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Fable Legends Announced For Xbox One [UPDATE]

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Fable, Fable Legends, Gamescom 2013, Lionhead, Microsoft Gamescom Showcase 2013, Microsoft Studios, RPG, Xbox One Games

Fable Legends Announced For Xbox One [UPDATE]

Microsoft (and Michael Gambon) have announced a new chapter in the Fable series, headed exclusively to Xbox One. It's a prequel of sorts that takes players back to an age when heroes ran rampant throughout the world of Albion.

UPDATE: We're learning new details all the time.

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Fable Anniversary Holding Fan-Made Achievement Competition

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Fable Anniversary, Lionhead, Xbox 360 games

Fable Anniversary Holding Fan-Made Achievement Competition

Have you ever dreamed of making an achievement and winning some badges for your trouble? Well now your wildest fantasies can become reality thanks to a new Fable Anniversary competition that will see fans vying to get their own arbitrary reward put into the upcoming HD remake.

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Molyneux: A Fable MMO Could Work "Reasonably Well"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Fable, Lionhead, MMO, Peter Molyneux, RPG

Molyneux: A Fable MMO Could Work "Reasonably Well"

Now that Lionhead has an MMO veteran at the helm, series creator Peter Molyneux has suggested that a massively multiplayer Fable title could be successful, and the idea was thrown around the office back when he used to run it.

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Fable III | £7.49 | Steam | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Lionhead, Microsoft Games Studios, PC games
Fable III | £7.49 | Steam | PC

Fable III is... the third Fable game. What more is there to say? It's got accessible one-button combat, cutesy art, reprehensible voice acting, nerfed NPC interactions and nowhere near enough strong storytelling to make Albion an interesting place to be. It's still maddeningly addictive, though, and Steam's midweek deal brings the PC version down to its sub-£8 standard deal price.

Note that the Traitor's Keep DLC pack is also on sale, and arguably provides the high point of the entire package in my opinion.

Fable III | £7.49 | Steam | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Lionhead, Microsoft Games Studios, PC games
Fable III | £7.49 | Steam | PC

Fable III is... the third Fable game. What more is there to say? It's got accessible one-button combat, cutesy artwork, diabolically awful voice acting and nowhere near enough strong storytelling to make Albion an interesting place to be. It's still maddeningly addictive, though, and Steam's midweek deal brings the PC version down to its sub-£8 standard deal price. Thanks to Jhaemes at HotUKDeals.

Note that the Traitor's Keep DLC has also been reduced to £1.18, and I'd highly recommend it. A slightly more serious tone, some fun new areas and an intriguing storyline makes it one of the highlights of the series.

Fable: The Journey | £12.99 | Simply Games | 360 (Kinect)

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Fable The Journey, Kinect, Lionhead, Xbox 360 games

Fable: The Journey | £12.99 | Simply Games | 360 (Kinect)

Mmm...the most immersive Albion has ever been. That's not actually a joke, Fable: The Journey manages to flesh out Lionhead's patchy parody of  world and make it seem lived-in. It's just a shame it knackers your arms so much, and the aiming leaves much to be desired.

Still, it's a damn good price if you've had your eye on it.

Thanks to Syzable at HotUkDeals.

Fable Heroes Review | Bowerstone Power Stone?

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Action Games, Brawler, Lionhead, Microsoft Studios, multiplayer, XBLA, Xbox 360 games

Fable Heroes Review | Bowerstone Power Stone?

Platform: XBLA

Developer: Lionhead

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Fable games tend to be foreshadowed by a downloadable precursor; a cheap and cheerful tie-in that allows players to amass a stock of transferable gold before the main event hits the shelves. Fable II had Pub Games, the drab and lacklustre collection of aggressively dull minigames that was only marginally more interesting than a screensaver. Next came Fable Coin Golf, an infinitely superior mobile proposition, but one that went largely unnoticed since it released exclusively on Windows Phone 7. With Fable: The Journey nearing the end of its voyage, we now have Fable Heroes, an uncomplicated brawler that lets players assemble a team of adorable familiar puppets and visit classic series locales, earning gold to both persistently upgrade characters and eventually transfer over into Lionhead's upcoming Kinect exclusive.

This, of course, neatly wraps up the second biggest question surrounding Fable Heroes: who is it for? When Microsoft first announced (and accidentally leaked) this colourful brawler, we were slightly at a loss to explain the target market. The cutesy art style and pared-back combat seemed too simplistic for series fans, yet its reliance on Fable lore and characters seemed to act as a barrier to entry for youngsters or new players. Now that transferable gold is on the table, it's clear that Fable Heroes is being pitched directly at the existing fanbase without containing the depth they crave from the franchise - which raises the most important question of the lot.

Is Fable Heroes fun?

Yes. While Fable Heroes may be dead simple and sickeningly cute, it's also an intensely enjoyable cooperative romp with a nifty persistent hook.

Fable Heroes Review | Bowerstone Power Stone?

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Molyneux: "I'm Bored To Death With F***ing Controllers"

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Controllers, Kinect, Lionhead, Microsoft, Peter Molyneux

Molyneux: "I'm Bored To Death With F***ing Controllers"

The perennially quotable Peter Molyneux has come out with another barnstorming cracker, this time taking aim at conventional games controllers, saying that today's controllers are "about as experimental as a brick".

“The joy must be, for me, is discovering it yourself,” Molyneux told Digital Spy at the recent Xbox Spring Showcase, referring to the lack of tutorials in Kinect-centric Fable: The Journey.

“I’m going to get totally over the top here, and this is the stuff that gets me in trouble. I’m just bored to death with fucking controllers. I am!"

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Peter Molyneux Quits Lionhead & Microsoft Studios

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Lionhead, Megaton, Peter Molyneux

Peter Molyneux Quits Lionhead & Microsoft Studios

"I Felt That The Time Was Right"

Breaking news. Legendary developer Peter Molyneux has decided to leave Lionhead and his position as Microsoft Studios Europe's Creative Director after over a decade of service. Apparently he's decided to start up his own "independent venture," but will stay around long enough to to finish Fable: The Journey.

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Fable Heroes Outed For XBLA

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Brawler, Fable, Fable Heroes, Fable The Journey, Leaks, Lionhead, Microsoft, XBLA

Fable Heroes Outed For XBLA

Fable: The Journey Release Date Also Leaked By Microsoft

Lionhead's mysterious countdown is set to terminate in a matter of hours... but has been completely declawed by a couple of premature Xbox Live Marketplace listings. Microsoft has accidentally outed Fable Heroes: a cartoony cooperative brawler for Xbox Live Arcade complete with a mine cart minigame.

Just to add insult to injury, Microsoft also unwittingly leaked a firm release date for Kinect spin-off Fable: The Journey. We've got the full - and thoroughly bizarre - details below along with some screenshots.

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Lionhead Veterans Quit To Found Another Place Productions

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Another Place Productions, Fable, Lionhead

Lionhead Veterans Quit To Found Another Place Productions

Five instrumental Lionhead staffers have quit the Microsoft-owned company to form their own studio: Another Place Productions. The team will be headed up by Dene and Simon Carter, who created the original Fable, and augmented by executive producer Jeremie Texier, art director John McCormack and technical director Guillaume Portes.

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Lionhead Countdown Takes Aim At End Of GDC

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Countdown, Fable, Lionhead

Lionhead Countdown Takes Aim At End Of GDC

A mysterious countdown timer has appeared at Lionhead.com, which is inexorably ticking down to the last day of GDC 2012.

And that's all we know... but not all we can surmise. It's possible that the countdown is simply ann0uncing a website redesign (unlikely), but the Facebook link takes readers directly to the official Fable page. Could a new Fable announcement be in the offing - either more details about The Journey or a reveal for an entirely new title?

We hope not, to be honest. I know it sounds a little harsh, but the insipid world Albion is holding Lionhead back from creating a truly superior RPG. Molyneux and co are capable of so much more in our book, but we'd love to get your take on it. As well as what you reckon that red button is all about...

Lionhead Looking For MMO Programmers

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Fable, Lionhead, Lionhead Games, Lionhead MMO, Microsoft

Lionhead Looking For MMO Programmers

"Key Contributors On Unannounced Title"

Lionhead's ostensible next game is the Kinect spinoff, Fable: The Journey. However, a separate team on separate tech is working on The Journey, so what's Lionhead's true Fable team up to, eh? Well, it might be an MMO, if job postings on Lionhead's site are to be believed. They're looking for a programmer with "significant experience with the workings of a massive online multiplayer environment" to join the team on an "unannounced title".

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Fable III | £9.95 | Zavvi | Xbox 360

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Lionhead, Microsoft Games Studios, RPG, Xbox 360 games
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Fable III | Xbox 360
Fable III | £9.95 | Zavvi | Xbox 360

Fable III is, erm, not bad at all. It's a lengthy adventure packed with solid combat and loads of stuff to do... but there's a good chance you'll fail to engage with the experience because Molyneux has failed to make Albion an interesting place to be for three games in a row. Great value, but like Lidl value margarine, chances are you won't want to eat too much of it in one go.

On the other hand, maybe we should stop buying into the franchise so that Peter, in desperation, is forced to make another Black & White game?

Fable III | £11.99 | The Hut | Xbox 360

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Lionhead, Microsoft Game Studios, RPG Games, Xbox 360 games
Fable III | £11.99 | The Hut | Xbox 360

Fable III is, erm, actually pretty good. It completely fails to revolutionise anything or deliver an engaging and believable fantasy universe, but the action is solid and there's loads of content. The Hut are currently the cheapest stockist around at £11.99, which is a bit of a steal as far as we're concerned. If you can stand the horrible VA.

On the other hand, there are some truly monstrous games coming out over the next couple of months. It's your call.

Fable III | £8.74 | Games For Windows Live | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Lionhead, Microsoft Game Studios, PC games, RPG Games
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Fable III | PC
Fable III | £8.74 | Games For Windows Live | PC

Whoa! An actual deal from Games For Windows Live?! I never thought I'd live to see this day.

Fable III on PC is... the third Fable game. On PC. What more is there to say? It's got great one-button combat, cutesy artwork, awful voice acting and nowhere near enough story to make it genuinely interesting. The graphics have received an overhaul, and it looks fairly decent on a good rig. Despite being ultimately underwhelming, it's still very addictive, and fans of the series will probably make the most of it.

Fable III | £15.98 | GAME Group | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Fable III | PC

Fable III on PC is... the third Fable game. On PC. What more is there to say? It's got great one-button combat, cutesy artwork, awful voice acting and nowhere near enough story to make it genuinely interesting. The graphics have received an overhaul, and it looks fairly decent on a good rig. Despite being ultimately underwhelming, it's still very addictive, and fans of the series will probably make the most of it.

Fable III (3) | £17.99 | GAME Group | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Fable III | PC

Fable III is... the third Fable game. What more is there to say? It's got great one-button combat, cutesy artwork, awful voice acting and not quite enough story to make it genuinely interesting. It's still very addictive, though, and fans of the series will probably make the most of it.

Fable III | £26.99 | Gameplay | Xbox 360

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Fable 3, Fable III, Games deals, Lionhead, Peter Molyneux, Role playing games, RPGs, Xbox 360 games
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Fable III | Xbox 360

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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.


Fable III Review | Third Time's The Charm?

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Reviews
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Action RPG, Fable 3, Fable III, Games reviews, John Cleese, Lionhead, Peter Molyneux, Revolution, Xbox 360 games
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Fable III | Xbox 360

Fable III Review | Third Time's The Charm?

Platforms: Xbox 360

Developer: Lionhead

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

The time to return to the world of Albion has arrived once again with Lionhead’s latest effort. Picking up fifty years after the end of the previous instalment, Fable III puts you in control of the child of the previous Hero of Albion from Fable II, in a time where the Industrial Age has arrived filling the busy capital with the fog of industry. Sadly though, that fog is a fitting representation of the morale of the populous; things are not well for the Kingdom with poverty rife and oppression in full flow thanks to the tyrant King, your brother, making unpopular and controversial decisions. Of course, he goes too far and ends up pushing you towards your destiny of becoming a hero, leading a revolution and taking control yourself.

Yep, just another day in Albion then.

The important thing to note here is that Fable III feels more like a Fantasy Action Adventure game and less of an RPG, and I for one think it’s about bloody time it took that approach. The issue I had with the previous instalments was its insistence that it was a fully-fledged RPG and ended up feeling shallow in comparison to other games in the genre. That doesn’t mean that the heavy customization isn’t here in the latest outing (you’ll still be able to dress up your character in a ridiculous manner, don’t fret) but the step away from the label of RPG allowed more room for manoeuvre for the series. Even Peter Molyneux has been reserved (and some might say even humble) in comparison to previous releases in regards of crowing his ambitions for the game.

But here comes the big-money question; does Fable III take advantage of the opportunity?

Fable III Review | Third Time's The Charm?

Is Fable III a revolution worth fighting for? Hit the jump to find out...