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Fable The Journey Review


Now that Peter Molyneux has flown the coop it's time to see just how much of an influence he had over at Lionhead Studios with its first Fable release without the often outspoken gentleman.

Let me just start this review off as we all now come to expect, Fable The Journey is a Kinect game, there are some great points and there are some bad points and just like every other Kinect game, the bad points are all down to the Kinect itself. What is pleasant though is that Lionhead Studios have taken the familiar restraints that the Kinect offers and either worked around them or just didn't bother to utilise, creating possibly one of first Kinect games where I actually wanted to play more.

Set again in the fantastical world of Albion we join a convoy of caravans as they make their way through its lush green lands; always at the back of the pack is our reluctant hero Gabriel and his faithful steed Seren, who following falling asleep at the reins finds himself cut of from the convoy in the middle of a heavy storm. Ordered by the convoy leader to attempt a different route, Gabriels luck changes for the worst, not only coming across Theresa, a mystical blind lady, but also struck by more bad luck as Seren manages to get severely wounded by a mysterious and violent force called The Corruption. Theresa then leads our troubled twosome to a safe haven, offering Gabriel an ultimatum, he can save his horse Seren, but at a great cost. So begins a huge quest, travelling the many sights of Albion, battling many of the hideous creatures that lurk within the shadows and confronting The Corruption. 



Rather than the free roaming exploits of a would be king this is more like an on rails shooter, but even then that description does not quite cut it. It's best to think of Fable The Journey as a huge interactive fantasy movie, the story will continually plod along with you making sure nothing bad happens to either Gabriel or Seren, restarting a chapter if you fail.

The gameplay is split into two major areas; whilst in your caravan view the Kinect requires you to use reins to control Seren by means of some easy to use and logical gestures. Sitting on the edge of your sofa with a straight back and keeping your hands close to your lap you can steer Seren left or right; though as I mentioned earlier this is a very linear game so whilst you are not free to travel where you like you are mainly dodging hazards and collecting the many experience gems that litter the tracks. You can also make Seren go from a canter to a gallop and even a sprint or if in serious trouble, raising your hands above your head to bring Seren to a quick full stop. Just by keeping it simple and similar to real life actions Lionhead Studios have overcome most of the Kinect's downpoints, making these parts of the game a wonderful experiance.

The same can even be said once Gabriel gains his powers from his gauntlets, jumping off his caravan and casting spells to ward off the many baddies of Albion. Using both hands you are able to cast a range of magical powers that allow for attacks, defence and even a small element of puzzle solving. With your right hand you initially can cast a bolt of electricity that has the ability to be manoeuvred after casting with a swift swipe of your hand. Your right hand is more about defence and manipulation, with you crossing your chest deflecting attacks and charging magic by holding your hand at shoulder height and then pushing forward, creating a push spell that again you can manipulate with a swipe, sending foes flying all over the place. Alone these magical powers work well, but once you start earning more powers and start getting into larger fights and try to create makeshift combos the Kinect does have a little trouble in keeping up, resulting in a few unnecessary and frustrating deaths. 



Even with the general art direction of the wonderful world of Albion being splendid in all it's beuty, it's the people that make this world even more-so and though a lot of the humour has been lost this time around, the ability to stop at certain parts of the track to listen to locals or the general banter between Gabriel and Theresa keep it very real. To add a little responsibility to the gameplay you again have a very close relationship with another species, this time your horse Seren. Though on the majority of the areas you only really see her backside, at certain areas of the game you can dismount in a safe area and almost like a virtual pet, groom and tend to Serens wounds. It's a nice touch, adding a nice little break from battles and chases.

A huge departure from the rest of the Fable games but at the same time managing to keep its essence in tact Fable The Journey is a great single player game. In the end what is most suprising is the final score for a Kinect enabled game, I had personally written off that sad set of robotic eyeballs staring blankly at me every day, especially with games like Dragonball Z for Kinect that just replaced a controller for hand gestures, this shows that if done correctly there can be some decent motion controlled games out there and with this shock realisation it's just as well I can sit down whilst playing Fable The Journey. 

Words by Ash Buchanan.

Review Policy (Version tested: Xbox 360 / Kinect)


Edited On 12 Oct, 2012

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scourge's avatar
scourge 4 years ago
I've gotten rather bored of Kinect, they really should of made a proper Fable game.
LFC Bywater's avatar
Not a massive fan of kinect myself either. think all of the titles they have released have been a bit lack-luster. seems like we're all gunna have to go without good fable games now though which is a shame.
LFC Bywater 4 years ago
scourge's avatar
i know what you mean. also, think of the games that came out for Kinect that would of been better as a proper title, like rise of nightmares for one example.
scourge 4 years ago
shenmue4real's avatar
Well the series has been going down hill since The Lost chapters so a spin off title is ok with me. Gives the devs more time to actually work on a decent controller version.
shenmue4real 4 years ago
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I'm not a massive fan of Kinect or Fable to be honest. I liked Fable 1, but 2 and 3 were awful for me. So a Kinect Fable, I think not.
Ryan 4 years ago
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Stabber 4 years ago
i'm guessing this will a fail from the fable series fable 1 was good, 2 was alright but 3 was just a nightmare
LFC Bywater's avatar
Completely agree with you. 1 was by far my favourite
LFC Bywater 4 years ago
Konakona's avatar
Fable 1 was incredible, Fable 2 sucked and Fable 3 was great Imo. *Slight Fable 3 spoiler - references the ending* I wasn't too bothered about the "make your people die happy or live but hate you" scenario, I just bought every single house in the game and charged max rent and left the xbox on. (for those of you who know I don't have an xbox, I did for a little while! Then I traded it in and bought a Vita.) Made everyone happy and saved the world. The gameplay and storyline was good too.
Konakona 4 years ago
Shnoorum's avatar
I'm glad some people share my views. 1 was amazing. 2 less so. 3 even lesser. My main gripe with 2 was the lack of minimap and that stupid breadcrumb system. It was just so prominent. I found myself actually following it on accident when I never wanted to. When I did want to follow it, it would lead me in circles. 3 over simplified the leveling system and completely ruined it with those stupid boxes. Its just been a case of 1 step forward 2 steps back with every new Fable game
Shnoorum 4 years ago
Konakona's avatar
I didn't like having to have a dog. He was glitchy and annoying and made my evil fable guy look like a wuss.
Konakona 4 years ago
Shnoorum's avatar
The dog was okay.Certainly didnt live up to hype but thats just Monyleux's style
Shnoorum 4 years ago
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damatman 4 years ago
This game appears to be better than I first imagined, and this makes me very happy. My 11 year old brother has a Kinect which he loves but he has nothing he wants to play. This game seems to be the perfect Xmas present.
LFC Bywater's avatar
no doubt it will be one of the best kinect games in general, but that isnt a hard feat lol
LFC Bywater 4 years ago
Shnoorum's avatar
Amen to that. Poor thing has barely a single thing worthwhile on it. I cant really speak though. I was silly enough to buy a PS Move
Shnoorum 4 years ago
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HappyNoodleBoy 4 years ago
I played the demo and thought it was dire. Fable has been on a decline since Fable: The Lost Chapters. If Fable 4 was ever to be made, moving away from Albion would be a good start
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Konakona 4 years ago
If I had an Xbox, and I had kinect, I would buy this. But it's not going to be tempting many people into buying hardware I don't think.
rjc's avatar
I think new IPs are needed this late into the gen for any sort of ground breaking sales from the hardcore.
rjc 4 years ago
Shnoorum's avatar
I agree. This and Rise of Nightmares are the only 2 things I find worth buying but it's nowhere near enough to even make me start considering an actual purchase. They should either get their act together or stop wasting time and drop it alltogether
Shnoorum 4 years ago
LFC Bywater's avatar
it seems that they are still just trying to push the trash out. i mean its as if they are becoming more involved in the kinect market than the core games market. i would have loved a new dragonball z game at the moment but instead they come out with dragonball kinect...
LFC Bywater 4 years ago
Dead's avatar
It's a real shame they messed up Steel Battalion, that could have, and should have, been really good, and would have sold Kinect to me if it had worked properly.
Dead 4 years ago
Shnoorum's avatar
Steel Batallion is a huge shame. I always wanted to try out one of the games so I was hoping this would live up to the others. Should have kept with tradition and made a massive controller for it. Would be all over that
Shnoorum 4 years ago
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Shnoorum 4 years ago
Actually sounds like one of the better Kinect games. For one it sounds as if the controls work for the most part. Still not enough to get me to buy one. Nothing at all revolutionary has been done with it and I see no reason to trade my controller in for this yet
LFC Bywater's avatar
the way that i see kinct is that i play my xbox to chill out with a controller in my hand, if i wanted to jump around like an idiot, swinging my arms about i'd play my Wii
LFC Bywater 4 years ago
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kinect* sorry for typo its late lol
LFC Bywater 4 years ago
Konakona's avatar
the only camera game I really liked was Eye Toy Play on the PS2. They did everything right with that game.
Konakona 4 years ago
Shnoorum's avatar
I never tried the eyetoy. Was amazed by it when it came out though. It's a shame the whole motion thing has turned out like it has. Thought they'd have tapped into its potential by now
Shnoorum 4 years ago
LFC Bywater's avatar
The only time i tried the eyetoy is when they had it set up in the GAME stores. I remember it being quite fun to play but i think i had an xbox wth halo 2 at the time so never looked into properly. i agree though that was more fun than i've had with any kinect title.
LFC Bywater 4 years ago
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LFC Bywater 4 years ago
I know this is off topic but didn't know where else to put it, but on xbox there is a free arcade game out today called"Happy Wars" its pretty good so just thought i'd give u guys and girls a heads up.
Shnoorum's avatar
I heard of that, didn't know it was free though. Cheers for the heads up. Gonna have to check it out when I get home tomorrow
Shnoorum 4 years ago
LFC Bywater's avatar
no problem, it seems like a pretty decent game so far, co-op and online mulitplayer.
LFC Bywater 4 years ago
Dead's avatar
I tried it yesterday and it kept telling me it couldn't connect to the server, will give it another go this afternoon.
Dead 4 years ago
LFC Bywater's avatar
Me and a friend have been struggling to get into the servers aswell but trust me, when you do manage to get into a game it is awesome. loads of different customisation for you're little dude or dudette, leveling up. its great fun.
LFC Bywater 4 years ago
Dead's avatar
Dead 4 years ago
Just managed to get in to it, and it's OK, good even, for free anyway.
Dead's avatar
Oops, that was meant to be a reply, not a comment :(
Dead 4 years ago
LFC Bywater's avatar
lol no worrys, i find it more enjoyable when i played it with a few friends, can have one friend on each class then and work with each other more.
LFC Bywater 4 years ago
Shnoorum's avatar
Still haven't had any chance to play it. What it is exactly? Only seen 1 trailer aaaages ago and it didnt show much. Is it sort of a class based RTS along the lines of Fat Princess?
Shnoorum 4 years ago
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JoeToots 4 years ago
i will be buying kinect just for this game/

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