Gears of Fable? Oh go on then. Fable Legends has copped a fair bit of flak forits more action-oriented approach to the Fable universe, but there might just be space for a co-op TPS that leverages the IP for fresh purposes.
You can decide for yourself by checking out the 10 minute video we captured at a recent Microsoft showcase. There was no game sound to record due to the in-game audio being pumped out through headphones, so we've stuck in some favourites from the Fable OST.
Fable Legends is apparently going to be a future-proofed RPG, with story content rolled out over the years after the Xbox One exclusive launches. We're not sure whether to fist-pump or facepalm just yet, but we've got the all-important quotes below.Click here to read more...
Lionhead's creative director Gary Carr has spoken out saying that Microsoft's multiple u-turns show that rather than being the "aloof" and "removed" company that their reputation might suggest, the company is listening to its fanbase.Click here to read more...
UPDATE: Major Nelson has confirmed that the Fable HD remake will arrive on Xbox 360 this Christmas, with achievements, SmartGlass support and the Lost Chapters DLC pack.
Lionhead Studios have teased an HD remake of the original Fable in a new trailer, which makes no bones about displaying the Xbox 360 logo front and centre. We'll likely hear more details about this very soon.
In other news, Lionhead also launched a brand new Fable Forum, accessible using your current GamerTag and/or Microsoft ID.
Good news for franchise fans, but could these two events be leading up to a major Xbox One Fable reveal at E3? Or should I put my tinfoil hat on?
Simply Games have reduced the Kinect-powered Fable title down to the £10 mark, making it a much more attractive proposition. The saving of a fiver over the next best deal at Game Centre is an extra plus point as well.
But should you indulge your curiosity, even at this price? The Journey manages to make the world of Albion a much more engaging place to visit, but the terrible aiming mechanics (and the certainty it will destroy your arm muscles) hamper the experience. Still, for a tenner it could be a good reason to return to the Fable franchise, or dust off that Kinect sensor. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
Can we please finally admit that Kinect is only really good for party games, fitness buffs, and small children? Could Microsoft please stop throwing money at that damn camera and maybe invest instead in some developers and acquiring something approaching a stable of talent? Pretty please with sugar on top?
Fable: The Journey came out this week, and largely flopped. Admittedly, it only had a day or two to make an impact, but even so, it's still a rather disappointing drop. Of course, it's entirely possible that no one outside of the vocal minority of core gamers online actually knows it even exists, and they're hardly the target demographic, are they?
The fact is that this was supposed to be the game to change an awful lot. Maybe. Microsoft had been shoving Kinect into every dark corner of the Xbox 360 that they could find, and yet still it was seen as a novelty at best, and a broken indictment of everything that is wrong with the industry at worst. But Fable: The Journey was supposed to change that. Every single time a title that focused on motion control emerged on the Xbox 360, it was met with a caveat. "It's pretty good...for a Kinect game," reviewers would say, the implication being that the bar was set so very low for the hilariously inaccurate and volatile camera that any release which encouraged laughter rather than intensive swearing could be deemed a success...for Kinect.Click here to read more...
Platforms: Xbox 360 (Kinect)
Developers: Lionhead Studios
Publishers: Microsoft Studios
When was the last time you stopped to admire the scenery? In an effort to constantly stimulate us on a second-by-second basis, most games don't give us the chance to sit back, take stock and simply enjoy being in an entirely different world. At its best, Fable: The Journey does exactly that.
As a young travelling lad free to roam the roads of Albion, you'll trek across the colourful wilds of Lionhead's world in a quest to save it from a devastating magical corruption. You'll steer your cart, ably pulled by your beloved horse Seren, using Kinect integration to tug on her reins; viewing the roads and sweeping backdrops from behind the eyes of one of the awestruck protagonist. Like the best road trips, you'll also make several stops to take in the sights, meet some zany characters and (unlike most successful road trips) engage in some first-person combat. Though incredibly linear and bound to unbreakable rails, Fable: The Journey frequently threatens to do something rather magical.
It's an intimate and immersive new perspective from which experience the parody world of Albion, which has been fleshed out like never before. Characters, from new faces to Zoe Wanamaker's Theresa, have been voiced brilliantly and offer some effective jokes along with profound, rarely obtrusive exposition. Gorgeous Unreal-powered visuals bring Albion's varied environments to life, granting us a sense of scale and majesty through epic viewpoints and vistas. For the first time, we have a glimpse of what it's really like to live in Fable's universe, to be a citizen rather than a player character, and Albion finally feels like a world worth living in. Worth caring about. Worth saving.
Sadly, Fable: The Journey ends up flogging a dead horse when tries to be a videogame rather than an open-top bus ride. Then your arms fall off.Click here to read more...
Despite initial reservations, it turns out this may well be worth dusting off the Kinect. Matt recently got to try out the game and found it to be a surprisingly immersive experience. Steering your horse and casting spells with your own hands via motion-control are examples of how the game draws you into Fable's world. We're hoping Lionhead Studios can pull this off as we're dying for a decent non-dancing Kinect game. Fable: The Journey is released October 12th.
Thanks to CovertRecon at HotUkDeals.
Platforms: Xbox 360 (Kinect)
Developers: Lionhead Studios
Publishers: Microsoft Studios
There's always a caveat that comes when describing a promising Xbox 360 title that centres around motion control, one that comes with a seemingly contradictory three-word buzz phrase: good Kinect game. It's the Kinect part that changes the perception, we can all at least recognise some core qualities of a generally good game,, but it's implied that what constitutes a good Kinect game might require at least a certain amount of patience, forgiveness, and a specific mindset indeed.
So it is that to call a game a "good Kinect game" might be to damn it with faint praise, lauding its qualities on the one hand, and quietly laughing at anyone who'll spend full price on it.
Kinect still irritates me enormously, though much of that is down to the fact that I'm physically a bit too tall for it at times, you can't play anything energetic on it in a flat that's not on the ground floor for fear of being shot by your neighbours (justifiably, I might add), and few of its experiences linger once you've abandoned your console. Only Child of Eden came close.
But Fable: The Journey draws you in, utilising Microsoft's gimmick to its fullest advantage, and delivering an incredibly immersive experience that, perhaps for the first time ever, makes Albion seem like a lived in world rather than a stopping point for quirky characters, amusing cameos from established actors, and pantomime humour. For all of its comic brilliance, Albion never quite came together as a whole, and your attachment to it as a character was tenuous at best. You could affect events, sure, but I found I never really cared. But not any more.Click here to read more...
If you've got plenty of time on your hands at the moment then you might want to think about taking advantage of this one because it'll drop three exceptional games into your lap for a very reasonable price that'll easily save you over £13. Halo 3 and Gears of War 2 are both action packed romps, whereas Fable 3's got a star studded cast. Thanks to Silhouette @ HUKD.
Peter Molyneux has spoken out regarding why he left Microsoft to set up 22Cans, the slight feeling of creative suffocation at Microsoft, and how this might he last chance to realise his dream of making "one of the greatest games ever", in his own words.Click here to read more...
I shouldn't really have to tell you about Black & White 2, but I'm going to anyway! Once you've picked a creature to represent you, it's time to drum up some people to worship you. Looking after your followers can be rewarding, however playing as an evil deity is definitely more fun. If you're not avoiding Game like the plague at the moment then you can get hold of this one for £4.99, which should save you almost £4 on then next best offer coming in from Cool Shop UK. Thanks to ChuckNorris @ HUKD.
This latest offer from Zavvi brings the latest instalment of the Fable series to under £8, which will save you a few quid over the next best alternative retailers.
The third adventure in Albion felt like a shorter affair (as well as a little lacklustre) and the one-button combat felt rather clunky at times (especially ranged combat.) However, the addictive nature of the gameplay, graphical polish of the wonderful art-style, and the return of usual Lionhead charm make it an enjoyable experience at under a tenner, especially for fans of the series who have yet to give it a go. Thanks to djmetsandy @ HUKD!
With the voucher code provided above you can get hold of the latest instalment of the Fable franchise for just under £9, which will save you a few quid over the next best alternative retailers.
The third adventure in Albion felt like a shorter affair (as well as a little lacklustre) and the one-button combat felt rather clunky at times (especially ranged combat.) However, the addictive nature of the gameplay, graphical polish of the wonderful art-style, and the return of usual Lionhead charm make it an enjoyable experience at under a tenner, especially for fans of the series who have yet to give it a go. Thanks to BBryce @ HUKD!
Chances are many of you will have played these titles quite some time ago, but this is a great deal if you haven’t, or just wish to relive earlier instalments in the Halo and Fable franchises. The offer from GAME will save you over a tenner in comparison to Base and co, and there are bigger savings in comparison to trying to get the titles individually.
There’s really not much more to be said that hasn’t already about these games; Halo 3 brought the trilogy to an end (until 343 bring us the next one, that is) and Fable II gave us more adventures in Albion, this time with added dog companion. Getting both at a fiver each is a fine bargain I’d say. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
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.