YMMV / Fable I

  • Annoying Video Game Helper: The Guild Master. "Try to get your combat multiplier even higher!" "Your health is low. Do you have any potions? Or food?" "Check the guild for more quests."
    • Parodied in one scene in The Lost Chapters where Jack of Blades starts mocking these things. "Hero, there is an important quest card waiting for you at the bottom of a slime pit!"
    • Your Combat multiplier is atrocious!
  • Complete Monster: Jack of Blades is an ancient being from the Void who arrived in Albion millennia ago, and wreaked multiple catastrophes upon humanity for refusing to bow to him and his cohorts. Jack survived his physical form's destruction by placing his soul in his mask and now body snatches whichever luckless man wears it. Jack razed the village of Oakvale, personally murdered the Hero of Oakvale's father, ripped out his little sister's eyes, and imprisoned his mother for decades of torture. When Jack meets the Hero as an adult, he tries to force him to duel his best friend to the death, he convinced Lady Grey to murder her older sister to become Mayor of Bowerstone, and later, after finding out his right-hand man, Maze, was killed, Jack says he planned on killing him anyway for outliving his usefulness. Jack's ultimate goal is to reclaim the Sword of Aeons, and he's been pursuing the Hero's family because the weapon's godlike power can only be activated by sacrificing members of their bloodline. Jack and his forces attack Albion to claim the sword, ending with him murdering the Hero's mother before his eyes. Jack then promises that after the Hero dies, the world will burn. In The Lost Chapters, Jack again cheats death through his mask and tries to corrupt the Hero into murdering his allies before attempting to steal his body as well. A being of pure evil who takes smug delight in his crimes, the shadow of Jack's evil would set the standard for Fables villains to follow.
  • Evil Is Cool: Jack of Blades is probably one of the most popular characters in the series.
  • Game-Breaker:
    • Using the Hero Save in certain situations will make the game way too easy. The makers seem to have realized this, and your game will crash if Hero Save is used too many times in the PC version, and is removed entirely in Anniversary.
    • Also, it is very easy to acquire massive experience early on in The Lost Chapters by combining the combat mutiplier with the Ages of Skill/Will/Strength potions.
    • The shopkeepers in Fable and TLC have a dynamic pricing mechanism: for each item, there is a number that they prefer to have in stock, and they will set the buy and sell prices up when they are short and down with they have excess. Unfortunately for them, they only update the price after each full transaction ... so if you buy out the entire stock of an item at fire-sale prices, you can then immediately sell your entire inventory of the same item to the same shopkeeper at deep-shortage prices. With sufficient seed money, especially with high-ticket items like perfume, you can earn tens of thousands of gold pieces in minutes by this method without even changing shops.
    • By getting merchants to follow them out of their stores and getting them stuck where they can't move players can safely rob their stores without getting caught. Getting expensive items like Resurrection Phial, and pieces of plate armor that are on display very early.
  • Hype Backlash: The development team had promised several features that weren't in the game upon its release — tanned/bleached skin, the ability to plant an acorn and for it to grow into a tree — and people didn't take to the lack of these features. The sequel didn't receive as much ridiculous backlash mainly because the devs learned their lesson from the first game and didn't promise everyone the moon this time (except for the whole dog gameplay mechanic, anyway.)
  • Magnificent Bastard: Jack of Blades. Hideously, extravagantly evil, yet cunning and manipulative at once.
  • Most Annoying Sound: There's "Hero, hero" from the little girl in Bowestone South. Made even worse because the quest she's trying to get you to take is utterly pointless. The old witch doesn't even need the mushrooms you collect to complete the potion.
    • You better change your title quickly once you get the opportunity, or else...
    Chicken Chaser? Do ya chase chickens?
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Small one, but you age physically as you level up. As a consequence, if you powerup too fast too early, you're going to be a geezer and aging yourself down isn't a trivial matter. It can potentially cause a rift in the story in which you end up being older than your sister you meet up with again or even your own mother!
  • Stock Footage Failure: The Guild Master will let you know when your heath or will energy is low even when Jack Of Blades is burning down the Guild, and The Guild Master himself is lying wounded and barely able to speak. In the expansion, he can keep informing you of the blazingly obvious even when he is dead.
  • That One Level: Bargate Prison, in the attempt to rescue your mother, thanks to an egregious case of Failure Is the Only Option. Nothing you do can prevent Jack of Blades from capturing you and your mother on your way out. You then endure a long unskippable scene in a prison cell and an irrelevant Racing Minigame — and then have to repeat them both because your first attempt to steal your cell key from the Warden's office invariably fails and you can't just kill the guy while he's reading poetry off a wall with his back to you. To add insult to injury, once you do finally escape, your mother gets re-captured in the very next quest.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Jack of Blades was stripped of his sociopathic Creepy Monotone in The Lost Chapters and given a deep Go'a'uld sounding voice as a replacement.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot / They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Lady Sophia, the noblewoman High-Class Call Girl Hooker with a Heart of Gold from the Darkwood Bordello, shows a bit more personality than the others, seeming to fall for the hero and expressing a desire to escape the place with him and get married. Several players were disappointed at the realization that you can't actually marry her after setting her free. Twice stupid because this would have allowed Good players an alternative to marrying the evil Lady Grey and still get past the one Demon Door that demands them to have a wife with a noble title.
    • Similarly, one sidequest involves you delivering a love letter/poem to a young woman. You're given the option to pass the letter off as your own. If you do, you cannot actually start a romance with the girl, meaning the only reason to do it is For the Evulz.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Anniversary edition has this sometimes. It comes from the fact that the character models are cartoonish and stylized, with realistic-looking skin and eyes. The worst offenders are the children in the game; Thankfully, outside the intro and Bowerstone, children are pretty rare in this game.
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