Hiya Gamers and Friends! Today’s Throwback Tuesday post will feature one of my favorite gaming franchises; Fable! Fable is a Role Playing game series exclusive to Xbox that allows players to choose their own actions and missions as the game progresses. This game was pretty revolutionary as it allowed for a player to make decisions that would adjust the characters look, Notoriety with the townspeople and personality traits. Let’s get into some of my favorite moments and features of the Fable franchise.
Fable- The first release of Fable was in 2004 on the original Xbox. This story centered on a young hero (whom you could name) who grows up and attempts to save your sister in the fictional land of Albion. In this original version of Fable I loved that you were able to perform actions such as pick pocketing or stealing that was only noticed if you are caught by a store owner. Funny story, I was introduced to Fable by my brother who never got around to playing. I lovedddd this game and played it all of the time on his Xbox (until I bought my own J ). This was my first experience with a game in where the player’s choices influenced the look of the character. The better choices you made the nicer and more “Angelic” your character looked. The not so great choices you made had your character inheriting scars, a rough demeanor and eventually horns (I never went that far lol) . The game also allowed the character to mix combat skills, weapon skills and the integration of magic into your battle style. I loved fighting bandits with my sword and then quickly turning to shock an attacker with the lightning ability.
Fable 2 – Fable 2 is my personal favorite of all of the Fable Series Games and was released on the Xbox 360 Console in October of 2008. Fable 2 starts off similar to the original allowing you to create a hero and journey throughout the land of Albion. The character development of this game surpassed that of the original Fable. What impressed me about Fable 2 the most was that you were now able to create a male or female hero. This story takes place about 500 years after the events of the 1st game. This title takes the great elements of its predecessor and creates an even more interactive experience for the players. You are able to acquire gold by getting jobs in town such as being a blacksmith or making pies. You are also able to now trade items and play co-op missions with your friends via Xbox Live in Fable 2. I remember my friends and I meeting in the courtyard of “Old Albion” and trading money to each other. You are able to explore the themes of Marriage, Home Owner Ship and the life of a merchant. The combat skills were updated in this game as well, allowing you to obtain different magical abilities from the ones introduced in Fable.
Fable III- Fable 3 is the last title I will feature in today’s post as it was the last Fable title that I have played. Fable III starts 50 years after the events of Fable II and in this game the hero will become royalty. You are tasked with taking down the horrible King (Your Older Brother) that subject his people to very severe punishments. Fable III was released in October 2010. One thing that I loved about Fable III was that you were able to combine magic spells with your Spell Gauntlets. This means that you can mix the ice spell with fire to create a whole new element. What made this game different than the other 2 was that you realize the decisions made as a ruler will have a negative effect either immediately with having to execute a prisoner or over time when a dark evil approaches. Your choices are to spare 1 life or potentially save hundreds. Basically you are choosing the best option which may not be a great choice at all. This game really makes the gamer make decisions that are not necessarily good versus evil; your decisions are which is a lesser evil. I think because this game puts you in a predicament where you hate either choice, I wasn’t able to finish the game. Eventually I will go back and complete it but even now thinking about some of the things I did makes me cringe.
I haven’t played the newest version of Fable, however, I have purchased Fable II again to play through. I really enjoyed this series and I definitely recommend it to any gamer who enjoys the action RPG type games (it tells a great story and forces you to make decisions). I definitely recommend this game to gamers who enjoy the Sims as well. Although the customization features are not as vast as in the Sims, you are able to dye and buy additional clothing, start a family or business, oh and terrorize the villagers in Albion! Thank you for reading this week’s throwback Tuesday post! Have you played any of the Fable games? What’s your favorite RPG? Let’s talk gaming!
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