Fable: The Journey review: Role playing

+ -
This undated publicity image provided by Microsoft, shows This undated publicity image provided by Microsoft, shows a scene from the video game, "Fable: The Journey." Photo Credit: AP

advertisement | advertise on newsday

REVIEW

Unlike its wide-open predecessors, Fable: The Journey is a linear adventure where players serve as a daydreaming Gypsy named Gabriel.

After he's separated from his caravan, Gabriel and his trusty steed, Seren, encounter blind seer Theresa, a staple in the Fable series who is again voiced by deliciously raspy "Harry Potter" actress Zoe Wanamaker. She guides Gabriel on a sweeping quest to reunite with his tribe and harness powers capable of taking down any foes that stand in his path.

The hand-based controls are assigned to a variety of actions that include spinning a crank to engage an elevator, cracking reins to force Seren to trot faster, reaching up to a tree to pick an apple for her to eat, lifting a treasure-chest lid up and wielding a Force-like spell to tug enemies across the landscape and thrust open closed passageways.

Other than the frustratingly slow first hour or so of the game, Fable: The Journey is impressively paced, seamlessly alternating between guiding Gabriel's horse-drawn carriage through picturesque vistas, leading him on intense high-speed chases and blasting magic out of his hands in ground-based, on-the-rails confrontations. There are a few puzzles, too.


RATING T for Teen

PLOT The role-playing series continues

DETAILS Xbox 360, $50

BOTTOM LINE Casting Kinect magic

Comments

Newsday.com now uses Facebook for our comment boards. Please read our guidelines and connect your Facebook account to comment.

You also may be interested in: