Video Game Review - Fable

One of my unexpected surprises at Christmas was th game fable for the xbox. I didn't ask for it, but I was pleasantly surprised to get it. It is a role playing game where you play the part of a boy taken to live in a guild after bandits attack your village and kill your family. The game follows your life story, progressing from young boy to hardened hero. Throughout the game you are presented with quests to complete. There are core game quests that further the story, and several tertiary queststo help build experience along the way. The interesting thing is that most quests give the option to play as a good person or an evil person. For instance you can choose to save a hostage and receive an item as a gift, or you can just kill the gift giver. The game steers you towards being good, but you can be evil if you really want to.


This game is relatively short as far as RPGs go. I completed it, including the Lost Chapters expansion, in just over 20 hours. I don't necessarily see this as a drawback, as it keeps the pace of the game brisk where other RPGs get mired in the grind of leveling your character. The battle system is realtime (rather than turn-based), making the battle sections much like an adventure game. Ranged and melee attacks are intuitive, but I found that the controls in general were a bit overloaded. To perform a magic attack, you must hold the right trigger button. This changes the behavior of the buttons to issue magic. Pressing the Y button cycles through your list of spells. In addition, the D-pad is used for context actions or configured behavior (such as social behaviors or potion usage). When the right trigger is released, the actions associated with the d-pad are based on your current situation. If you pull the righttrigger, the d-pad will issue your configured commands. The left trigger locks on to a target. With all of this overloading of buttons, d-pad, and triggers, it is very easy to issue a command you don't intend to (such as flirting with a troll or hittingyour wife with a fireball).


The level of detail in the game is awesome. The graphics are incredible, but it goesbeyond that. The social aspect of the game is very well done. As you gain more reknown from completing quests, people are more apt to be friendly with you. Another aspect is flirting and marriage. The game receives a mature rating for this. Your character can flirt, give gifts, gamble, drink, have sex, and get married. Sex scenes are simply a black screen with humorous suggestive noises. You can even choose to be gay or bisexual if you like. There is a brothel where a hero can "relax". Your interactions in battle and in town all affect how the game reacts around you.


When Fable was first released, it was criticized for being overhyped, incomplete, and bug ridden. Microsoft had touted the game as the greatest RPG ever. That kind of talking is guaranteed to get you in trouble. With the lost chapters expansion included with this now budget priced game ($20), the bugs are fixed. With the right perspective going in, I think any RPG/action adventure gamer could really enjoy this title.

5 comments:

Troy from TODC said...

What do you do with your old games? If you hang onto them for a 'collection' I'd like to borrow this one. I could probably have it ended in a month with my schedule being so busy. If you sell them back to stores then I'll have to look at picking it up cheap. Good review. I like these types of games.

Adam said...

I tend to hang onto my games much longer than necessary. Heck, I still have a functional Sega Saturn sitting in the basement with all of my games for that system. You are more than welcome to borrow the disc.

Troy from TODC said...

After jumpstarting my x-box I seem to be moving right along through the game. I'm finding myself wanting to be home, not at work, and cannot wait until 6pm.

So far the game is everybit of fun as you said it was. I tend to like to explore every little detail of the game, and right now I'm in need of a make-over as I had a huge trick played on me by one of the locals.

Once again I thank you Adam for letting me borrow this game.

Troy from todc said...

outside of Oakvale, in barrow fields, I commited a horrible crime. 30,000+ I owe. killed 12 guards and all the people... My character is a sad creature. Oh, and I did the dirty twice, but had to pay for it at the 'gentlemens club'

troy from todc said...

check it out...

http://mydailyview.blogspot.com/2006/03/morrowindelder-scrolls-iii.html

 
Jade Mason