Review: Fable Heroes for Xbox 360

 

Now I have three questions for you. Did you like The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker cel-shaded look? Did you think those little sack people running around in LittleBigPlanet were cute? Did you like playing Castle Crashers with your friends on Xbox live? If you answered yes to all of these then Fable Heroes is a game for you.

As a long time fable fan I find myself always purchasing Lionheads latest and greatest to this series no matter what it seems to be.   I have been excited to play Fable Heroes for a while now so I didn’t even have to think twice about hitting purchase on my Xbox live marketplace menu. Fable Heroes is a hack and slash adventure game that takes place in the world of Albion which is apart of the previous Fable games. You can play as one of 12 characters from across the 4 Fable Games and are presented in a Hero Doll Form which are a recognizable item from the series. There are eight levels but once you beat the game you gain access to a darker version of the game board where each level has been completely re-imagined and re-designed to be far more punishing than the original version. The game also features 4 player co-op online or through Local multi-player as well as time trials for competitive play.

 

Fable Heroes satisfies it’s long time fans and maybe it may even gain a few new ones.   It’s got a cute kid friendly look to it even though you’re running around hitting everything in sight. I picked the Hero since I like being the soldier type in any game.  After I played through a level and defeated a boss I found myself suddenly playing an actual board game. Everyone gets a turn to roll the dye and wherever your character lands determines what kind of upgrades you can purchase for your character. I am not sure how I feel about the board game aspect of the game but I guess it keeps everyone entertained. Probably the coolest part of the game for me is the fact that Fable Heroes will connect with Lionhead studios new Fable game coming out this fall, Fable: The Journey. So far I only noticed you can transfer the gold you have in Heroes to Journey but I have heard there is a lot more you can do with that feature. I can’t wait to see what they have in store since I am extremely excited for Fable: The Journey. I will say that I can see why this game can get repetitive really fast but what hack and slash game isn’t.

I think Fable Heroes is worth the 800 Microsoft points ($10.00). If you have any friends that love Fable or miss playing Castle Crashers then I suggest getting a team of four going and conquering Albion together.  Maybe I will even see some of you loyal readers out there in Bowerstone collecting gold and killing Hobbes.

 

RATING: 7.25 out of 10

 

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