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My Fable Review,
This review is from: Fable: The Lost Chapters - Mac (DVD-ROM)
As an avid console gamer I am often skeptical of PC/Mac games. I have played my fair share of PC/Mac games to include (but not limited too) Black and White 1 & 2, F.E.A.R., Half Life, etc. And have actually enjoyed them all. After hearing that Fable was avail on PC/Mac I was fairly worried. I own Fable for the Original Xbox and was worried some things might get lost in the translation and controls. I must say that I am mistaken. This game is truly a gem. I know that a lot of individuals are now more interested in this game now that Fable 2 is around the corner (exclusive on 360 for now perhaps PC/Mac later). So this will be a possible want for some gamers. But the fact of the matter is this is a NEED for gamers. Peter Molyneux does an EXCELLENT job with Fable. The controls transition smoothly from console to Mac. The story remains the same. Fable is a game that truly lets you play how you want (good/evil/mix) and even changes your appearance based on the extremes. You constantly do evil things and have your moral slider over to evil you can grow horns and have glowing red eyes. On the flip side if you do constant good things and continue to be a hero you will "glow", your hair will become whiter etc. And the people will react accordingly. You can have different hair styles, tattoo's, expressions that will effect how people react to you as well. You can fall in love (with a man or woman), buy a house, drink at a bar, etc. There is so much to do! The story line is fantastics and once you get into it you will be hooked. I will not give out story details because I don't want to spoil any of this for you. There are also quite a few choices that you must make throughout the game. One's that I honestly had to pause and think "do I want to do this?" Lionhead honestly made a truly one of a kind game with Fable. But with its awesome praise there must come negatives. I found that the story may not have been as long as expected. For me it was around 8-9 hours. That's not to say it would be maybe a few hours more because I haven't completed all of the side quest. All in all it is a truly unique game that offers you a true choice to be good or evil. And in my opinion this is in my top 5 games of all time. This is a MUST HAVE for any gamer! Hope this game will bring you as much fun as it has brought me.
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Initial post: Dec 20, 2008 1:45:19 PM PST
Anja Flower says:
You can fall in love with either sex? That, I must say, is AWESOME! With so much sexism and stereotypical masculine attitudes being expressed in gaming, it's nice to have a game that realistically represents human sexuality for once.
Posted on Feb 3, 2009 6:19:54 PM PST
Emily W. says:
While I agree with Anja Flower that it's good they let you fall in love with either sex (although The Sims 2 does that as well -- it's not entirely unheard of), I assume you're still playing as a boy/man? If so, maybe it's not quite so progressive after all. And since even romantic relationships aren't gender-specific, and appearance is customizable, it probably wouldn't have been too hard to add the option to play as a female.
But anyway... It sounds really cool that characters will react differently depending on things like tattoos and hair styles. That adds another level of complexity that should make the representation of human interactions that much more realistic, and I've never heard of a video game doing that before, so I'm really curious to see how that actually plays out in the game. It also sounds from that like the interactions among characters are more complex than a lot of games (they'd have to for your character to elicit different responses depending on his appearance, or anything else beyond some form of "relationship meter"), which is one of the main things that I tend to find frustrating in most games.
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