Fable 3
Gamescom 2010: Fable III Hands-On Preview - Combat, Cleese & Combo Gauntlets
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In typical Microsoft fashion, the behemoth console creating publisher wanted to kick Gamescom off with a bang this year and at their “Play Day” - which incidentally is the worst name for a pre-Gamescom event, ever - all the big guns were out in force. Nestled in a corner with a queue as long as the Rhine was a handful of Fable III pods, with Lionhead on hand to walk us through a number of different Fable III scenarios they had on show. We opted to head towards the more-combat oriented mission called “Bowerstone Boat” and punch away the frustrations we’d built up from waiting in one of the world’s longest queues – that is a little bit of trademark Molyneux hyperbole for you.

Taking place about one third of the way through the story, Bowerstone Boat follows the protagonist and his new associate, Ben Pitt, as they look to escape from Logan’s evil grasp after being captured and locked up for all eternity – or something like that. The opening exchange between Pitt and the Royal Guard standing post at the gates of where the intrepid pair need to get to, was of typical Fable ilk, with more sarcasm and patronising exchanges than a night out with Jeremy Kyle.

The main objective of the Bowerstone Boat mission was as simple as Fable missions come these days; tasking the player with a straight up fight from point A to point B. That however was the point; to show off Fable III’s combat, which truth be told was very reminiscent of the 2008 version. Everything from the one button combat, using the A to roll and all that jazz has been lifted straight out of Fable II so it was seconds before we’d got back into the swing of things.

After putting an end to the Royal Guard on the gate’s insignificant life, we continued to battle through a handful of enemies that come out to assist. Making use of the usual magic spells - using both the directional targeting and traditional area-of-effect targeting - we made short work of them and the only thing that really separated it from the previous title was the inclusion of a few explosive barrels dotted around the poorly lit cobbled courtyard.

The real change in the combat demo revolved around the new spell system that allowed you to equip two different spell gauntlets and combine their powers together for a devastating attack, so for instance, combining a force push with the fire ball spell. According to the Lionhead rep on hand, these gauntlets are all mix and match and it should be possible to combine any two spells as you see fit.

We already touched upon “The Sanctuary” in our E3 preview - an in-game hub that replaces Fable II’s clunky menu system - but this time we were hands-on and got to check it out in a bit more detail. The Sanctuary plays home to your in-game butler, the legendary John Cleese, who will offer helpful hints and sharp witticisms along the way. Whilst in our hub, we got chance to check out the new clothing dyeing option which offered hundreds more different colours and combinations than the 2008 version did, as well as the new 3D map, which not only allowed you to manage your properties, but also allowed you to see the area’s available missions and so on.

At this point the topic of conversation flicked from the in-game hub to the game’s world morphing improvements, which according to the Lionhead dev on hand would be more noticeable this time around. Instead of just relying on key events to dictate the future of a town or area, the general economy and well-being of each area would this time be indicated by the general look of the area, whether it be poor and dilapidated, or rich and thriving.

Jumping back into the action, we fight our way next to the pier of Logan’s fortified territory, making use of our shotgun, force push/fire combo and a trusty mallet along the way. The combat here specifically seemed a lot darker and gorier than possibly anything we’ve ever seen in the Fable franchise before, with copious amounts of blood being spilled, especially within the game’s finishing moves. Incidentally, the effects of these are tied to your character alignment; evil essentially means more brutal; and good… well, we didn’t actually get to see a good alignment finishing move and can’t quite imagine how you can make killing someone seem like you’re doing a good deed.

After clearing the final area and jumping on the boat at the docks, the mission concludes as we manage to get away with Pitt and co. and escape the evil grasp of the relentless Logan.

While Molyneux has been reluctant to talk about the second half of the game – which according to him in tomorrow’s interview, they won’t be talking about at all - our Lionhead rep on hand heavily hinted that Stephen Fry’s Reaver would play a bigger part in the second half of the sequel. Aside from fulfilling and ignoring your promises though, what happens after you topple Logan is still very much a mystery. That being said, if we were a betting man, being on the other end of a revolution would seem the most logical bet. After all, Molyneux did tell us at E3 that there would very much be an end game, but whatever that is, we’ll have to wait till launch to find out.

Lionhead’s aim at Gamescom 2010 was to show the variety of their upcoming action-adventure title and they achieved that with relative ease. While we only went hands-on with the combat-orientated Bowerstone Boat mission, others got to sample the off-the-beaten path content and even the more horror-esque journeys through the woods at night. There isn’t really much more than meets the eye to Fable III, it’s your traditional franchise sequel where developers don’t change too much, fix the main complaints and offer much more content than the game it‘s trying to supersede. It’s hard to gauge the true potential of Fable III without an extensive hands-on with the title, but as expected, everything on first impressions is what you‘d expect from a Fable sequel. Nothing more. Nothing less. If you didn’t like Fable II, chances are you won’t be won over by Fable III. If like me though, you loved Fable II, then it could be the time to whip out the wallet and get that pre-order secured.

Fable III is out on October 26th in North America and October 29th in Europe.


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Comment #1 by The Revolution
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:57:33 PM
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Fable 1 = God
Fable 2 = Mediocre
Fable 3 = Looking great so far

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Comment #2 by SuperWoody64
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:57:52 PM
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I still don't know how to make my guy to put in the game. I never got a code.

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Comment #3 by Boo47
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:58:11 PM
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Can't wait for this game. It's so close, yet so far away.

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Comment #4 by Launch
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:59:45 PM
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I liked Fable II but the one thing I really hated was the slightly unresponsive movement controls. Were they changed much for this?

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Comment #5 by Webb [STAFF]
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:02:05 PM
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@#4 - I honestly can't say I remembered that from II, but as far as the combat goes, it didn't really feel that much had changed, aside from the new spell mixing of course.

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Comment #6 by DN Deathrow
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:11:28 PM
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Going to be absolutely amazing. Hopefully I'll be able to balance play time between all the ridiculous titles launching this fall.

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Comment #7 by Hobbes.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:20:10 PM
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i really want to play this game. i like rpgs and story games and being able to rule a kingdom sounds fun.

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Comment #8 by Blacked Out
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:21:51 PM
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@#5 he's talking about movement, not combat.

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Comment #10 by Aqua18
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:31:34 PM
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Gosh cannot wait for this game!!! Favorite series :PPP

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Comment #11 by Webb [STAFF]
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:33:05 PM
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@#8 - So he is! My bad. Again though, movement wasn't really changed as well. It might have been tweaked ever so slightly, but it's been that long since I played 2, that it's hard to tell the difference. i.e. it must have been minor, if any.

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Comment #12 by Spanish Assault
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:33:36 PM
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hopefully they fix the camera in co-op on live so it's not fixed.

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Comment #13 by Brutalsleeper
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:41:51 PM
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Limited funds meant I can only pre order one Fallout: NV or Fable.... I chose fallout, I'm regrttimg it now though.

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Comment #14 by Brutalsleeper
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:43:11 PM
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Comment #15 by Captain Urahara
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 09:15:35 PM
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I'm glad I have the CE/LE of Fable 3 pre-ordered already!

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Comment #16 by Daiphyer.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 09:17:13 PM
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Webb do you know if you start up as a kid again in Fable 3? I absolutely LOVED that part of Fable 2.

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Comment #17 by Stoner Steve619
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 09:23:39 PM
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@13 id rather fallout: NV anyday :)
but fable III should still b pretty awesome

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Comment #18 by neil21
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 09:24:17 PM
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I played fable2 and its awesome but I hope they dont black out the sex scene.

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Comment #19 by Webb [STAFF]
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 09:35:20 PM
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@#12 - Yes, it's fixed. Co-op is no longer tied and heroes can bring in dogs, equipment, etc. Check out our E3 preview =)
@#16 - They've not out and out said it, but they say you start out similar to that of Fable II (check the interview out tomorrow), so who knows what that means =)

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Comment #20 by OverAchiever
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:11:41 PM
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@#13 - I had the same issue and actually ended up with the same result, though, I don't regret it. I figured sooner or later I'll get them both and I figured New Vegas would take up more of my time making not having Fable 3 more bearable =P. Both NV and Fable 3 are going to be awesome games and I can't wait to play them both.

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Comment #21 by Bastado
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:14:29 PM
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@18... Dude, I really don't think that's gonna happen. IMO it's kinda weird you wanna see fable characters go at it. They're really not the most attractive characters in gaming. Just go to man, that's all you need. Then play fable 3 and enjoy it for what it is.

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Comment #22 by AssassinAltair7
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:38:17 PM
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Im hoping to get Fallout: New Vegas for Christmas, but I chose Fable III mainly for the limited edition. Since I have no interest in the Fallout: New Vagas limited edition, it seemed like a clear choice. I only hope that Fable III is longer compared to 2. I must admit that I am quite skeptical about the new weapon system. Part of Fable 1 and 2 that I loved was searching for the more powerful weapons.

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Comment #23 by Bash Callihoo
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:52:04 PM
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@18 Lol. I assume that was a joke.

OT: Fable 2 was awesome in my opinion, i don't see why everyone was hating on it. Granted I have heard that Peter Molyneux says some pretty exuberant and exaggerated things about his games so people expect more than what they're going to get. Thankfully I didn't read up on any Fable 2 hype by the time I got it so i was not disappointed.

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Comment #24 by ExplodingRat
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:54:04 PM
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I get the "spell mixing" but I really hope the spell system is going to feel more like Fable 1's as opposed to Fable 2's. The combat in general was a huge letdown in 2. I loved using Assassin's Rush in Fable 1, along with the other spells. Not this... Charge up and cast spells crap... I just didn't care for it.

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Comment #25 by ch9209live
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 12:07:47 AM
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What? so you didn't zoom at their boobs or anything :P jk i liked Fable 2 and This looks better than fable 2.

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Comment #26 by TastyBeverage
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 12:54:35 AM
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Molyneux should keep his mouth shut, next he will be promising us growing trees again. I liked Fable 1, even without all the features promised. Then he promised MORE features for Fable 2, and left more out again, but the problem was is that one was mediocre at best. If he promises anything that holds back on for the third and its mediocre, Lionhead is off my favorite list. Black and White 1/2, Fable may have been good but I have my limits.

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Comment #27 by Rastaman20
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 01:04:01 AM
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Fable = Great
Fable:Lost Chapters = Epic
Fable 2 = meh
Fable 3 = godly epic?

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Comment #28 by tigersrule
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 01:11:15 AM
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@19 So does that mean that I can kill my partner's dog? Down boy. lol.

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Comment #29 by the emcee
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 02:27:41 AM
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How anyone can call Fable 2 mediocre and yet say one was epic is beyond me...2 was just as good if not better, it was just too short that was all.

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Comment #30 by metallicorphan
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 02:36:25 AM
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yeah i have just replayed Fable II and i loved it much more than first time i played,i don't get the hate either,or how people say it was too short,sure the main story was short but there was so much more to do after that i easily put in 50+hrs...brilliant game

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Comment #31 by CheesyToast111
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 03:42:46 AM
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Im so glad John Cleese plays your butler, absolute LEGEND

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Comment #32 by l.maciver
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 04:17:23 AM
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#18, for its rating they have too, its not going to be like that GTA:SA coffie time mini game on the pc that hackers found.

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Comment #33 by JDAckers
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 04:56:54 AM
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Worth it just for Stephen Fry and John Cleese (as Reaver, again, and the Butler) Like others have said, I think I will get Fallout: LV and get Fable 3 in the new year.

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Comment #34 by mst3k 420
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 04:57:31 AM
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@31 all we need is a knights of the round table minigame

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Comment #35 by instantspam2001
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 05:34:50 AM
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i never really said fable 2 was my favorite game but when i think about it i put 100 more hours into it than all my other rpgs and it was the first game i 100% gamer scored. my only regret......i needed room on my hard drive and deleted my save files so no character importing for me :( by the way i chose this over fallout hard choice but its how it has to be

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Comment #36 by StW
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 05:57:11 AM
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Comment #37 by nia333
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 06:41:56 AM
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Fable III seriously has the best 360 graphics I have ever seen. These are right up there with some of my PS3 games. The actual look of this game looks almost as good as Heavy Rain and that's saying a lot. I can't wait!

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Comment #38 by ZLU CORONA
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 07:21:09 AM
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greatest series after halo!

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Comment #39 by Death shrimp X
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 08:10:01 AM
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@#37 Guess you dont play many Xbox games then if you think these are the best ever on 360.

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Comment #40 by Aussie27Legend
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 08:11:08 AM
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Looking forward to Fable 3, I played Fable 2 a lot (more than I really should have, as I prefer TLC) and this looks to be more of the same, with improvements.

#37 - Really? I think we might be watching different videos...

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Comment #41 by xX CamsteR Xx
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 08:37:52 AM
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Can't wait for this game looks fun

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Comment #42 by Arawos
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 09:00:29 AM
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Heavy Rain???!! WTF!?The game is good Iv'e heard, but the graphics aren't amazing. Take a look at Halo Reach, Mass Effect 2, or Mafia II for example. Much better graphics than HR. (Nothing againts heavy rain, but...)

And I will play this before I will play Fallout: NV. I think they will be great games, but I liked Fable II more than Fallout 3 anf Fable III looks amazing.

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Comment #43 by NotsoBlonde
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 09:21:21 AM
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I really really really can not wait for this to come out, does anyone know the actual release date?

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Comment #44 by Convas
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 09:56:53 AM
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@37: Mass Effect 2, Halo: Reach and Gears of War 2 and 3 say hello.

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Comment #45 by The Globalizer
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 10:41:55 AM
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@44: And many, many other games.

Fable is the series that I really want to like, but it just doesn't capture me at all. It feels like a clunky version of Sims RPG.

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Comment #46 by ViNyLek
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 12:09:53 PM
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Sounds allright. Will defo get this once the price drops in half just like with Fable2. I think that's what it's worth^^ (Unlike Fable which was revolution in itself:D)

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Comment #47 by crazyboof
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 12:30:28 PM
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I hope they have better looking women in this one the only ones i got with was a hooker and a corpse and got an std from both as for the game i love the first two i know i will love this.

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Comment #48 by deathbwithu
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 10:25:34 PM
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I hope fable 3 is better than the 2nd one

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Comment #49 by ExtremePhobia
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 01:43:50 PM
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Fable 2 was alright except for it's super condensed story (which made it suck) and it's combat. It sounds like they may have fixed the former but the latter sounds like it'll suck even more. I guess it'll really come down to that second half.

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Comment #50 by turkey-is-yum
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 11:24:57 AM
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Fable 1 Was Good, Tbh Fable 2 Was Rubbish, But Fable 3 Looking ASWOME, I Also Hope You Can Get Different Dogs And Like Be Able To Drive Boats Or Summint Like That

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Comment #51 by dinny2891
Friday, August 27, 2010 @ 03:37:00 PM
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lol @47 - damn corpses infecting people like that!

I really enjoyed Fable2 and will be getting this for sure. I may however be able to wait long enough for it to do the now traditional huge drop in price after being out for a few months (a la ME2)

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Comment #52 by Zero of the Rebellion
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 06:42:09 PM
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I can't wait to see the effects of combining spells and hope they improved the time control spell XD

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