Review: Fable 3 Co-op

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Review: Fable 3 Co-op

The Fable franchise finally gets co-op that works the way it was supposed to, but you probably won't care all that much.

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jeremypeel

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I wish proper RPGs did proper co-op these days. I'm currently playing through Baldur's Gate with my brother; we're having WHALES OF TIME, or whatever the hell that metaphor should be.

(Calling Fable 3 a proper RPG is pushing it, I know.)
 

Buchichu

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lol, too bad co-op tends to break peoples games thanks to the plethora of bugs and glitches Fable 3 has given us.
 

elvor0

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So can you advance the quest in the online co op or is just for you piss about in? I was looking forward to playing through it with a mate.
 

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I pretty much only want this game for local co op on PC. Any news on that? I'm finding it very difficult to get info. I think this would be a great game to play through with my girlfriend who isn't much of a gamer.
 

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Co op in games is so much fun but I think the games that would benefit from it the most are the ones that completely ignore it. How fun would Fallout New Vegas be on co-op? Infamous?

Hell, Dragon Age would've been obvious.
 

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elvor0 said:
So can you advance the quest in the online co op or is just for you piss about in? I was looking forward to playing through it with a mate.
I'm thinking the story can advance in co-op. In the "Road to Rule", when you unlock each gate you get that statue of yourself as you look at that moment in the game. Before you unlock the gate, you will notice there are two statue pedestals one on each side of the gate; the one on the right says co-op.

I haven't played co-op, but I'm thinking that when you do, your co-op buddy will get a statue there as well. I could be wrong, if anybody else wants to chime in, I would like to know if I am right.

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Edit: Great review, I have a handful of friends that play. I'm hoping to get one of them to help me get some of the achievements. Though I would have to admit that it is pretty stupid that there are some things players can't complete in the game unless they have a buddy co-oping with them. Like that demon door that wants to see two heroes doing expressions with each other. I'm fine with the achievements for Co-op, but in game things that in the past could be done alone, but are now co-op, that is just bad game design. I sympathize with players that don't have friends that have 360's.
 
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Sonic Doctor said:
elvor0 said:
So can you advance the quest in the online co op or is just for you piss about in? I was looking forward to playing through it with a mate.
I'm thinking the story can advance in co-op. In the "Road to Rule", when you unlock each gate you get that statue of yourself as you look at that moment in the game. Before you unlock the gate, you will notice there are two statue pedestals one on each side of the gate; the one on the right says co-op.

I haven't played co-op, but I'm thinking that when you do, your co-op buddy will get a statue there as well. I could be wrong, if anybody else wants to chime in, I would like to know if I am right.
Spot on, if you open a road to rule gate with a co-op buddy in your game he goes on the plinth on the opposite side.

OT: The co-ops fun but yeah definitely not something amazing, I'm not a huge co-op fan anyway. Even less so in RPG blends.
 

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GamesB2 said:
Sonic Doctor said:
elvor0 said:
So can you advance the quest in the online co op or is just for you piss about in? I was looking forward to playing through it with a mate.
I'm thinking the story can advance in co-op. In the "Road to Rule", when you unlock each gate you get that statue of yourself as you look at that moment in the game. Before you unlock the gate, you will notice there are two statue pedestals one on each side of the gate; the one on the right says co-op.

I haven't played co-op, but I'm thinking that when you do, your co-op buddy will get a statue there as well. I could be wrong, if anybody else wants to chime in, I would like to know if I am right.
Spot on, if you open a road to rule gate with a co-op buddy in your game he goes on the plinth on the opposite side.

OT: The co-ops fun but yeah definitely not something amazing, I'm not a huge co-op fan anyway. Even less so in RPG blends.
Thanks, good to know, though the rate things or going, there are going to be no statues of friends. It's going to be all me, yeah! I'm the badass hero that loves swinging his rifle behind his back to kill baddies without looking.
 

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Can I just mention how much I love the orb system?

I would love to play Fallout: NV and see other players floating around.

Sadly, my 360 is offline, so I can't use the Fable 3 co-op system...

:(
 

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Sonic Doctor said:
elvor0 said:
So can you advance the quest in the online co op or is just for you piss about in? I was looking forward to playing through it with a mate.
I'm thinking the story can advance in co-op. In the "Road to Rule", when you unlock each gate you get that statue of yourself as you look at that moment in the game. Before you unlock the gate, you will notice there are two statue pedestals one on each side of the gate; the one on the right says co-op.

I haven't played co-op, but I'm thinking that when you do, your co-op buddy will get a statue there as well. I could be wrong, if anybody else wants to chime in, I would like to know if I am right.
Oh sweet, might give that a go then, ta for the info
 

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MasterSplinter said:
Whats the difference between "overview" and "review"?
An overview is a general look at something, usually with regard to functionality. A review tends to be a more in-depth look, drawing up a list of pros and cons or illustrating the strong and weak elements of the review's subject.
 

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elvor0 said:
Sonic Doctor said:
elvor0 said:
So can you advance the quest in the online co op or is just for you piss about in? I was looking forward to playing through it with a mate.
I'm thinking the story can advance in co-op. In the "Road to Rule", when you unlock each gate you get that statue of yourself as you look at that moment in the game. Before you unlock the gate, you will notice there are two statue pedestals one on each side of the gate; the one on the right says co-op.

I haven't played co-op, but I'm thinking that when you do, your co-op buddy will get a statue there as well. I could be wrong, if anybody else wants to chime in, I would like to know if I am right.
Oh sweet, might give that a go then, ta for the info
You're welcome, I do what I can to help those in need. (Steps back into TARDIS and disappears.)
 

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Mass Effect needs co-op dammit :-(

There's couch co-op in this one though, right? Is it splitscreen? It's pretty much the only reason I'd get it.
 

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I'll be borrowing this game soon. I'll try to check out the online co-op, but I may end up playing some local co-op too (if that's available).
 

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I actually bought this specifically for the Co-Op. It's same screen co-op similar to Fable 2 when you're on the same couch. Me and the wife play, which is nice since she's not a big gamer. Also, the Road to Rule is sort of plot based, but it's more of a skill tree. Only the player whose world it is advances. So if you are playing the sidekick you can level up and play the story, but when you go back to your game it's where you left it.
 

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I enjoyed Fable 1, but neither one of the sequels got me hyped, coop sounds fun though
 

Susan Arendt

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I played the game with my girlfriend, done all the above and tried squeezing much fun out of the game as possible. But some things disturbed me beyond frustation and we ultimatly decided the game was total crap and moved on.

There is a nit-pick with me regarding the marriage and baby making. Our kid turned out to be..black.. Before all you people declare me racist, me and my girl were compeletly pale as pale would allow us to be and ended up with a black kid. I know you cannot decide on race in the game but this struck me as odd and made me send the kid back to an orphanage.
 

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I've had one go of the co-op and quite enjoyed it. Unlike the co-op from Fable 2, I may actually consider trying it again.

The most fun we did have was rampaging through Bowerstone Market in our chicken costumes, slaughtering everyone in sight. Cruel, but fun nonetheless. It's best not to talk about the group sex antics that were engaged in, however...:p
 

Susan Arendt

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MasterSplinter said:
Whats the difference between "overview" and "review"?
That's a good question. Given that this is just one small portion of the overall game, it seemed a bit grandiose to call this a "review" - I also haven't given the co-op a score. This information would've been part of the original review had the online co-op been activated when I was playing the game. I didn't want to just leave you guys hanging about what it was like, though, so we did the overview.
 

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RollForInitiative said:
MasterSplinter said:
Whats the difference between "overview" and "review"?
An overview is a general look at something, usually with regard to functionality. A review tends to be a more in-depth look, drawing up a list of pros and cons or illustrating the strong and weak elements of the review's subject.
Susan Arendt said:
MasterSplinter said:
Whats the difference between "overview" and "review"?
That's a good question. Given that this is just one small portion of the overall game, it seemed a bit grandiose to call this a "review" - I also haven't given the co-op a score. This information would've been part of the original review had the online co-op been activated when I was playing the game. I didn't want to just leave you guys hanging about what it was like, though, so we did the overview.
Cool. Thanks.
 

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So the Co-Op is good, but not special enough to be a negative or positive thing for Fable III?
Well if it's not a horrendous mess like the co-op was for the last two games, I won't be complaining about it when I get Fable III.
 

Susan Arendt

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For me, the coop is one of the best x360 has to offer. X360 games have a tendency to favor online gameplay, forgetting that alot still love the good ole' local play. Fable 3's local gameplay is a wee bit annoying (you can only run that far away), but it works perfectly once youve established who is the "leader" and controls the camera.

It's fun, easy to pick up and really emphasize cooperative play (instead of just flinging your sword wildly, you actually have to work together with your teamate). Both can buy stuff seperately, you can trade all items and you can choose what kinda character your should be (one can be good, one can be evil. Wont affect the other player). My gf and myself are currently loving it, and the last time we had such a great coop session was when we leveled up a new char together in WoW.
 

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I just realised. Since the character you play in Fable 3 is the son/daughter of the king doesn't that make the person you co-op with your other brother/sister apart from Logan? If so then isn't marrying and having a child with them both incest and inbreeding? Lol lion head didn't thing that option out fully did they?
 

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So Susan Arendt did you like your new husband?? Did you have any children with him??

The co-op sounds a lot better than fable II which I'm glad and it still seems like fun if you wanna give it a go.
 

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This pretty much seems to hit the head on the hammer for coop. I do enjoy it sometimes, though none of my friends seem to like to do it much because they say something around the lines of "Oh, you will just kill the enemies I need to kill to upgrade my weapon". Although fun at times, it seems the specific challenges to upgrade weapons kind of killed some peoples' coop spirits.
 

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Desert Tiger said:
Co op in games is so much fun but I think the games that would benefit from it the most are the ones that completely ignore it. How fun would Fallout New Vegas be on co-op? Infamous?

Hell, Dragon Age would've been obvious.
New Vegas would of been awkward with co-op since companions take up that spot, but make it 4-8 player co-op with scaling enemies and it could be interesting.


have a group reminiscent of Fallout 1 and 2 comprised entirely of players would of been a nice addition.

OT: I have been a little wary of joining a Fable III online co-op.....

I dont know why, it could be the thought of a severely overweight crossdresser with bright green hair as your 'partner'........... this is where I would recommend the developer add in PVP............
 

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Straying Bullet said:
I played the game with my girlfriend, done all the above and tried squeezing much fun out of the game as possible. But some things disturbed me beyond frustation and we ultimatly decided the game was total crap and moved on.

There is a nit-pick with me regarding the marriage and baby making. Our kid turned out to be..black.. Before all you people declare me racist, me and my girl were compeletly pale as pale would allow us to be and ended up with a black kid. I know you cannot decide on race in the game but this struck me as odd and made me send the kid back to an orphanage.
Are you sure it was yours?
 

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Straying Bullet said:
The kid was black. WTF?!
Eponet said:
Are you sure it was yours?
Priceless.

OT: You're right, I probably won't care that much. Still, it's nice to have the option to play with a buddy. When you're bored of the single player a good bit of multiplayer always does the trick.
 

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Eponet said:
Straying Bullet said:
I played the game with my girlfriend, done all the above and tried squeezing much fun out of the game as possible. But some things disturbed me beyond frustation and we ultimatly decided the game was total crap and moved on.

There is a nit-pick with me regarding the marriage and baby making. Our kid turned out to be..black.. Before all you people declare me racist, me and my girl were compeletly pale as pale would allow us to be and ended up with a black kid. I know you cannot decide on race in the game but this struck me as odd and made me send the kid back to an orphanage.
Are you sure it was yours?
Definitly ours. You can check up on their stats and such to see if they had sexual encounters with other people. She has not.

I read on some forums and most people turn out with a black child. Confusing as hell.
 

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Ghored said:
So the Co-Op is good, but not special enough to be a negative or positive thing for Fable III?
Well if it's not a horrendous mess like the co-op was for the last two games, I won't be complaining about it when I get Fable III.
Pretty much nail on the head right there. You'll probably find it at least moderately entertaining, but you're absolutely safe skipping it entirely. If it had been just a bit deeper, it'd have really been something, but as it is, it's just a bit of a diversion away from the main game. Like betting on the chicken races or playing the mortar game - there if you feel like it, no big deal if you can't be bothered.
 

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Can you instead of marrying your friend just hu.. er... do your bussines with his wife/ girlfriend? Please say yes :p. this sort of thing that makes a good co-op RPG xD
 

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Sonic Doctor said:
Edit: Great review, I have a handful of friends that play. I'm hoping to get one of them to help me get some of the achievements. Though I would have to admit that it is pretty stupid that there are some things players can't complete in the game unless they have a buddy co-oping with them. Like that demon door that wants to see two heroes doing expressions with each other. I'm fine with the achievements for Co-op, but in game things that in the past could be done alone, but are now co-op, that is just bad game design. I sympathize with players that don't have friends that have 360's.
Can't you just have them over to your place, make them a guest account and then they can pop in with you? Does that door require the other player to be reasonably leveled up?
 

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VondeVon said:
Sonic Doctor said:
Edit: Great review, I have a handful of friends that play. I'm hoping to get one of them to help me get some of the achievements. Though I would have to admit that it is pretty stupid that there are some things players can't complete in the game unless they have a buddy co-oping with them. Like that demon door that wants to see two heroes doing expressions with each other. I'm fine with the achievements for Co-op, but in game things that in the past could be done alone, but are now co-op, that is just bad game design. I sympathize with players that don't have friends that have 360's.
Can't you just have them over to your place, make them a guest account and then they can pop in with you? Does that door require the other player to be reasonably leveled up?
Well I did get the expression Demon Door unlocked. The person that does the expressions, has to have all the expressions unlocked, and players won't have all the expressions until most of the way through the game. I don't know about the guest account thing, but it wouldn't work at the moment.

You see, I'm in college at the moment. One friend lives 3 hours away, which I'm not going to ask him to drive all the way down here for that, and I doubt he would anyway.

My other friend got a job up north in the next state over, so he definitely not going to be stopping by.

But, we were able to do some of the co-op achievement stuff over Live. But still, my point stands, some people don't have friends that own a 360 and Fable 3 and they might not live next to the people so they can't help.

It is the one thing I hate about some of the games these days, they are getting more and more achievements that can only be completed if you have a buddy. My problem right now is that some of the co-op achievements I didn't get yet, my friends already got with each other because they met up at a time on Live that I couldn't and didn't know they were, and they got them. Now they don't really want to help me get them, understandably, because there are a few of them in Fable 3 that take a good deal of time, like the earn a 1000 gold in another hero's world. You would think that that doesn't take long. That all you have to do is kill some baddies and such, but no, it gives you gold periodically for how long you have been in your friends world. I spent almost an hour in my friends world on night, and I didn't earn near to 1000 gold. I'd probably have to spend at least 2 hours playing in his world with him.
 

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NKnight said:
Can you instead of marrying your friend just hu.. er... do your bussines with his wife/ girlfriend? Please say yes :p. this sort of thing that makes a good co-op RPG xD
Nope, there are several cross world achievements. One that you get when you get married to a friend over Live, and another for having a kid with said friend. Then you also have the earn 1000 gold in their world achievement, and the co-op Demon Door, plus there is the get all the weapons in the game, which can't be done by yourself, because in each play through you will only get random weapons, so you don't know what you are going to get and you won't get them all just by yourself.

My friends and I are close; there are three weapons out of the 50 that we don't have, and this is 4 people playing the game together, starting up many many new games and trying randomly to get them all. It is one of the most time consuming and stupid achievements I have ever encountered.
 

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Great review. Funnily enough, the most exciting thing about the co-op experience you described was menus![footnote]I only rented Fable III and the exclusion of formal menus was irksome to say the least.[/footnote] It looks like it could provide some fun, but the mention of killing wolves before your friend leads me to believe people might end up getting into a tizzy after getting in each other's way quite often.
Sonic Doctor said:
Edit: Great review, I have a handful of friends that play. I'm hoping to get one of them to help me get some of the achievements. Though I would have to admit that it is pretty stupid that there are some things players can't complete in the game unless they have a buddy co-oping with them. Like that demon door that wants to see two heroes doing expressions with each other. I'm fine with the achievements for Co-op, but in game things that in the past could be done alone, but are now co-op, that is just bad game design. I sympathize with players that don't have friends that have 360's.
That is quite the caveat to us Silver Free Members. Completing all of the Demon Doors is a big part of Fable, and walling that off to Co-op is something I take as a slap to the face. When I have the time to play games, I stick with the single player so I'm glad that I passed on Fable III this time around. Even the (now) one big name, single player 360 exclusive requires Live for the full experience. Huh. :p
 

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How do you start playing couch co-op on fable 3? my husband and i want too but we cant figure it out