Fable III is an action role-playing open world video game, developed by Lionhead Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. The third game in the Fable series, the story focuses on the player character’s struggle to overthrow the King of Albion (who is the hero’s brother) by forming alliances and building support for a revolution. After a successful revolt, the player becomes the monarch and is tasked with attempting to defend Albion from a great evil. The game includes voice acting by Ben Kingsley (Sabine), Stephen Fry (Reaver), Simon Pegg (Ben Finn), Naomie Harris (Page), Michael Fassbender (Logan), Zoë Wanamaker (Theresa), Bernard Hill (Sir Walter Beck), Nicholas Hoult (Elliot), John Cleese (Jasper), Kellie Bright (Hero of Brightwall female), and Louis Tamone (Hero of Brightwall male).
The game was released on 29 October 2010 for Xbox 360 and on 20 May 2011 for PC via both Games for Windows and Steam. The PC version includes a Hardcore mode and 3D functionality not found in the Xbox 360 version.
Fable III is set 50 years after the events of Fable II. The game is set on the fictional continent of Albion, which is entering the age of industry. The Hero of Bowerstone (the player character of Fable II) and ruler of Albion has died and left the Kingdom to their eldest son, Logan, the player’s older brother. Some NPCs allude to how Logan has “changed” in the last four years of his rule, becoming excessively tyrannical. The player begins the game investigating rumours that Logan had a citizen of Albion executed, causing a group of citizens to protest. After the player character intervenes, Logan presents the player with the first of the game’s numerous moral choices. The player is tasked with deciding whether the group of protesters are executed, or whether the player’s love-interest is executed instead. Following the decision, the player escapes Logan’s castle along with their mentor, Sir Walter Beck, and their butler, Jasper.
The player then, with the guidance of Theresa, the enigmatic Seeress of the Spire and distant and ancient relative of the Hero player, starts to gather allies to aid in a revolution against the tyrannical King Logan. The allies they gain include Sabine, the leader of the “Dwellers”, a nomadic community that lives in the mountains; Major Swift and Ben Finn, soldiers from the Royal Army in command of a remote fort; Page, the leader of the “Bowerstone Resistance”; and Kalin, the leader of Aurora, a desert land across the ocean. During the course of the story the player will be asked by allies for a promise, usually involving righting the wrongs done to them by King Logan’s rule once the player has gained control over the kingdom. When attempting to gain the support of Kalin, the hero learns that a creature called the Crawler and the forces of the Darkness, which have already devastated Aurora, intend to exterminate all life in the Kingdom of Albion. It is revealed that Logan’s reason for treating his people so harshly is to raise funds for Albion’s military to defend against the impending Crawler invasion.
- Operating System: XP 32 SP3, Vista 32/64 , Win 7 32/64.
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz or AMD Athlon X2 4000+
- Memory: 2GB.
- Hard Drive Space: 12 GB of free space.
- Graphics Hardware: NVidia 7600GT or ATI HD 2600 Pro.
- DirectX: 9.0c onward.
- Network: Internet or LAN connection required for multiplayer.