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Review: Fable III (2010) Games | My Reviews 18 JUL 2013

Released in 2010 by the ever amusing Peter Molyneux and his Lionhead Studios, Fable III was the third release in the Fable action RPG franchise, and I have to admit, I kind of enjoyed it.

The story is set in the fantasy kingdom of Albion, a good fifty years or so since the events of Fable II. You play as the unnamed hero, who must free the oppressed kingdom from the tyrannical rule of your brother Logan, who appears to have gone mad on power. In order to do this you must first become a hero, with the ability to wield both weapons and magic, followed by numerous quests, with your ever faithful dog by your side, in which you gather loyal friends and supporters, eventually enough for your full-blown revolution against the king to take place!

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While at the heart of it all Fable III is a classic RPG with pretty much all of those standard elements in place, in practice however it is a slickly streamlined (watered down to purists mind you) experience, with a simple one button for each ability combat system, a glowing trail to lead you directly to your objective, and a map system to allow for fast travel between locations.

There is a small but decent variety of melee weapons, guns, and magic gauntlets to collect and use, and the customization aspect in terms of appearance works particularly well. Outside of combat and main quest fulfillment, the game throws plenty of subquests in the mix as well, not to mention the fun system of interacting with NPCs in order to befriend them, and in some cases to even take on as lovers and partners, complete with unplanned pregnancies and even the odd STD for fun. There is money to be made and spent through some fun mini games, and if you want, you can become a bit of a land tycoon, buying up and renting out properties and businesses left, right and center.

Locales and beasties are nice and varied and at times quite beautiful to behold, and as a story, Fable III certainly doesn’t disappoint, laying out an epic tale for you to unfold, filled with drama, adventure, action and even comedy.

Of course, being a British game developer, Lionhead Studios has made a game with a very British feel to it, particularly in terms of the dialogue and dry humor, all of which is nicely brought to life by a slew of popular actors, including the likes of Ben Kingsley, Stephen Fry, Simon Pegg, Michael Fassbender, Zoë Wanamaker, Bernard Hill, Nicholas Hoult and John Cleese.

It’s not a particularly difficult game mind you, combat is fairly easy and you can’t really ever die, there aren’t any particularly difficult segments to get through and the game certainly won’t frustrate you in any way. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable game where you have the freedom to make whatever moral choices you want to, it engages you from start to finish and before you know it, it may very well have eaten up a good 20 hours of your life, depending on how you tackle it.

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In a way it reminded me a lot of 2004’s The Bard’s Tale (which I also thoroughly enjoyed), and I can certainly recommend this to any gamer who enjoys a bit of RPG action combined with British fun and sensibilities.

(Plus, it was kind of nice to get this as part of Microsoft’s generous Xbox 360: Games with Gold promotion.)

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Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fable_III

Review: Joy Ride Turbo (2012) Games | My Reviews 12 JUL 2013

Sadly, Microsoft didn’t do a great job of communicating their recently announced Games for Gold programme, meaning that while everyone was looking forward to receiving either Assassin’s Creed II or Halo 3, both considered to be AAA titles, following the initial freebie of Fable III (also a triple A title), Microsoft instead made themselves look silly by releasing a much lower value XBLA (Arcade) freebie, either Defence Grid: Awakening or Joy Ride Turbo, depending on which geographical region you found yourselves in.

In South Africa we got Joy Ride Turbo.

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In a nutshell, Joy Ride Turbo is a simplistic, colourful racer intended for multiplayer play, either in a split-screen or XBOX Live environment (though you can of course enjoy it as a singleton), and is cast in a VERY similar vein to the always popular Mario Cart on the Nintendo system.

You drive around as your XBOX account avatar and there are a number of colourful cars and themed tracks which you can unlock by collecting parts and coins during your races and stunt runs, not to mention a handful of different racing modes to boot. Standard battle races consist of a fixed number of laps, and each themed race track features a number of little shortcuts or hidden jumps to help make the races just that little bit more exciting and unpredictable.

Spin and flip tricks can be performed whilst aerial, and in addition to these, one can also earn ‘fuel’ by doing drifting, which when enough is collected, gives you a short nitro-like boost.

Oh, and then there are the various power-ups you can pick up as you race along the track, things like shield, rockets, nitro, land mines, etc.

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It’s a fun little distraction when you got friends around and it is certainly a polished arcade racer, meaning that if you’re in the market for some simplistic car battling with your friends after a lekker braai, then Joy Ride Turbo should fulfill that need quite nicely.

But if it’s just you, then I wouldn’t really bother to be quite frank.

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Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_Ride_Turbo