Preview Of Fable 3 On Xbox 360
If you like rpg games then chances are you would of played the brilliant fable games.You started out in the first game as a child that saw his family murdered and swore revenge and then went through the game getting more and more powerful and your actions determined how you played and also to some degree how you looked and interacted with other people,do good things and look good with a thick main of hair and clean clothes,plus get good responses from the locals,do bad things and your clothes get dirty and torn and you may lose the colour from your skin and grow horns and the whites of your eyes turn red,it really was a revolutionary change in rpg's,then with the second instalment we were given the opportunity to buy houses and buy and operate businesses to earn money as well as a much more open game world,also you had a companion in your dog who could help you dig up treasure and lead you in the right direction if lost,overall a good improvement on the first game.The third installment however has seen the creator Peter Molyneux go down a different route altogether.....
The story is one of the strongest parts of the previous games and it is a another strong story here in the third.Set 60 years after the events of fable 2,the first part of the game sees you as just one of the people who just happens to have the king as a member of the family,but when your family member and ruler of the land of Albion gets killed and overthrown by the evil and murderous Logan you set out to defeat him and become king yourself,along the way you must align yourself with the locals,Or not,as unlike the previous game every action now not only affects you but also the villagers around you so you must think carefully,In the second half of the game when you are king then this rule applies even more,do you make good on your promises and become the beloved king or do you go back on your word and have a possible uprising from the locals.The choice is yours...
Weapons and Gameplay
The gameplay is where Fable 3 has changed most over its predecessors,from subtle changes to bigger ones it will have a definitively marked improvement on the game.Weapons and the way you handle them has changed,for example if you decide upon helping people and slaying evil creatures then your weapon may shimmer with light and have decadent details carved into its handle,or if you would prefer just to slay anything or anyone that comes across your path then your weapon may turn darker,or blood may run down it continuously,not only that but the way you fight will also determine the way in which your weapon will appear,if you are quick and cunning with your attacks then your weapon may shorten and decrease in width as well as having a flash as you attack,or perhaps if you like to block and use counter attacks then the blade width will widen and and possibly lengthen,lots of different possibilities will occur which takes out the route of everyone just aiming to get the most powerful weapon in the game.Players will then be able to take their crafted weapons online and trade with other fable players around the world.
Unlike previous versions where you had to go into a menu to look at various weapons or articles of clothing or armour,in the third installment there is a place called the sanctuary which has your own personal butler who will make suggestions throughout the game on what he thinks you should wear and any other ideas he may have to guide you through your quests,this action of going to the sanctuary is as simple as just pressing the start button and hey presto you are there.A brilliant idea as it negates the need for clunky menus which detract from the game playing experience.
The Power Of Being King
When you eventually rule the throne you will have total control over Albion and everything in it,should you wish to impart heavy taxes then don't be surprised when buildings start to change appearance as their owners can no longer afford the upkeep,still you can always just throw the tenants into your dungeons or have them killed eh!!.You will control everything from crime to taxes to poverty to wealth to businesses.absolutely everything will be under your control and this is where it gets interesting,I'm interested to see what happens when i raise taxes to a point where i am so rich but nobody under my rule can afford to pay,what happens should i decide to slaughter them all,could i end up with no people in Albion apart from me???? i cant wait to find out.
Release date is Tue 26th Oct for US gamers and Fri 29th for us poor UK gamers.