Fable

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 330 Ratings

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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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  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: 75 out of 114
  2. Negative: 11 out of 114
  1. RobMcC
    Sep 15, 2004
    10
    It is Killer!! Those subpar reviews you see are from people who always look for the worst in things. It is innovatively awe inspiring.
  2. SeamusD.
    Dec 6, 2004
    10
    I think this is the best RPG and i don't really like RPG games!!!!
  3. 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
  4. Jay-TB.
    Sep 16, 2004
    9
    I love the game however in between quests thare are not nearly enough places to work up your exp or your cash. there are also in my opinionI love the game however in between quests thare are not nearly enough places to work up your exp or your cash. there are also in my opinion not nearly enough weopons to choose from that and the lack of armor and clothing customability. the other thing i dont understand is why if you eat tofu you gain good points and if you set crunchy chicken you get bad points. why is it a crine or "devilish" to eat kfc. all and all the game is great i love it but if Big Blue Box intends so make a sequel to this epic then i would say they have a lot of work to do to change things to fix the common sence errors in the game. Expand
  5. DaveyD.
    Oct 25, 2004
    8
    I have the great advantage of having not really read any reviews of Fable (been playing the PC a lot recently) so I had no real expectations I have the great advantage of having not really read any reviews of Fable (been playing the PC a lot recently) so I had no real expectations about the game. So... It's pretty good. Reminds me a lot of Zelda : Ocarina of Time on the N64 (although, i'd say the gameplay in Zelda was probably better.) It's not some revolutionary new style of game, whatever people try and tell you. Having said all that, it's still a pretty entertaining game. Quite a lot of variety of things to do. I'm really not finding it repetitive as some people have said. It's one of those games where you think 'this is okay, and there are some interesting ideas... but Fable 2 or Fable 3 will be way better!' Expand
  6. HoratioZ.
    Sep 23, 2004
    7
    This would be an excellent budget priced game. Read all the comments about the excellent graphics and then look at the actual game. The This would be an excellent budget priced game. Read all the comments about the excellent graphics and then look at the actual game. The graphics are pretty bad but everyone thinks they are excellent for some inexplicable reason. It's a fun game and worth buying but it isn't worth $50 and it's nowhere near the game that they promised. 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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#2 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
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#4 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004