Conventional “wisdom” says consoles are a land of milk, honey, and Firefly never being canceled while PC is a piracy ridden hive of scum and villainy. And let's not dance around the facts here: we'd all be a lot better off if pirates took a cue from Fable III and traded in their horns for halos. That said, the game's lead combat designer isn't convinced that consoles are any better off.
Uncross those fingers, folks, because your wish has come true. That is, of course, assuming your wish was that Fable III cast some of its magic on the PC. If that wasn't your wish, well, there's always the next time you see a shooting star or blow out some birthday candles or what have you. Until then, though, we think Fable III sounds like a pretty decent consolation prize.
“Lead a rebellion, start a revolution, and rule a kingdom in Fable III. Microsoft Game Studios and Lionhead Studios present the thrilling new chapter in the Fable franchise exclusively on Xbox 360 and Windows. Action, drama, adventure and humor propel the story as players choose their journey to become King or Queen of Albion,” developer Lionhead said on its website.
Lionhead looks to have taken Fable II's old mold and hammered a few new twists into it for Fable III, which sounds great to us. “Like the last game but better” is Sequels 101, sure, but Lionhead had a good thing going with Fable II, so a polished-to-perfection take on that formula sounds like something we wouldn't mind losing a few weekends to. Hopefully the game lives up to its promise when it launches later this year.
Pro: E3 was tons of fun. Con: It served little-to-no purpose. Sure, the California-based trade show presented journalists with a relaxed pace and a civil atmosphere, but the only thing it served up for lay-gamers was a heaping plate of disappointment. No big announcements, no mind-blowing demos, and only one or two cases of easy fodder for the Internet's flames. We can only hope the show will see a drastic revamp soon, because it's quickly circling the drain.
But let's not dwell on the recent past; today has provided us with plenty of interesting stories, including Peter Molyneux's MMO aspirations, another new Sonic game, and, er, Michael Pachter's damning comments towards E3. Ok, so maybe the past deserves one more quick peek into the rearview mirror.