I'm not entirely sure why
my last review was deleted (I've heard that there may be a bug in the review system), but meh.
To be honest, I don't share the love many people have for this series. Every new release is always so sickeningly overhyped it's insulting, and the games themselves are 'streamlined' to a ridiculous degree. Of the features that are advertised, the vast majority of them never actually make it into the final product, and the ones that do
make it in are always in a severely cut-down form. What's more, it seems as though every time a feature is added two more from the previous game are taken away, because we can't have the players enjoying themselves too
The games seem to be getting more and more simplistic and minimalist with each release; at this rate Fable 5 will just be a movie. It comes across as rather condescending, in that annoying kid's-show-host kind of way - Fable 3 takes it to extremes by effectively removing the interface altogether
, because apparently buttons and lists are too complex for their customers to understand.
For all its promises of nonlinearity and deep moral choices, the main story in each game is always a fairly static and unmoving thing with little to no replayability, relying heavily on scripted events and But Thou Must
situations to railroad the player down either a path of Purest Good or Darkest Evil - although I will admit this is a rather clever allusion to old-style children's fables, which makes the game's title make a lot more sense
This series sells very well and always gets rave reviews, so it has to have something
going for it, right? Well, to be honest, it is sort of fun at times, in a goofball frat-boy sort of way. It is, much like Just Cause
2, a game that's principally about fucking around - more a toy than a game, where the ultimate goal is doing whatever the hell you want to do. Is that entertaining? Well, yes, but it's hardly the grand, epic fantasy tale we were promised. Maybe my expectations are simply too high, maybe I've been spoiled by rare gems like Grim Fandango
and Half Life
. Maybe you're one of those people whose expectations are more realistic, and who can enjoy this game for what it is. If you are, you'll probably find a lot to like in this game, even if I didn't.