Fable: (Dis-en) Franchised
No RPG has ever sucked me in like an RPG on the Xbox 360 platform. I’ve said it time and time again how much I thoroughly enjoy going back into a game after its been finished to muck my way through the achievements. Before this game I’d never actually gotten 100% on anything on XBLA, so I was really proud of myself when I finally finished it all.
Now, I was not one of the kids who waited and watched for the first Fable game to come to stores. I didn’t have an Xbox when I was a kid, so I was first introduced to this franchise via the second game. When I put it in, I loved it! I liked that I could go and get a job to make the game a bit easier later on, which for my grinding MMO nature it was wonderful! As I played and played (and played) I finally got to the point where I had finished the main storyline, done all of the side quests, opened all of the doors, destroyed the gargoyles, and found the keys. I made my decision for the ending (Neutral, Evil, or Good) and there it was, the ending.
It left a bitter taste in my mouth, but sure. Why not?
Then I played it again.
I don’t know why I did it. I’ll blame the Skinner Box idea or something and move on. The new ending left me equally unsatisfied. And so did the third.
I accepted that maybe I was just getting tired of the same game. I went and put in Fable III. I finished this. It was equally unsettling, AND it fixed NOTHING from the second game. All the same weird bitterness is still there.
So, here I pose a question to you, game developers over at Lionshead. WTF is going on with Theresa? Why did she take the Spire? Is she evil? What ends does she intend to go to with it? Are we going to play as her in the next game? Why is that music box so important? Its only ever thrown in to conveniently tie everything together (ie: the end of 2 and the beginning of 3) and there doesn’t seem to be anything interesting involving the damn thing other than being magical. Are we supposed to trust that Theresa is making these decisions for a good reason? Is she playing God and manipulating the Hero’s to the ends that she wants to achieve? (I admit that would be a good story for the fourth game.) Why is Reaver such a douche? Why does Hammer suddenly become a bitch at the end, even though it doesn’t ever seem to be in her nature, and she just decides out of nowhere that she hates my choices?
I’m the most upset about the casual admittance that Theresa may or may not be evil. We’ve been following her for three games now, and while she’s been a main character she always seems to be the one behind everything, pulling the strings. Maybe it’s time to find out more about what it is that is pulling her strings.
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