Fable: The Lost Chapters
Fable: The Lost
Chapters has finally arrived on the PC that features 25% more content,
improved graphics and that same enjoyable gameplay which made the XBox
version so popular. From
beginning to finish, Fable offers gamers one of the most enriching RPG
experiences of all time and rather than creating your own character, the
player's character is automatically created and you start in the gaming
world as a child. The beauty of Fable is that every action you make in
the game goes a long way in determining your future gaming self.
The game starts off in the peaceful town of
Oakvale, a small town in the outskirts of Albion. Unfortunately for your
character, your life is soon thrown into turmoil when a gang of ruthless
bandits lay waste to the town of Oakvale. Although "everyone" in the
town is now dead, your character somehow survived this disaster and you
are soon found by Maze, a member of the hero's guild. The storyline
revolves around a variety of mini-quests that ultimately lead you to
find your long lost mother. Whether you are good or evil, this is still
the main quest of the entire game.
Although the control system of Fable is
rather complex at first, the initial part of the game (from childhood to
young adulthood) serves as a tutorial for the player. Whether it's
kicking chickens or beating up your best friend, all the actions you
engage in this title make a huge difference to the way the storyline
For instance, if you become evil in Fable,
characters in towns will be extremely wary of your character and they
will cower, hide or even run away from you. However, if you act heroic,
the characters will basically think that Michael Jordan has come to town
and treat you like a demigod.
Your character isn't also limited to just
one character class but the games developers have taken on an eclectic
approach in that your character has access to melee attacks, archery and
magic. Fortunately these skills are slowly introduced into the game and
by the end of the game, you will be heavily relying on magic to get you
The combat system of Fable uses a real-time
fighting system that allows your character to lock onto an enemy, switch
between weapons or magic and basically beat your enemy to a bloody pulp.
This is easily the most impressive feature of the game because you can
virtually attack a character with a sword than unleash a plethora of
spells on the next victim.
As per usual, Fable uses an XP system of experience that basically
awards your character for completing quests or killing monsters. This
also allows you to increase your strength, will power and skill points.
You can even focus your points on magic or if you prefer, your melee
The gaming world of Albion is also quite
huge and your character can virtually do just about anything from
"dropping his guts", marrying or even buying that small farmhouse that
you've been dreaming about. Your character also changes quite
dramatically throughout the game, from getting tattoos or changing your
hairstyle, this game has it all.
Graphically, Fable is a very impressive
game on the PC (more so than the XBox version) and is easily one of the
most graphic intensive RPG title out there. All the characters in the
game contain a fairly high polygon count for that extra realism and
match that with some high quality textures and you could be forgiven in
thinking that you are watching the next Lord of the Rings movie. As this
game is considered a real-time RPG, your character even ages as the game
slowly progresses. Another impressive feature of the title are the
amazing spell effects that range from stunning to amazing.
The musical score of Fable has also been
majestically created and perfectly suits the RPG genre of this game. The
character voices in the game have also been professionally done and
nothing sounds too contrived or forced. Add in a few special effects
such as background noises (cities and forests), the sounds of battle and
of course the powerful sounds of magic and you have one pumping sounding
title. The title also supports in-game Dolby Digital.
In conclusion, Lionhead Studios have really
created an amazing game that contains every element of the RPG genre
with a few new twists. If you are looking for a well written and
graphically impressive game with awesome playability than I would highly
recommend Fable to anyone. Be a hero... or be a villain... just play the