Molyneux Received Hatemail Over Fable II Ending

Fable II box art.Peter Molyneux has been a hot name in gaming since he first turned out a “choice” based game in 1989. That’s been his signature ever since – offering gamers the chance to exercise choice in the worlds Molyneux creates and then forcing players to deal with the consequences of those choices.

The complaints actually came to “such a furor,” that Molyneux and Lionhead Studios released downloadable content to rewrite part of that ending. I realize I’m being a bit vague, but that’s because I actually don’t know the choice in question. I just started playing Fable II and I’m not ready to spoil the ending just yet. I think it would be safe to guess that the choice involves either some resurrection/reincarnation of my in-game sister or something to do with the dog. In either case, I’m curious to see what all the moaning is about.

Though Molyneux reconciled some with the angry gamers, he said Lionhead would not be so forgiving in the future. That’s an interesting position to fall back to after bending over to please your players. What makes choice interesting in games is that you have to choose and also deal with the consequences of that choice. Maybe I don’t get to save everyone and get the girl. Maybe it’s one or the other. Maybe it’s neither. In any case, I think I like what Molyneux is trying to do, I just don’t feel like I can trust him. The gamers who are angry enough to write letters and cause problems are the same ones hyping the new games and standing in midnight release lines. I’ll believe Molyneux is ready to turn his back on that demographic when I see it, and not a moment before.

Source: VG247


Lionhead Announces Fable III With A Short Trailer

Fable 3?With Lord of the Rings-like bravado, Peter Molyneux took the stage at GamesCom to give us the latest in his over-hyped, over-promised series, Fable. The new game, Fable III, sets the player as the king of Albion, poised to make decisions that will change the face of the realm. As always, you can be good, evil, or somewhere in between.

The game actually sounds pretty cool, I just can’t get my hopes up about the Fable projects any more. I’ve actually waited until now to even pick up Fable II. Yes, it looked cool. Yes, I wanted to get it at launch, but frankly, I was pretty disappointed with the original. Molyneux just hyped it so much that it sounded incredible. In reality, the “moral choices” were pretty mundane, and once you started murdering the townsfolk it was a little hard to stop.

I have heard great things about Fable II, but I’m going in expecting the worst game known ot man so that things seem in proportion. With the first, I wanted the best game ever. This time I’ll take the other route. For the third, I’ll finally be able to run in with middle of the road expectations. Check out the trailer below.


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