Xbox fans have seen a few Fable games come and go over the years as the franchise has evolved. It has become one of the biggest names in Xbox exclusive franchises due to its storybook fantasy world revolving around player choices and a good versus evil dichotomy. Fable Heroes extends this franchise with a new mini-installment. It is not quite a full sequel to the Fable games, but provides a fun casual opportunity for fans to enjoy the fable universe while we wait for Fable: The Journey to be released later this year.
Fable Heroes diverges significantly from the previous Fable role playing adventure games. If you’ve played the other Fable titles you may recall collectible dolls scattered throughout Albion. In Heroes you finally get to play as those dolls in arcade brawling action.
Its not an epic adventure this time around. You don’t have too many tough choices to make in order to shape the world. You can play with up to three friends to hack, slash, shoot and cast spells through toy-like versions of various memorable stages from Fable III.
The game-play is pretty linear, where players generally fight their way from A to B, surviving ambushing foes along the way without being burdened by the moral choices the franchise is otherwise well known for. There is a choice to make at the end of each level, leading players to either a boss battle or fun mini-game as a conclusion.
While you can play the game alone, and have a perfectly fine experience there is no substitute for playing with three other friends. Make no mistake, this is primarily a party game. The fun is designed around the combination of cooperative and competitive fun, while you work together to get through your journey, yet compete to see who can collect more coins along the way.
Overall its a fun game with that Fable charm we already love. Its going to be a lot of fun with friends and family, either sitting beside you or joining you virtually online through Xbox Live. Relax, pick a hero, have some fun. You don’t have to think too much beyond that.