3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not a disappointment (despite the wait!),
This review is from: Fable III (PC CD) (CD-ROM)So I finally bought the long awaited Fable 3 PC version and, quite frankly, it was exactly what I expected. Although a different storyline, it followed the same fable series concept of a rising hero attempting to destroy a force that threatens to destroy albion, with multiple opportunities along the way to pick your own moral judgements- all of which inevitably have consequences.
The combat style is similar to both the other fable games in it's simplicity. The capability to die in this game has been scrapped, replaced with 'revitalisation' (basically you come alive again in combat- but this increases the amount of scars on your hero's body- Molyneux has focused intently on the idea of action and consequence). The spells are much more simple, but the option to mix gauntlets is a nice touch. You can play through simply having hand-spasms on the mouse, or by being creative with your mixing of combat styles- sword, gun or spells. There are no longer bows/ cross-bows.
Again, Lionhead have created an equally ingenious and batty arrange of interactions you can have with the locals around the fable 3 world. From pat-a-cake to salsa dances, it's all entertaining. The game certainly doesn't take itself too seriously. The option to marry and have children with characters is still open.
The road to rule was indeed an inventive idea. As you proceed through the main story, you get further along this mystical path which you transport to, which is lined with chests of achievements you can open by gaining guild seals. These can be collected by interacting/ collecting things for characters (although this can be a pain- EVERYONE wants something delivered to be your 'best friend') or combat and getting through the game.
One annoyance I found was the obsessive emphasis put on windows live. The fact is I just want to play through the game, and have poor internet connection anyway, but a lot of the achievements can only be gained through co-op and there's even a demon door you can't open without another player. I think separation needs to be made between a co-op mode/game and the main story.
Overall, a good-old-fashioned fun game- Fable 3 lived up to my expectations. In ruler mode, when you have taken over the kingdom, you can make great decisions about the world and it gives you more power over how the place looks as a whole- affluent to devestatingly poor. What I would say, however, is that although good, this game was not spectacular. The graphics, although acceptable, were not outstanding. If you don't have the very latest graphics card, it can lag a bit in anything above low settings. The Windows Live theme was frankly a pain in the neck and it would have been nice if you were able to save certain points of the game to reload. By all means, buy the game, it's good fun, but don't expect to be blown away- hence my hesitation to give 5 stars. Regardless, I look forward and hope for a Fable 4.