Fable III free for Xbox Live Gold members

All paying members can download free copy of Lionhead's 2010 RPG as part of new "Games With Gold" promotion.

Adventure role-playing game Fable III is now available on Xbox Live as a free download as a special lead-in to Microsoft's new Games With Gold promotion.

The Fable III freebie offer ends June 30.

As announced during Microsoft's E3 briefing last week, the Games With Gold promotion will begin in earnest on July 1. The Fable III offer is an unrelated bonus, Microsoft said.

As part of the Games With Gold promotion, Microsoft will offer up two free Xbox 360 games per month, available beginning on the 1st and the 16th day of every month.

The first two games after Fable III will be Assassin's Creed II and Halo 3, though it's not clear which will be released first. Once the games are downloaded, players can keep these titles "no matter what," Microsoft said.

Microsoft's future ambitions may revolve around the Xbox One, but the company does not plan to abandon the Xbox 360 anytime soon. Xbox boss Phil Spencer said last month that he believes the platform will "be very vibrant for many years."

A redesigned Xbox 360 model was announced during Microsoft's E3 briefing last week and is available now.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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buffaloblitz85
buffaloblitz85

Fable 3 = Skyrim.... without the fun, without the graphics, without gameplay, without story telling, without open world, and most importantly without Peter Molyneux.

saifssj6
saifssj6

wait?there are people who care,wether this games exists or not?if it were 1 or 2,that wud be another story entirely

Tiletron
Tiletron

I've had trouble downloading the free game at all, and others have experienced their own problems...


Of course, people must remember that Microsoft is notorious for implementing features without ever testing them to see if they work.

legend253
legend253

The Internet: Gets free ****, then complains that they don't get more free ****. If you people are so into PS+ then play a damn PS3, Sony and Microsoft are different companies, you can't expect the same policies from both.

Gargus
Gargus

Meanwhile PS+ subscribers get 18 games instantly, 5 new games a month, discounts on the PSN store, online game save backups, full game trials and more. And it costs less than XBLG.

swimbearuk
swimbearuk

I've downloaded fable 3 (didn't rent because it got a poor score), but already got Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed 2. I think just about everybody who owns an xbox would have Halo 3 already, and Assassin's Creed 2 was highly rated so most would have that too. Still, they are going to run out of great titles eventually, and hopefully then I'll get something new to play.

ribhu97
ribhu97

Good job MS....keep copying sony's policies......... im still not buying the xbox one........

dpsuurhoff
dpsuurhoff

So? Could have got XCOM: Enemy Uknown, Dues Ex: Human Revolution, and Uncharted 3 for free on PNS+ last week. And those are just the ones I took note of because I liked them, there were a few others as well.

ScorpSt
ScorpSt

Already have Fable III. Would have preferred Fable II, which I only rented.

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

When the best part about a game is the dog then you know it is going to suck.

edinko
edinko

WEll that is very nice of them to give a game to people that no one would ever buy at this point cause it sucks.

They are not giving people anything- they are throwing out junk while abusing it as positive PR

JohnTheGrudge
JohnTheGrudge

I like the sound of free games but Fable III is awful.  Honestly so far I'm hating almost everything about it.

keyb0red
keyb0red

excellent, gona get this


tightwad34
tightwad34

At least they are offering something. Too bad PS+ offers games barely six months old for no additional charge. Not trying to start anything, just stating a fact.

Stasiss13
Stasiss13

I'm glad MS is finally doing something that makes Gold subscription worth the fee, but too bad Fable 3 isn't worth the hard drive space.  A for effort Microsoft, D for execution.  

codeman101360
codeman101360

I'm sure this has nothing to do with how M$ got the living hell beat out of them by Sony at E3.

zintarr
zintarr

Shame that Fable 3 was pure SHIT.

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

Fable III? This sounds more a detriment than a benefit!

ALLoY1717
ALLoY1717

Doesn't work for me in the Middle East even though I still pay the same Gold price as the rest of you guys. My free PS3 games on Plus work though.

Bumbuliuz
Bumbuliuz

To bad it does not work if you are in a unofficial country :/

4quarters
4quarters

Only 2 years later than PS+...lol....FAIL

wavelength121
wavelength121

But it's not "free". You need to pay for an Xbox Live Gold account to play it.

jayjay444
jayjay444

I was going to buy fable 3 a few weeks ago then when i went to download it it was free, looking forward to completing AC2 again so hope that's first on the list. 

rocksteam
rocksteam

Thx Microsoft You are The best .

goes to live :  Yeah is Really Free gets to download and it says: Sorry but its not available on your region 

Result : Preordering Playstation 4

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

Dang, Gamespot is slow on reporting....Fable 3 was released for free on XBL during E3.

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

Microsoft totally blew it with the XBox One, but this is a really tremendous incentive to stay on with Live. 

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

I enjoyed Fable and Fable 2 but didn't buy Fable 3 simply by what I had read about it from others.  I picked it up cheap a few months ago and actually really liked it.  Sure, it could be better in some areas but overall its a pretty good game. Free?  Absolutely worth playing.

XenoLair
XenoLair

Its a nice thing you get to keep the games at least. Im a little disappointed PS+ doesnt allow that (even if we could pick like only one game to keep forever).


Still shitty way of showing which games you own on the system, say I delete the game... I have to go back to its store page and download it from there... What if I forget I own it? Seems silly but I own 400 games on Steam and there's no way I know all of the ones I own. A simple library view would be nice on 360... Id kill for it even :|

xhawk27
xhawk27

Least you get to keep the game after your XBL Gold subscription runs out. 


Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

I really digged the first Fable on the original xbox (even tho it had it's flaws) but Fable 2 was such a disapointing sequel to me that I never bothered buying Fable 3, and from what I've heard based on word of mouth, this game wasn't too great either...

corteztheg
corteztheg

@Bumbuliuz i have the same problem, they take my money when its full price but not when its free. fuck you microsoft

corteztheg
corteztheg

@rocksteam Same here Uk account but relocated to Nigeria, fuck microsoft, they take your points and money when they is no promotion but restrict you they is one.

surferosh
surferosh

@rocksteam   what ?  is it only available for certain regions ?   wasnt it supposed to be for all gold members ?

DemonLord_RNT
DemonLord_RNT

@rocksteam yeah,same goes for me!I have an american account but im brazilian,so no free games for me.Screw you Microsoft,im off to ps4.

Rage638
Rage638

@Salt_AU I wish I waited for comments and review as well I dropped my $60 on it and jesus fucking christ was that game pure garbage. i mean really i can go on for hours about how much that game sucked but to list one of many options, if you gonna give the main character a voice, dont make him sound like a lil bitch.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Salt_AU I didn't buy 3 because the loading screens in 2 made me actually WANT to slip into a coma.

jayjay444
jayjay444

@XenoLair U can go to download history there u can see all your games u own and trailer you've downloaded in the past, even ones that are no longer available. 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@xhawk27 That is why I downloaded it today lol. So even if I don't play it now it will be registered on my account so I can play it some time later. Just wish they weren't giving away Halo 4 and Assassin's Creed since I already own those ones. And given the popularity of them I'm sure many many other people will as well.

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

@Simulator_Shock Same story here, I avoided 3... Though for free, I will admit i've played it & completed it now, again its a good game but done so badly & the loading screens take  the piss - I don't want to continue playing after the story because everything involves a half a dozen loading screens.


And just like Fable 2, the co-op was there but so broken it was pointless.

blackbeltjones
blackbeltjones

@Dannystaples14 Halo 4? I thought it was halo 3 they were giving... I recently traded in Halo 4... may just regrab for free if this is true? I may have to look into this

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@blackbeltjones Ah right. It might be Halo 3 this article says 3, though for some reason I am sure I thought at some point during the E3 conference that "I already have Halo 4 and I'm sure many people do". I'm not sure. Halo 3 would make more sense but even so most of the people who like Xbox will most likely have Halo 3 or they won't be bothered that it is free either way. 

They should give away some of the more obscure titles away so that they can sell the Xbox with things other than Halo and the other generic Xbox titles.