I honestly don't trust Gamespot reviewing anymore, not when they're scores can be radically different from so many others. If I want a 'real' review, I'll go to Kotaku or watch Good Game on ABC2.
Fable: The Journey Review
By focusing on strong character development and beautiful locales, Fable: The Journey provides an engaging adventure enhanced by satisfying motion controls.
- Strong relationship building
- Well-realized Kinect controls
- Smart pacing gives you ample time to rest
- Beautiful visual design.
- Motion controls don't always register properly.
The arrow is buried deep in the horse's side. You wave your arms while uttering soothing words, trying to calm the frightened animal. Once the horse is docile, you approach your four-legged friend slowly, careful not to upset her, and then rest your hand gingerly on the protruding arrow. With the utmost care, you pull the projectile from her body, steadying your hand so as not to cause even more pain to the distressed creature. It's a simple act that takes no more than a minute to perform, but it has a powerful effect on your state of mind. Fable: The Journey establishes strong emotional weight through smartly crafted scenes enhanced by the Kinect's motion-sensing capabilities, creating a rewarding and exciting adventure.
Albion is once again in need of a hero. As Theresa flees from an unseen monster, Gabriel is kind enough to help her onto his carriage and away from harm. The relationship between the 300-year-old seer and the green boy who dreams of long gone fables is slow to develop. The characters chat while sitting around a fire or while riding through the striking locales, and there's a clear hesitancy in forming a deeper connection. Theresa has seen countless friends die during her centuries of life and thinks of Gabriel as little more than a tool she can use to save the world. And Gabriel would rather curl up in a soft bed, with his loyal horse Seren nearby, than go on a dangerous adventure.
But through painstaking trials and debilitating ordeals, the two characters grow closer. Fable: The Journey makes great use of the few characters who make an appearance in this story. Although the basic save-the-world plot hits the expected notes without much flourish, it's the people you meet along the way you care about. When Fergus tells the story of his deceased wife, ravaged by balverines years before, you nod because you've heard this tale of woe before. But as you travel the road, Fergus is forced to confront his demons, and you form a deeper, more nuanced understanding of his grief. Fable: The Journey provides occasional moments of levity to keep you smiling, but it strikes a more somber tone than previous games in the franchise. And the heartfelt moments carry serious weight because the game earned your sympathy.
In no place is this more apparent than in Gabriel's relationship with Seren. Throughout the game, he talks about how close they've always been. About how he's been riding on her back since he was a toddler and how he travels everywhere with her. And although that does establish their link, such trivia does little to move you. It's not the telling that makes you care about Seren; it's the actions you perform. Pulling out an arrow is just one of the horse-keeping tasks you do to maintain her health and happiness, and these little activities have a big effect on your feelings toward her. Brushing her coat to scrape off the dirt from the dusty roads or feeding her an apple has little tangible impact on your adventuring, but these quiet interludes draw you closer to her. This is your horse, after all, so you ensure that she's well fed and clean. These bonding moments make up a small portion of the entire journey, but they leave the biggest impact on your experience.
Of course, there's much more to Fable: The Journey than caring for your horse. This is an on-rails adventure in which you continually travel toward the Spire, where your ultimate fate awaits you at the end of your journey. Much of the game involves riding down lonely roads behind your constant companion, Seren. By gripping imaginary reins in both hands, you crack them to speed up your horse, adjust your hands to race through turns, or raise your arms to come to a stop. With experience points to collect and winding curves to navigate, there's little time to rest, but the repetition of steering a horse could become tiring before long. Thankfully, Fable: The Journey spruces up this simple activity. Eye-catching visual design ensures that every craggy mountain pass and splendid waterfall delights your senses, and Theresa's eager storytelling fills you in on the expansive plot.
G$ supporting yet another mediocre M$ game, helping them build up their hype and fool more of the sheep gamers that buy according to the game rates?
It sure rings some bells here doesnt it?
But it is now more obvious than ever, esp after the open war, G$ declared on the Japanese based companies, the G$ channel exclusively on M$'s 360 couldnt come as a surprise...
Imagine the rate and the hype Halo 4 will get!!
I played Fable 2 as my first game for my XBOX360 (yes I am a late adoptee, shame on me!) ... and I played Fable 3 out of (1) loyalty and (2) anticipation. It failed me on the anticipation count and thus lost my loyalty. I am really hesitant to try Fable the Journey now... especially because I have a Kinect and I have first hand experience to know that it it is really not designed for hardcore gamers...
Most likely, the 'ease of the game' was because they haven't quite mastered Kinect-enabled gaming yet. Once they think that they have mastered making Kinect-enabled games and using Kinect functionality, we will see the difficulty go up a little in future games.
Something similar between this two games except scores.
Todays reviews and marketing overall is against our own will and tastes. I need to be a robot or f#cking zombie to be able to trust in review like this one.
@LeoGoBezerk Those reviews are nothing alike. The games are in different genres. The pros and cons are not the same, which is sort of irrelevant because the games are in two different genres. Oh, and the games are in two different genres.
Different genres, different standards.
Also, good game review websites never catered to our will and tastes very much because that's not their job. As far as this review goes, I don't see anything in it that is not factual, and I don't see any opinion in it that's not defensible. I might not agree with the score, but I can see where McShea's coming from. I'd have to be a robot or a zombie to do otherwise.
Zelda Skyward Sword 7.5 --- MC 93
Infamous 2 7.5 --- MC 83
Fable: The Journey 8.0 --- MC 62
THE POWER OF MONEY :((
@Luke2009 agreed with you gamespot is easy to pay up score
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Read review. How about I have sense and know between a proper video game and the game on rails. Which is for gamers and which is for casuals.
@ildvm @Gelugon_baat Rail shooter cater to core gamers almost exclusively. They're all about score attacks and 1CCs (do you even know that means, Mr. Oh-SoCore Gamer?). That's why they remain fun for a long, long time. They're extremely replay able. If you don't get that, then I think you just don't understand videogames. Sorry.
@Gelugon_baat Hey, sometimes the evidence is heavily on your side. Sometimes other opinions are stupid.
But, I don't really consider the other guy's opinion to be unimportant. I responded to it. Hell, I indulged his opinion.
And, the fact that you have "no idea about" Panzer Dragoon, Ikaruga, Time Crisis and Gradius makes me think you're not the core gamer you believe you are. I mean, you don't know about Gradius? Seriously?
Have no idea about the games you mentioned there but games on rails is something I wouldn't say any core gamer would like. In fact anything with kinect is an instant fail. I think Microsoft was right when they said for some people pressing button is difficult to play games. lol. Making games on rails with Kinect is good. May be for people like you
I don't have time to go back and reply to the original quote sometime last week or so.
@Luke2009 Yeah cause i'm pretty sure Sony and Nintendo would have no money to pay for good reviews. Stop looking for a conspiracy that doesn't exist.
I've never had any problems with the kinect not working. I have no idea where all the "hardcore" gamers get that idea...
The only thing I gather from this review and the subsequent comments is that it does not matter what GS scores a game, people will complain that it is either too high or too low! ok so about 70% of MC scores for this game are either mixed or negative so perhaps gamespot just loves petting horses with motion control! there are games I read about and think, man i'd like to find time to play this. This garbage is so far from being one of those titles...literally i'd rather pick my nose first :)
The Fable series has been largely the same for a while. Cut these guys a break for trying something new.
@Morph_The_Cat Incorrect. Fable 1, had area maps, and lots of extras, a full upgrades system, manual aiming with bows. Fable 2 simplified, streamlined it more, took out maps and aiming making it a worse game, Fable 3 made it so your character walked with the sluggishness of GTA 4 without the character animation to back it up, and somehow they ruined the inventory system and made it not only the worst Fable, but one of the worst games I have ever played, this new one with the Kinect, seems like a pretty effective answer the question, "how do we make Fable even worse, glitchier, and more unresponsive than it ever was?"
Yeah I agree Fable 3 is one of the worst games i have ever played in fact it ranks right up with Far Cry Instincts Predator for x360 (vomit !)
@xGarrettThiefX Far Cry Instincts Predator was just a tragedy. I've never played a game that was ruined by the dead aim zone being messed up. It could have been such an amazing game and deal.
an 8?? Now i know gamespot is bought and sold,lol.
gamespot you just lost all credibility...no shame at all...
IGN has more credit and more honor then you Gamespot..this is just sad.
@gix47 I just boycotted IGN after years of going to them, gamespot is way more credible. Whatever rating Fable 3 got on IGN was just as outrageous.
You know IGN gave this game an above average score of 7.2, right? Maybe you need to rethink your childish assumptions. Here are some of the reviews that gave fable an 8.0 and over.
These are only some of the above average reviews. You have also not played this game apparently, so you have no reason to claim foul. I have actually played this game and completely agree with this review.
@gix47 Some gamers don't like this game because it's a Kinect game. Plain and simple. These people will cry foul at a positive review regardless of how good the game actually is. It's these people, not GameSpot, that have the credibility problem.
8.0 for this crap ??? and 4.5 for Resident Evil 6 ?? there is something seriousely wrong with your Marketing Department's involvement into Review decisions ... nuff said ... i think i have to reconsider my account.
When you see a discrepancy of about 20-30 points in comparison to not only meta critic but the public for review scores, it's a pretty clear indicator one particular magazine sold more "Advertisement" space to that particular game. This game is horrible, with horrible controls, shouldn't sell, hopefully doesn't sell, and people can start making games that matter. This particular review when compared to anything else out there is amusing.
@Utnayan Really? Anything else out there? Ign gave this game a 7.2. Many other sites gave it scores like that also. In the public reviews it seems pretty obvious that mainly people who haven't even played the game voted. People like to lash out with their hatred. Also, most of the metacritic reviews you look at are 20-30 points different than others. Do you need to learn about averages again?
@Utnayan First, the GS score is less than 20 points higher than the GameRankings score. Second, a higher-than-Metacritic score is most certainly not a clear indicator that the site was swayed by advertising dollars, unless you have some sort of additional evidence. Third, user reviews on this very site have been pretty good (take a look). The game is not universally hated by the community. Finally, have you played the game? If not, how.do you know it's terrible? How do you know it controls poorly?
@Utnayan From your description it doesn't look like you've played it at all. I have, I like it. I'd give it a 7 and therefore don't think this review is all that far off
@Utnayan That's just not true. A 62 score on Metacritic indicate mixed reviews, not universal critical failure. Further, iser reviews have also been mixed, not universally negative. And, no, it hasn't been panned critically since the early showings. Also, I know people who have played the game and liked it.
Because I, and others, have played it. It is being universally panned. It has been since even the earliest of E3 showings. Poor controls, horrible plot, gameplay development beyond anything seen in Fable 1 is non existant, and one guy up there said it best, this entire game seems like a horse/barbie simulator.
Not a fan of motion controls. Hated the wii controller. Haven't tried connect, but i suspect it's something similar.
@sonicare In my experience Kinect is more accurate and more responsive than Wii remote and it allows for input from more than just one point, in other words your whole body and not just the hand with the controller in it.
It still doesn't compare to a controller or mouse and keyboard. Although you're not playing Dance Central with a controller, are you... Ultimately it has to fit the game. this reviewer thought it did, mostly.
Well I approach this game with caution. Fable has been able to remain in the hearts of reviewers, when I think they have been getting worse since inception. Fable one was great, for what it was RPG-lite. Two and three were mediocre at best. Money controls everything. In an office full of potential reviewers, the powers that be will find someone to give a game a more favorable review. That's just smart/big business. That was I used to prefer the reviews that had more that one reviewer, their gaming preference and then a second thought. (Yes I know that is a different site/mag)
I hope the people who plan to buy this game go into it aware that half of this game is a horse grooming sim akin to Barbie's Horse Adventures.
@Cire2 After what they did to Fable 3 when you wanted to change any of your character's equipment, this doesn't surprise me in the least.
It is being reported across the internet that Microsoft and Lionhead Studios are laying off 10% of their staff members following the release of Fable Journey. Regardless if you are a fan of the Fable franchise or if you feel the last two Fable games this year were disappointments, lets take a moment to wish those people good luck. It sucks hearing people are losing thier jobs...especially so close the holidays.
- Player Reviews: 4
- Game Universe:
- Fable: The Lost Chapters (PC, XBOX, MAC),
- Fable III (X360, PC),
- Fable III: Traitor's Keep Quest Pack (X360, PC),
- Fable: The Journey (X360),
- Fable II: Game of the Year Edition (X360),
- Fable II (X360),
- Fable (XBOX),
- Fable III: Understone Quest Pack (X360, PC),
- Fable II: See the Future (X360),
- Fable II: Knothole Island (X360)