Fable III Catch-All

Rezzy wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Rezzy. I'm tuffalobuffalo on Steam and GFWL (ewwww).

Friend requests sent for both. I'm about to head to the movies with the GF, but I should be online later on tonight unless she gets a hankering for Minecraft.

I will be around all day and try to keep an eye on my PC if I'm not specifically playing anything on it. I'll try and play some today so that I can actually do the multiplayer part.

I've put a couple hours into the game now and have really enjoyed it except for the belching part. I decided to play as the female character since sexism seems to be the topic of the month, and I was curious how they handled it. I think the female character starts out pretty good, actually. The PC Graphics look great once I forced FXAA. I haven't had any issues with GFWL, fortunately. I love the relationship with the dog and how he/she finds stuff for you. I don't even like dogs in real life.

I have some concerns about how they end up handling relationships and sex, however. I'm expecting the worse. At any rate, it's been fun to revisit the world of Fable after however many years it has been since Fable 1.

This is one of my greatest gaming shames... I loved Fable II, and bought this brand new (came out to like $39.99 after Amazon discount of some sort). It sat on my pile for long enough that all of the bad reviews poured in. Unsurprisingly, it remains unplayed... IN SHRINK... on my shelf. Such a waste.

All those bad reviews that add up to an 8/10, eh?

I think you mistook overreactions here at GWJ for a poor critical reception. To be fair, that's a sizable step down (8%) from Fable II, but Fable III is just fine when judged on its own merits. There are a number of things it does better, but also some important stumbles.

Blind_Evil wrote:
All those bad reviews that add up to an 8/10, eh?

I think you mistook overreactions here at GWJ for a poor critical reception. To be fair, that's a sizable step down (8%) from Fable II, but Fable III is just fine. There are a number of things it does better, but also some important stumbles.

Whatever the gaming "press" had to say about FIII didn't matter to me-- they rarely to never say much negative about an AAA title. People who I talked to, that had actually played both FII and FIII, had a near universally negative reaction. Glad you enjoyed it. Maybe I should go back to it, but with Skyrim in the tray and other, more interesting (to me) titles to choose from, I just have no desire to play it.

SommerMatt wrote:
they rarely to never say much negative about an AAA title.

I could produce a list of games the length of my arm that says otherwise. It starts with Assassin's Creed, works its way down to Dragon Age 2, stops in with Madden 12, and ends with Bionic Commando.

I'm all for forming your own opinion rather than going by reviews, either anecdotal impressions from friends or from professional outlets. The cost of that being comfortable with the occasions when you spend full price on a game you end up not liking (hello, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and The Witcher 2).

You've already paid the price of admission, to assume that you won't like it based on others' opinions seems very close-minded, and as you say, wasteful.

But hey, I've got plenty of boxes littered around my entertainment center of stuff I should get to but don't. Rather than feel guilty about it, I eventually just sell them. I would recommend that, but you won't get much for it. Maybe stick it in the Toys for Tots bin come the holidays. Chances are those kids wouldn't have friends telling them to turn it down

People who I talked to, that had actually played both FII and FIII, had a near universally negative reaction.

There were plenty of us on the board who played and enjoyed both. At the very least, pop it out of the shrinkwrap and give it a shot. The worst that happens is you play a game for a couple hours and give up on it, but that's better than playing a game for zero hours and giving up on it.

I liked Fable 2 more, but I think Fable 3 is certainly in the same ballpark and a lot of fun.

Fable 2 was great. Fable 3 just made me feel like Molyneux was tired of the series.

Bit of a necro.

Since this went free for Xbox Live Gold members the other day I fired it up. Never played a Fable game before. After 3 hours it seems...alright. Combat is a little basic as are the "moral choices" but I like the world and the voice acting.

Glitchy, though. I loaded into the "Road to Rule" zone and spawned out in the middle of the white void with no way of returning save shutting off my xbox. After reloading my save I found myself still stuck in that horrible void. Luckily, I randomly fell off an invisible cliff, died, and respawned back on land.

Might try it a bit some more later in the week.

EDIT: I don't know why I expected this, but I was kind of surprised by the lack of any character customization at the beginning.

I loved Fable 2 (played through 2+ times), but didn't hear good things about 3 so never played it. But it's $5 on Steam sale right now. Anyone care to enable me on it?

It may not be quite as good as 2 was, but Fable 3 is still rather good. If you liked 2, you'll probably like 3.

I thought it was better than 2 in every way! Very much worth the price of admission.

Plus you can bet on chicken races!

Awesome. Thanks guys. Got me some more Fable action to enjoy!

Just remember, if somebody asks you to wear a chicken suit, you say YES.

SallyNasty wrote:
I thought it was better than 2 in every way! Very much worth the price of admission.

I think the graphics are better. The story and humor are just as good. Otherwise it depends on what you want out of a game. I can only enjoy it by lowering my expectations and telling myself I'm not playing what I consider an rpg but a story adventure game. A sort of interactive novel so to speak. Things I enjoy in an rpg?

Character customization that affects stats.

Actually having some stats so I feel the decisions I'm making in what to wear and what weapons to use have an effect on game play.

Balanced fighting that has a bit of challenge.

Loot that matters.

The last time I played every single chest I opened contained either a health potion or a gemstone. The easy combat makes it possible for even someone like me who is usually bad at combat in games to fight through to the end with just a starting weapon and no risk of dieing. This reached a ludicrous point when I bothered to collect 15 silver keys to open a silver chest and got.......wait for it.........

Spoiler:
a health potion
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The loot (and therefor by extension the dog) seems to serve no practical purpose in the game. So you have this beautiful landscape but seemingly no reason to explore. My favorite fable game was the first one as you had lots of the same funny dialog and eccentric characters but could also do things like have stat affecting armor. It also had the boast system in quests. Such a fantastic idea I'm mystified it's never been used in any other game I've seen.

I admit I am a game snob in this area. I can see that there is a joy to be had in playing a simple game that lets you do everything. Hell I'm really enjoying saints row 2 right now. I'm just sad that personally Fable has become harder and harder for me to enjoy as each new game comes out.