Fable: The Lost Chapters
So I want to preface with: I really enjoyed playing this game! It was a lot of fun and consumed about 20 hours of playing time though I am sure that I could have finished it in half that time now that I know what the story line and main quests are.
If I were to use a star based rating system, probably give it a 4/5 overall.
Once you get past the outer impressions of the game and enjoyment of the gameplay, which I will discuss further later in this post because it was very good and worth noting, you come to the story line and how dismally short it is!!! Yes, the story line is too short! You rarely ever hear that about a game, especially an adventure game that doesn’t have a whole lot outside of the story line. I was expecting this long elaborate story line to ensue once I got past the training stage of the game only to encounter a handful of required quests. Maybe “a handful” is being harsh, it probably came out to a total of a dozen required quests to beat the game as it came out originally, and another half dozen required quests for the expansion of The Lost Chapters. I’m sure that with a game guide/quest guide, this game can be completed in 10 hours flat if so desired. Also, the ease of beating these quests with certain “power-ups” like multi-arrow makes the end game VERY easy to beat.
Now, with that being said, the rest of the game is awesome (too bad the story line is the majority of this game). The choice/decision system that is built into it is stellar, even if it feels dated compared to recent releases like Dragon Age. There are the decisions that change the way you look, like my decision to focus on my melee attack and deciding to focus on dodging instead of blocking (using the middle mouse button can be so NOT easy!) resulting in my character’s body being extremely scarred by end game. Also, I was able to own a brothel! That was totally unexpected for me and probably seemed random for all those (few?) readers out there.
The game also managed to implement and augment gameplay with a VERY customizable look to the character (barber shops, armor, tattoos, and what you look like as your character ages). There are also houses that can be rented, marriages that can be made, and side quests to do (there are probably as many if not more side quests that can be done). I didn’t do more than a few of the side quests, along with pursuing a bunch of the silver keys and demon doors to get access to some stronger gear in the game, and I still managed to upgrade ALL of my main abilities, add and max out an additional one, and max out all the agility and physique levels. Overall, the experience gain seemed to be exponential towards end game for those players who skipped earlier experience but now desperately needed the upgrades to defeat any of the monsters.
Overall, it was a VERY fun game! Story length was lacking, but I am most definitely going to be looking into, if not outright purchasing the second Fable game for my PC (so that I don’t have the temptation to take the game with me to class).