Fable (Series) Review

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Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

This is an adventure role-playing game set in a fantasy world where your interactions with the world and villagers, and decisions about your use of magical power, substantially alter the story and the environment.

As you progress through the game over many hours, your character visually changes depending on how you play. As in other role-play games you choose how to develop skills and accrue equipment and clothing. In Fable II you can gain a career as Blacksmith, Woodcutter, Bartender, Assassin, Civilian Displacement (Slaver), Bounty Hunter, or Merchant.

You develop deep relationships in the game with different non-player characters. You have a pet dog to help you. You can even find a wife and have children. But these things remain secondary to the main adventure story.

Although the features of the game developed with each version, Fable II is generally thought to be the best version of the game.
  • Fable (Xbox)
  • Fable: The Lost Chapters expansion
  • Fable Anniversary remade first game on Xbox 360
  • Fable II (Xbox 360) with free Knothole Island and See the Future downloadable content available.
  • Fable III (Xbox 360)
  • Fable Heroes spin-off game (Xbox 360).
  • Fable: The Journey spin-off game for Xbox Kinect camera, that is controlled by motion and gestures alone.
  • Fable Trilogy compilation including Fable Anniversary, Fable II and Fable III (Xbox 360)
  • Fable (Xbox Series X, PC) Series rebooted for the new generation of consoles from the team behind open world driving game Forza Horizon.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16+

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/09/2004

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: @WeArePlayground

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 13 hours and 30 hours to complete. The time to complete the different games varies. Figures given here for Fable II.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Fable usually costs £14.99 to £29.99.
 

Fable Anniversary

Xbox One £29.99

Fable II

Xbox One £14.99

Fable III

Xbox One £14.99

Fable I, II and III

 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. The Fable Anniversary remake includes all the in-game purchases for free. Other games including Fable Trilogy require in-game purchases for additional content that extend the adventures.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

PEGI 16+ with frequent, moderate violence. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: Violence consists of you hacking and slashing and casting spells at enemies. Blood is shown. Bodies remain for a short while. You can also attack innocent civilians, get drunk in your local tavern, and spend all your money on Blackjack.
 
This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.


Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 12+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. The unusual social progression and decision making, alongside the fighting, magic and fantasy adventure, make this a good match for pre-teenagers skill levels. Provided they are comfortable with the content, the game offers a good challenge for their social deduction, identity and narrative processing skills.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't recorded accessibility settings for this game yet. Our Fable Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@WeArePlayground) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.


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