Metascore
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Mixed or average reviews - based on 70 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 70
  2. Negative: 11 out of 70
  1. Oct 15, 2012
    90
    Some core players might find the puzzle elements and on-rails battle sequences too easy, but I'm definitely not one of them. As a story-focused motion control offering, Fable: The Journey shows off the Kinect's potential while still existing as far more than a technology demo; this is a true Fable in all senses of the word.
  2. Oct 9, 2012
    90
    A great story that Fable fans will absolutely eat up, but some long stretches of lonely road keep this from being an absolute must-have for every Kinect owner.
  3. Oct 18, 2012
    84
    The game will tire core gamers, but brings entertainment to families and kids who are looking for some fantasy-action with movement.
  4. Oct 31, 2012
    80
    Like the games before it, Fable: The Journey stands strong on its accessibility, its sense of charm and wonder and because it, more than any other game, makes you feel like the hero of a fairytale.
  5. Oct 14, 2012
    80
    Fable: The Journey loses many of the elements that made the main series famous, things like PNG interaction, moral choices and freedom, but it makes a very good and pleasing Kinect game, even with some story revelations that will please the series fans.
  6. Oct 10, 2012
    80
    Fable: The Journey makes excellent use of the Kinect.
  7. Oct 10, 2012
    80
    Approached with an open mind, and accepted for what it is rather than what it isn't, a guided tour of Albion proves surprisingly appealing.
  8. Oct 9, 2012
    80
    If you've got a Kinect gathering dust, you need to get it plugged back in. While Fable: The Journey has its fair share of issues, it is certainly one of the best non-dance games for the Kinect.
  9. 80
    It's not demo material or a novelty release, but an uncompromising adventure game that weaves an engrossing story while utilizing the full potential of motion control. It doesn't always work flawlessly, but the sheer ambition alone makes it a must-own for Fable and Kinect fans alike.
  10. Strong characters entertain throughout the game's uncharacteristically involving story, with sheer imagination turning those limited core systems into something just that little bit more magical. There are tears, laughter - and most importantly, the first successful stab at Kinect-enhanced immersion - as Fable: The Journey gallops toward its epic conclusion.
  11. Oct 10, 2012
    76
    It's a fun little side story that doesn't hook you like other RPGs, but does keep you entertained for the most of its running time. Most importantly, Fable: The Journey is the closest thing we have to a hardcore motion-controlled game, and it sets some amazing groundwork for future motion titles.
  12. Dec 19, 2012
    75
    For Kinect owners who love Fable, The Journey is a must buy and will likely result in many hours being spent traversing Albion, enjoying a charming story with interesting characters and likely finding a new love the Xbox 360 peripheral. If you're on the fence about whether or not you need another Kinect game or you're trying to find an excuse to purchase a Kinect, Fable: The Journey is by far one of the reasons to pick up this piece of kit.
  13. Nov 25, 2012
    75
    Rising above many of the system's shortcomings, areas of the game may fall into some of the same traps many developers find themselves in due to the Kinect's limited capabilities, but when the game works it provides one of the most engaging and immersive titles available, inventively putting the technology to great use. It's just a damn shame about that irritatingly inaccurate precision tracking.
  14. Oct 25, 2012
    75
    Fable: The Journey is a good Kinect game. It is obvious Lionhead built the game around Microsoft's peripheral device and knows how to make full use of its capabilities. The gameplay is intuitive, even though it is somewhat repetitive. It's not the perfect Kinect game, but Lionhead's Albion adventure shows other developers how to make good use of the device.
  15. Oct 24, 2012
    75
    If you own a Kinect, I definitely feel like Fable: The Journey is worth checking out. It works extremely well as a unique, core experience, and considering those experiences are few and far between on Kinect, I think that's saying something. And if you're a Fable fan, you'll definitely find some enjoyment over the setting, characters, and lore offered up here. It's nice to get a Kinect game that actually works every once in a while, and Fable: The Journey certainly works quite well.
  16. Oct 11, 2012
    75
    Overall, for Fable fans, the story alone is worth the purchase, and Fable: The Journey is easily the most extensive Kinect title to date. But it is a very different experience to the usual RPG, and while the Kinect does a good job, it's not spectacular, and you may have to be prepared to fiddle around with your living room setup and lighting to get the best out of it.
  17. Oct 9, 2012
    75
    Fable fans will enjoy the plot and the details about Theresa and Albion, but after the fun combat is over, there's really not much else to keep you coming back. Kinect's detractors won't change their minds with Fable the Journey.
  18. Nov 25, 2012
    74
    Quality Kinect action, but it's unlikely to wow any Fable naysayers. [Christmas 2012, p.86]
  19. Oct 9, 2012
    72
    The Journey is a legitimately fun game that happens to be played with Kinect...when the hardware works properly. It simply won't at times, though, and while that shouldn't stop you from giving it a try, it is something you should prepare for.
  20. Oct 16, 2012
    70
    Is it as successful or as ambitious as something like the original Fable? No, not quite. It still manages to be like nothing else out there, however. It's a game that, unlike other Kinect titles, can be enjoyed alone, just as much as it can be enjoyed with the family at Christmas time. It's a rough beginning and the horse riding does grate after time, but Fable: The Journey offers just enough variety that in the end, you'll be smiling. And aching.
  21. Oct 15, 2012
    70
    While some aspects of spellcasting take some getting used to, and the horse sequences drone on way too often, you still get your money's worth here, especially if you're a fan of the series. It's just another game that takes you by surprise, despite the heavy criticism and doubts. And that's always good to see.
  22. 70
    How much you enjoy Fable: The Journey will largely depend on what you want from a game. If you're after a great, lovingly told story, then you're in for a treat. If you're looking for exciting, responsive gameplay, then you may want to look elsewhere.
  23. Oct 11, 2012
    70
    A good game for those who like Fable or playing with Kinect. Recommended if you just want to enjoy a great adventure, the powerful feeling you get from the spells and have a break from the never-ending action games in the market.
  24. 70
    It's a real shame that the current Kinect technology apparently doesn't allow for more precision, because Fable: The Journey is really fun when everything clicks. It's the closest any game has come to fulfilling all the visions Microsoft had back when they unveiled the tech.
  25. Oct 11, 2012
    70
    While I didn't bond with my horse as much as Molyneux may have liked, I fell head over heels for Albion.
  26. Oct 9, 2012
    70
    Every great adventure starts with a simple step, this one is pretty good.
  27. Oct 9, 2012
    70
    Though it struggles with this repetitiveness at times, The Journey's wonderful vistas, heartwarming character and inventive use of the Kinect offer an experience that is blissfully pleasant, even soothing.
  28. Oct 9, 2012
    70
    A funny "roller-coaster" spin off in the Fable series, with entertaining straightforward story and gameplay, partially ruined by some annoying Kinect-related technical issues.
  29. Oct 9, 2012
    70
    We are fed up with bad games for Kinect. Fable: The Journey is an excellent title that is managed well and it has good graphic design and art. But its mechanics are on rails and some precision failures make the game shallow. As a Fable game it's bad.
  30. Oct 13, 2012
    69
    The gesture recognition works well, the pacing of the fights in this fantasy rail shooter is well executed. The coach riding as well as looking after your horse lacks variety though. In its best moments, this journey delivers a solid experience, in its worst it is just boring.
User Score
4.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 7 out of 20
  1. Oct 10, 2012
    4
    When Fable: The Journey was first announced I knew it would fail. Peter told us exactly "It's not on rails", well guess what? It is. Fable continues to slowly die out though to the changes it's over going year after year. The graphics are nice but what's the point when you can't stop to enjoy some of the breath taking environments? This game locks in for a boring ride unlike the previous two games. It's time Fable lived up to it's name and actually became one, because this is one you'll want to forget. Full Review »
  2. Oct 10, 2012
    8
    Definitely the best Kinect game I
  3. Oct 9, 2012
    2
    The fanboys can't even defend this one. It is complete and utter **** And if anyone cares about Fable, they won't argue about that. I love seeing people try to turn this into something it's not and make excuses for it existing.

    Kinect is a bad, overpriced tech demo and this game is just another example(as if Star Wars Kinect and Steel Battalion weren't enough) as to why Kinect doesn't work and how motion control based games aren't good with the current tech. Don't buy into this trash.

    RIP Fable
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