Fable: The Journey Review | Destructoid

Jim Sterling writes, "It's yet another motion control game masquerading as something adventurous and bold, but frequently exposing itself for the shallow, monotonous, borderline broken experience it actually is. While some elements of Fable: The Journey really do work, and no effort has been spared to make this look and feel like a quality product, the reality is that no amount of polish can hide the inherent faultiness of the product. The Journey wants so desperately to impress you, but it can only ever ruin your day.

And it's on-rails."

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Afterlife2018d ago

The Fable franchise is dead after this.

guitarded772018d ago

IGN liked it. Destructoid is known for giving obscenely low scores to decent games (not great games) to get attention. I doubt we'll see another Fable game until the next MS console, but the Fable franchise is far from dead.

Irishguy952018d ago (Edited 2018d ago )

Ign are known for rating GTA4 very high

+ Lol at Microsoft and Kinect//

StreetsofRage2018d ago

GTA4 rated high? Uuuuuuum, I don't get what you're saying. GTA4 is an amazing game.

Yeah IGN and a few other better known sites liked it. Still going to be the first Fable I skip.

fei-hung2018d ago (Edited 2018d ago )

IGN, Destructoid, Gamespot, Edge and most the others do this. I can't say any of them are not guilty of it at some point or another.

Although I disagree with you, it is only to an extent as Jim has a habit or tearing a game to shreds by exaggerating how bad it is if it doesn't live up to what it could have / should have been or if he thinks the developers are taking the piss.

As a gamer, I can't blame him for this, but I can understand why fans or loyalists of a game or franchise may be aggravated by this.

Edit: I find Machinima and Angry Joe pretty good for reviews and give far better reasons for their scores.

EVILDEAD3602018d ago

EGM gave it a 90%..

These are same guys who gave Witcher 2 a 4.5 simply because it was on the 360..glad I didnt listen to them then and they hold nmo weight now.

You can see through all of the excessively low scores that are getting thrown around for 'certain' games on thes little sites.

But hey it's his opinion. It'll be fun to read these after playing gthe game to see if it's REALLY this horrible unreedeemable software or the writer and the site is know


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QuantumWake2018d ago

I like Gamer Limit's review of it:

"Due to the unresponsive controls, you're going to have a lot of frustrating moments where you'll want to throw a controller against the wall - only you are the controller, which could end pretty badly for yourself."


Bimkoblerutso2018d ago (Edited 2018d ago )

It's just not right writing a review without finishing the game. It may or may not ultimately affect the score, but it's a matter of retrospection. There have been several games I've disliked playing through quite a bit, but looked back on more favorably because of a late-game mechanic or a satisfying ending or an incredible boss fight.

SilentNegotiator2018d ago (Edited 2018d ago )

How would that have validated a game with such a long stretch of unenjoyable, broken gameplay?

Would it have deserved a 4, then? Would you play through a terrible game for a boss fight or interesting late-game mechanic?

If the game were less....crap for the first several hours, hey, I'd agree you with. But this is a cut and dry bad game. The last ENTIRE HALF of the game could not POSSIBLY make the first half worth it, unless it was an entirely different game.

Bimkoblerutso2018d ago (Edited 2018d ago )

I feel like I answered all of your questions in my original comment. It may or may not affect the score. That's not the point.

Reviews are comprehensive, or at least as comprehensive as they possibly can be. I feel like if you failed to complete something as essential as the main story, you may well be in your rights to dislike what you played, but not within your rights to "review" the game and affix an overall score.

And just to be clear, I don't care what game they're reviewing. I feel like you might be harboring a modicum of bias on the subject because of the game we're talking about, but in reality the game looks just as terrible to me as it does to everyone else. That doesn't affect my opinion.

Bigpappy2018d ago (Edited 2018d ago )

I agree with Bim. Jim Sterling made it clear that he does not care from motion control and hates the fact that the game is on rails. Then he ends up not finishing the game. How about given the game to someone else to rewiew. Hire someone just to review motion control games.

Would you want Halo fanboy reviewing LBP then giving it a 1/10 because it had too much jumping so he could not finish?

fei-hung2018d ago

I think Jim is more pissed about the promises made before, during and after the reveal of the game as supposed to marking it down for being a motion control game.

I have not come across a single review for this game where they haven't complained about how it controls and how frustrating it is when the controls do not work as intended.

It also doesn't help being part of the Fable brand which is known to be a AAA franchise.

I would assume people expected a lot more from this Kinect game than the many which came before.

SilentNegotiator2018d ago

Sock it to 'em, Jim.

1) Built upon a lie (it's absolutely on rails)
2) Not lazy or without direction...just bad
3) Bad aim in combat
4) Few enemies and attacks
5) Can play itself at times

DigitalRaptor2018d ago

Now that Peter M is gone from Lionhead, it looks like they're more than happy to continue his legacy of making promises they just cannot keep.

The "on rails" thing is just a complete and shameful lie though.

StreetsofRage2018d ago (Edited 2018d ago )

Yeah this site always gives crappy reviews. But cmon now, like anybody is surprised by this? I'm a huge Fable fan. Absolutely loved the first 3 and I predicted this. Al though, their are good reviews for this game from better sites.

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