You are the controller and the hero. Powered exclusively by Kinect for Xbox 360, "Fable: The Journey" is a whole new way to experience the deep storyline, heart-pounding action and picturesque world of Albion that fans have come to know and love about the "Fable" franchise.
From the new first-person perspective of Gabriel, a young dweller who has lost his tribe, you will come to the aid of the ailing and mysterious Theresa, who thrusts you into an action-packed adventure full of dangerous enemies, hair-raising chases and humorous characters. As you traverse through dangerous lands with your horse by your side, you will learn to master magic as a deadly weapon, defend yourself in combat and solve puzzles on your journey to becoming a hero.
When I first saw the news that the latest Fable game would be playable only by Kinect I was curious as to how far Kinect had come for this to be a good, playable game. The main Kinect game that I had played I still find a little clunky, though I am sure that is more teething problems than anything.
The game starts off nice and easily, giving you concise instructions on how to move and most importantly, your posture. In Fable Journey you don't need to stand for the entirety of the game, you get to sit in your most comfortable chair, nice straight back, feet flat on the ground. My husband does want me to mention that he did find the steering of the horse a bit hard at times, there were times when the back of your cart would simply go through objects, but you must always be aware of your horse and not driving into anything. Whilst my husband has yet to have a crash whilst riding Soren, the horse, he did find that to be harder than casting any of the spells.
The graphics are everything that you have come to know and love from the Fable games, I think they are quite lovely and have a wonderful abundance of colours in them. The good thing about Fable Journey, is that it is a stand alone from the first three games, so if you don't have a Kinect then you don't need to stress about missing out anything huge, story wise.
Fable Journey is the first Fable game where you are not of the royal bloodline. You are a simple man who gets thrust into a fight you didn't even know existed and are pushed into saving Albion when all you really want to do is go home with your beloved horse.You are also the first main character to have a name in the Fable realm.
The only major downside to this game, is that it does start to effect you physically, as naturally, if your body isn't used to something it can throw a few complaints your way. However, with more game play you will adapt, figure out the perfect playing position for yourself and be able to spend more game time on it. There is also the downside that you are really only there to follow a very set in stone story line. You are able to dismount every now and again, maybe plunder a nearby cave, but you cannot wander far from the pre-assigned storyline. I guess this is the downfall of playing a full storyline game with the Kinect, to give too many options would create a lot more work for the developers, that being said I do hope that one day, games such as this will provide a bit more freedom.
Learning the spells requires a little bit more time than learning to ride Soren, but there's no push to it, and you are given options to recalibrate your settings if you feel that it is needed to make things a bit easier. You start of with basic spells which involve blasting (using your right hand) and pushing (with your left hand). This leads ont o learning how to snare things and then throw them, as well as aiming. Kepp on levelling up and you get more spells and you get better and stronger as you go along.
There are little sides tasks along the way, but these consist more of patting and rubbing Soren down, to feeding him apples and giving him water. These bits have nothing to do with the overall story and so at times feel like a waste of time and gameplay.Fable Journey is also missing some of the trademark humour, and whilst not as dark in some ways as the previous games, still is not a game for children.
Fable Journey is a great addition to the Fable line of games, one that any true fan of Albion should play.
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