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Release Date: October 26th, 2010 Movie Release Year: 2010

Fable III

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The Fable series has always been an odd duck. It’s an RPG without the nuts and bolts of an RPG, an action game without deep combat, and its most complex set of controls are for social interactions. What it does do really well is put you in a world full of magic and whimsy, where mischievous garden gnomes are likely to be as big of a problem as evil sorcerers. It’s a world where you can marry as many people as you like, of any gender you like, and if you get tired of them, sacrifice them to a pagan god. The Fable games may not be the most accomplished ever made, but they are certainly among the most entertaining.

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Video Resolution/Codec:
720p
Audio Formats:
Dolby Digital 5.1
Release Date:
October 26th, 2010

Video Review

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In general, Fable III looks lush, with amber sunsets and velvety night scenes. Each area you travel to has a unique look, and everything is cartoonish and stylized, although not as much as in Fable II. Over the course of the game you’ll get many different costumes and tattoos you can use to personalize your character, and some of them even confer status bonuses. Unfortunately, the game does suffer from texture pop-ins and frame rate slow downs. It’s not frequent enough to be a huge issue, but it is noticeable.

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Fable III’s sounds are squarely centered around continuing the quirky sense of humor that’s pervasive through the game. Every character (except yours and one played by Dame Judi Dench) are mainly played for laughs, and the voice performances reflect this. NPC’s you encounter walking around will exclaim in surprise to see you (especially as you become more famous), and some might even give you what for if you’ve been especially bad. It makes the world feel really lived in to hear so many different people with so much to say. Perhaps the best use of sound are in a side mission involving evil lawn gnomes who scatter through Albion and can only be found when you hear them insulting you from a hidden location. You can shoot them, but only if you track them down using the sound of your voice. Hilarious.

Fable III is far from perfect. In fact, in several fundamental ways it’s lacking the basic elements most gamers would require before buying a title. But while its mechanics maybe be derivative and shallow, the game is still a blast thanks to a great sense of humor and an interesting kingdom-management system that rears its head towards the end of the game. If Shadow of the Colossus is a one of a kind gourmet meal, and Uncharted is a juicy steak, then Fable III is undoubtedly popcorn; ultimately unsatisfying but we chomp away at it anyway.