Well I just finished up Fable 3 and, after 30.6 hours in game I can say, it was pretty good. You play as the prince of Albion, a fictional place based in the early industrial period. Your brother is King, and he’s well….a giant dick. Well he’s not literally a giant dick because then the game would have an x-rating but he’s metaphorically a giant dick. In other words, he’s bad. I wonder why the term dick is used to describe people as bad. That doesn’t make sense. Anyway, the game starts out with your brother forcing you to make a choice. No matter which way you choose, you loose. This makes you angry and your brother confines you to your room after some of his goons rough you up. Later that night you escape the castle with your trusty friend Walter and 80 year old man servant, whom I can’t remember the name of but is voiced by John Cleese. After your heroic flight from the castle your real adventure begins.
You will travel all over Albion as you try to gain support to overthrow your deutsche bag brother. Getting this support will require you to make promises to those who help and support you. This will be important later in the game because you will choose whether to keep or break those promises. I don’t think it spoils anything to tell you to keep your treasury full of gold, you’ll need it to keep those promises. While your playing quests for the main story you’ll have the option to complete side quests. Doing either the main quest or the side quests earns you “guild seals”. You will spend these “guild seals” to upgrade your abilities. You will also make friends, buy property, and ,if you feeling so inclined, marry and have children. If your curious about how children are made then you should have had that talk with your parents a long time ago.
There are meta achievements for this type of behavior of course, but they have no impact on your story or game play. Despite that I found myself seeing how many wives and children I could have. I don’t think there is a limit but make sure you keep them in separate towns. Your wife won’t like meeting your other wife, for obvious reasons. Damn, women are so possessive.
While the content in the game is strong, combat is severely lacking. It seems the developers tried to implement a block and dodge mechanic but they just don’t work. I myself am not a fan of this mechanic in these types of games. I prefer my character to level and increase a chance to block or dodge on his own while I mass my abilities keys or click the mouse. You’ll be able to cast spells, as well as equip guns and swords. You can switch between these fairly easily.
The graphics and musical score are very good. Environments and music do a good job of helping immerse you in Albions world, whether conveying a sense of forbidding or beauty. Each zone had a look that was given a feel by the music and the people in that zone. Depending on your popularity with the people, the villagers will have different dialogue for you. You’ll have no trouble knowing where you stand with them.
The game itself doesn’t end when you complete the main story. You can go back and do side quests, earn more cash, um…meet more women, or roll in your giant pill of gold. The game also includes a co-op component, which I did not get a chance to experience, that will let you quest with a friend. Even the sex parts are meant to be shared in co-op, giving new meaning to cybering.