Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 70 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 70
  2. Negative: 11 out of 70
  1. Dec 17, 2012
    50
    An ambitious attempt at making a simple but compelling game, hampered by a device that's not quite up for it. [Jan 2013, p.81]
  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 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.
  4. Oct 9, 2012
    45
    The story even has a few emotional beats that work surprisingly well (though the jokes are uniformly lame)...But all of it, every moment, is utterly smothered by the technology used to control it.
  5. Oct 24, 2012
    45
    Fable: The Journey is a game that made me wish everything would go on without my active participation. The new tale from Lionhead has some charm thanks to nice characters, pretty graphics and safe, but funny jokes. You're a Kinect owner and want something new? You could give The Journey a chance, but if you're anybody else - a gamer in need of getting to know the next installment of this famous series, you should watch a playthrough on YouTube. If you make some awkward gestures, it'll be mostly the same, but for free.
  6. Oct 15, 2012
    60
    Lionhead's latest production could have been a great game. Unlike many titles powered by Kinect, Fable: The Journey has beautiful graphics, an orchestral score and interesting characters. As usual, the British studio manages to create compelling stories and a "easy to reach" gameplay but Kinect ruins them all. Driving the horse-drawn carriage is pleasant, but as soon as Gabriel sets foot upon the floor for action stages, the gameplay becomes a nightmare. Spells are imprecise, Kinect doesn't succeed in tracking down your body... really awful. Fortunately for Lionhead, it's easy for kids to have fun with games of that kind.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Oct 16, 2012
    60
    For all of its faults, Fable: The Journey is undoubtedly an experience, and one of the better single-player Kinect games on the market, even if it is a journey you're unlikely to make more than once.
  10. The game couldn't be any more "on rails," it may as well be called Fable: The Ride, since the player has no control whatsoever over where their character gets to go. In fact, there's a sequence in the game where you sit in a mine cart as it winds its way through a monster-filled cave. It's literally on [expletive deleted] rails!
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. FableWhen 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 loveThe 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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