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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.2
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.9
Overall User Score (8 votes) 3.8


Critic Reviews

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Eurogamer.de (May 23, 2011)
Fable 3 transzendiert endlich seinen eigenwilligen Look, den prüden Sex und das Häuserkaufen. Es verbindet auf vollendete Weise spielerische Tugenden, als dass das schiere Spielen einfach Freude bereitet, mit Entscheidungen und Konsequenzen, die so viel bedeuten, wie sie es in einer virtuellen Welt nur tun können. Es hat lange und zwei Vorgänger gedauert, aber wenn Fable 3 die Vision war, mit der Peter Molyneux vor vielen Jahren startete, dann war es all die Mühen wert. Und ich verstehe jetzt auch seinen Enthusiasmus, sobald er über diese Projekte sprach. Fable 3 hat diesen Enthusiasmus verdient.
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GamingXP (May 17, 2011)
"Fable III" führt Sie wieder in eine moralische Zwickmühle! Das Rollenspiel, das ein wenig seines Rollenspielcharms eingebüßt hat, überzeugt mit einer tollen Geschichte und den vielen wichtigen Entscheidungen, die getroffen werden müssen. Auch wenn es grafisch nicht gerade der Höhepunkt des Jahres 2011 ist, so ist es dennoch eine Freude, dieses Spiel zu spielen. Gut oder Böse, helfen oder vernichten! Die Welt von Albion liegt Ihnen zu Füßen, und es liegt an Ihnen, schlussendlich eine Seite zu wählen.
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PC Games (Germany) (May 20, 2011)
Über dieses Spiel lässt sich einerseits vortrefflich streiten, da der Stil und auch die Art von spielerischem Anspruch eine Frage des Geschmacks sind. Andererseits lässt ­Fable 3 keine Zweifel an seinen Award-Qualitäten, glänzt es doch in den Kerndisziplinen wie Präsentation, Handlung und Atmosphäre und bietet einige der kreativsten Quests seit Jahren. Zwar hätte ich mir gewünscht, die Zeit als König dauerte etwas länger und die Entscheidungen dieser Ära besäßen wirklich Gewicht. Doch unterm Strich zauberte mir Fable 3 in schöner Regelmäßigkeit ein Lächeln auf die Lippen und ich kehre immer gerne nach Albion zurück. Ein sicheres Zeichen für ein gelungenes Spielerlebnis!
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4Players.de (May 26, 2011)
Fable III mit all seinen Vorzügen und Macken wurde sauber von der Konsole auf den PC gebracht. Und da sich mechanisch nichts getan hat und damit das Rechenknecht-Albion vor allem für Action-Rollenspieler und RPG-Einsteiger immer noch einen Ausflug wert ist, hat sich das Revolutions-Abenteuer auch hier das Gold verdient. In dem runden Gesamtpaket, das bis auf unverständliche Ausnahmen wie z.B. Understone bereits den DLC der 360-Version enthält, bekommt man einen umfangreichen Spielplatz, der zum Experimentieren mit sozialen Interaktionen einlädt und der einen auch nach der gut 15 bis 20 Stunden langen Story noch lange beschäftigen kann.
85
Games Aktuell (May 17, 2011)
Bis auf die leicht schärfere Optik und den zusätzlichen Schwierigkeitsgrad bietet die PC-Version wenig Mehrwert im Vergleich zur Xbox-360-Ausgabe. Der schwankende 3D-Effekt ist jedenfalls erst erträglich, wenn die Texteinblendungen ausgeschaltet werden. Dennoch ist Fable 3 nach wie vor ein gelungenes Action-Rollenspiel (mit der Betonung auf "Action"), das nach der Hälfte der Spielzeit durch die interessanten Entscheidungsmöglichkeiten in der Herrscherposition noch einmal an Fahrt gewinnt.
85
Meristation (May 17, 2011)
Traducido al castellano y con un buen trabajo de conversión, Fable III es un juego interesante y diferente con el que experimentar, que a unos gusta mucho y a otros no tanto -más bien lo contrario-. Los cambios realizados no son suficientes como cambiar la valoración del juego, aunque al menos permiten disculparle el considerable retraso con respecto a la versión original -un detalle que Microsoft debería reconsiderar si quiere mejorar su posición entre el jugador de PC-- Por descontado, el juego funciona obligatoriamente bajo Live, aunque afortunadamente la experiencia no es intrusiva y parece que el servicio ha mejorado, aunque todavía tiene algunos problemas como un excesivo tiempo de carga para validar al usuario. Con todo, a Microsoft todavía le queda mucho camino si de verdad quiere competir con lo que ofrece Steam a los juegos con soporte steamworks.
85
NZGamer (Jun 02, 2011)
While there are annoyances, they aren’t deal-breakers. What instead stays with the player is the fantastic setting, awesome quests, cool customisation that develops as the player progresses, and unusual gameplay.
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Vandal Online (Jun 14, 2011)
Fable III para PC es prácticamente, el mismo juego que en su día salió para Xbox 360. Aunque es muy difícil no volver la vista hacia atrás e imaginar lo que podría haber dado un título así con un sistema de juego a la altura de las expectativas derivadas por todas las entregas vistas en la saga, hay que ser conscientes y tener en cuenta, que como producto, Fable III ha sabido aprovechar todos esos elementos que lo hacen especial, los ha refinado, y los ha convertido en algo más concreto y a la postre, interesante. Es muy difícil decirlo, y quizás más aún aceptarlo, pero Fable a día de hoy, es un producto distinto. Ni mejor ni peor. Simplemente, diferente. Y ahí radica su grandeza. Aceptar sus limitaciones y convertirse en una alternativa divertida, no es fácil.
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Gameswelt (Jun 01, 2011)
Trotz aller Makel und Macken erzählt Fable III auch auf dem PC eine gewohnt epische Geschichte, die euch mit ihren Haupt- und Nebenquests, den vielen Beschäftigungsmöglichkeiten und dem großen Endziel im Blick für viele Stunden in die Welt von Albion ziehen wird.
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3D Juegos (May 18, 2011)
Fable III llega con cierto retraso a PC, pero nunca es tarde si su adaptación es como ésta. Más matices, un extra de dificultad y un apartado gráfico superior son las señas de un título que sigue siendo igual de divertido, apasionante y decididamente sofisticado. Las quejas que a buen seguro levantará la resta de elementos en su ecuación rolera no deben distraernos del hecho de que es un gran videojuego de aventuras, con un mundo radiante y genial y con personajes muy bien trazados.
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GameStar (Germany) (May 17, 2011)
Fable 3 mag zwar simpel sein, das stört mich aber überhaupt nicht. Im Gegenteil, erspart mir doch der einfache Schwierigkeitsgrad überflüssigen Frust und lässt mich ganz entspannt in die märchenhafte Welt abtauchen. Dort bin ich ein gutmütiger Held und König, der jeden Winkel seines Landes kennt und in den schick inszenierten Monsterkloppereien selbstverständlich das Böse besiegt. Und wenn mich dann ganz Albion feiert, fange ich noch mal von vorne an – diesmal als bitterböser Monarch …
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Gamers.at (May 25, 2011)
"Warum kam dieses Spiel nicht ein/zwei Monate früher?!" Das ist die eine große Frage, die ich mir während des Tests oft und oft gestellt habe. Die Portierung ist "ok", aber bei Weitem nicht perfekt, das Spiel wurde absolut nicht an den PC-Markt angepasst und die Entscheidung, das Spiel nach The Witcher 2 zu releasen werde ich wohl auch nie verstehen. Sollte einem letzteres allerdings ohnehin viel zu komplex sein, darf man sich ruhig an das wirklich sehr zugängliche, mit einer guten Story bedachte, tolle Quests und viel Humor bietende Fable III wagen ... sollte allerdings auf Patches hoffen.
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The Guardian (May 16, 2011)
Despite all the niggles, Fable 3 aspires to greatness and finds it surprisingly often. There's a superb music score, deep (if formulaic) gameplay and literally hours of inventive storytelling played out by likes of John Cleese and Stephen Fry. If the series continues to develop at this pace, it will one day rival the mighty Final Fantasy ... just not quite yet.
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Gameblog.fr (May 17, 2011)
Difficile de ne pas voir les lacunes de ce Fable III, qui s'avère moins convaincant à de nombreux égards que le précédent. Sa réalisation parfois en demie-teinte, son scénario plus convenu, la simplification pas toujours judicieuse de certaines mécaniques, le bestiaire sans surprises, les reproches ne manquent pas. Néanmoins, Fable III, comme ces prédécesseurs, envoûte par un charme suintant de toutes parts. Le mode coop' enfin réussi propose une expérience tout simplement inédite, et même si l'exercice du règne, grande promesse de ce volet, n'est pas d'une folle ambition, on ne se lasse pas de cet univers bourré de fun. Oui, Fable III aurait pu être beaucoup mieux fini et plus ambitieux, mais il reste un titre à nul autre pareil.
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GamesRadar (Jun 17, 2011)
Fable III is not bad, mind. The game is competently made, and features all the things you’d expect from a Fable title: “moral” choices, in-depth character development, oodles of places to go and things to kill, and a conga line of NPCs straight out of fantasy-RPG central casting. If you want access to all the limited-edition content in one fell swoop, it ships bundled with the PC version by default, so you don’t have to go downloading a lot of DLC. But definitely think about getting an Xbox 360 controller before you wade into this adventure.
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Eurogamer.cz (May 17, 2011)
Fable III opět přináší vtipnou pohádku, která je dostupná opravdu každému. Bez ohledu na věk, či herní zkušenosti. Pro zkušené hráče zápor, pro příležitostné klad a zcela ideální hra. Zároveň se pokouší přinést několik netradičních inovací, které nejsou vždy krokem vpřed. Stručně: na PC dostanete totéž, co před půl rokem na Xboxu. Jen s lepší grafikou, pokud to utáhne váš stroj. Včetně všech kladů i záporů. Proto dávám i stejné hodnocení. Přes všechny nedostatky se stále jedná o příjemnou oddychovku, která umí udržet a pobavit od začátku do konce.
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Eurogamer.it (May 17, 2011)
Ci voleva la versione PC per farmi ricredere, e con me le molte persone che hanno criticato il livello di difficoltà. Adesso il titolo è in grado di venire incontro alle esigenze di ogni tipo di giocatore, e non solo a quelli che sanno a malapena usare un pad, dando allo stesso tempo un maggior numero di contenuti a un prezzo inferiore. Penso quindi che confermare il voto dato alla versione per Xbox360 sia corretto. Molyneux e soci sono riusciti a fare tesoro dei propri errori, anticipando in questo modo anche le eventuali polemiche dell'utenza PC che era già pronta a storcere il naso, e a tirare fuori i consueti discorsi sulla maggiore facilità dei giochi per console. Ben fatto Lionhead!
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gamrReview (May 17, 2011)
Fable III is a great game, and can be a lot of fun for those who let it be. This is as true of the PC version as with the 360 version, but there are a number of unacceptable issues. For a port so late, you would expect it to at least run nearly as well, if not better, than the Xbox 360 version, but the game is incredibly buggy, and it would be nice if the game were better optimized for the system in general. This, combined with the very poor mouse and keyboard controls, makes the port feel awkward and rushed. In addition, even with some extra content, the fact that it’s at full price 7 months late is disappointing. It’s easy to recommend the PC version of Fable III for franchise fans, but not over the 360 version.
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Game Watcher (May 17, 2011)
PC Fable III is clearly the superior when it comes to the Xbox 360 version, if you’ve the Windows machine to match its requirements. The keyboard and mouse are embraced with the game’s notifications and cues adapting on the fly to whether you’re using them or if you’ve stuck with an Xbox 360 controller for Windows. I hope Lionhead and Microsoft will be keeping any future Fable action adventuring closer together when hitting consoles and PC. I thoroughly enjoyed going back to Albion and can’t wait for more from Peter Molyneux and Lionhead Studios.
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JeuxActu (May 24, 2011)
Après la très bonne surprise Fable II, qui malgré un cortège de bugs et quelques longueurs, avait réussi à imposer un univers fantastique dans lequel le joueur pouvait très facilement se laisser prendre, Fable III arrive sur un terrain déjà bien travaillé. Laissant de côté les interactions nombreuses avec les PNJ et une bonne partie de son côté RPG, le jeu de Lionhead joue sur un registre un peu différent. Moins tourné vers les rapports "humains", Fable III s'éloigne du côté émotionnel pour se tourner vers l'utile. Une simplification qui s'accompagne d'une petite perte d'identité et d'enchantement pour l'efficacité.
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Gamer.no (May 18, 2011)
Alt i alt er Fable III på PC det same flotte spelet vi fekk på Xbox 360 i haust, med solide endringar, samt mangel på nokre endringar eg gjerne skulle sett.
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Jeuxvideo.com (May 19, 2011)
La série continue son chemin avec brio et renoue avec succès avec nos PC. Le jeu nous offre cette fois la possibilité d'accéder au pouvoir ultime en devenant roi (ou reine) d'Albion. Mais comme vous le savez, un grand pouvoir implique de grandes responsabilités, et c'est là toute la délicieuse ambiguïté de Fable III qui nous fait lorgner le trône, avant de nous montrer que la fonction de dirigeant n'est pas aussi aisée que cela. Alors certes, on pourra reprocher au titre sa très grande facilité et son assistanat permanent, surtout dans sa dernière partie, mais le fait est que Fable III reste avant tout un titre aussi riche qu'envoûtant. Que vous soyez fan de la série ou néophyte, vous prendrez énormément de plaisir à découvrir la nouvelle perle de Peter Molyneux et de son équipe.
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Worth Playing (May 17, 2011)
While the porting process didn't harm the game, Fable III has a solid yet decidedly dated core. Combat is fun but has a slew of issues that detract from what it otherwise could have been, and that's a sentiment that could just as easily to be applied to most of the game. Fable III is a good game that is worth diving into, and you'll end up having a great time right up to the conclusion. At the same time, it feels like a game that tries to do too many great things and just settles on being decent instead.
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VicioJuegos.com (May 25, 2011)
Fable III es un gran juego. Ofrece diversión, un gran diseño y el sentido del humor característico de Lionhead y ese gran desarrollador que es Peter Molyneux. Este mundillo no sería lo mismo sin él. Pero también podemos decir que las expectativas pueden no cumplirse a causa del excesivo énfasis que pone al detallar las opciones que sus juegos ofrecen. Si obviamos esto, Fable III gustará a casi todos los fans de la serie. Su esencia persiste perenne, pero la excesiva simplificación de algunos de sus apartados puede no gustar a aquellos que más disfrutaban de su faceta rolera, aunque entusiasmará a aquellos que busquen una aventura más directa.
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Spazio Games (May 20, 2011)
Fable III è un ottimo gioco, che tuttavia più di altri soffre il passare del tempo. Nonostante siano infatti trascorsi pochi mesi dall'uscita per Xbox 360, rigiocarlo ora non fa che acuire le recriminazioni verso un sistema di combattimento buono ma che poteva essere reso più profondo, una narrazione non all'altezza delle aspettative nella seconda parte, e una generale banalizzazione di alcune meccaniche che forse potevano essere meglio sviluppate. La versione PC inoltre, nonostante il ritardo, non offre in sostanza nulla di più di quella console, se non un livello di difficoltà aggiuntivo (ma mal calibrato) e alcuni comandi mouse/tastiera non ottimizzati. Nonostante ciò, l'incredibile lavoro di design dello studio, unito ad un mondo pulsante, bello da vedere e da abitare, ne fanno un ottimo titolo che sicuramente vi ripagherà delle ore spese.
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Inside Gaming (May 18, 2011)
Fable III is a fascinating mishmash of concepts that don’t always mesh well. The experimental story elements are distilled down to a series of binary decisions, the open-world adventuring is smattered with drudgery, and the PC experience is implicitly derailed by a game that’s top-down designed for a controller (which is less of an issue if you don’t mind using one). This makes Fable III incredibly hard to pigeonhole or summarize. I can at least say that I loved the visuals, laughed at a lot of the dialogue, and had fun most of the time I played. I expect you’ll do the same.
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GamingBolt (May 29, 2011)
Fable 3 on PC offers the same enjoyable action RPG experience that console owners were treated to last year. Control issues prevent the PC version from eclipsing its Xbox counterpart, but PC owners are in for a nice visual treat. If you only game with computers, then rest assured that your Fable 3 experience will not be marred by a dodgy port job. That said, those with a choice of nightmares will have to make the judgement call of whether they want better graphics or controls. But at least we now have the choice.
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AusGamers (May 18, 2011)
Fable III is at its best on PC, but the gameplay faults that Chad mentioned in the Xbox 360 review are still very much at play here. Despite some welcome attention to detail in this port, it’s still not enough to raise it to the heights of ‘must play’ for an action RPG whose charm, humour and some genuinely interesting ideas aren’t strong enough to battle against how unchallenging it is and how repetitive a lot of tasks can become.
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GameZ (Jun 03, 2011)
Peter Molyneux heeft altijd grote beloftes voor zijn games, maar helaas weten we maar al te goed dat deze lang niet altijd uitkomen. Zo ook met Fable 3. De keuzes die je maakt in de game hebben weinig effect, wat juist zo belangrijk zou moeten zijn. Op de pc werkt de besturing niet lekker met muis en toetsenbord. Toch maakt de humor in de game en de hele look en feel van de RPG het zeker geen complete teleurstelling.
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Gameplay (Benelux) (Jun 24, 2011)
Heb je geen console, word je duizelig wanneer je aan Oblivion denkt maar wil je toch eens met een zwaard in de hand de wereld rondom je helpen of verdoemen, dan is Fable III misschien iets voor jou.
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Gamereactor (Finland) (May 19, 2011)
Vallankumousaatteineen ja kaupankäynteineen Fable III raapaisee monia kutkuttavia ideoita, mutta lopulta toteutus jää suurelta osin pinnalliseksi. Se yrittää niin kovasti päästä eroon roolipelien perinteistä ja numeroiden täyttämistä valikoista, että kunnianhimo alkaa kääntyä sitä vastaan. Toistakymmentä tuntia vievältä eepokselta kaipaisi enemmän syvyyttä ja tehokkaampaa käyttöliittymää. Peli sopii parhaiten seikkailijoille, jotka nauttivat Albionin hengestä ja Sims-tyylisestä tekoälyhahmojen kanssa leikkimisestä. Jos taas esimerkiksi virtuaaliperheen perustaminen ei nappaa ja kaipaa roolipeliltään ennen kaikkea tiukkaa taistelua ja syvällistä hahmonkehitystä, parempiakin vaihtoehtoja on tarjolla. Hienon satumaailman ansiosta lopputulos on pidettävä ja charmikas, mutta pilvilinnoja maalailleelta tekijäryhmältä odottaisi jotain uraauurtavampaa.
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Gamereactor (Norway) (May 18, 2011)
Har du allerede spilt igjennom spillet på Xbox 360 ser jeg liten grunn til å gå til innkjøp av denne utgivelsen. Hvis du ikke enda har lagt ut på eventyr i industrielle Albion derimot, er PC-utgaven av Fable III et godt spill som måler seg opp med konsollutgaven samtidig som det bringer nytt innhold til brukeren. I tillegg til ekstra side-oppdrag også videre har Lionhead Studios også vært gavmilde nok til å inkludere alt av nedlastbart innhold på Xbox Live i denne pakken, og det settes pris på. Er du en fan av eventyrspill med elementer fra både rollespill og mer actionorienterte spill er Fable III slettes ingen dårlig investering.
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Multiplayer.it (May 17, 2011)
Parlare di Fable III equivale a parlare di un titolo non privo di fascino, qualità ed elementi che lo distinguono dal resto dell'offerta. Peccato però che la versione PC fallisca nell'implementare a dovere la nuova modalità Sfida e, in generale, non possa fregiarsi di una conversione all'altezza delle aspettative. Sia da un punto di vista tecnico, sia sotto il profilo della giocabilità. Considerando la concorrenza piuttosto agguerrita, l'acquisto potrebbe diventare ad appannaggio esclusivo dei curiosi o di chi vuole sperimentare la cooperativa con un amico.
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Level 7 (May 17, 2011)
Fable III upplever ingen renässans på sin resa till PC utan förblir exakt samma spel. Handlingen är linjär men stadig och mekaniken gungar mellan överdesignad och simpel. Känslan är att gott hantverk spenderats på två världar och inte riktigt räckt till att göra klart någon av dem.
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Gamekult (May 18, 2011)
Si l'Albion vit sa révolution avec Fable III, ce n'est certainement pas le cas pour Fable qui s'offre là un épisode certes agréable à parcourir, mais trop proche de son prédécesseur. Pire, certains parleront de retour en arrière tant le gameplay a été simplifié à presque tous les étages. Sur PC toutefois, en l'absence de Fable II, ce portage parvient à tirer son épingle du jeu, l'adaptation étant par ailleurs réussie dans l'ensemble et parsemée de quelques petites nouveautés bienvenues. Reste que le jeu offre des combats toujours un peu trop bourrins et une durée de vie un peu étriquée, le tout étant heureusement contrebalancé par cet univers riche en humour, surprises et possibilités. Plus mature et sombre, Fable III s'avère en tout cas une pierre importante de l'édifice Fable, ne serait-ce que pour son dernier tiers qui nous mettra à notre tour face à nos promesses et nous donnera plus que jamais le pouvoir de façonner l'Albion. Mais on en attendait un peu plus.
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Everyeye.it (May 18, 2011)
L'eccessiva semplicità d'esecuzione rimane la maggior pecca della produzione Lionhead, insieme alla frammentazione eccessiva della trama principale. Il fascino di un mondo fantasy da esplorare e dei suoi curiosi abitanti si perde dietro a scelte logiche che fanno sorridere, sebbene rimanga indiscutibile l'efficacia e la buona programmazione delle routine comportamentali di tutti i singoli NPC. Sembra quasi che rispetto al secondo capitolo questo Fable III sia addirittura rimasto indietro, semplificando alcuni aspetti per favorirne altri, che non convincono del tutto. Un grande pregio del gioco rimane comunque la possibilità di creare situazioni al limite dell'assurdo, ma questo non è a nostro avviso abbastanza per garantire un'esperienza di gioco - in senso stretto - al passo coi tempi. Dopo molte critiche ci sentiamo comunque di concludere l'articolo ribadendo che non esiste attualmente un gioco recente simile a Fable, che di fatto costituisce quindi genere a sè, nel bene e nel male.
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Fable III apparait avant tout comme une logique et timide évolution à Fable II. Mais les PCistes verront principalement en ce dernier un sympathique action-RPG, notamment ceux qui n’ont jamais eu l’occasion de finir le second opus. Son aspect simplifié et ses graphismes rehaussés pourront attirer les amateurs de action-RPG. Mais l’ensemble manque quelque peu d’arguments et de finition pour espérer marquer durablement les esprits.
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On the other hand, it's not a hard game and it certainly substitutes depth for breadth. There's a lot to do, but none of it's particularly engaging, and this will doubtless turn some off. If this doesn't faze you, and you simply want to venture into a well-defined and amusing fantasy world and mess about with it to see what happens, you'll have a great time. If you're interested, then don't be put off by the conversion.
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Gaming Target (May 25, 2011)
So it came to pass that Molyneux’s latest epic was brought unto Windows. Though it was a port lacking in polish, with graphics below those of the modern age, the people embraced it as a rarity. Gritty but immature, dark yet not steeped in the occult, it stood out amongst the science fiction and horror-fantasy that dominated the marketplace. And whilst some held greater anticipation for Molyneux’s Project Milo than the next chapter of Fable, they knew that the work of a mind so strange could be only a blessing, nary a curse.
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GameSpot (May 20, 2011)
Fable III has issues--emotionally distant characters, and weak moral choices among them--but its biggest problem is Fable II. The latest adventure in Albion plays so similar to its predecessor that it struggles to establish an identity of its own. The small tweaks don't dig very deeply and the cosmetic changes are welcome but insubstantial. So, this is ultimately a really enjoyable game that will deliver a serious case of deja vu for anyone who spent time playing the last game. That's not a deal breaker, but it makes the good elements less exciting and the bad elements more noticeable. The outstanding artistic design and great sense of humor make it worth playing, but the other aspects have been streamlined to such a high degree that their simple pleasures have been lessened. While you shouldn't expect everything to run smoothly, it's a joy to be whisked away to Fable III's magical world.
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God is a Geek (May 18, 2011)
Fable III has many grand ideas, but despite the fact that they all clamour loudly for the player’s attention, none of them are really fully developed. The game improves noticeably after the halfway point though, and patient and forgiving players will be rewarded with a more experimental experience which takes risks with genre, narrative and gameplay. The subject matter of this portion of the game is more mature and thoughtful, and the game’s evil/saintly morality compass is spun upon its axis to create an altogether more complex universe. Fable III is an ambitious game which is not content to simply rest upon the laurels of earlier iterations. Its gameplay might not always satisfy, but it contains enough good ideas to make for an interesting whole. If you can see past the shallow role-playing elements, the occasionally frustrating fighting and the inconsistent decision system, there’s an intriguing kernel at the heart of this ambitious game.
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ComputerGames.ro (Jun 07, 2011)
Fable III proves to be a pretty unstable mix, with good visual value, but an excessive simplification of the gameplay. You might get to finish it once and then go on with any remaining secondary missions. Still, there’s no life after that; the fights are boring, enemies stupid and the story too thin. Add here the lack of reaction when doing bad stuff, and there’s not much reason to just keep on playing. Thus, it’s for the series fans and casual players who don’t feel like taking up something more demanding.
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Game Over Online (Jun 13, 2011)
In a sense I understand what Molyneux was trying to do here – create a more immersive action RPG environment in that many action-RPGs are really little more than clickfests. In Fable III you can purchase houses, buy businesses, get married, and have kids. Like B&W you have a pet, a dog in this case, but he’s more useful and less idiosyncratic. By and large good stuff. Those things work. And in general dealing with the leaders of the various towns to get them to ally with you is good RPG fodder (and deciding later whether or not to keep the promises you make is an interesting wrinkle). But the dreary nature of performing menial tasks repeatedly with individual people to scrape experience? Not so much. In fact as an activity it likely ranks down there with gold farming. And while it was ludicrous as a god to be expected to find every lost child, as a prince trying to stabilize an entire kingdom it’s only slightly less asinine. And in Fable III it’s all been linked together, inextricably.
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PC Gamer (May 31, 2011)
An acceptable, lighthearted RPG that’s often too simple, too staid and too black and white to be much fun.
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IGN (May 17, 2011)
In Fable III you can be king. You quest through a fantasy countryside gathering support to overthrow a vile ruler, take the crown, then strike a balance between fulfilling promises made to supporters and the overall safety of Albion. It's a pretty game and the production values are high, but it sounds a lot better than it plays for a number of reasons. An underdeveloped combat system, uneven story, heaps of bland quests and an endgame that feels rushed make the overall experience feel unfocused and unbalanced. The cast of characters may occasionally make you giggle, but aren't developed nearly enough to establish a meaningful bond to create the kind of moral turmoil Lionhead is clearly aiming for. For a game that tries so hard to get under your skin, Fable III rarely manages to do much more than scratch the surface.
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Game Shark (May 17, 2011)
Fable III isn’t a terrible game, it’s just a disappointment, and suffers from a bad case of over-simplification. As entertaining as the characters and quests may be, they’re weighed down by the increasingly simple gameplay. The biggest shame is that Lionhead made this fascinating and attractive world and then removed your ability to affect it in any real way.
 
Rock, Paper, Shotgun (May 17, 2011)
Its PC version launching on the same day as the Witcher 2 (a game which my experiences so far suggest it firmly understands what it is and what it wants to achieve) does Fable III no favours and quite possibly even dooms it commercially – at least if comparative social network chatter is anything to go on. That is a genuine shame, because I’m extremely glad to have the series back on PC, while the new difficulty setting suggests Lionhead have a firmer grasp on what Fable needs to be even if it’s too late to entirely get this one back on track. The weakest of the series this might be, but certainly not to the extent that I’ve lost my strong affection for that series. Welcome back, old chap – but perhaps don’t take so much on and focus on making the basics better next time, please.