Fable III Drops To $0 For Xbox Live Gold Subscribers

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Fable III Drops To $0 For Xbox Live Gold Subscribers



Those of you with Xbox Live Gold subscriptions can now download Fable III totally gratis, thanks to Microsoft's new "Games With Gold" initiative.

During Microsoft's E3 press conference the company announced that it would be swiping a page from Sony's playbook and offering those who subscribe to Xbox Live Gold a selection of free downloadable titles that initially debuted as $60 retail games. The first title in this effort is Fable III, and as of this very moment the Lionhead roleplaying game can be found on the Xbox Live Marketplace with a very attractive $0 price tag.

The only caveat here is that this particular leg of the promotion only lasts until June 30, so if you want to pick up Fable III for free, you'll need to do so within the next two weeks. Though the promo has a near-term expiration date, the game itself has no such thing, and once you've downloaded it for free, you own the title until such a time as you decide it's occupying too much space on your Xbox 360's hard drive.

In a big picture sense, the real story here isn't the free game, but is instead Microsoft's attempt to go head to head with Sony in this particular promotional realm. While it's always great for a company to offer consumers free stuff in an effort to generate good will, Microsoft has a long way to go before it's caught up with Sony's Instant Game Collection, which is a constantly revolving line up of some of the best PlayStation 3, Vita and PSP titles to have ever been released. We have to assume that Microsoft has more elaborate plans for the Games With Gold initiative, but that raises the question of what exactly the company would have to offer to tempt those without Xbox Live Gold subscriptions to sign up for one.

This is where you guys come in. The comments section is below. If you're not an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, tell us what could change that. Or, alternately, write a few hundred words about how much you hate Microsoft. Whichever option blows your skirt up.

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antigodoflife

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Seems a bit expensive still, I don't know, can they lower the price a bit more - I might buy it then.
 

Little Duck

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It's an ok game. Like it's not setting the world on fire anything and there are tons of minor issues and why am I now beginning to download this? No I've completed this game I don't need to

ooooh John Cleese.
 

soren7550

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Downloading it now on the boyfriend's account (hey, I had fun with it, plus I no longer have my hard copy thanks to my piece of shit brother). And hey, it's free, so why not?

Gonna take a while to download though, been at it for a few hours, and it's at 13%.
 

weirdee

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Revolving? Aren't all previous PS+ special offered games always free?
 

Joabbuac

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Time to grab a trial account?

Although im not sure if its even worth the effort for Fable 3...
 

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weirdguy said:
Revolving? Aren't all previous PS+ special offered games always free?
Only if you added them to your account by 'purchasing' them while they were free. If you did that, you can get them again in the future (as long as you have PS+(I think?)) but if you get PS+ today you won't be able to get all games ever offered, only this month's.

At least, that's how I understand the system to work.
 

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You know those cliche movie scenes where two stores will keep reducing their prices to compete with each other up to the point where they're paying customers for their products? Well, I don't use my xbox anymore, nor am I very big fan of my ps3, but I'm finding all of this very amusing
 

Vie

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Having played the PC version... ..don't bother.

Also, charity begging adverts in the Capcha now? Seriously?
 

Furioso

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Huh... you'd think they would have picked a... better... game to kickstart this program. I think I'll pass.
 

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Falterfire said:
weirdguy said:
Revolving? Aren't all previous PS+ special offered games always free?
Only if you added them to your account by 'purchasing' them while they were free. If you did that, you can get them again in the future (as long as you have PS+(I think?)) but if you get PS+ today you won't be able to get all games ever offered, only this month's.

At least, that's how I understand the system to work.
ah okay, so like other free offers from downloadable services. makes sense
 

Earnest Cavalli

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I don't play multiplayer. I can stream Netflix et al on other devices for free. I'd already purchased and completed Fable 3 and have had enough time to get over the disappointing "boss fight" ending (Gather all your allies then end up fighting one-on-one anyway). Given there's not another selection of more enticing titles to chose from, there's absolutely nothing to encourage me to pay for a Gold account.

And MS's aggressively misleading 360 desktop marketing is doing nothing to persuade me either.

"Help celebrate the reveal of the X-Box One! Get 3 months of Gold for free*!"
*with purchase of 3 month subscription to Gold.
 

Earnest Cavalli

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Falterfire said:
weirdguy said:
Revolving? Aren't all previous PS+ special offered games always free?
Only if you added them to your account by 'purchasing' them while they were free. If you did that, you can get them again in the future (as long as you have PS+(I think?)) but if you get PS+ today you won't be able to get all games ever offered, only this month's.

At least, that's how I understand the system to work.
Yeah, that's right.
 

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Falterfire said:
weirdguy said:
Revolving? Aren't all previous PS+ special offered games always free?
Only if you added them to your account by 'purchasing' them while they were free. If you did that, you can get them again in the future (as long as you have PS+(I think?)) but if you get PS+ today you won't be able to get all games ever offered, only this month's.

At least, that's how I understand the system to work.
Yeah pretty much. I downloaded 7 free games this month
Demon souls
Infamous 2
Uncharted 3
Ico
Shadow of the collosass
Catherine
And little big planet karting... Just coz I could.
Forgot to get deus ex before the new deals started which was a kick in the nuts.
 

lacktheknack

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Aaaaaand the anti-Fable 3 bile comes a-spewin'!

The game was disappointing, but competent and decently fun. It's not a bad title to offer for free. I'll chalk this one up as a rare Microsoft win.

That said, I don't have an Xbox, so...
 

Ophiuchus

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I didn't imagine I'd ever bother to pick it up since it's been a long time and I'd pretty much forgotten about it, but you can't argue with free. Good times.
 

MarsProbe

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Fable 3....great. I've already played that.

With only one game released so far under this scheme, it is of course way too early to see a pattern, but what's the bet if the next game to be given away is also from a Microsoft Studios developer?

Anyway, even if I didn't have this game already, it's unlikely I'd go for it now as it wouldn't fit on the piddly 20GB HDD I have for my 360. Seeing that it's the original model the shops don't stock the old style drives anymore and I won't be putting that much effort into finding one this late in the current generation anyway.
 

bigfatcarp93

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Yes, guys, let's pick the most dull game we can to excite people for this. Obviously.

^Microsoft logic.
 

Nimzabaat

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I like how they "kicked it off" with Fable 3. The previous deal being Assassins Creed 2 and Halo 3. Now I wouldn't say that they need more current reporting because Fable 3 is indeed the current deal but... it wasn't the first deal.
 

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£40 says this promotion completely end in November, and we neigh get a good discount let alone more free games coming from Xbox Live Gold.

But what we will get it targeted advertisements and video adverts on the dashboard for LoveFilm and Netflix for paying £40/y for XBLGold.
 

Earnest Cavalli

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Because Microsoft's PR couldn't get any lower they're making there support play that game? Microsoft you are one sick sick puppy.
 

Z of the Na'vi

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Typical bunch of cynical Escapist robots.

Free is free, and the game is decent.

[sub]Fuck.[/sub]
 

Earnest Cavalli

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Z of the Na said:
Typical bunch of cynical Escapist robots.

Free is free, and the game is decent.

[sub]Fuck.[/sub]
Are you surprised?
This is par for the course. Like the same old song set to loop.
 

Shinsei-J

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Z of the Na said:
Typical bunch of cynical Escapist robots.

Free is free, and the game is decent.

[sub]Fuck.[/sub]
Aww... Haven't you seen Wall-E?
Even us robots have feelings.

I personally had a lot of problems with the game, I didn't enjoy my time with it much so I traded it in once I finished it.
What really left the bad taste in my mouth was remembering the first and how much more fun it was in comparison and I think a lot of people had a similar experience with it. So in this case I feel the cynicism is warranted, at least a little.
So back to robot life,
"This game ain't worth the megabytes it'd cost to download!"
 

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2 free xbox 360 games per month for gold members.
24 games a year, at £30 each.
Would cost £720, actually costs £35 for a 12 month gold card.

Microsoft is essentially giving people £685 a year to spend on games.

Still doesn't make up for the Xbone
 

Earnest Cavalli

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EightGaugeHippo said:
2 free xbox 360 games per month for gold members.
24 games a year, at £30 each.
Would cost £720, actually costs £35 for a 12 month gold card.

Microsoft is essentially giving people £685 a year to spend on games.

Still doesn't make up for the Xbone
Except that buying an Xbox One has ZERO bearing on these free games.

And incidentally, 685 pounds DOES it make for the Xbox One. It makes up for it by about 300 pounds.
 

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Akalabeth said:
EightGaugeHippo said:
2 free xbox 360 games per month for gold members.
24 games a year, at £30 each.
Would cost £720, actually costs £35 for a 12 month gold card.

Microsoft is essentially giving people £685 a year to spend on games.

Still doesn't make up for the Xbone
Except that buying an Xbox One has ZERO bearing on these free games.

And incidentally, 685 pounds DOES it make for the Xbox One. It makes up for it by about 300 pounds.
What I'm saying is, despite all these "wonderful" free games Microsoft has decided to give us, I'm still not buying an Xbone.
 

lancar

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Thats easy.

I'm not an xbox gold subscriber, and the only thing that could change that would be me getting an xbox of some sort... which is not bloody likely :)

I'd fill out the rest of this post with microsoft hatred too (because when presented with two options I instantly want to do them both), but I can't muster up the imagination for it. Just imagine the remaining words to hit the quota is right here after this sentance, and that'll have to do.
 

Earnest Cavalli

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weirdguy said:
Revolving? Aren't all previous PS+ special offered games always free?
they last for a while, old titles that have been on the list for a long time get removed and new-ish titles get their free turn.


still though, free games.


Too bad I already have Fable III, but if by some chance the DLC became free too then I might get those.
 

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That's really quite funny. It's clear they're tring to copy Sony, but they're just too cheap to go through with it. I can see the thought process at HQ: "Sony's giving out free games with their memberships, we can't compete with that" "Oh. I suppose...I suppose we could give a game. If it's come to that." "What about Fable 3? It was a betrayal to fans of the series and no-one wants the thing, it's not like we'll be losing any sales."
 

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kajinking said:
Fable 3 huh?

Couldn't they just offer Duke Nukem Forever or Colonial Marines?
I'd rather they offer a game I'd actually be willing to try, though I'm still not sure F3 qualifies.

Earnest Cavalli said:
The only caveat here is that this particular leg of the promotion only lasts until June 30, so if you want to pick up Fable III for free, you'll need to do so within the next two weeks.
Given the above....

In a big picture sense, the real story here isn't the free game, but is instead Microsoft's attempt to go head to head with Sony in this particular promotional realm.
I would highlight "attempt." I mean, a two-week window to download a game vs titles that stay around for months (It's only recently that games from when I started Plus started getting removed)? I definitely like Sony's version better. I've found a lot of stuff I like, and that's on top of better and more bountiful deals.

Half-assing this only draws negative comparisons overall.

weirdguy said:
Revolving? Aren't all previous PS+ special offered games always free?
Sony's deals have an expiration, but you can get a solid library the minute you subscribe because they're available for several months at a time. What you were told previously about being yours as long as you're a + subscriber once you bought them is true; I've downloaded several titles just to have access to them in case I decide I want to later.
 

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I really liked Fable 3, and the second, and the first. Unfortunately, I'm having a hard time downloading it from LIVE while I'm in Korea. Anyone have any suggestions?
 

chuckman1

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This game was much better than I expected I definitely liked it more than Fable 2.
Sure there's tons of glitches that aren't in the original release but for free this couple hour journey is pretty enjoyable.
 

Dogstile

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Seriously? Fable 3 was a decent game. Everyone did the same thing and believed Peter instead of just going "it'll probably be Fable with more features". I don't get how you can complain.
 

Andy Farren

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I already have this, but you can't argue with that price. As said above, it's no Fable 2, but it's got it's moments. Just don't mention the ending...