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FABLE HEROES is the latest addictive adventure from Lionhead
Studios, developer of the highly acclaimed FABLE franchise. HEROES isn't your
typical FABLE game, however. The new Xbox LIVE Arcade exclusive that released
on May 2, 2012 features a whole new style modeled after your favorite hack-and-slash
titles like fellow XBLA exclusive, CASTLE CRASHERS.
In the new game, you head back to the world of Albion in
control of your choice of a number of heroes or villains from the entire FABLE
franchise in puppet form. You must complete eight unique missions in order to
complete the game, and save this cute and cuddly version of Albion. The lack of
any real storyline is HEROES’ one glaring flaw, but is easily looked over upon
realization just how addictive fighting off deadly monsters (such as hobbes and
balverines) from series’ past really is.
You'll join three other puppets during your quest, and each
puppet will come with their own weapon that is controlled with a light attack,
flourish and area attack. Defeating the world's dreadful monsters earns gold,
and you'll earn more gold and higher multipliers for defeating enemies in a
timely manner without taking damage yourself. Gold is then used at the end of
stages to level up your characters and unlock new abilities, and new puppets.
You'll also find power ups in chests scattered throughout each stage, and the
infamous good and evil meter makes its return in chest form by randomly handing
out upgrades or downgrades upon opening these rare chests.
FABLE HEROES keeps you playing for many hours, thanks to its
absorbing gameplay and high quality design. Most stages have two endings; one
is a boss fight against a tough foe, while the other path will lead you to a
predetermined mini game similar to what you'd find in other party titles. These
can be fun little time wasters, but it also means stages will usually need to
be cleared twice to unlock both paths on the world map. Also, leveling up
requires you to earn enough coins to unlock dice rolls on the FABLE HEROES'
board game played at the end of stages. You'll also unlock Dark Albion after
completing the first set of eight stages where new, tougher challenges await.
FABLE HEROES is part of Xbox 360's Arcade Next Promotion, so the game comes
with 400 gamerscore worth of new achievements to keep you playing for many
hours, as well.
While the game's creepy puppet characters do look rather
silly, animations are crisp and attacks look amazing with rarely any slowdown
outside of online play. The game's sound effects, voices and music all add that
classic FABLE charm here, and the game comes packed with online leaderboards,
plenty of in-game tutorials and even features support for the upcoming Kinect
game, FABLE: THE JOURNEY
FABLE HEROES should quickly become a favorite for fans of the
universe. Playing through a new twist with all of these classic characters is a
blast and thanks to easy to drop in and out online and offline features, you
can pick up and play with friends or family with no worries. Even if you've
never played a FABLE game before, you can understand the happenings in the new
game quite easily, and you’re sure to enjoy the game's numerous comedic
moments, as well. FABLE HEROES is charming, entertaining and addictive, and it’s
one of the best new titles available on Xbox LIVE Arcade.
For more information on the game, check out the official site.
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