PC Game -- Fable: The Lost Chapters

Fable: The Lost Chapters is a fantasy role playing game (RPG) set in Albion - a typical mystical world of heroes, monsters and magic - and you play a small boy who sees his family murdered by bandits. Fortunately, you're rescued and trained by the Guild of Heroes - a not-so-secret society founded on the arts of sword and sorcery. On completion of the Guild's basic training, you're let out into the world, where you follow the conventional path of growing, training and levelling-up by taking on various quests for money, skills and notoriety.

Depending on how you interact with others, you'll start to align with the light or dark forces of Albion. Being a nice guy is possibly the more sociably acceptable way of proceeding, but I personally couldn't help thinking how cool my character looked with facial tattoos, red glowing eyes and horns. As I wandered the streets looking for action, other characters ran away in fear - welcome to The Dark Side!

It doesn't take too long to realise the game is fairly linear in design, but there's so much to see and do that being unable to wander off of the beaten track isn't really a problem. Speaking of things to do, one great example is the Arena, where gladiators (including yourself) fight to the death to win money and fame. It's at this point where - depending on a crucial decision you must make involving a friend - family secrets may be revealed and new characters introduced.

Camera angle niggles aside, the game plays well and is beautiful to look at. Albion is a lush world of glades, lakes, castles and forests, and the graphics engine serves it all up in amazing detail. Varied gameplay coupled with an excellent soundtrack (including orchestral elements from Danny Elfman - Elfman, geddit?) makes this an excellent game with strong replay value.

Click here to view a screenshot.

Visuals: Colourful detail, great characters and lovely scenery.
Audio: A powerful orchestral score, good ambients, and vocal talent with regional accents - what more could you ask for?
Gameplay: Linear gameplay doesn't detract from the sense of involvement - you'll be playing this for a while.
Score: 4 1/2 PC World Recommends
Developer: Lionhead
Distributor: Microsoft
URL: www.microsoft.com/games/fable/
Price: $89.95

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jason Wilson

PC World
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >

Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?