Fable III

from Microsoft Game Studios



Overall Editor's Rating

What It Is

What It Is

I know what you are thinking, “How can a Mature-rated game be family friendly”? Well, it isn’t, and I’m not recommending that you buy Fable III for your next family video game night.

However, Fable III is one of the most hotly anticipated games of the year and chances are good that someone in your household (kids, spouse, babysitter, etc.) is going to want to play it so you should know what it is all about and who should or should not be playing it. That’s why we’re making an unusual break with our general practice of not reviewing M-rated games.

The story of Fable III takes place 50 years after the second game in a world where the industrial revolution is in full swing and the reigning monarch (your brother) is driving his subjects into the ground. You will play through as a revolutionary leader on a quest to seize the crown and try to do a better job of ruling the land than your dethroned brother did. All of the Fable games are story-driven, third-person adventure games in which the player is faced with decisions that will affect the way the game is played. The player can choose to be good or evil, and the actions taken in the game will change the game’s worlds. For example, the world of Fable is known as Albion and it is made up of various villages, towns and cities that are all populated with hundreds of in-game A.I. characters who each have their own stories and want something different. You can choose to help them out and earn their friendship or treat them rudely and force them to do what you want.

See more of this review in Jeff McKinney's full length article!