Saturday, 23 April 2016

Kay's Fable Favourites!

I was gutted when Lionhead Studios announced that it was closing its doors last month (thanks, Microsoft). Whilst it had it's up's and down's, the Fable series remains a firm favourite for me. Fable II was the first game I picked up on the Xbox 360, and from then on, I was hooked. 

So in honour of the dissolved company, end of development on Fable Legends and the potential end of the series in general, I thought I would share with you all some of my Fable 'favourites'. 

Favourite Fable Game?
Although I loved the first one, I really was taken by Fable II. A lot of people complain about the game-breaking bugs within this game, and it's short duration, but I didn't really encounter too many issues. And the short gameplay time? I finished it in one sitting (it took around 6 hours if I remember rightly), although I did go back again over the course of the next few days to unlock each Demon Door and discover every little secret. 

The story was a simple one, you're saving your hometown from a bad guy and his cronies, as you rise up to become Albion's greatest hero, but this game packed a lot of charm. The soundtrack was beautiful, there's plenty of tongue-in-cheek moments and fun quests. It still remains one of my favourite games ever to this day! 

Favourite Character?

Whilst I loved customising my very own hero in ridiculous clothing, hats, makeup and haircuts, for the most part of the series, this character remained silent. I loved the side characters more, and so this is why Reaver takes the top spot! Voiced by Stephen Fry, Reaver was a real 'Marmite' character. You wanted to hate him, but you also loved him a little too. This slimy, greedy character is only out to better himself, but his air of camp-ness, mixed in with eccentricities and witty one-liners made him stand above the rest. 

Favourite Hero Nickname?

It's immature I know, but there's something so funny about hearing the NPC's shout out "Hello, Arseface!" in that Cornish accent.

Favourite Gesture?

The 'vulgar thrust' just makes me laugh every time. There's something kind of satisfying about grossing out as many villagers as possible in one go! 

Favourite Demon Door?

I think the space scenery, 'Planet One' is one of the best. It was great exploring something completely different from the typical fantasy scenery you grow accustomed to in Fable's history. 

Favourite Chesty Moment?

I loved the Chesty quests, especially for how weird and often sinister they could become. 'Chesty's Tea Party' would be one of the main examples for this. It all starts with a note which is given to the Hero in Fable II after activating the flit switches located around Snowglobe Village. This directs you towards the chest on the beach. Here's what the note says:
You are cordially invited to a Super Best Friend party. I will be serving tea, biscuits, cakes and arsenic. I do hope you can make it!
Notice how Chesty mentions 'arsenic' there? Yeah...that's one party that isn't going to end well. You arrive to a party filled with balloons, cake and the rest, except the party goers aren't exactly alive. That 'ol Chesty has gone and pulled a fast one. You now know where the arsenic came into play here. Creepy stuff!

Favourite Fable Song?

The 'Temple of Light' theme brings back a lot of nostalgia for me. It's also composed by Danny Elfman...pretty cool!

Favourite Magic Skill?
I loved sending enemies flying with 'Force Push'! 

Favourite Weapon?

I have a few, but I loved the legendary weapons, like Avo's Lamentation from Fable III. Whilst most weapons are found randomly in chests and various locations, this was found specifically in Ossuary's Golden Door or in The Moral View in Aurora. I loved it's design, and the extra features such as the shock damage.

Favourite Enemy?

This seems a little predictable, but Fable fans love Jack of Blades. The antagonist of Fable and Fable: The Lost Chapters, his rumoured to be centuries old, existing long before other humans. This elusive character forever remains a mystery, as he never reveals his true identity or removes his mask throughout the game. As for the lower level enemies, I always liked the designs of the Hollow Men.

Goodbye, Fable. I'll miss you! 
"All stories have to end eventually, but the memories of Heroic triumphs and Villainous plots will last forever. Thank you for your support - you are all Legends!" - Lionhead Studios. 

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