XBOX REVIEW: FABLE: THE LOST CHAPTERS
It's been a year since fans have enjoyed their first taste of Fable, the game touted to be best RPG of all time. While I might agree that it was one of the best RPGs on the Xbox, it's still got some heavy competition with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. I'm afraid that it doesn't have the depth or originality of Diablo for the PC. So it's definitely not the best RPG ever created but it's in darn good company and there's no reason not to play it - but if you already have you might not get your money's worth out of The Lost Chapters.

Fable: The Lost Chapters is essentially an expansion pack. It contains the same core gameplay with some additional features such as new characters, locations, weapons, spells, enemies and side quests. There are also some new stories but they are just small branches wrapped around the core that essentially lead to dead ends.

Originally, Fable's main claim to fame was the ever-changing character development which encouraged you to play with either a good or evil persona. Your character's physical attributes would change depending on his mental and moral course. This would also alter other characters' reaction to him based solely on his appearance. The uglier he was inside, the uglier he would look on the outside. By playing through the game as both good and evil, it was like getting two games for one price.

Not so with Lost Chapters if you've already played the original since it retains the majority of the gameplay, characters, weapons, locations, etc. Only if you haven't played it will this game reveal itself to be a treasure trove of digital delights.

Revolving around a tale of revenge, your character will be faced with an incredible array of choices. From childhood to adulthood, your character will change with the choices that he's made. This will also be reflected in his powers and skills. Dark magic is different from white magic. Both will open up different doors and lead you down different paths. The interface is incredibly intuitive and even the real-time combat system is relatively easy to use. This game just begs newbies to latch on for the ride of their lives.

As with the original, the graphics are impressive. Locations are highly imaginative but are perfectly rendered for the context in which they appear. In other words, as unbelievable as they look, they actually look believable. Towns have a lived-in look and the NPCs are chock full of personality. Even when they don't talk they at least will illicit some reaction to situations or your appearance. The music and sound effects echo the rest of the excellent production values.

Fable: The Lost Chapters is equally as good on the Xbox as it is on the PC. It's certainly one of the best RPGs out there and there's no doubt that some novices will consider it the best RPG they've ever played. If you're looking for some action in a RPG then Fable is definitely the way to go.

System: Xbox
Dev: Big Blue Box
Pub: Microsoft
Release: Oct 2005
Players: 1
Review by Darwin
RATING (OUT OF 5)
OVERALL
3.5
GRAPHICS
4.5
CONTROL
4.5
MUSIC/FX
4.0
VALUE
3.0