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What happened to open-ended?
on 4 November 2004
That sums it up: What happened to open-ended? Fable is good and very exciting to play... once. Definitely recommended, sure. But after one finish it is very boring to play again, especially if you've already looked around everywhere during this first time.
It cannot compare to Morrowind, since it is not open-ended. This is a BIG minus. The graphics are sharper and better quality than in Morrowind. There are hardly any bugs, it is clear the game has been well-worked. But I had hoped to be able to roam Albion freely and that Albion would be MUCH bigger than it is in the game.
Also the selling line about being able to make decisions for good or bad, is just naive. The storyline is so linear that good or bad really is irrelevant.
There is decisive English influence in the game, through the voices and the type of jokes, and this is good fun. A gravestone reads: "Dead. Happy now?" The character can fart and belch in public, great fun.
The game is also pretty easy to play, in the sense that you don't really die all the time. That's good, too, since all that reloading business is a pain in the youknowwhere.
They made one mistake with the magic buttons: instead of allowing you to map magic spells to 4 buttons, like you can with items and expressions, you can only map to 3, leaving the yellow button free as a rotator button. Result is that my spells disappear in the middle of the action, since you always press yellow sooner or later. Very irritating. Especially since yellow actually is used to roll out of harm's way. So that's a bug, probably the result of using testers that were experienced players.