The sense of companionship with your canine friend, established quite well in Fable 2 seems to have fizzled away to a practical working relationship, which in its own right can be quite annoying at times considering how he often falls behind or ends up standing on a chest that you are trying to open. While the game is host to a few small bugs and annoyances the most notable one to me has to be the glowing fairy dust that is supposed to guide your way and for the most part is more confused than a rugby player at a science convention.
Besides the main story line which can take you anywhere between 16 to 20 hours to finish, this game actually encourages you to participate in the secondary quests for your own benefit. It is very easy to get caught up in the world of Fable 3 with its many side quests, mini games and collectables. This means that the overall hours played will really just depend on how much time you invest in enjoying the smaller aspects of the game, like maintaining a family, finding silver keys, betting on chicken races or going in search of obnoxious but hilarious garden gnomes.
As before you can partake in offline co-operative play with a friend, but the real co-op needs to be done online, where the game has taken massive strides forward. You can now effortlessly jump into and out of your friends’ games where you will be treated as an equal in every respect including the earnings. What you find on your journey, your friends will share. You are also able to visit each others sanctuaries and interact with one another, which grants you the opportunity to exchange gifts, form partnerships or even get married and have children. It is always an added advantage to be able to experience a game like Fable 3 with a friend in decent co-operative play.
Overall this is a good game. It has moved a bit further away from your traditional RPG with its new additions and changes, but much of the game play is still like the previous installments of the saga. I was a bit disappointed in the lack of options concerning the character interactions and sensitivity based decisions for most of the game. Fable 3 has a couple of bugs here and there, and is not the most challenging game ever. What it does have in its corner though is an exciting storyline that keeps you captivated, beautiful presentation and above all else it is good fun.
The combat is a bit faster than before and, the new weapons which grow in strength according to how you play the game are a refreshing take on some of the traditional RPG’s. New additions to the game like the sanctuary, work well towards having all the aspects of the game easily accessible in a nicely packaged visual form. Unfortunately as I mentioned before the game has a couple frustrating bugs and the interaction as well as the decision making aspects of Fable 3 feel a bit too simplified and dumbed down.
The game is nice-looking pretty much from the introduction video right through to the credits. Some of the character models could be a bit better and occasionally the textures load in a bit late but it terms of looks the game is a decent step forward from its predecessor.
Already well established and recognizable theme tunes have been blended into an excellent score. The celebrity voice actors chosen for the game all have relatively unique tone and texture to their voices which adds to the characters distinctive personalities.
The main story line should give you at least a good 16-18 hours of play if you moved through the game quickly. As with the Previous Fable chapters there is also a good possibility you would want to play it again, and do things differently, or with a friend the second time around. Not to mention that if you are after achievements or just adamant on finishing every aspect of the game, the side quests and collectables will keep you busy for a while.
Overall: 8.7 (not an average)
This is a good game, and if you are prone to previous Fable games or RPG’s its worth your time and money.
Last Updated: November 1, 2010