Excerpt: The Fable franchise comes with big ambitions, it always has and always will so for Lionhead to release a hack and slashesque brawler arcade title onto the Xbox Live means that there has to be something special about it – right? It’s pretty hard to do something based around Albion that hasn’t already been done as Fable, for the most part, includes God like features that span every genre.
Summary: One part hack, one part slash, and one part four-player cooperative Fable with puppet heroes. Fable Heroes would be the last thing you would expect Lionhead Studios to come up with if Fable: The Journey hadn't been announced already. In true Lionhead fashion, Fable Heroes is a game that made me feel emotions I hadn't felt in more than a year, but perhaps not the kind that it intended to elicit.
Summary: The idea behind
was actually a good one, and a refreshingly off kilter take on a standard RPG franchise. However, the execution of this interesting idea…was not. The game lacks polish and can be really stupid when looked at on any rational basis, but it still proves to be a fun game to play with undiscriminating friends.
Pros: Cute character designs, Fun to play with friends, Definitely an original take on the usual boardroom question of “what can we do with this franchise?”
Cons: Computer-controlled teammates are rarely a good idea, particularly when they don’t fight but do steal all your earned money and health, Characters move like the roads of Albion are paved with molasses
Excerpt: When you have a universe as successful as Fable’s, it's inevitable that spin-off titles will eventually emerge. Enter Fable Heroes, a game that takes the series’ enemies and locations and transforms them into a cel-shaded, lighthearted beat-'em-up. The possibilities seem exciting and rich on paper, and yet it’s anything but. Fable Heroes' greatest flaw is that it can't overcome its issues to be anything more than a bland experience.
Pros: The cute puppets, The competition, The Fable references
Cons: The simplistic, uninspired combat, Rolling dice for abilities, The repetitious, bland levels
Excerpt: How do you make a game ‘family friendly’? Bribe Big Bird and Cookie Monster to make an appearance? Throw in Kinect functionality so anyone can play, yet no one is in control? The solution proposed by Fable Heroes is a simplification of the beloved Xbox series from a detailed RPG into a button-masher that anyone can pick up and play.
Conclusion: While quite not at the level of Castle Crashers (its main competition), this is a game which will still give you several hours of enjoyment and replayablity especially when playing with friends. A little bit more narrative to the game and some variance in the boss battles would have been welcome but overall its certainly got that addictive feel to it and well worth picking up if your a fan of the genre.
Excerpt: Fable Heroes wants to be fun. This beaming downloadable game effortlessly coos for your attention, as patchwork player puppets spring amusingly around a hobbycraft recreation of Fable's signature outposts. It's a sort of quaint British joy; a mythical Albion that Lionhead can so effortlessly wrap up and package whenever the need arises, mixed together with a touch of the English seaside puppet show.
Conclusion: Fable Heroes is yet another brainless hack 'n' slash in a sea of similar games, and while it has an admittedly strong levelling system, that isn't enough to save it or make it stand out from its peers. I can't say I'm surprised to be disappointed yet again by Lionhead, but if anything I've mentioned sounds nice to you feel free to give it a try. For the moment, though, I'm going to have to stick it with a rating to match its true nature. Mike D.
Pros: Unquestionably the coolest thing about Fable Heroes, and possibly the only cool thing, is its levelling system. Your little puppets collect gold and die rolls throughout each level, and at the end of it you're given the option to spend both on a board game-style levelling system. The space you land on is of course determined by your die roll, and each space usually gives you a few options for improving your character. This can be anything from an attack speed boost to...
Cons: Mainly what you'll be doing in Fable Heroes is putting the smackdown on hordes of enemies in an attempt to gain money and die rolls, which will, in turn, make you better at it. This wouldn't be a problem normally, but the actual gameplay of Fable Heroes is relatively dull. It's all about using the same couple techniques over and over to eviscerate your foes, and occasionally choosing between two paths that have the potential to lead you to a (generally uninspired) min...