Bring on an­other bru­tal revo­lu­tion

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

HAV­ING al­ready re­viewed this game when it launched on Xbox 360 last year, I wasn’t in a hurry to sit down and play the same game all over again when it re­cently ar­rived for PC.

Then I re­mem­bered that the Fa­ble se­ries has al­ways been about mak­ing per­sonal choices that al­ter the play.

You see, orig­i­nally I played as a good-na­tured fe­male char­ac­ter who was loved by all. This time I chose to be a male dic­ta­tor who was feared and loathed be­cause of the darker de­ci­sions I made over the course of the game. Charm­ing, I know.

While the sto­ry­line still fol­lows vir­tu­ally the same path play­ing as ei­ther char­ac­ter, it was amaz­ing how dif­fer­ent the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence was by sim­ply chang­ing the way my char­ac­ter in­ter­acted with the game’s other char­ac­ters. For those who are yet to ex­pe­ri­ence the Fa­ble se­ries, it de­scends from the ac­tion role­play­ing genre.

Each game fea­tures a well-crafted story, an en­ter­tain­ing cast of char­ac­ters, and game me­chan­ics that en­cour­age play­ers to make plotchang­ing de­ci­sions.

Fa­ble III takes place within the fa­mil­iar world of Al­bion from the se­ries, though 50 years have passed since the last game. The king has died and passed the throne to your brother, whose tyran­ni­cal ways have brought disease and poverty across the pop­u­la­tion.

In or­der to over­throw him, you travel through­out Al­bion, build­ing al­liances be­fore re­turn­ing to cause a revo­lu­tion, and take your right­ful place as king or queen.

Nat­u­rally, the orig­i­nal game’s con­trols have been re­jigged for key­board and mouse, which work well for nav­i­ga­tion and com­bat.

The game’s vi­su­als re­main es­sen­tially un­changed from the orig­i­nal ver­sion, how­ever, if your PC is prop­erly geared for gam­ing you can ex­pect to add de­tails and sharper im­ages. The big­gest change is the sup­port for Nvidia 3D Vi­sion. If your PC has the right hard­ware you can en­joy the game in 3D.

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