could have been an amazing game, but is only very good, and while disappointing, it doesn't stop this game being worth your time. Better luck next time, Molyneux!
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  37. Feb 12, 2012
    5
    Bundles of charm, some pretty cartoony graphics and some fun gameplay ideas (bigamy never looked so adorable!). But the combat is hilariously dumbed down to point where it's actually almost impossible to die. You don't have a stamina bar or a magic bar, so you can spam any attack you want as much as you want with no consequences. The combat here is obviously just an accompaniment to theBundles of charm, some pretty cartoony graphics and some fun gameplay ideas (bigamy never looked so adorable!). But the combat is hilariously dumbed down to point where it's actually almost impossible to die. You don't have a stamina bar or a magic bar, so you can spam any attack you want as much as you want with no consequences. The combat here is obviously just an accompaniment to the rest of the game, but there are so many combat situations present, that the dumbed down combat just becomes an irritating distraction from the rest of the game. It improves upon some elements of Fable 2, namely the menu systems, but fails in every other way. Fable 2 had a terrible mini-map which was unusable most of the time. Fable 3 instead has no actual map of an area, but simply a representative 3D top-down view of what the area might look like with key areas. This is fine for when purchasing houses etc, and actually makes up-keep of families and property a lot easier, but if you want to get to a particular spot in an area of the world, there is no game map to help you navigate. It's a little bit preposterous and I'm really starting to think that Lionhead Studios have a thing against maps in games. Such a basic requirement of RPGs shouldn't be messed up like this . Also the game is very very short lived and raising funds is far too easy due to the massive amounts of gold you receive after quest completion, which makes much of the game world feel a bit pointless at times. Like Fable 2 the story really struggles to be compelling and seems to lose its way and come to an abrupt end. Overall, Fable 3 does nothing to try and improve upon the issues present in Fable 2 and actually in most cases makes things worse. The only thing saving this game, is the charming jovial atmosphere and some very pretty graphics. Expand
  38. Jun 7, 2011
    9
    Quite simply, one of the best games I've ever played! Yeah fable ii was good... But this, is way better and hope there is even a better one, Then it would be 10!
  39. Dec 1, 2010
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. First of all, Fable III is a good game. It's like a movie(But not as good as Mafia II) and I like that the fighting mechanics/gameplay are simple to use. The decisions are not easy by the way. That's what I like about this game. It got me interested in the story more. Being a good guy would leave your kingdom in debt and being a bad guy would break all of your promises to the people you helped and having all the people hate you but leaving you ready for The Darkness. Hard decisions, Great story, and simple gameplay. But I feel like the climax was rushed and the story being too short. But Fable III is a good game. Expand
  40. Jan 1, 2016
    3
    This franchise is all but dead because of this game - no idea how they still have a following.
    The world is absolutely beautiful and has so much potential, but they come out with this drivel.
    Less than 6 or 7 hours of real gameplay - most of the time is spent on loading screens. The NPC interaction is hollowed out and feels meaningless, the story is mediocre at best. There is no growth
    This franchise is all but dead because of this game - no idea how they still have a following.
    The world is absolutely beautiful and has so much potential, but they come out with this drivel.
    Less than 6 or 7 hours of real gameplay - most of the time is spent on loading screens. The NPC interaction is hollowed out and feels meaningless, the story is mediocre at best. There is no growth or evolution - it's pretty boring throughout.
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  41. Apr 25, 2013
    5
    At first, I didn't mind it, I was just thinking it was just the starting, and it was going to get better for me, but then the game went on and on, and I never enjoyed it. The story is just plain boring, compared to many other games out there with a fabulous campain mode, and this game just falls flat in my opinion.
  42. Jun 18, 2013
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. After seeing all the heavy marketting for Fable III only months before its release, I got pretty excited, so I bought Fable II so I could see what all the hype was about. I loved it. Fable II was a great game, and upon completing the game I got even more excited about Fable III. So for my birthday I got Fable III. It was the most dissapointing game of this generation. The combat is over-simplified, the game tries too hard to make the characters heroic or likeable which makes them quite unrelatable, the quests are repetitive, unrewarding and have no substance, developing relationships/friendships is tedious and constantly feels like a chore AND THE GAME IS INCREDIBLY SHORT. To be fair, the game starts off as quite an exciting adventure. The main quest is very compelling and made me completely forget about the rubbish sidequests. The bugs are more or less forgivable, so this could have made a fantastic game. But the problem is that the game builds up and up but then comes CRASHING down towards the end, resulting in a brief, rude and innapropriate ending. As soon as you become king you are told that you have 365 days to save your kingdom from some kind of evil force with a generic name ('the darkness' or something) and that the descisions you make will influence the outcome of the final battle. For example, you could spend money on rebuilding a destroyed part of town or you could keep the money and spend it on more military power for the upcoming battle. So in the end of the day, if you are good more people die and if you are bad you save people. I could forgive this nonsensical system, but there is ONE MAJOR FLAW that almost ruins the novelty of being king: instead of playing every 365 days making decisions the game COMPLETELY SKIPS days, letting you only make 5 or 6 'kingly' decisions that have been so heavily promoted by Lionhead. Once the weak boss fight has ended and Albion is safe from the menace that attacked it, you can still continue playing. But there is little to no incentive to do so. The side quests, as I mentioned before, are as weak as a broken spine and you can't even make any more royal decisions about your kingdom anymore, leaving you a dead (or alive) kingdom full of brain-dead sheep; the only kingly thing you can do is kill your guards while they do nothing. It really is a shame to see a game with so much potential ruined by just a few flaws. Hopefully they can set things straight again with Fable 4, but I'm not holding my breath. Expand
  43. Jun 19, 2011
    3
    Utterly disappointing. I really don't see why every feature was dumbed down to the point of making you go around and spend hours organizing your inventory or giving gifts when the first game had those features easy and straight forward. The sanctuary should have been changed to just a viewing gallery for your stuff, not the end-all-be-all for every single little activity in the gameUtterly disappointing. I really don't see why every feature was dumbed down to the point of making you go around and spend hours organizing your inventory or giving gifts when the first game had those features easy and straight forward. The sanctuary should have been changed to just a viewing gallery for your stuff, not the end-all-be-all for every single little activity in the game (again, adding waaaaay too much time to simple activities). Gameplay was far too easy as well, it seems they didn't listen to the criticism of the second game at all. Expand
  44. Aug 3, 2012
    9
    Played for around 35 hours, finished the main quest, the storyline, and finished up a few quests. If you liked Fable 2 you'll like Fable 3.

    The graphics really show the console's age, and are unimpressive next to any current PC games. But they serve their purpose, every territory has a unique look and feel to it, and is a pleasure to wander through and explore. The music is
    Played for around 35 hours, finished the main quest, the storyline, and finished up a few quests. If you liked Fable 2 you'll like Fable 3.

    The graphics really show the console's age, and are unimpressive next to any current PC games. But they serve their purpose, every territory has a unique look and feel to it, and is a pleasure to wander through and explore.

    The music is incredible, I think that's what makes Fable games feel so immersive.

    Combat is pretty easy once you figure it out, although still very satisfying. I enjoyed killing things in Fable 3 more than in Fable 2. The biggest challenge you'll face is the camera system, when you kill a lot of bad guys the camera moves around and goes in slow motion.

    The characters and stories are interesting, and the whole game is filled with the developer's humor.
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  45. Nov 4, 2010
    9
    At first I doubted that Fable 3 would be any better than it's predecessor, after playing almost 30 hours on one character I'd have come to the conclusion that Fable 3 surpasses it's previous titles!

    THE POSITIVE From the moment you re-enter Albion you'll feel the magic that Lionhead created. It's funny, beautiful and most of all unique. It's something that you won't find in any other the
    At first I doubted that Fable 3 would be any better than it's predecessor, after playing almost 30 hours on one character I'd have come to the conclusion that Fable 3 surpasses it's previous titles!

    THE POSITIVE
    From the moment you re-enter Albion you'll feel the magic that Lionhead created. It's funny, beautiful and most of all unique. It's something that you won't find in any other the game. Without any spoilers, -> You'll make a journey that will be long remembered, choices that really make you think and voice acting that'll take you away from reality. I can't praise this game enough.

    THE NEGATIVE
    Though besides all these positive things, Fable 3 still lacks the customization of your characters face. Don't get me wrong, you can still choose to have a beard, make-up, hats, etc. but nothing as in changing the nose, eye-color etc. This is something I hope they will change in the future.
    Bugs is another annoying thing that you will encounter while traversing Albion. I myself have experienced several bugs that made me restart the console, luckily the autosave is rather common and it won't put you too far back in the story.

    CLOSING COMMENTS
    Lionhead made a game that will be remembered in the years to come. Anyone who played the previous Fable games will surely find home. People who have never played any of it's predecessors, this is a good time to explore the magical world that is ... Albion.
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  46. Feb 5, 2011
    8
    I liked out return to the land of Albion. It was interesting making my own family, buying everything I could get my hand on and then selling it. One major problem here is the combat. I could rant on and on about it, though at first it is refreshingly simple it eventually gets worse and worse, there is a nice selection of enemies here but button-mash your way through combat, it's really theI liked out return to the land of Albion. It was interesting making my own family, buying everything I could get my hand on and then selling it. One major problem here is the combat. I could rant on and on about it, though at first it is refreshingly simple it eventually gets worse and worse, there is a nice selection of enemies here but button-mash your way through combat, it's really the only way. The quests are fun though and so is almost everything else in the game except the work. Pressing X,A and Y to make a pie is not fun, the only fun (funny) thing about it is the British accents "Oh that's a good pie!" and "I might keep that one for me self!" was a laugh. I loved being king and queen of Albion (I played it twice) and its little quests will keep you coming back for more. The epic battles weren't the best they could your allies may have been not been required but they would have been visually nice. I was surprised at the battles, but that's basically it. 8 Expand
  47. Nov 11, 2012
    5
    It's just more of the same, minus what made fable II fun. Interactions with NPCs have been dumbed down and are boring and repetitive. Gameplay is shallow and repetitive. Technically the game is rough, frame rate isn't perfect. It's not visually inspiring. This games redeeming quality is its sense of humor, it is very funny. Humor can only do so much for a game. Straight down the line, thisIt's just more of the same, minus what made fable II fun. Interactions with NPCs have been dumbed down and are boring and repetitive. Gameplay is shallow and repetitive. Technically the game is rough, frame rate isn't perfect. It's not visually inspiring. This games redeeming quality is its sense of humor, it is very funny. Humor can only do so much for a game. Straight down the line, this game is just average. It wouldve been more enjoyable if it were the only fable game ever made, however it's not. The best fable game on the 360 is not the newest one. Expand
  48. Feb 5, 2011
    6
    fable 3 was going to be incredible due to all the hype over how it was 'supposedly' going to be the best RPG game ever. The game as i expected was not. The graphics arn't a good standard compared to many games released around the same time. Lip sink is absolutely dreadfall and the story is very poor and lacking in content in my opinion with once again a very disapointing ending much likefable 3 was going to be incredible due to all the hype over how it was 'supposedly' going to be the best RPG game ever. The game as i expected was not. The graphics arn't a good standard compared to many games released around the same time. Lip sink is absolutely dreadfall and the story is very poor and lacking in content in my opinion with once again a very disapointing ending much like its predeseser. All moaning aside, the game is fun. There are alot of funny voice actors including the likes of Jason Manford, John Cleeves and Simon Pegg. The game has alot more comedic value then the previous titles but that doesn't make it a fantastic game its just good. Campaign - 45/100 Free Roam/Play - 76/100 Graphics - 60/100 Fun - 68/100 Overall - 62.25 Expand
  49. Jul 31, 2012
    2
    Fable 3 is definitely one of the worst games I've ever played. Its combat is broken and horrible. Its "moral choices" are so ridiculously simplistic that they have to add a random third act to justify them. Gameplay as a king is horribly restricted. Sidequests are thrusted upon you. A deadline you have to reach comes at you with no warning. The world is bare and the peoples are walkingFable 3 is definitely one of the worst games I've ever played. Its combat is broken and horrible. Its "moral choices" are so ridiculously simplistic that they have to add a random third act to justify them. Gameplay as a king is horribly restricted. Sidequests are thrusted upon you. A deadline you have to reach comes at you with no warning. The world is bare and the peoples are walking clones. There's so many things I despise about this game I can't even keep count. Expand
  50. Nov 23, 2012
    5
    Its a good RPG game, I personally found it boring. Had more fun playing fable 2. If you like RPGs and you like fable 2. I would recommend it, but I think they took a step backwords with this game.
  51. Jun 18, 2013
    7
    I was one of many Xbox Live Gold subscribers who grabbed the game for free, and it was worth the 1 hour, 5.6 GB download. Fable III provides an entertaining campaign that keeps the player excited. However, it was pretty short and only took me 2 days to finish. Granted, the game was addicting enough to have me at it all day, but still. I'm giving it a 7 because of the other amazing thingsI was one of many Xbox Live Gold subscribers who grabbed the game for free, and it was worth the 1 hour, 5.6 GB download. Fable III provides an entertaining campaign that keeps the player excited. However, it was pretty short and only took me 2 days to finish. Granted, the game was addicting enough to have me at it all day, but still. I'm giving it a 7 because of the other amazing things that keep the game alive. Many side quests, marriage, real estate, collecting keys/gnomes/flowers/books all kept me going. Also, being able to have 20 wives and 50 children at once is quite humorous (the game does boast a sense of humor).

    The story was decent (no spoilers, no worries). Your brother is a tyrant that seems to be torturing his kingdom and you are his reckoning. Unbeknownst to you an even worse threat lies outside of Albeon. Meh.

    Overall 7

    Story 5
    Gameplay 8
    Multiplayer 6
    Free-Roam Aspect 8
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  52. Jan 16, 2011
    5
    Fable III is a very charming game, however a game that requires no tactics whatsoever. Simply pressing any one of your buttons several times will finish off anyone. The story is stronger than most, and diversions such as relationships and a brief stint as a landlord are nice touches - however there is no real RPG elements to this game. In a weird way, it is similar to Heavy Rain - in thatFable III is a very charming game, however a game that requires no tactics whatsoever. Simply pressing any one of your buttons several times will finish off anyone. The story is stronger than most, and diversions such as relationships and a brief stint as a landlord are nice touches - however there is no real RPG elements to this game. In a weird way, it is similar to Heavy Rain - in that you are just passenger to a story - having to press a few buttons now and then. Expand
  53. Nov 1, 2010
    9
    Game is great, few games are as unique and entertaining as Fable and Fable III while similar to Fable II has some improvements. Storytelling is superb, and choices you make are challenging and actually made me care about what I was doing as it effects the world around you, few games even attempt to manage this. Can't understand why it isn't getting better reviews, I played through theGame is great, few games are as unique and entertaining as Fable and Fable III while similar to Fable II has some improvements. Storytelling is superb, and choices you make are challenging and actually made me care about what I was doing as it effects the world around you, few games even attempt to manage this. Can't understand why it isn't getting better reviews, I played through the entire game and didn't expirience any major glitches. Expand
  54. Feb 11, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I bought the first Fable when it came out and boy was I disappointed.
    Not cheated, per se, just disappointed. I got to Knothole Glade and
    couldn't be bothered to play any more. Aside from being completely
    misrepresented in preview years, the load times were atrocious for how
    small and how many areas there were and I wasn't impressed with the
    graphics at all. Moreover, I wanted to play a game fashioned by me from
    childhood to death, but the laborious childhood portion of the game was
    really just a training segment (I didn't want to play "segments" I
    wanted to grow up with the character).

    (Writing this now, I think they should try to make the game that was
    previewed. It is more than doable with today's tech and wouldn't have
    to be high budget).

    Coming back to it more than a year later, something clicked. The
    action, while not measuring up to Team Ninja's Ninja Gaiden (my
    favourite game at the time), was actually brilliant for a one button
    hack and slash. And the charm! How had I missed that? Plus, the
    graphics are also brilliant with gorgeous cycling days and
    colors(although pretty greyed out compared to other xbox titles), I
    only wish there were a first person look mode without having to get out
    a bow. I still think the whole story is utter drivel. I mean, this was
    supposed to be a story crafted by the player from childhood to death,
    with carving names into growing trees and such, not some nonsense with
    a bad-guy named "Jack of Blades" and a good guy who turns out to be a
    bad guy. Whatever. What I like doing most in the game is pretending to
    be a traveling salesman, going from Oakvale to Bowerstone on foot, back
    and forth. (They could do that, too, a traveling salesperson game with
    a real economy...)

    Then came Fable 2 which the critics gave numerous 10-out-of-10's to but
    I can't stand. Fans of Fable 1 have already argued why so I won't go
    into it.

    Unfortunately, those who didn't like 2 also didn't like 3 so I avoided
    it like the plague--if it weren't for my wife. God bless you Angie! Yes
    3 is a lot more like 2 than it is 1, but it is infinitely better than
    2. I went into it a skeptic but it won me over in less than five
    minutes with its brilliant opening cinematic and well modeled, (and
    voiced!), hero and awesome graphics. The story presentation is
    excellent and the game has flow. Plus, it is the most charming mature
    video game I have ever played, and if you don't absolutely love the
    chicken suit then I can't help you.

    The story is brilliant (for a game) even if I feel both love and hate
    for the overwrought Walter. I also feel, as I do about Mass Effect 3,
    that the game is best played to have your cake and eat it too. In other
    words, have enough gold to make the right decision always. If you want
    to be evil, that's fine too, the world really changes if you do--not
    the castle, I was promised walls dripping with blood! :( --but you are
    still congratulated for it at the end by Theresa. When I played evil I wanted her to hari kari herself in despair at having helped me. That would have fallen in line with the sick charm of the game and made me feel really evil, which is what you want. My favourite characters are: the Princess!; Lesley, who's quests I say you HAVE to play, even if you are "Good", just do yourself the favor; Reaver, brilliantly, and hilariously, written and voiced; and Chesty :) Oh, one last thing. I will say that the pine trees in F2 were GORGEOUS, even better than in 3 :)
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  55. Apr 12, 2011
    6
    Fable III is just fable II, minus many of the best aspects. It took Fable II, and made it into a very linear, one playthrough only game. You will have fun in the first half of the game - it's like a cheap bonus pack for Fable II, but once you reach the games second half, you have the most ridiculous options thrown your way. And the progression in the second half... not to spoil, but aFable III is just fable II, minus many of the best aspects. It took Fable II, and made it into a very linear, one playthrough only game. You will have fun in the first half of the game - it's like a cheap bonus pack for Fable II, but once you reach the games second half, you have the most ridiculous options thrown your way. And the progression in the second half... not to spoil, but a hundred days pass as quickly as one in the world of Fable III. Yes, decent graphics, but not much better than Fable II's, same generic animation, audio, and a few re-imaged locations. If you love Fable, you'll like this, and if you never enjoyed previous series entries, this isn't any sort of improvement. Expand
  56. Jan 28, 2013
    7
    I didn't find the story line or characters very compelling, though the gameplay was fun--especially using ranged weapons such as rifles and pistols in combat. The most enjoyable component, for me, was the local co-op. Being able to grab a friend and go questing together was a blast.
  57. Nov 24, 2010
    8
    It was good, don't get me wrong, I played through it twice, both good and evil, and was thoroughly entertained. It was the small things that kept it from being a great game though. The game was glitchy at times, it played similarly to Fable 2, and like Fable 2, the game was boring to play once the end was reached.
  58. May 11, 2013
    5
    I wanted to like this game. I'd heard rumors about how bad it was, which I ultimately disregarded and bought the game. (Plenty of people have rated sequel games lowly for not being exact replicas of their predecessor, and I figured that was what was going on with Fable III.)

    This game is not trashed by fans unfairly. The combat is boring, magic is vastly overpowered, there is basically
    I wanted to like this game. I'd heard rumors about how bad it was, which I ultimately disregarded and bought the game. (Plenty of people have rated sequel games lowly for not being exact replicas of their predecessor, and I figured that was what was going on with Fable III.)

    This game is not trashed by fans unfairly. The combat is boring, magic is vastly overpowered, there is basically no use for melee weapons in this game.. The guns and magic succeed melee even in close range. This is disappointing, as the hammer in the game has the ability to become quite aesthetically pleasing.

    One of the features of the Fable series that everyone knows is the ability to become good or evil. But in this game, it seems misplaced. You are the Princess/Prince trying to overthrow your brother, the King, because he is mean and evil. If you choose to become evil, the whole plot of the game is contradictory.

    The graphics are original and charming. It's like stepping into a fairy tale.. Until you move. When you are moving, the environments become blurry and have actually made me nauseous.

    Albion's formerly grin-inducing chicken humor has gone too far in this game. They took a small, "icing on the cake" aspect of the first game and overused it until it was too tired to be funny anymore.

    Fable I is the best Fable, if you can overlook the old graphics and the inability to have a female protagonist. If not, Fable II is far superior to III.
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  59. 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 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 aFable 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
  60. Jan 6, 2011
    0
    This game really angered me. This just seems like microsoft trying to squeeze every penny out of me (again). They are destroying what was my favorite franchise from them . Crappy story ending, bad gameplay mechanics, and terrible glitches.....I have had to restart my whole game 3x due to glitches not allowing me to proceed only to get to the end and be very disappointed.
  61. May 13, 2012
    7
    Okay, to describe fable as a series is that it's that bridge between jrpg's and normal ones. The game has a unique art style that i love about fable. The combat is easy and accessible. The issue: TOO EASY!. I had 4 characters never died once. You also can't lose if you cast spells. However, combining two spells is the coolest thing i have ever seen in my life. The story is cool at first,Okay, to describe fable as a series is that it's that bridge between jrpg's and normal ones. The game has a unique art style that i love about fable. The combat is easy and accessible. The issue: TOO EASY!. I had 4 characters never died once. You also can't lose if you cast spells. However, combining two spells is the coolest thing i have ever seen in my life. The story is cool at first, but then turns really slow, then picks up. Then slows down...this kind of roller coaster is something I've grown familiar with since fable 2. I found myself having more fun making choices as king then fighting. As always morality is what fable is about and there are little to no visual changes in your characters alignment. THAT WAS MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT FABLE 2. Overall, good game but disappointing. Expand
  62. Oct 28, 2010
    1
    Lionhead Studios apparently went out of their way to be the most dissapointing studio in 2010. Fable 3 has enormous potential but manages to fail so epically its really quite spectacular. Glitches and broken game mechanics abound to such an extreme extent that Lionhead has offically taken the glitch 'crown' from Bethesda. Fancy spending 10+ hours makin pies? Wanna play through half theLionhead Studios apparently went out of their way to be the most dissapointing studio in 2010. Fable 3 has enormous potential but manages to fail so epically its really quite spectacular. Glitches and broken game mechanics abound to such an extreme extent that Lionhead has offically taken the glitch 'crown' from Bethesda. Fancy spending 10+ hours makin pies? Wanna play through half the game only to have to start again? Play Fable 3! Ive literally been forced to do both of those things I mentioned above. These are patently ridiculous things to have happen in a high profile title and Lionhead Studios should be ashamed of themselves. Peter "you aren't playing it right" Molyneux should fire himself for releasing such a grand travesty. There is absolutely no excuse for the unfinished and untested form that this game is being proffered at. For $60 bucks its a damn crime. If I were Mr. Molyneux I would never leave my house again. Expand
  63. Oct 30, 2010
    5
    Fable III to me plays like a kinect game ported to the regular Xbox 360. Almost all of the functionality has been completely simplified to the point where I was trying to find the green plumbob over my characters head. Yes, Fable III has been so simplified it feels more like the Sims 3 w/ a weak RPG port.

    The story line is good, but the game mechanics are just not up there with any
    Fable III to me plays like a kinect game ported to the regular Xbox 360. Almost all of the functionality has been completely simplified to the point where I was trying to find the green plumbob over my characters head. Yes, Fable III has been so simplified it feels more like the Sims 3 w/ a weak RPG port.

    The story line is good, but the game mechanics are just not up there with any form of RPG on the market today. In Fable I and II you could at least pick the magic you want, nope. In Fable III you have to pick one spell or a combination of two spells and thats all you have. Of course you can buzz back to base and pick another spell there to use. Which takes time and is not FLUID. The entire game feels like an exercise in breaking up the flow of what could have been a good RPG.

    Now, lets look at the in game sales. Buzz back to base, and you hear John Cleese (the butler) selling you DLC. Yup, the game has made selling DLC part of the game experience directly.

    The only redeeming part of the game is the writing, for that the game gets a 5. If you are looking for a game with a good story and a challenge to play, DO NOT BUY FABLE III. Fable III is a good rental game for the weekend.
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  64. Nov 6, 2011
    8
    Fable III is a very good game, however it i a step back from the greatness of Fable II. The story is great and deals with issues like revolutions, ethics and class struggle in a way that is offbeat and humorous. Some of the characters are great, but there are some stinkers too (like the one you get to play). Combat is smooth and the acrobatic finishers are brutally entertaining.Fable III is a very good game, however it i a step back from the greatness of Fable II. The story is great and deals with issues like revolutions, ethics and class struggle in a way that is offbeat and humorous. Some of the characters are great, but there are some stinkers too (like the one you get to play). Combat is smooth and the acrobatic finishers are brutally entertaining. However, I have a bone to pick with the lack of weapon variety and the lack of a convention save system and inventory. NPC interactions have also been dumbed down. I won't give away the ending, but it really, really sucked. Overall this is a good game, but one that made me want to play Fable II in lieu of playing through it a second time. Expand
  65. Nov 9, 2011
    8
    This game was a lot better then the second one was in my opinion. I am glad that I took the time to play through this one. I was happy to see it revamped a little and a lot more fun to play.
  66. Mar 20, 2012
    7
    Fable 3 is fun and offers some nice quests and a nice story where your choices actually matter, but the game is short, I only spent around 7 hours on my first playthrough. Of course I could have spent more if I had done all the side quests, but I don't think there's a lot more than 20 hours in the game. What's in there is good, but the game is way too easy and far too forgiving which ruinsFable 3 is fun and offers some nice quests and a nice story where your choices actually matter, but the game is short, I only spent around 7 hours on my first playthrough. Of course I could have spent more if I had done all the side quests, but I don't think there's a lot more than 20 hours in the game. What's in there is good, but the game is way too easy and far too forgiving which ruins the experience a lot. Still, it's a good game, and the multiplayer is nice. Expand
  67. Jun 20, 2013
    4
    Extremely mediocre. The story was rushed. The fortification of Albion was too little time. It barely gives you any time to finish your preparations. The Sanctuary may not be terrible (after they somewhat repaired it), but the map is still quite bad. Shops are kind of odd. The combat system is PRIMITIVE and easy as hell. It literally comes down to pushing three buttons. You will anyways endExtremely mediocre. The story was rushed. The fortification of Albion was too little time. It barely gives you any time to finish your preparations. The Sanctuary may not be terrible (after they somewhat repaired it), but the map is still quite bad. Shops are kind of odd. The combat system is PRIMITIVE and easy as hell. It literally comes down to pushing three buttons. You will anyways end up using no more than two (gun and magic or melee). The worst thing about this whole game is easily the HORRIBLE quest system and interface. This could not be done worse. The ending itself is CUT. I had the feeling that I could take this ''darkness'' and ''the greatest threat to Albion ever'' all by my lonesome and win and the final boss battle was a punch in the face. The only reason I got this game is that it was for free. Expand
  68. May 21, 2015
    4
    I pre ordered this because I bought into the Peter molyneaux hype, still unaware of his last two fable game promises. Needless to say it was extremely disappointing. Disappointing to the point of being a bad game. It IS A BAD GAME. It wouldn't have been if I wasn't so mislead end and lied to.
  69. Nov 8, 2010
    6
    This game feels like a chore to play. While there is some enjoyment to be found the repetition, bugs, stale combat, and poor development designs dominate most of the game. The combat is very unenjoyable and down right frustrating some times with hit detection problems riddled in the melee, and guns, magic is over powered and the path of least resistance though gets repetitous very quickly.This game feels like a chore to play. While there is some enjoyment to be found the repetition, bugs, stale combat, and poor development designs dominate most of the game. The combat is very unenjoyable and down right frustrating some times with hit detection problems riddled in the melee, and guns, magic is over powered and the path of least resistance though gets repetitous very quickly. Exploration is very tedious, with the dog barking every 2 seconds for a dig spot where you get a very little amount of gold, and the rewards of exploration are not worth the time invested. The good/evil choices while they do have a great impact once you become king/queen it all really feels tacked on and not cohesive whatsoever. I did enjoy making the choices, holding court, and amassing wealth. The family system is terrible and investing in properties and business is more streamlined (you can do it through the map) it is not enjoyable. There is some fun to be had in Fable 3, but you have to deal with a large portion of excrement in this buggy, disjointed, and non-cohesive adventure. Expand
  70. Oct 30, 2010
    9
    This is easily the best of the Fable series. It IS very similar to 2 as some say, but let me tell you, everything you wished were awesome in 2 IS awesome in 3. it is ALMOST the same as 2, with the exception of getting it RIGHT this time and adding some key new features. The lack of a hud was a good idea. 1 point has been shaved for some serious glitches and a big bug or two. EverythingThis is easily the best of the Fable series. It IS very similar to 2 as some say, but let me tell you, everything you wished were awesome in 2 IS awesome in 3. it is ALMOST the same as 2, with the exception of getting it RIGHT this time and adding some key new features. The lack of a hud was a good idea. 1 point has been shaved for some serious glitches and a big bug or two. Everything else (gameplay, plot, immersion factor, everything) is top flight. Enjoy this one, it willl make a Fable fan of you. Expand
  71. Oct 13, 2013
    3
    I don't know i'm meant to be sad when a character dies since all you basically do in this game is fart in people's faces. The only improvements from Fable II is the graphics and co-op. Apart from that, nothing was improved.
  72. Mar 16, 2014
    0
    The AVGN should review this boring chore of a game. It sucks. It sucks REAL hard. If you like the game, great. But I see it as one of the biggest disapointments ever.
  73. Aug 30, 2015
    2
    Peter Molyneux has struck again!

    Terrible game. I can't believe the positive scores. I've never played a game where you couldn't die. The minute you learn magic attacks (which is right at the beginning) the game becomes repetitive and boring. you can use melee attacks but it's much quicker to spam the magic button to which the enemies (bosses included) have no real defense to. I can't
    Peter Molyneux has struck again!

    Terrible game. I can't believe the positive scores. I've never played a game where you couldn't die. The minute you learn magic attacks (which is right at the beginning) the game becomes repetitive and boring. you can use melee attacks but it's much quicker to spam the magic button to which the enemies (bosses included) have no real defense to. I can't describe how disappointed I was when I realized I couldn't die. I took one too many hits when I wasn't paying attention and I was just knocked out for a few seconds. Terrible waste of money. Peter Molyneaux has struck again! More lies more bs more empty promises for what turned out to be another terrible game.
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  74. Nov 19, 2010
    7
    Great game kept me playing all the way through the campaign all I would say is be careful not to rush through the part when your king as i did and it goes wrong (I was being good) Take your time and build your royal balance slowly.
  75. Oct 26, 2010
    9
    This is an early review as I've just scratched the surface of this game, but what Ive played so far is really good. It looks like a lot of thought and hard work has gone into this game, the map makes it look like the game is going to be about 3 times the size of Fable 2. Already I can tell I'm going to go through on a second play through just to be evil. I cant wait to mess aroundThis is an early review as I've just scratched the surface of this game, but what Ive played so far is really good. It looks like a lot of thought and hard work has gone into this game, the map makes it look like the game is going to be about 3 times the size of Fable 2. Already I can tell I'm going to go through on a second play through just to be evil. I cant wait to mess around with my friends on line... Sometimes its good to be bad *Evil Grin*

    So far Im giving this game a 90% Im guessing after a few days of playing more I'll wish I had given it a 10.
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  76. Mar 24, 2011
    7
    I am a huge fan of the Fable series. Fable II was a great game that I played over and over again and never really got tired of. Fable III, although good, doesn't hold my interest like the second did. The graphics and gameplay are definitely improved over part II, (especially the multiplayer) but I feel there is something missing. I only played this game through one time. You don'tI am a huge fan of the Fable series. Fable II was a great game that I played over and over again and never really got tired of. Fable III, although good, doesn't hold my interest like the second did. The graphics and gameplay are definitely improved over part II, (especially the multiplayer) but I feel there is something missing. I only played this game through one time. You don't have the ability to make different characters and I seriously think this lowers the replay value. It was fun to play through, (I've completed the main storyline and many of the side quest) but once it's over, it kinda feels over for good. Expand
  77. Feb 7, 2012
    7
    Peter did it again. He promised something and it didn't live up to expectations. By this point, it's safe to say that we as gamers are partially responsible for buying his over promised games. Fable III isn't a bad game by any stretch, but it isn't a great game either. The combat is fun, though there's not a lot of customization. The story is pretty poor compared to other entries, andPeter did it again. He promised something and it didn't live up to expectations. By this point, it's safe to say that we as gamers are partially responsible for buying his over promised games. Fable III isn't a bad game by any stretch, but it isn't a great game either. The combat is fun, though there's not a lot of customization. The story is pretty poor compared to other entries, and the morality system is replaced by more of a political system. What drove me mad though was the fact that after putting in many hours to the game, my save became corrupted. I didn't factor that into the score but it's worth mentioning since I'm not the only one experiencing it. Expand
  78. Jul 3, 2011
    1
    How can I say this, in the nicest possible way, Fable III is just terrible. It's a far cry from Fable 1, which actually held promise. Peter Molyneux may have promised the world in Fable I, but regardless it was a fairly enjoyable game, with a fairly decent story. Fable III on the other hand is just poor. The dog is back from Fable II, but yet again it's merely a treasure hunter. TheHow can I say this, in the nicest possible way, Fable III is just terrible. It's a far cry from Fable 1, which actually held promise. Peter Molyneux may have promised the world in Fable I, but regardless it was a fairly enjoyable game, with a fairly decent story. Fable III on the other hand is just poor. The dog is back from Fable II, but yet again it's merely a treasure hunter. The combat has been dumbed down even further, and yet again the game relies on mashing one button. It's simplistic and annoying. The social interaction is even worse now. Fable II provided some variety but even that has been simplified to pathetic proportions. Now it's random.... Fable III isn't even an rpg any more, it's a tech demo and a cash grab from lionhead. Just disgusting... Expand
  79. Oct 14, 2011
    4
    Fable III is a simple game for small children. If you
  80. Sep 20, 2013
    7
    Quite a good game it can be fun to play, the story and characters are good and the atmosphere is nice but there is no challenge, I finished the game without dying. The combat is way too easy. Another problem is that becoming friends with people is boring just hold down A and you're done but despite these problems I had fun with this game and think it deserves a 7.
  81. 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 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 aIt'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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  82. Oct 27, 2010
    9
    An over all brilliant game, the team at Lionhead never fails to perform. I still havent finished all there is to do in the game but am loving every bit of it. The downsides are I miss the item system, still no multiplayer co-op arena and not much of a graphics update.
  83. Oct 27, 2010
    10
    I know there is alot wrong with this game. The storyline isn't great and neither are the graphics. But I fell in love with albion and the hero of skill reaver is very funny. Strangely the one of the best things about it though is the property market.
  84. Nov 9, 2011
    5
    I really wanted to like this game. I really did. My first game with the Xbox 360 was Fable 2, so I looked forward to seeing Fable 3, but a horrible thing happened between Fable 2 and Fable 3...I played Dragon Age. The Fable world feels flat and one dimensional in comparison with the epic scale of Dragon Age. Dragon Age offers me real world choices and actually lets me really exploreI really wanted to like this game. I really did. My first game with the Xbox 360 was Fable 2, so I looked forward to seeing Fable 3, but a horrible thing happened between Fable 2 and Fable 3...I played Dragon Age. The Fable world feels flat and one dimensional in comparison with the epic scale of Dragon Age. Dragon Age offers me real world choices and actually lets me really explore relationships with the NPC's. Fable 3 just feels like a child's game in comparison. It saddens me to say this, but Fable 3 has not stepped up its game enough. Expand
  85. Mar 21, 2014
    4
    Massive flaws. 1.)It's impossible to fail. Literally. You can fight the biggest, baddest boss in the game, set the controller down without pausing and make a sandwich... Then, you can go to work. Then, you can come home and go to sleep. Then, you can wake up and catch a flight to the island paradise of Maui and spend a week there. Then you can come home and sleep off your jet-lag. If theMassive flaws. 1.)It's impossible to fail. Literally. You can fight the biggest, baddest boss in the game, set the controller down without pausing and make a sandwich... Then, you can go to work. Then, you can come home and go to sleep. Then, you can wake up and catch a flight to the island paradise of Maui and spend a week there. Then you can come home and sleep off your jet-lag. If the game is still running, you will still be alive and completely fine. 2.) None of the original promises of the Fable series are fulfilled in this entry. If anything, it's a step back from 1 and 2 in meeting the goals that were originally set for the project. 3.) The menus are all replaced by a cumbersome 'sanctuary' that you teleport to and walk into different rooms, select certain objects and... interact with menus. It's just a nonsensical, immersion-breaking, extra layer between you and menus. Expand
  86. Oct 27, 2010
    7
    Like my other current favorite games (Bioshock and Fallout 3) this sequel doesn't stray too far from it's predecessor. There are some general game-play improvements but nothing too drastic. This game feels and sounds very familiar.

    If you enjoyed Fable 2 you should like Fable 3 but you might be wishing that this game had a more thorough update.
  87. 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 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 betterI'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
  88. Oct 30, 2010
    9
    Fable 3 is a great game, there is no doubt about it. It surpasses the first and second easily. The interesting thing is that there are difficult moral decisions to make (but the producers make sure that you can be a completely benevolent person if you desire). That said, there is freedom to do whatever you want as a ruler. Child labor? Sure. Leave citizens to die in the desert? Sure. TheFable 3 is a great game, there is no doubt about it. It surpasses the first and second easily. The interesting thing is that there are difficult moral decisions to make (but the producers make sure that you can be a completely benevolent person if you desire). That said, there is freedom to do whatever you want as a ruler. Child labor? Sure. Leave citizens to die in the desert? Sure. The beauty here is the freedom. The characters are deep and engaging and the story is quite good, the antagonists are thoroughly despicable and you feel an urge to deal with them. Another cool thing is that your personal behavior doesn't dictate how you are as a ruler. If you have enough gold, you can bankroll everything out of your own pocket (though I wish you didn't get morality deductions from taking cash out if I paid all out of pocket...) The game is great but I have a few qualms. I wish that that there were a set of global sliders to set all rent or all prices at once. Other than that, the GUI is nice and made much more of a difference than i thought it would. The combat is fluid and cool, you can have any combination of magic, melee, and ranged. I had 30 melee kills and something like 1500 ranged kills at the end. You are given the freedom to develop the character the way you want. I recommend that you get this game, I just finished playing through and I want to play as an evil character now, but part of me doesn't want to deal with the grim decisions I would make. I actually felt obligated to repay those that helped me out. The game could be a littler longer, but there are plenty of side quests. A good game to rent or buy depending on how much you like the genre. Expand
  89. 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, challenge, and exploration of its predecessors. The plot at first seems very promising and epic, but Molyneuxâ
  90. Sep 3, 2012
    6
    What a letdown. They spend the entire second half of the game building up to this huge event that is supposed to be almost impossible to survive, then when you get to it there is no challenge whatsoever. Other than that the game is fun for the 12 hours that it lasts, and there is plenty of mediocre content if you want to keep going. But it is excessively glitchy- not polished at all.What a letdown. They spend the entire second half of the game building up to this huge event that is supposed to be almost impossible to survive, then when you get to it there is no challenge whatsoever. Other than that the game is fun for the 12 hours that it lasts, and there is plenty of mediocre content if you want to keep going. But it is excessively glitchy- not polished at all. One time I had to reset the game because it would not let me go through a door that I had to go through to proceed. Luckily it worked after I reloaded. I have no idea why Molyneaux is so proud of himself. This game is a definite step down from Fable 2. Expand
  91. Jan 2, 2014
    1
    The only thing that this game has to offer is the graphics.This game is full of loading screens,poor animation execution,It is also TOO EASY and this makes the game BORING,you can kill all the enemies using the same tactics.
    They've killed Fable franchise,this game sucks and these people saying that this game is awesome are just BRAINLESS FOOLS
  92. May 31, 2013
    3
    All the problems i had with Fable 2 have not been resolved the game is still to easy and combat is still based on one button. The game even makes things worse by taking away the loot system and adding weapon morphing. They also ripped the bad menu screen and replaced it with the sanctuary which forces you to watch a boring loading screen for five minutes.
    the graphics and property system
    All the problems i had with Fable 2 have not been resolved the game is still to easy and combat is still based on one button. The game even makes things worse by taking away the loot system and adding weapon morphing. They also ripped the bad menu screen and replaced it with the sanctuary which forces you to watch a boring loading screen for five minutes.
    the graphics and property system keep this game from being a one or two out of ten
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  93. Nov 7, 2010
    5
    What follows is a ranting kinda-review:
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    Fable III's last mission lasted less than 10 minutes, and the final boss fight was easier and less epic than any of the (2 or 3) minibosses in the game. Fable III was a step backwards from Fable II; even from Fable I. //// There were almost no unexpected twists or setting switch-ups. Fable II had the Spire and the time progression at the start
    What follows is a ranting kinda-review:
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    Fable III's last mission lasted less than 10 minutes, and the final boss fight was easier and less epic than any of the (2 or 3) minibosses in the game. Fable III was a step backwards from Fable II; even from Fable I.
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    There were almost no unexpected twists or setting switch-ups. Fable II had the Spire and the time progression at the start after being a child, and other parts as you journey around. Fable III has one interesting bit, and it's only there to royally disappoint you at the end.
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    There was less humour, and the characters are less interesting. Jasper (John Cleese) might have been cool, but he stops talking (still unresolved bug), and tries repeatedly to sell you retarded DLC. So screw that.
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    The landscapes are crappier. The draw distance is small, all of the landscapes were fairly samey. There's only a few more enemies, and they're not very interesting (and they only show up later in the game). There's no goofy areas like the Shadow Temple in Fable 2.
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    Skill progression is simplified from Fable II, which was already pretty bloody simple to begin with. The game is also even easier than Fable II, which was pretty damn easy to begin with.
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    The "choices" you make are straight up good or evil. All "good" choices while monarch will simply make the game take longer as you need to earn more money to make up for them. That is, if you even care about the treasury. There's no consequences to anything. The character is also set up as a really good guy in every cinematic, even if you're playing as a complete dick.
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    The interaction system is a nice example of the unthinking that went into this game. Instead of interacting with a large group of villagers at once, you have to interact with them one at a time, and with even more coarsely-grained choices than before (A, X, Y: Nice, Scary, Rude). Why did they change it?
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    And of course it's messy as all hell. The glowing "bread crumb" trail disappears, or points in an altogether wrong direction. The framerate drops precipitously all the time and the game goes into slow-motion mode. Baddies show up nonsensically in rich areas where nobles live.
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    I really enjoyed Fable 1 and 2, but this? It was an *okay* time-waster, but basically completely unmemorable.
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  94. Jan 28, 2011
    8
    Fable 3 was confusing to decide a score on. The game as a whole is fun as a single player experience. The combat is solid for the most part. The leveling up mechanic differentiates from others because of its unique 'no menu' system. And the wide cast of celebrity voice actors do a satisfying job. All of this is great, but the reason i am disappointed is solely because of your decisions andFable 3 was confusing to decide a score on. The game as a whole is fun as a single player experience. The combat is solid for the most part. The leveling up mechanic differentiates from others because of its unique 'no menu' system. And the wide cast of celebrity voice actors do a satisfying job. All of this is great, but the reason i am disappointed is solely because of your decisions and actions as king of Albion. Being king of Albion is the largest reason of what attracted me to this game. The whole concept seemed solid. Well, i'm sorry to say, but it isn't. Fable 3 suffers from a common problem of the 'press this button to be good, and press this button to be bad mechanic'. The game tells you what is a bad action, and what is good. This dumbs down the feeling as a king as the experience only lasts 2 hours maximum as well. Even though i am disappointed with this, the game is still a lot of fun. Because of this, i am awarding Fable 3 with an 8 out of 10. Expand
  95. Nov 3, 2010
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a great game. If u like fable 2, u will like this. the story is good. u get to start a revolution, and then rule the kingdom. co-op over live has improved so u can use your character, have different cameras, and get experience (now followers/guild seals). the things i didnt like is u cant buy/rent houses right away, or get married right away. you have to get far enough on the road to rule, the progression system used. also not a huge fan of the touch system, like holding hands. wish it was still follow like in fable 2. still a great game, with alot to do. collectibles, and whatnot. great game. oh i personally love u can marry NPC and people online, and have kids and STDs, fun stuffâ Expand
  96. Nov 26, 2010
    5
    I don't see how they would let a game be released with such a significant amount of flaws. Yes, the story is good, but the graphics are horrendous. I loved Fable 1 and Fable 2 but this game ran the whole franchise into the ground. Their is a large amount of glitches in the gameplay such as pop ins and graphical glitches but, the story was very compelling in every way. I will buy the nextI don't see how they would let a game be released with such a significant amount of flaws. Yes, the story is good, but the graphics are horrendous. I loved Fable 1 and Fable 2 but this game ran the whole franchise into the ground. Their is a large amount of glitches in the gameplay such as pop ins and graphical glitches but, the story was very compelling in every way. I will buy the next one because I love the fable franchise but this was a complete downfall to the series. Not worth the money. Expand
  97. Dec 8, 2010
    6
    What an absolute botch job by Lionhead. They stripped almost everything that made the second game so good and added a bunch of new stuff...that all sucks. The ending is embarrassingly bad. The conversation system has been neutered as well as the magic and fighting systems. 2010's biggest disappointment on the Xbox 360.
  98. Dec 26, 2010
    8
    A great continuation of the Fable series. Amazing graphics, nice controls, intriguing story and always fun to buy every building in all of Albion. But too short and not a whole lot of replay value. DLC may change that though.
  99. Apr 23, 2011
    7
    A fun game to play but not as good as the previous game. The spell progression has been massively dumbed down and the game looses its way in the middle which is a real shame. It feels like Lionhead rushed this game and left bits out or half finished them to bring it to market quickly which is a shame as real fans of the series would have been happy to wait for a more complete version.
  100. Jul 17, 2013
    6
    Despite having some great ideas, it is too simple and a game-breaking bug stopped me from going any further but what I played I had fun with. Sooooo I thought it was decent
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 88 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 88
  2. Negative: 0 out of 88
  1. Jan 31, 2011
    80
    Lionhead carefully preserved everything that made Fable 2 so good. Though it's a pity that the "king simulator" concept is totally wasted here.
  2. Jan 16, 2011
    85
    There are more highlights in the first two missions of Black Ops, then in Medal of Honor. The requirements of Treyarch seemed to be better, than in the past few years. They made an interesting setting. In addition, there's a nice zombie mode and an overwhelming multiplayer. No doubt, this is Treyarchs best Call of Duty ever!
  3. Jan 15, 2011
    60
    Flaws in design and execution are even more obvious with this new game and, as usual, Lionhead fails to live up to the expectations.