The opening cinematic for Fable 3 is out, and it perfectly matches the tone of the series:
A protagonist is introduced and then tormented in various “humorous” ways before they meet their end with injustice, all while author-insertion Theresa narrates. This is 100% Fable. It fits perfectly with the mass murder, torture, slaughter of innocents, murder of children, and wrongful imprisonment themes the game has been exploring.
The series presents a whimsical fairytale world and then systematically murders the innocents while all you can do is boink random NPC’s and perform fart emotes. Then at the end you get to sort of put a single bad guy down without any sense of justice or closure. It just ends. The world of Fable is ugly, stupid, and nihilistic. Imagine the original Shrek if Lord Farquad had raped Fiona, killed donkey, burned down Shrek’s home, wiped out the fairytale creatures, and then at the end Shrek just strangled him and wandered off. Roll credits. That’s the Fable series. I actually find it kind of sick. Imagine if the movie Se7en had been exactly the same, except Brad Pitt’s character had done a bunch of screwy pratfalls and Wayans brothers style comedy.
In the above movie, the audience naturally sides with the chicken. We naturally root for the underdog. We see her plight and we want her to win. Or – if you want a darker tone – go through all that struggle to end up back where she started. But to go through all that and then end with a “BANG, the protagonist is dead, the end” punchline is not entertaining to me.
You CAN present a dark world of injustice, but you need to get the people designing the world and the people writing your script on the same page. Fable is too cartoonish (in both presentation and depth) to support that sort of complex narrative. I can’t help but get the feeling Peter Molyneux thinks this is somehow funny.
There is something wrong with that guy.
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