Top positive review
Not the Fable that you are use to but still very enjoyable.
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2014
I really enjoyed playing this game. Once you start playing you quickly realize this isn't the Fable you were use to playing, it is an entirely different game experience. For the old timers, it is more like the old arcade game Dragon's Lair with Dirk the Daring. It's a very linear game and you can't go off and do missions that aren't along the main story line. You must move forward, one chronological task after another.
The experience here is the Kinect experience, and I actually enjoyed it. It does, however, show that Kinect is still a new technology and I look forward to a game like Fable actually being 1st person Kinect, but just as wide open as the original games were, letting you go anywhere and do anything. But this is a good start and to my knowledge the first of its kind (and adventure Kinect game).
So you get to essentially do 3 things here, drive your horse cart, fight bad guys and do a few little maintenance tasks like feed, groom and heal your horse. That being said, during combat, when you are blasting Hobbes, blocking attacks, force pushing opponents and objects, its a lot of fun. Be advised, your arms may get tired and the game advises you to take breaks here and there. I can see someone who isn't in shape getting sore after playing this game.
The Kinect isn't perfect. When it works, things are pretty smooth and as expected, but when something goes wrong, you'll curse the Kinect. The thing to do when things just aren't working right is to stop the game, try the Kinect tuner process again and start playing after. I found about a quarter the time I played, it would start off poorly. Little things throw the Kinect off like a change in lighting. My living room is lit up very different during the day and at night so I found I needed to do the Kinect tuning under both conditions. Also, if someone is near you or behind you, they may inadvertently "steal" your control of the Kinect. The Dog walked by and did this once. The Kinect focuses on your head and hands and if something passes near and it thinks it was one of your hands, it starts focusing on the other persion or animal in the case of my dog.
So to wrap up, I liked it, I'd recommend it even with the Kinect not being perfect. When things worked well, I really enjoyed combat. Just don't expect this to be the same as the other Fable games, it is something entirely different and just happens to take place in Albion, but gone are the times you'll get to interact with shop keepers, buy a home or get a spouse. Consider it a completely different aspect on Albion.