Fable 3 is the first game I’ve played in the Fable series, and to be honest, I’m tempted to go back to look at the others. The whole universe was just “lovely”. Over the last year or so, I seem have started to play more and more RPG games, and this is a brilliant example of how to do it right. This is a good balance of combat, story, and even RTS elements all thrown into the one game.
The story, from my understanding this picks up after the events of the 2nd game, and you are up against your elder brother Logan, and attempting to rally up support from the “people” to lead an army to overthrow your him. As you go through the game not only do you pick up supporters, you pick up guild seals to be spent at points throughout the game on the “Road to Rule”, which can be best described as a virtual 3D talent tree. In addition, at key points throughout the game you have to make desisions, one clearly a evil decision, one a good decision, the outcome of which would change the peoples view of you. There was never really a “correct” answer, as you could get followers by fear or by kindness.
The RPG element wasn’t as fully fledged as the likes of Warcraft, Dragon Age, or any of the other 1000’s of clones out there, it was simple, easy to use, and just worked. Granted this may not tick all the boxes for anybody who likes a games that they can spend nights with a spreadsheet, trying to work out which is the best gear, but if you want an simple working system….this works. Essentially you have various guns (ranged and pistols), various melee weapons (Swords to Hammers) and a total of 6 magical gauntlets, of which you’d pick dependant on your play style. As you progress you can buy better weapons, and select the magic gauntlets on the “Road to Rule” by spending your guild seals. As you progress through the game you become able to duel weild the magic allowing for various conbinations that you can taylor.
The combat system for me really worked, however took a little getting used to if I’m honest. You have 3 attack types, melee, ranged and magic, and running off the X,Y,B buttons. With all the attacks you can just press the button, and this will auto aim/target for you, however if you want more presise, you can hold down the left trigger and aim in “first person mode”. To be honest, I rarely used this unless I wanted to target something specific.
As well as running around doing quest, building up your reputation and collecting guild seals, you also had the option of making cash. This could be done by doing quests, buying and selling items, or buying/renting out shops and homes. Buying and renting was the main source of income, and when I ended the game I had millions in the bank.
I think the final thing worth mentioning is “The Sanctury”, this is a place you magically go to whenever you hit the start button. If you’ve ever played Lionheads Black & White, it’s very similar to the temple. Here you can find you game progress, change your outfits, weopons, or even just have a look at your current achievements. In the Sanctury you have your faithful server “Jasper”, voiced by John Cleese, and to be honest, looks quite like him too. His role is to initially show you around, and then to give you hints and tips are you ponder around. I guess the most useful thing in the Sanctury is the overview map which is a map of the entire kingdom. From here you can buy/sell houses, fast travel to a location, change your current quest or just get an update on specific exploritory quests.
All in all, Fable 3 is a fun, beautiful, with an engaging storyline and a universe I can quite easily spend days in, granted it’s not a hardcore RPG, but I found this quite refreshing.
Approx Time taken to beat – 28 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:5/5]
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