We posted a deal earlier this month, highlighting a potential error on the Xbox Live store where Fable 3 was available for free. Well, it's now an official gift to all Gold subscribers and will be available to download until the end of the month.
This seems to be a prelude to Microsoft's new service, giving subscribers two free games per month. In July you'll also be able to grab Assassin's Creed 2 and Halo 3 for free. Cheer up, they may give out some newer freebies down the line. Oh, wait you've left to look at PS Plus subscriptions instead.
You know what? Fable 3 isn't all that bad. As Carl points out in his review, long-time fans of the franchise will get a kick out of returning to Albion, and now that the price has dipped under the £15 mark, there's little reason for you not to. The third entry in the series is more streamlined than its predecessors, just as funny, and with Stephen Fry, John Cleese, and Sir Ben Kingsley on board, it's an Anglophile's paradise.
Peter Molyneux is nothing if not honest. While you can ridicule him all you like for his over enthusiastic marketing and hype, he genuinely believes in his team and their work, even if his passion sometimes blinds him to stone cold facts. Case in point; Fable 3. The third title in Microsoft's morality-infused role-player didn't hit the same sort of critical heights as its predecessors - Carl awarded it a 7 - and Molyneux admits he was "pretty ashamed" by Lionhead's final product.Click here for more from Peter Molyneux
Boasting an all-star cast of voice actors - from John Cleese to Simon Pegg - and charting your own rise to prominence from lowly rebel to eventual king, Fable 3 is a game with big ideas and a generous dollop of British humor. It's just a pity it all feels so very dated now. It's by no means a bad game; in fact, it's taken many strides forward, especially in the combat department which is now on par with most dungeon crawlers. But the storytelling, the tech and the general design is starting to creak quite loudly. It's only £14.85 at Simply Games, though, saving you a few quid on the next best offer.
Thanks to kuku999 over at HUKD for bringing this deal to our attention!
The PC version of Fable 3's out in a couple of days and according to Lionhead Studios Senior Designer, Mike West, and their Lead Engine Coder, Don Williamson, it's worth the wait because it's given them the time to craft it towards perfection.Click here for more info.
Lionhead’s Action RPG is approaching its PC release date, and if you’re interested in taking the action to Albion on your PC this deal should be worth a look. If at the checkout you enter Direct2Drive’s pay day voucher code ‘ROYALFLUSH’ you can net yourself a saving of over £5. So, what has changed from the console version? Reports are that it will contain polish to the graphics engine, optimised combat controls and improved difficulty. In addition it will contain all of the DLC that has been released so far for Xbox 360 players, making it a complete offering for those that have held off purchasing the game so far.
Here's a deal if you're looking to update your old 360 and grab a pretty good game in the process, in fact I wish I'd waited and not rushed ahead and updated mine a couple of months ago! The £159 price tag should make you a saving of almost £11 if you're grabbing the console with Fable 3, and almost £9 if you're a Halo fan, so get yourself down to Currys whilst stocks last! Thanks to flasm1 @ HUKD.
Looks like chocolate's not the only thing you should be buying this Easter, there are some pretty tasty Xbox 360 slim deals over at Game. You can get a 250 Gb console with Kinect for £219.98, which'll save you around £10 over picking them up separately. The other 250 Gb consoles come with games; grabbing one with Halo Reach'll save you almost £8; one with Forza 3 Ultimate Edition'll save you almost £2; and one with Fable 3'll save you almost £10. Happy shopping! Thanks to Sholeo @ HUKD.
This isn't an April Fool, folks. Microsoft have slashed the prices of two games and a piece of DLC for today only, meaning that you need to get involved sharpish.
The most important reduction is that Dead Money, Fallout: New Vegas' first expansion pack, is now 400 Microsoft Points. You absolutely should buy it. Seriously. Check out my review if you have any doubts.
Comic Jumper and Deadliest Warrior are also down to pocket money prices, but I can't wholeheartedly recommend either of them. For all of its pretension, Comic Jumper is a repetitive and ultimately boring twinstick shooter - and Deadliest Warrior is extremely mediocre. Still, they're also extremely cheap.
Click the links to check out the savings and queue up the downloads!
Oh, Peter. At it again, are we? I admit, I sort of love Peter Molyneux. For such a pessimistic country, it's amazing we've produced such an enthusiastic, effusive individual. Having recently won a BAFTA, the Creative Director of Microsoft Game Studios has been speaking about what fans can expect from the next edition in the Fable saga. And while he admitted the last iteration wasn't "quite up-to-date", he's promised the next will "amaze people with its quality".Which is quite modest by his standards! More inside
This isn’t the cheapest the title has been, but SendIt’s price is the current best by £4. As for the game, the revolution hits Albion in Lionhead’s latest entry of the Fable series. Set 50 years after the previous game, you play as either the Prince or Princess as you fight for the people of the land with swords, guns, and a mixture of magic. Add to that the usual wit and charm of the series, as well as celebrity voice-overs (including a rather on-form John Cleese) and it’s a fun game but not without its sometimes obvious flaws. While fans of the series will probably enjoy Fable III it’s a shorter affair than the first two instalments, so unless you really want to head back to Albion it may be worth holding out until a GOTY edition hits with all the inevitable DLC attached. Thanks to jrenshaw @ HUKD!
Okay, we admit it. Microsoft's showcase was nowhere near as big enough as we- or anyone- predicted. Surprisingly, no new titles were revealed and the industry isn't reeling from earth-shattering revelations. There's still some interesting developments, mind: including a date for Halo Reach's Defiant Map Pack, some new Fable III DLC and several games offering 3D on the Xbox 360. We've rounded it all up into one place for your comfort and convenience.Click here for more details...
The revolution hits Albion in Lionhead’s latest entry of the Fable series. Set 50 years after the previous game, you play as either the Prince or Princess as you fight for the people of the land with swords, guns, and a mixture of magic. Add to that the usual wit and charm of the series, as well as celebrity voice-overs (including a rather on-form John Cleese) and it’s a fun game but not without its sometimes obvious flaws. While fans of the series will probably enjoy Fable III it’s a shorter affair than the first two instalments, so unless you really want to head back to Albion it may be worth holding out until a GOTY edition hits with all the inevitable DLC attached. Thanks to groakybaby @ HUKD!
With 8 million shipped worldwide, Kinect is an unequivocal, resounding success. And I couldn't be happier. I was skeptical it would take off, even more so that it would boost Microsoft's annual profits. And while it means we must steel ourselves for the upcoming avalanche of Kinect Winter Sports and Dance, Dance, Dance Some More in the years to come, it offers Microsoft and their partners the opportunity to deliver on the game changer first promised.
So at Dealspwn, we've devised a list of 10 unannounced, unofficial games we'd like to see on Kinect, in the hope that Microsoft is listening. Read on!
Kinect functionality was once present in Fable 3, with tomato-tossing and statue-sculpting rumoured, but was later cut. So we'd like to see a full-blown, Kinect-ified Fable 4 whenever it's released. I'm talking waving virtual swords, hurling invisible fireballs, and beckoning over comely wenches with a perfectly executed finger wag. Oh, and petting the dog.
I hear the footy game in Kinect Sports is actually quite fun, if a little underwhelming. It would be difficult to implement Kinect into the entire Fifa experience, but imagine actually stepping up for corners or whacking in penalties and sprinting for loose balls. Maybe you could even flop onto the carpet to simulate diving and con the virtual ref? They could contact Cristiano Ronaldo for authenticity.
Click here to see what other speculative Kinect titles made our list
More appropriately titled "Fable: Again," Fable III 0ffers more of the same. Stylised art design, goofy characters and silly gestures contrast with some mature themes and storylines... so put simply, if you enjoyed Molyneux's rehashed RPG the last time around, you'll also get a kick out of it this time. Just don't go in expecting the genre to be blown wide open.
It always stings a little when I see what the 360s price is now compared to launch. I've even had to buy it twice thanks to three RRODs trying their very best to outlive my premium warranty. The new 360s, however, are at a low, mass-market price and seem almost invulnerable to hardware defects. If you're in the market for a sleek, lacquered black console with a massive hard-drive, built-in wireless and a roster of great games and perhaps the best online service available at the moment - at a premium price, though - then you might like this deal from Game. A 250GB 360 with a copy of Fable 3 bundled in, all for just £199.99. Not bad.
2010 has been an odd year. It's been positively stuffed with action, brimming with blockbusters, with video games making a hell of a lot of noise, attempting to capitalise upon the enormous successes of 2009. We've seen some truly staggering achievements this year, games exhibiting such developmental technical brilliance that have dazzled our eyes , forced our mouths agape and, particularly now with everyone vying for a slice of MoCon pie, caused us to look very silly indeed.
There's been plenty of behind the scenes drama going on this year, as I mentioned in my retrospective glance at a few of this past year's highlights. But when it comes down to it, the games are what we have left upon which to judge the last twelve months. No one can deny it's been a pretty solid year in terms of the games themselves. Everywhere you looked there was another extremely polished would-be moneymaker preparing to ship. Gamers, in many ways, have been completely spoilt for choice this year. Throw Move and Kinect into the mix too and there really has been something for everyone - from basement dwellers to their grandmothers, from those with 5 minutes to spare to those with 5 days.
But for all of its pomp and circumstance, for all of the boisterous hyperbole, the PR stunts, swathes of adverts and headline-grabbing spats, speeches and slip-ups, 2010 has lacked something.
That something is soul.
Dave already alluded to this in his GOTY introduction when he said that we hadn't seen any goalpost movers this year, and I'm rather inclined to agree. There were plenty of fun titles and enjoyable experiences to be had but few, if any that blew my mind. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood earned its full marks for having the audacity to be released a mere year after ACII and not only top it but also wangle in some incredibly well-thought-out multiplayer too. But if you hadn't played any of the others it would have stumped you completely. It didn't really break new ground as much as perfect the old. Limbo, the other game I gave a ten to this year, is the only game I've ever played to really chill me to the bone. But it couldn't keep it up beyond a couple of hours and, whilst the second half of the game produced some excellent puzzles, it felt like the fireworks had passed.
The blockbusters this year have nearly all been sequels - louder, shinier and slicker: Mass Effect 2, God of War 3, ACB, Bioshock 2. The latter is a perfect example to encompass the year: better shooter, poorer game. Few, if any, of the mainstream studios this year (thank god for the indies!) have been prepared - except perhaps for SEGA (and I'm thinking here of the sheer lunacy that was Bayonetta) - to really be brave, to strive for the unique, the adventurous and the risky, and to truly push what it means to design video games. Not just building upon existing procedure, but shaking things up completely.
Except, perhaps for Quantic Dream...
Fable 3 seems to be enduring something of a stock problem, as numerous retailers are advertising it as OOS. However, 101CD still have a few in the back-room and at a fairly low price, too. £25.99, and free UK delivery, to boot. I'm wondering myself if I should grab Fable 3, as I'm a huge fan of the series but found my interest in the third installment to be lukewarm, at best. We all criticize Molyneux for hyping his games, but his distinct lack of hype for Fable 3 seems to have been telling, if review scores are anything to go by.
Fable 3 is the first of the series, including Lost Chapters and all the DLC, I've decided to skip. The lukewarm reception and lack of truly game-defining features just aren't cutting it with me. Fable's never had particularly good combat or action, so a switch of focus to those particular traits just doesn't interest me. However, I do find myself drawn to this particular deal at Game, where Fable 3 is now just £22.99. It's a cracking price, although it's only available for today, so hurry!
It's been cheaper, but this is the lowest you'll find it at the moment. So what can you expect from Fable III? Well more of the usual, really. Lots of interesting bits, a great combat system, swords, guns and magic, and an array of some seriously impressive voice talent alongside some of the worst provincial accents you'll ever have the misfortune to hear. But don't expect it to bowl you over, and I for one will be holding out for a DLC stuffed GOTY edition before I relinquish funds for it due to its relatively short campaign. Gameplay's price is a good one, although if you fancy a journey you can pick it up for a£24.95 at John Lewis in-store, though delivery will set you back £3. Thanks to scorpweb at HUKD.