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

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jason Wilson

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?