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.
Conclusion: They’re noticeable caveats then but fortunately none of them are truly game-breaking, and at 800 points, if you’re in the market for a game that’ll keep a gaggle of sofa-bound friends happy for an afternoon, it’s hard not to recommend that you give Fable Heroes a try. It might not have the longevity of a full action-RPG or the combat depth of the best side-scrolling beat-em-ups, but the balance that Lionhead has struck between accessibility and quick 10-15 minute bursts...
Summary: Fable Heroes is an action-packed hack-and-slash adventure set in the Fable universe where players work together to defeat enemies while also competing with each other to collect gold coins, which level up their character and unlock unique items.
Excerpt: Being skeptical of anything that bears the Fable name, you can imagine my weariness of going into Fable Heroes . It's not that I didn't enjoy previous Fable games, it's that I was one of the many that fell victim to the many promises of what each subsequent Fable game will be. That said, I went into Fable Heroes not knowing much about it, and I think it was all for the better, because I ultimately ended up having a great time with the game.
Smash, grab, and steal from your friends in Fable Heroes (review)
30 April 2012
Conclusion: So does Fable Heroes add up to 40 dollars worth of game? 30 dollars? 20 dollars? Probably not. To justify a higher price point, it would need more depth, more impressive graphics, and more technical polish. A sequel with all of those wouldn’t be such a bad idea, in fact. As it is, though, it’s worth 10 bucks plus the trouble of getting enough friends together to ensure a properly chaotic loot-grabbing experience.
Pros: Kill. Loot. Kill. Loot. Fable Heroes lives somewhere in between a four-player side-scrolling beat-em-up (e.g., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and a four-player dungeon hack (Gauntlet). Four little puppet people team up to run from one side of each stage to the other, smashing cartoon versions of Fable monsters and grabbing whatever’s not nailed down. Each hero’s arsenal comes straight out of Final Fight as diverse as light jabs, stronger attacks, and all-around area ef...
Cons: Even killing and looting can get old Fable Heroes alternates the beating-stuff-up with a few interesting alternatives. Each level usually has a fork at the end, which offers a choice: end the stage by fighting a boss or end it by doing something else. “Something else” encompasses a number of minigames, generally either button-mashing races or exotic forms of chicken abuse. There’s a four-player chicken soccer game (kick the chickens in your goal and away from everyone...
Excerpt: Creative Day is an annual holiday of sorts at Lionhead Studios. On this day they encourage their employees to present new game concepts. During a recent Creative Day, Tim Timmins (a scripter on the first three Fable games) presented a concept that combined the four player hack and slash gameplay of Gauntlet with the competitive minigames of Mario Party and the handmade puppet-esque visuals of LittleBigPlanet , all set in the Fable universe.
Excerpt: Take away the darker edge of the Fable universe and replace it with a family-friendly co-op slugfest, and you have Fable Heroes . This side-scrolling beat-’em-up casts you and your friends as four puppets, hacking and slashing your way through Hobbes, Hallowmen, and giant chickens for no other reason than to collect coins and buy new abilities. Whether you’re playing online or locally, alongside human or A.I.
Pros: + Rare family-friendly fun on XBLA; features environments and enemies that series fans will recognize., + You get to kick chickens!
Excerpt: One of the joys of gaming in the era of downloadable content is experiencing titles that, in all likelihood, would never otherwise see release. Fable Heroes is a four-player arcade game from Lionhead Studios and an amalgamation of different genres too broad for a full-title release. Depending on who you talk to, the game shouldn’t even exist (some Fable fanboys demand better from the studio); however, this idea seems perfectly suited for download.