Fable 3
E3 2010: Fable III Updated Impressions - Starting a Revolution?
Written Thursday, July 01, 2010 By Dan Webb
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"We started off this one by thinking we’re going to have this amazing baddie," said the always upbeat Peter Molyneux at this year’s E3. “We talked about a morphing tree. We talked about, you know, why don’t we have a sea god coming in and attacking Albion, but it all sounded a bit crap and rubbish, and you know, doing a bad guy for a bad guy’s sake.”

“Then we decided, hang on a second, is there something unique and original that we can do?” he pondered. “We realised if what we did was create this baddie who was the king of Albion, then he could be a really bad guy – and this guy is an ultimate bad guy doing terrible things in the land – if we could make you a rebel. You are going to start a revolution. You’re going to get people to follow you. You’re going to promise lots of things in that revolution... You’re going to storm the castle, you’re going to face him and you’re going to take him out,” the Lionhead maestro continued. That ladies and gentlemen is half of Fable III and on the face of it, it’s looking like a game of two diversely different halves.

The other half is about your role as king and whether you decide to follow through with the promises that you made to your followers on your road to power. Okay, admittedly, that sounds a little too open-ended, right? Fear not, as there is most definitely an end-game Molyneux tells us. There is a purpose to carry on after you rise through the ranks, because even Molyneux admits there has to be.

“There is an end to the story, for sure, there always has to be. When you’re king, you’re king and there is some drama there as well,” says Molyneux. “There is a real twist, the only thing I can say, be careful who you trust perhaps. Just because you’re king doesn’t mean you’re immune to everything. There’s a lot of drama,” which sounds like you could have your very own revolution on your hands.

Fable III by Molyneux’s own admission will have “probably the greatest cast that any computer game has ever had,” and it’s hard to disagree with him based on who has been announced so far: John Cleese, Sir Ben Kingsley, Stephen Fry, Zöe Wanamaker and the slightly less announced Jonathan Ross. That’s not all though, Molyneux does state to look out for “three other people that you will definitely know,” hinting that there are some more big name stars in the pipeline for the latest instalment.

A main part of the focus for Lionhead at this year’s E3 was to look at what they’ve done to further refine the experience. In addition to losing the HUD, the health bar, the expression wheel – which is now replaced by floating icons that you use to interact with people: shake hands, threaten, touch, farting in someone’s face, etc – Lionhead were keen to remove the clunky menu and inventory system. That’s not to say they’ve cut them out - far from it - it’s to say that they’ve opted for a “functional replacement” known as The Sanctuary.

By hitting start, players are instantly transferred into a hub-world of sorts known as The Sanctuary – a circular room with rooms leading off where you can change your clothes, your weapons, see your treasures and so on. Your friendly butler, Jesper, AKA John Cleese, will also take up residence here and offer you ever so insightful quips. Everything to do with your character can be changed here and although it’s a lot quicker to change clothes and what not, I can’t help but think that it’s not as functional as Molyneux would like us to think. It is a neat place to store your morphed gauntlets and weapons though and display them as one would in a museum of sorts. A museum dedicated entirely to you.

Molyneux as usual was non-committal on Kinect and its Fable III compatibility, but he never disappoints by just saying “no comment” and instead talks in riddles... amusing riddles. “The only thing I’d say is, I don’t want Kinect to be just some crazy mini-game,” he stated, “I think it should be a substantial amount of Fable, so it’s really addictive, as opposed to just doing a chicken-egg laying game.”

Substantial? But doesn’t that make it almost necessary for the experience? Apparently not.

“You don’t want to make it so that people that haven’t got Kinect can’t play the game and this is coming out on the PC as well, so obviously you have to remember that, but saying that, I love the word uniqueness and I love Kinect as a gaming device and there’s loads of ideas that we could play on.” Like I said, non-committal.

As well as streamlining the menus with The Sanctuary, they’ve attempted to do the same with the world in general, specifically the world map, which now allows you to manage your properties, your wives, etc, without actually travelling to their location. In essence, it’s a 3D micro-management map.

“This is what we call a living map,” said Molyneux, “In other words, you can see the two continents where you are and then you can drill down in detail. This is the place we were just in, the whole town is still alive, you can do house buying and house selling here, you can spy on your wives and see whether they’re having an affair.” Admittedly, it’s not only quite handy, but it looks pretty damn neat as well.

We may have touched upon the co-op with our X10 impressions, but Molyneux was on hand to big it up some more. He even called it “fully functional, amazing co-op,” but of course he would.

Looking to make amends for Fable II’s terrible co-op experience, Molyneux drives his point home.

“Their hero comes in and their dog comes in, the two dogs will meet,” he comments, “They can go off and do a job, you can go off and do questing. You can marry your co-op partner, you can have sex with your co-op partner and you can have children with your co-op partner.” Not into the whole commitment malarkey? Well Molyneux suggests a “business relationship.” Although, whether he means friends-with-benefits or in the prostitution sense wasn’t quite clear. Technically, it could be both.

Regardless of whether Kinect will really change Fable III at all though – I doubt it will, despite Molyneux saying it would be “significant” – based on what we know and we’ve seen to date, Fable III is shaping up very nicely indeed. It essentially looks more of the same, so if Fable II was up your alley, Fable III should be a home run. The interesting part for us is the second half of the game and unfortunately, we’ve not seen any of that to date. If ruling the kingdom can be half as interesting as Molyneux says it is, then we’re on to a winner.

Despite not really seeing anything groundbreaking in Los Angeles this past E3, we’re still more than excited for Lionhead’s latest adventure. The fact that we’re promised actual, fully-functioning co-op could be all the franchise needs and it really does sound like a hoot. I warn you now though. Ladies and gentlemen, lock up your wives, I’m sharpening my axe ready in anticipation. And no, that’s not a euphemism. Cue evil laugh. Exit stage right.

Fable III is coming your way this holiday season.


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Forum Posts: 162
Comment #1 by SN1P3RSTU113
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:16:27 AM
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I hated the co-op in fable 2. Whats the point of sharing a screen online? I mean it's alright for two people on the same console but for online it ruins it.

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Comment #2 by Nozza XBA
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:17:06 AM
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Sounds alright.. As long as its better than 2 I'm in..

Isnt Baddie spelt with an IE Rich? or is there 2 versions lol

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Comment #3 by PIKERB10
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:17:13 AM
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cant wait

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Comment #4 by Dcon6393
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:27:10 AM
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@1 i think they said they were gonna fix that and that was the only problem in fable 2 that was big.
I hope they add more customazation to armor tho

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Comment #5 by xBiG ReDx
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:27:57 AM
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CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment #6 by lizard9979
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:32:58 AM
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So wait... they make a PC version for Fable and Fable 3... but not 2? Does that make sense to anyone else?

Game looks great. Cannot wait for it to come out. I could care less about the kinetic side of it.

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Comment #7 by Kroesis
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:33:55 AM
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Heh, the Molyneux hype machine is working overdrive again!

Lol @ the bit about remotely managing your wife(s) though

@2 I thought it was baddIE too but I couldn't be arsed to nitpick!

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Comment #8 by zoopilandia
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:40:51 AM
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Maybe Microsoft realized that they lost a piece of the cake with Fable 2.

Fable III looks awesome. Can't wait!

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Comment #9 by Richie82 [STAFF]
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:42:30 AM
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Oopsy. This is Dan's article, not mine. Force of habit, putting my own name into the system. I thought it might be baddIE too... Fixed :p

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Comment #10 by Fata1Stryke
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:43:44 AM
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Looks to be shaping up pretty well. I don't understand Molyneux's thing about the menu needing to be this 3D hub world though...I mean, it sounds cool and all, but what's wrong with a normal 2D menu? Don't most games have 2D menus?

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Comment #11 by Launch
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:47:22 AM
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They really need to fix the awkward movement from Fable 2, so hopefully the controls will be better in this.

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Comment #12 by RemoteStratos
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 10:48:07 AM
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I'm still working on the first one atm. Finished the story part last night and now I'm just wandering around doing whatever I can to pass the time until Fable III hits the shelves. As for Kinect.. I will be getting the device eventually, the wifey wants it for a few games shown at E3, so I can check out what features it will provide for the new release.

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Comment #13 by Nozza XBA
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 11:02:43 AM
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Nice one Rich.. Taking all the credit.. I like your style..

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Comment #14 by Dead Giveaway
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 11:42:07 AM
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So... is it confirmed that me and a friend can be in the same world but not on the same screen?

Say I have a friend playing who is getting beat down somewhere in a forest and I spawn in my home and have to head out to help him.

Or we go into a town together and split up to cover all the NPCs we need to talk to.

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Comment #15 by Rodeo Legend
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 11:52:54 AM
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I'll wait to hear reviews. fable 2 was a let down

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Comment #16 by Flibbity Floid
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 12:03:34 PM
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Wait and see for me. Would love to get back into it but as someone mentioned, the Molyneux Hype is about as trustworthy as MWDs being in Iraq.

I think being hit by an exploding donkey would be more fun than what Fable 2 was.

That was not fun.

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Comment #17 by Boomfield
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 12:05:32 PM
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Looking very promising, and im getting quite excited, but all i need to know is;
Can the co-op explore freely and separately e.g. not on the same frigging screen!!?

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Comment #18 by a dying animal
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 12:41:52 PM
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I don't know why but fable 2 was a game that didn't suit my style and yet i still loved it. This is my second most wanted release this year.

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Comment #19 by Flibbity Floid
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 02:06:26 PM
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From the sound of things and postings, it looks like Molyneux is throwing a curve ball. Instead of amazing unseen gameplay mechanics that he's going to showcase, he's recruiting and announcing british voice talent.

Judging by his track record, the game will be presented (language and subtitles) in Norwegian.
That or it WILL have the voice talent but the twist is your character is deaf.
If Molyneux were to own a pizza shop, you'd recieve a bowl with sauce, cheese and dough. And if you want to share it, you have to eat it at the same table.

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Comment #20 by BattleSiege
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 03:24:39 PM
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Is this going to be cross-platform, so I can play with my GF on the pc while I'm on my xbox? :O

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Comment #21 by snazzyskier
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 03:32:14 PM
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Interesting how he puts property and wives in to the same category.

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Comment #22 by Dr Popodopolus
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 03:34:55 PM
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#19 wins again. Major lols!!

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Comment #23 by Flibbity Floid
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 03:45:12 PM
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It's all fun and games sir. Lots of people take my jokes WAY too seriously. Trufe sir. Trufe.

Sad thing is I have a knack for comedy but cannot get up in front of a crowd. Horrible trade off.


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Comment #24 by JoyGasmic TACO
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 03:58:13 PM
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Fable 1, good, could have had more & was the feature to the endless lies.

Fable 2, absolute rubbish, disappoint, more lies by that embarrassment in the GI.

Fable 3, after all that's happened thus far, I'm boycotting it, period.

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Comment #25 by Tenlo
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 05:38:06 PM
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It's not surprising really that the second half could be a management type game, when you consider Peter Molyneux is also famous for the Theme Park/hospital and Black and white games. Although they've not shown any of it, I'd be very suprised if its anything but good

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Comment #26 by JuiceboxHero
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 09:33:48 PM
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they should have armor in fable 3. no rpg shouldn't have armor.

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Comment #27 by Captain Urahara
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 12:28:43 AM
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I already pre-ordered and paid off the LE version. Going to get it at a midnight release, if they have it. And I never go to midnight releases =)

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Comment #28 by intoxication
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 12:49:32 AM
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You had me at..

"“Their hero comes in and their dog comes in, the two dogs will meet,” he comments, “They can go off and do a job, you can go off and do questing. You can marry your co-op partner, you can have sex with your co-op partner and you can have children with your co-op partner."

Question though, who gets the child when your co-op partner leaves your world? and does one have to pay child support? :p

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Comment #29 by Ironhand
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 02:42:43 AM
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#19 too long... on topic is anyone else thinking it will be strange to have sex with your friend? Here's a pitch for a game it's called Life you can make a family on xbox have children, get jobs, have arguments cheat on your partner get addicted to drugs, and get arrested all in one game. It would be an MA version of the Sims.

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Comment #30 by Darth Stigious
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 02:46:13 AM
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@28 HA child support would be amusing, maybe access hours too...

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Comment #31 by Juun
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 05:47:23 AM
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@1 That is definnaly fixed, I've seen it. And you have your camera for your own. And your partner has his own camera.

Only restriction is that you both have to stay in Bowerstone Market per say, or at Bowerstone Lake. Unless you both are at the exit you can travel to the next location.

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Comment #32 by brodieman36
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 06:14:25 AM
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That'd be nice if the game is actually hard. I'd say the bigggest problem with the Fables is they are frickin' easy. I only died two or three times in Fable. I never died in Fable II. Hopefully this one isn't so easy its boring.
Make a jungle that is REALLY hard, and you almost require a buddy to go in there with you. That'd be awesome.

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Comment #33 by Aussie27Legend
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 07:10:14 AM
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You had me at sex.

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Comment #34 by Xero Link
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 07:25:55 AM
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Just the fact that they allow us to quest in the opposite direction with our co op partner, and let us do what we want together or sepperate, is enough to buy this game !

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Comment #35 by YourMom'sAHeavy
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 08:57:24 AM
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Wasn't a fan of Fable 2, this doesn't look much better.

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Comment #36 by Eliasmcfly
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 10:15:06 AM
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Hope female heros look like females and not some butch man woman.

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Comment #37 by brodieman36
Friday, July 02, 2010 @ 04:56:09 PM
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I hear you on that one #36. I was very disappointed at my bull dyke.

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Comment #38 by odysseus123
Saturday, July 03, 2010 @ 07:46:20 PM
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Im so excited

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Comment #39 by Lievan
Sunday, July 04, 2010 @ 12:23:55 AM
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@24 maybe you shouldnt look so much into games to get disappointed. Every game out there takes stuff out that they say will be in it.

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Comment #40 by Canadian Gamerling
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 @ 10:40:13 AM
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im sketchy on the whole co-op thing along with the new menu system.... i mean yes fable 2 was good but remember all the promises and over exageration made by peter?! well so long as their acually followed through on i will be a happy camper!

Regardless i would end up buying it anyways just because of the game concept but i REALLY really hope they follow through with more cleaner gameplay!

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Comment #41 by Mr Plow
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 03:47:46 PM
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I agree with 33.. Hey, that rymed!

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Comment #42 by Stoner Steve619
Friday, July 09, 2010 @ 03:44:21 AM
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#36 was right on the money there lol

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Comment #43 by KanibalKittN
Friday, July 09, 2010 @ 12:48:36 PM
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there were only 2 problems i had with fable 2. First being the co-op, which i dont need to explain, and second being the replay value. I had loads of fun with the game the first playthrough, then i got around to the finish and i was thinking "i just don't want to play through this game again." I gave it a go, but it was boring as hell on the second playthrough. My guess is that its almost the exact same thing, and there is only 1 or 2 quests that get heavily affected by good or evil. I hope 3 has more replay value in it.

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Comment #44 by tylrcol
Friday, July 09, 2010 @ 05:49:00 PM
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oh man im so excited i have to get this and the new star wars game on the same day!!!

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Comment #45 by Evol Error
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 10:07:10 AM
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I cant wait either, but im not to sure about the kinect part thoe...

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Comment #46 by allifer
Friday, July 16, 2010 @ 12:47:41 AM
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I'm so excited! But I'm worried about how Kinect will be used...

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Comment #47 by Aquatic Umbra
Sunday, July 18, 2010 @ 08:32:59 PM
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Hope its going to be as good as the others which im sure it will be!

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Comment #48 by SylentStryke
Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 07:21:58 PM
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this game is gonna blow my mind!!!!!!!

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US October 26, 2010
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