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Fable: The Journey - Xbox 360
Fable: The Journey - Xbox 360
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Kinect game of 2012..., October 12, 2012
UPDATE: I just finished the game. I'm lowering rating to 4 since it took about 10 hours for story mode (incl.collecting all cards). I'd expected it to be bit longer and more difficult. However I found you can replay sections in arcade and it's pretty tough to get gold which extends gameplay. Still great must have unique Kinect game in my opinion but not perfect.

Summary: I'm judging this as a Kinect game and not as a Fable game. That's probably why opinions differ especially on Kinect games. However story and graphics are easily best of any Kinect game so far. Graphics are really amazing even compared to non-Kinect games. Scenery also changes constantly and never gets boring. It's one of the most varied Kinect game and Kinect control is great. If you like Kinect games I'd say must have title for 2012.

You can play this entire game sitting down but I just played it standing up (I only play 1-2 hours at a time anyway). You could move chair into the playspace of course.

I had no problems with controls and with calibration the accuracy is really good for Kinect: After one time calibration you point with your hand exactly in the direction you want to cast the spell which is pretty unique for Kinect game. For me it works pretty much 1:1 onto TV screen. There's a demo to give you taste of the combat.

If you want to get decent video impression checkout: kinectaddict channel on youtube.
Note however it gets much more interesting later in the game. In beginning it's easy but gets slowly progressively tougher (including optional stops).

Story mode game has these alternating parts:

- Navigate on your horse: you can control: speed, left/right direction and you can stop (note you can die going off a cliff or when chased you may hit too many objects/fire). You can collect tokens on the road which can be used for upgrades. There are some scenes mixed in where you are being chased or you are chasing hobbes or fending off attacks
- optional rest stops where you can take care of the horse and restore health (heal, remove arrows, give water and food and brush the horse). Except for heal and remove arrows you get extra points for these that you can use for upgrades. You could skip this though and you just can buy less upgrades
- optional stops for extra card collecting: they are like mini-games and are progressively getting tougher. Later stages have small basic puzzles and more combat
- story & combat scenarios: these are the most interesting parts where you use your spells (with both your hands). Later on puzzles are added. Also new characters are introduced. There are about 7 different creatures that attack you with couple of end bosses

Arcade mode: There are 16 levels you can replay and it's little bit different from story: your energy doesn't automatically renew and you have optional scarecrows to find and destroy. This is a lot more challenging than story mode and lots of fun. Getting gold in each level is very tough so this will extend gameplay good deal and it's fun to play.

Potential negatives:
- On rails: I can see how exploration would have made this game better. There are choices at times to go either left or right but typically they just open up optional mini games to collect more cards. So story is still linear but you can discover additional areas to collect cards
- Story mode easy: chapter 1 is pretty easy however it becomes gradually more challenging. Chapter 2 introduces puzzles which most of the time are relatively easy. I finished the game and for most part it never gets overly difficult. I died about 5 times in entire story mode (accuracy is spot on for me so this allows me to finish enemies often quickly). Still fun but bit I'd be fine if it would be tougher (which is often case with Kinect to avoid making you too tired by retrying over and over). If you opt not to upgrade at all it will make the game lot more challenging so that's an option.
- multi-player action: Not offered and would have been nice. You can see compare arcade scores on xbox live
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Garmin Mobile PC
Garmin Mobile PC

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great on UMPC, March 16, 2011
I've bought this for a Viliv S5 which is a 4.8" PC running Windows. Viliv has some issues with GPS hardware but I'm using a program to workaround that (search for startgps v2 ahk on the internet).

The Viliv is small but Garmin software has a good user interface and touch data input works great for size of screen (you do need to use the Viliv virtual keyboard to enter text though). The user interface is very similar to the Garmin mobile devices.

The maps are good quality and routing is generally pretty reliable. There's a demo I believe so you can try that first. The S5 has 5+ hours battery life so works great as combination of a GPS device + PC functionality (wireless built in as well).

There are some small annoyances like favorites only have a short name and you can't add additional info like phone # (custom POI would be a workaround but more complex to setup).

Also as commented earlier you can't buy just a map update which is odd. Instead you buy again next version which isn't expensive but still bit strange. Same if you want a map for another continent. There are tricks to make it work though but officially not supported.

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