Fable III is the third game in the Fable series and is set 50 years after the events of the second game and after the Hero of the previous game has died. The antagonist of the game is Logan the Tyrant King who is also the Hero's older brother and the Hero must defeat Logan after witnessing his true personality. At the same time, Albion is threatened by an evil force called the Darkness that destroys everything it touches.
Like the previous games in the series, it was developed by Lionhead Studios and published by Microsoft. It was first released for the Xbox 360 then it was also ported to Windows PC.
The previous game in the series can be synced to this game, though it does not impact the choices available to the player in Fable III; it does allow the player to move the gender of their Hero. Character appearances changes throughout the game according to the actions of the player as the game progresses, the actions and decisions of the player will also impact the world itself. The player has the option to implement a variety of laws that will modify the world, for example the player can lift the alcohol limits to allow citizens to purchase more each day which in turn will cause the number of drunk citizens to increase.
The gameplay is focused on two main areas; choices and questing. The player must go on quests to gain support from NPC's in the game and encourage them to join in the overthrow of the King. Part of this involves making promises to characters which can impact a single NPC or an entire population. The player is not forced to fulfill their promises and they do have the option to ignore them once the King has been overthrown.
Once the player has taken control of the throne and has become the ruler, they will need to complete their royal duties in Judgement. The player must make judgements on a variety of hearings where two sides argue their case; doing good actions for the kingdom requires gold from the treasury which is limited, the player will eventually need to fund the treasury with their own money. Outside of the throne room there are other choices for the player to make which will impact the game world.
The combat system is based around the three core offensive abilities: Melee, Magic and Ranged. The player has free choice over how they fight and what abilities they use as the player is not limited to spending experience according to the abilities they used during that fight. Abilities can be leveled up without using them in fights.
Fable III introduced several new features to the game and enhanced many of the original features from the series; the Expressions system has been overhauled and renamed to the “Expression Touch” system. The player must use a number of random expressions until the player is eventually asked to do a relationship quest; completing it will improve the relationship and each NPC reacts differently to each expression.
Another new feature in the game is the “Dynamic Touch” System which allows the player to physically interact with the NPC. The player will be able to drag them to a location or hold hands with a character; the reaction of the NPC depends on several factors including their relationship with the player and where they are being led.
The menu system was removed from Fable III and was replaced with an interactive pause menu called the Sanctuary; it included several rooms which replaced the typical functions of the menu seen in the previous games or the player can just hold a button down to select an option instead of finding the right door.
Take the throne – Fight to take the throne from the Tyrant King and rule your own kingdom
Make word changing decisions – Change the world by making choices that impact the kingdom, specific characters and specific groups
Build relationships – Form relationships with NPCs, take them on dates and fulfil your promises
Manage the gold – Keep an eye on the treasury and manage how the gold is spent
Sanctuary – Take time out in the new 'pause menu'
- Strong story that does not limit the player
- Entertaining choices
- The world changing choices
Players didn't like:
- Linear story
- Bad PC port
- The combat
Windows Minimum Requirements:
OS: Windows XP 32bit SP 3, Windows Vista 32/64bit, Windows 7 32/64bit
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz or AMD Athlon X2 4000+
Graphics: NVidia 7600GT or ATI HD 2600 Pro
DirectX: DirectX 9.0c or later
Hard Drive: 12GB