Fable III is set 50 years after the last game. You play as the Son or Daughter of the great Hero from Fable II. You are set out to start the revolution and overthrow your brother and take his place in ruling Albian. You will make lots of choices throughout your journey and they will effect the fate of Albian and it's people.
Theres all the charming and enjoyable additions the previous game had. Exploring for hidden chests, getting married and having children, farting in someones face, that sort of thing. But the game focuses more on story this time around.
There's a few major changes in Fable III. The game ditches the experience points system and makes things a little more interesting. Your probably wondering, "How do you level up your weapons and Magic then"? Well this is how. On your journey to ruling Albian and becoming a Legendary Hero you must take a mystical path called "Road to Rule". This long path contains many locked gates and chests within. When your defeating enemies, interacting with people and completing quests your rewarded with Guild Seals which are used to unlock the chests along the path. Each chest contains something useful to help you through your journey. For example, It could hold an upgrade for your weapon,Spells, new expression or dyes for your clothing. Each chest cost a certain amount of Guild Seals so it's best to pick them wisely. The Road to Rule is a nice addition to the game and makes you feel like your really getting somewhere and becoming more powerful throughout your journey.
The games pause menu has also been reinvented. Instead of the game pausing with a ton of on screen menus you are taken to a Sanctuary. It's basically a 3D menu where you can walk around. It holds four doors, The Armoury, where you can change your Weapons and Spells, The Dressing Room, for changing your clothing and Dyes, The Live Room, for the co-op multiplayer and finally the Trophy Room where you can check your achievements and bank account on large pin boards. If you save your money you will notice it build up in heaps on the floor and is rather cool. Dead in the centre of the Sanctuary is a map. From here you can fast travel to anywhere in Albian aswell as showing available quests in each area. Overall the Sanctuary is a great idea to remove the fiddly stats menu and it works perfectly.
Whilst there's some big changes in Fable III the combat system has not changed. Melee, Range and Magic still have there own button making it just as easy as before. It can be still fun using the combinations but can become tiresome after a while thanks to the troublesome camera. At times the camera will zoom in on a downed enemy whilst the other enemies are still attacking you. It can become very frustrating especially when your surrounded with a swarm of enemies. Another problem the game holds are loading times. Your hit with them constantly when traveling to different parts of Albian. Refresh rate problem's also occasionally occur and for a title so big, this is quite a disappointment.
Something that doesn't disappoint however is multiplayer. It has largely improved from it's predecessor. The Fable II multiplayer experience was spoilt by limited to traveling only with another player. You had to huggle up and take the same path, It was awful. Lets forget that though, Fable III addresses these problems and now lets you explore Albian at your leisure. Together you can complete the story mode and be rewarded with Guild Seals and money which are shared between the both of you. You can even Marry, buy a house and have children to your online player which is rather a nice touch.
Whilst the game does have it's issues it doesn't stop it been an enjoyable experience. Fans of Fable II or someone who loves casual RPG's will have a great time exploring Albian.
Review by Gareth Smith