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- Role-playing game with real-time combat
- Every action determines your skills, appearance, and reputation
- Open-ended story line allows players to choose between the paths of righteousness and evil
- Your actions and alliances will determine your reputation throughout the land
- For 1 player
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Fable is a free-roaming role-playing game from the makers of Black & White. When your mother and sister are kidnapped, your first action is to travel across the magical land of Albion to find your father, the famed Hero. But soon you are plunged into a world of danger you couldn't possibly have imagined. A dark force is gathering. A power to bring evil to every town and village in Albion and to destroy the fairytale lives of the inhabitants. This evil force has turned the very Heroes into power-crazed, ruthless warriors. Only your father has resisted. That's why your family has been taken. And that's why the fate of your family is now in your hands. Oh, and the fate of the entire world.
As you embark on your adventure as a young, callow youth, you'll learn that something makes you different to all the others. You have a force of will. During your adventures, you'll grow up, grow stronger, grow more powerful and eventually grow old. But how you grow is down to you. Use your sword a great deal and your muscles will build. Use ruthless cunning and refuse to care about others and you'll become evil. Use your force of will and you'll become wizard-like and wise. Your character changes according to the way you play.
The mystical world of Albion is immense. There are hidden ruins, huge towns, caverns and mountains and hundreds of characters, all growing and interacting, all with their own artificial intelligence. Even the ones who aren't human. There is the option to ally with many of these characters, to learn what they know, to help or hinder them, to heal them or hack them to pulp.
You face tasks big and small, perilous and rewarding. And with every step, you decide where you'll go next, what you'll face, who you'll talk to and, of course, who will feel the force of your will or the edge of your sword. The game features innovative control and unparallel freedom. You don't have to sit through a word of storyline if you don't want and you are always free to travel wherever you choose. When and how you tackle the immense, detailed and gripping battle against the forces of evil is always down to you.
The role-playing game seems to be in real danger of collapsing in upon itself with many new titles appearing almost indistinguishable from each other and increasing complexity making them extremely off-putting for all but existing fans of the genre. Fable, though, is something different. Created with input from famous games designer Peter Molyneux (designer of titles such as Populous and Black & White), it aims to be as accessible as it is open-ended, as the character you control gains experience, ages and chooses whether to follow the path of good or evil--or occupy a grey area between the two.
Fable is played entirely in real-time, so there are no random encounters or turn-based battles to endure; your character gains experience in four main areas--general, strength, skill and will--during all their actions from combat to talking to villagers. Specialising in a certain area allows your character to become an archetypal fighter, wizard or jack-of-all-trades.
The game's real flexibility though is in the way you interact with other characters in the game, with the option to charm, bribe, intimidate and flatter as appropriate. A character's attitude towards you is further influenced by your notoriety within the game world and even your sex appeal, allowing you to play the game exactly as you want. The only problem with Fable is that the combat is a little unconvincing and awkward, but with so much else going on this hardly seems to matter. --David Jenkins
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Great game... Buy it!
I must say I was already waiting for the game for ages! It just seemed its release day wouldn't arrive!
But now it's finally here and I finally bought it. However, is it really all they were promising?... We'll get there in a minute.
I guess I won't be needing much time to tell you what happens in the game, as I'm sure you (like me before buying the game) must have already read the "product description" a few times. In a few words: As a good RPG, we are going in a quest, in this case to find out more about our missing relatives (where they are, what happened and why did it happen...).
Now to the game itself. We start as a little boy, training at the "Heroes Guild". I have to say that, at the beginning, the first few moments, I was slightly disappointed. I don't know, it just seemed the game wasn't all that good. I'm telling you this, in case the same happens to you. But believe me, that awkward feeling won't last long. You just get addicted to the story!
As a youth, you will learn the basics about the combat skills. In fact, it won't take long until reaching an older age (around an hour), what I actually think is a shame, since I believe there could have been much more in between. But, perhaps to compensate you for this "little mistake", the game just gets better as you play it.
At the Guild, you will constantly receive Quest Cards, and it will be up to you to decide when you feel like going on those Quests. But I must say that this is just the basics. I mean, there is so much more to explore.. Really... You can go to a barbershop, you can buy an immensity of items, participate in some fights to win some cash and recognition, try to conquer a woman's heart (but believe me, you will have to be patient, always buying presents, giving them attention, doing special haircuts so they like you even more... well, not so different from real life, right guys?... ;-).. Just kidding), buy a house... Really, as you explore the game's universe you will always find something new... And then there are also Quests apart from those in the Guild, meaning that the game will last longer if you really explore it well, otherwise, you will see the credits in something like 9 hours.
And then, it's up to you, if you want to end the game as an "angel" Hero or a real Devil. I must say this is just fun... For example, right at the beginning of the game, a young lad will ask you for help, when he's being bullied... How you solve the situation is up to you: You can help him, you can turn to the bully's side, or you can just have a blast punching them both... And this will happen all throughout the game.. You can go to a village and do whatever you please to the villagers... However, be carefull not to be seen by the guards...
As to the graphics department, well, they are great, but I think they could have been even better. Don't missunderstand me, the world of Albion is simply beautiful, full of colours, and it's rare to see such beautiful graphics joining an excelent gameplay in the last times, but I have the feeling there is still something missing!
The gameplay is great, although, I must say, in the fights with the Trolls I had some problems with the camera views... Nothing too serious though.
As for the sound, well, it gets 5 stars... And it just doesn't get more, because that's the maximum.. Really, this game has the best sound quality I have seen in a game for ages... The music score is excelent, the voices are EXCELLENT... And this in a normal TV... So, if you have one with Stereo or, better yet, a 5.1 System, ... Oh, lucky you...
As you must have seen, I rate this game with 4 stars... It's like this. If the game had been realeas an year ago, it would definitely get 5 stars, but, like I said, there is something missing. The hard drive from the Xbox should have been better used, because there are too many loadings (although not long), and this really wasn't necessary...
Nevertheless, Fable is a great game, and you really won't be sorry to pay up the £31,99... I would definitely advise you to buy it... Otherwise, you don't know what you'll be missing.
I hope this review helped... Sorry for my English mistakes!!
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