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Everything Fable should have been
on 12 February 2012
Didn't expect too much coming into this title, but to be honest some 25+ hours in I am loving the game. Seems from reviews around the web people either love it or hate it, not sure I understand why unless people are coming into this game expecting something that it isn't. Firstly this is not Skyrim. The world is vast but it's not an open world in every sense of the word. Think of KoAR more as Fable's big brother but with more RPG elements, more fun and challenging combat, deeper storyline and lore, with a pretty neat crafting system. I guess there are bits of a lot of RPG's in here, touch of Neverwinter Nights, feels a little like a single player version of World of Warcraft too in some ways.
Graphically again it's more Fable than Skyrim in terms of technical achievement but personally I find it really endearing and easy on the eye with some very nice lighting and art design. Music is great throughout though the voice acting can be a little hit and miss but generally it's pretty good with a spread of accents. The lore is solid and the world begins to pull you in if you give it a few hours.
Now on to what is the master-stroke of this title, the Combat. For a fully fledged RPG the combat is both fun and visceral whilst not being too button mashing or too many combo's (I am an older gamer with not the reflexes I had as a twenty year old). It's a great balance for both advanced and novice players. Again, after a good amount of time playing I still enjoy every fight - that in itself says something. Some people bemoan the camera angles, but personally I have not found it an issue at all.
So why only four stars? well there are a couple downsides - the graphics whilst great are a little dated looking some might say - personally I think it adds to the charm, but if your wanting something to push you system to the max look elsewhere. Again, more Fable+ than Skyrim. Only other thing is the age old problem of the inventory system being a bit fiddly, actually if you learn all the shortcut buttons on items it's not too bad, however there is no printed manual (it's in the game menu system) - bit of a dropped ball there EA for an RPG as large and deep as this, but still you get the hang of things over time. Finally, if you have one, use the 360 controller on your PC, the mouse and keyboard is a little fiddly and non-intuitive. I am sure the expansion or next release will fix a lot of these things and overall they don't detract from the fun of the game.
If your prepared to be open minded and you will be pleasantly surprised with this RPG romp, especially if you enjoy some involving and fun combat. I can't recommend it enough the price for the PC version is well worth the entry fee as you will get at least 40-50 hours doing the main storyline and possible over 150 if you do all the side quests too.
Now back to those Trolls...