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  • Summary: In Fable, every action determines your skill, appearance, and reputation. From childhood to death, you'll age and evolve a hero or villain through the actions you choose and the path you follow--be it good, evil, or in between. Your muscles expand with each feat of strength; your bodyIn Fable, every action determines your skill, appearance, and reputation. From childhood to death, you'll age and evolve a hero or villain through the actions you choose and the path you follow--be it good, evil, or in between. Your muscles expand with each feat of strength; your body becomes fatter with gluttony; your skin tans with exposure to sunlight; and your battle wounds turn into scars. Competitive and cooperative heroes, deadly creatures, dynamic weather systems, and deformable environments all exist in the ever-changing land of Fable. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 87
  2. Negative: 1 out of 87
  1. 100
    Just remember, Fable is not "Project Ego." What it is, though, is a redefinition for RPG's. It takes out all the frustrating elements of the genre, and instead puts in a heap of fun options and possibilities. This is why; despite its disappointing conclusion, Fable is one of the most gripping and enjoyable games that has come to grace the console scene.
  2. Sit down with fable, take it slow, and really enjoy all that there is to be seen here. I think fable isn't about genre defining gameplay, it's about creative invention. It pulls players in and makes you actually feel like you are a hero and not just controlling one arbitrarily.
  3. Those who enjoy experimenting with every possibility in their games will find enough in Fable to keep them busy for countless hours, while gamers who appreciate more objectives and a clear sense of direction will probably burn through the story quickly and have little reason to play through a second time.
  4. Fable isn't always awe-inspiring, and its combat lock-on system can be frustrating, but what it introduces to the genre is fantastic. "Watching" gamers' playing tendencies and assigning experience points accordingly is ingenious, and it really makes players practice their skills.
  5. Much of what was supposed to make Fable innovative was ultimately cut out, but what's left still looks incredible and is amazingly fun to play.
  6. For those of us who understand that while true non-linear storytelling is never going to happen, personalising a linear narrative in meaningful ways according to your own inclinations is far from inconsequential, then it's another significant step into the future.
  7. For all its advertising about a virtual world governed by cause and effect, Fable is really just a terribly unambitious hack and slash game in a bad marriage with a personality simulator. The hack and slash works fairly well-everything else, not so much.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 103
  2. Negative: 11 out of 103
  1. Mar 3, 2014
    10
    Ignore the low scores. Most people who give this game low scores has literally given every other great game low scores as well. This game isIgnore the low scores. Most people who give this game low scores has literally given every other great game low scores as well. This game is one of if not the most replayable game of all time. You can create so many different characters and choose different combat styles each and every time. I've played the same way through probably 5 times and still love it. I played it when it first came out and still play it now (2014). The combat multiplier is great and so is the fighting. It uses the "z targeting" that Zelda: Ocarina of Time implemented. I recommned this game to anyone. Give it a legitimate chance and you will love it. Expand
  2. JEFFA.
    Sep 13, 2004
    10
    AN AMAZING GAME!
  3. PedroA.
    Oct 2, 2004
    10
    Excellent game! It's 10 hours story, but it can last 20 hours more if you actually do everything. Great game for people who don't Excellent game! It's 10 hours story, but it can last 20 hours more if you actually do everything. Great game for people who don't spend their lives playing video games and try to beat it in a day. Expand
  4. A.Verisimilitude
    Sep 16, 2004
    8
    Hello, Better than expected graphics. (It IS an xbox game after all...) Visuals are, overall, very pleasing, except the 'fish-eye' Hello, Better than expected graphics. (It IS an xbox game after all...) Visuals are, overall, very pleasing, except the 'fish-eye' 160' camera view. Good music and sound effects. Honest effort to be a bit more original, yay. Good AI, though, due to plotlines, limited to 'stop being a bad boy' at times when you should just be killed. *sigh* Overall I can see the shades of Black + White all over it. That's arguably a good thing, IMO. I just have to wonder why they thought the old predictable plot line was needed. While it was interesting enough to hold your attention occationally, that particular plotline really is considered 'too tired' from the RPG gaming standpoint. Personally I think a more open-ended game would have been better. Yes, I know you can continue, but with the gear you have at the end, what's the point... ??? In my day we used to shoot them when they went down, not bludgeon them with paddle swords. (or frying pans) hee hee Anyhow, good game, it was fun, I probably will play it again, but I am not really into SIMS (tm) meets Pools of Radiance (tm). While I really hate to say it, from a RP point of view, many other past games were better. However, it *IS* exactly what it is touted as on the box, RPG Action Adventure. I wish they had been that honest with Neverwinter's Nights. (tm) hee hee Sincerely, A.V. Expand
  5. Apr 19, 2013
    8
    This was the game that convinced me to get an Xbox. Such a fresh idea and so well executed. A bit short with a lack luster ending, but thanksThis was the game that convinced me to get an Xbox. Such a fresh idea and so well executed. A bit short with a lack luster ending, but thanks to the Lost chapters, it is now a complete game. Great visuals, great storytelling and a total joy to experience. But, on the negative side, I did feel the story was a bit directionless at times, at times the game felt morel like a collection of side quests. Also your character's aging happens far to fast and it does get a bit unbelievable that a 80 year old man would be in that kind of physical shape (not impossible, but also not really plausible.)

    Overall:
    Fable 1 was a great start to the franchise. It was flawed and far from perfect, but had enough charm and character to make it stand out.
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  6. NicF.
    Sep 21, 2004
    7
    I enjoyed it alot until I started to realize the end was coming... bout 11 hrs in. I leveled up (which killing wasps was about as good as I enjoyed it alot until I started to realize the end was coming... bout 11 hrs in. I leveled up (which killing wasps was about as good as bandits) Not a real challange though. Overall, the Hype killed it, hands down. Quests were way too linear and easy. nothing was a challange. o well this was just IMHO. Expand
  7. Aug 18, 2013
    0
    All the positive reviews for this game make me loose hope in humanity. This was a very bad game.. By no means was it good. The story wasAll the positive reviews for this game make me loose hope in humanity. This was a very bad game.. By no means was it good. The story was awful, and the good and evil aspect was very poorly implemented. The only reason it sold as massively as it did was due to the insanely over hyped advertisement campaign. The game did not in any way live up to a single one of its boasted features.

    When I see this many positive reviews for what was a very bad game I call shenanigans.
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