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Reviewed: Fable
Producer: Microsoft
Required System: Xbox
Overall Rating:
Author: Michael Ahlf
Date: September 29th, 2004

Before the Xbox even came out, one of the Xbox's sleeper titles, barely imagined but already begun, was the game which became Fable - an illustrious adventure in which players would run a character all the way from childhood to old age, and their decisions would affect the world around them. The brains behind the game was none other than Peter Molyneaux, the man responsible for the hit title Black & White, in which characters raised a diety in a "god" game to be either good or evil.

The hype machine went into overdrive, of course, and Fable was pushed back quite a few times. Finally, Microsoft has forced Lionhead Studios to get the thing out the door, and the inevitable occurred - some plot points cut, some options not as well fleshed out as they might otherwise be. The goal of a no-load-time environment sacrificed to allow the entire current environment to run in realtime, even when things are off camera. For those who were expecting this to be a stunning tour-de-force to redefine the roleplaying genre, there have been disappointments. It's not really "infinitely" replayable, as there are required elements in every sense of the word.

Still, it's turned out to be a good, fun game well worth the investment of time and energy.

Added:  Friday, October 01, 2004
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Page: 1/3

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