At the very least, great games like Fable allow us to temporarily forget about Albion. Other than the fabled Fable 4, which is expected to be a reboot from Forza studio Playground Games, where else can we get our fix of RPG-lite, real-time combat, humour-infused fantasy action? Of course, the games on this list! This is a list of things we’d like to see in a future Fable game, no matter how it ends up being implemented. The best games like Fable, which run from Tamriel to South Park, Skellige and beyond, should be celebrated in the meanwhile.
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Start with a title you may not be familiar with. To reminisce about Fable, there’s nothing better than playing a game developed by the same team. Ex-Lionhead devs created Kynseed, a role-playing epic/town sim hybrid that feels like a combination between Fable and Stardew Valley. You must make decisions concerning your family and your companies. A combat system and character aging have been included while the game is still in Early Access. It is expected that your protagonist will die in the final edition and be replaced by one of their relatives.
Each action you make has consequences for the future of the family tree that grows from the Kynseed. However, there is still a great deal of fun to be had as you build your town from the ground up, as well as journey out into the world like the adventurer you were destined to be. The witty banter, the lovely, melodious soundtrack, and the brilliantly terrible jokes all have the Fable charm.
2. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
In Skyrim and Fable, it’s a lot easier to focus on the distinctions. While Lionhead’s RPG has a lighthearted tone, Bethesda’s is drenched in a somber narrative about a chosen one saving the world from destruction. But there are also certain similarities, which Fable aficionados will enjoy. For the most part, the game’s world is full of life, with NPCs that follow their own daily schedule and interact with each other. You can experience a shared past between two cities that are separated by only 20 minutes (in real time). In Fable, you may play as a cunning archer, a battlemage, or a behemoth with a two-handed warhammer; in Skyrim, you can do the same thing.
Skyrim, like Albion, is entirely devoid of levity. However, it does have a distinct personality. You’ll develop a fondness for certain folks, especially if you bring along a trustworthy comrade. Outside of the main objective, you’ll have enough to do, much like in Fable. Playing through a series of side quests to reach a distant town can give an entertaining diversion for several hours. Unlike Fable, which only allowed you to escape for 15 hours at a time, Skyrim allows you to live a completely virtual existence.
3. Kingdoms of Amalur: The Reckoning
There are plenty of new weapons, spells, and combos in Kingdoms of Amalur: The Reckoning, so it might be worth your time if you liked Fable’s arcade-style combat but wanted something a little more challenging. As you might expect from the work of prolific fantasy novelist R.A. Salvatore, this role-playing game features a tale that makes you want to explore every nook and cranny of the game’s vast universe and speak with each and every supporting character. However, the best part of the game is the combat, which is among the best in fantasy RPGs. It has a lot of amazing effects, and you can approach each combat in a variety of ways. The ability to transform from a dagger to a two-handed sword in a flurry of attacks is possible.
You can construct a powerful wizard who’s also good with a bow thanks to the game’s extensive upgrading system, and this flexibility lets you approach each combat in a new way. Even eight years after its debut, the combination of extensive lore and a deeper combat system keeps it worth playing. In addition, a remaster of Kingdoms of Alaloth will be released in August.
4. Dragon Age: Inquisition
Fable, on the other hand, is a much more compact game. Nonetheless, the witty dialogue between your companions and the enchanting scenery you encounter lend it a whimsy of its own. Taking part in this game is like embarking on a genuine journey, where your actions have actual consequences for the world and the people you meet along the way. There is nothing spectacular about the main objective, but the well-written side missions and distinct, believable characters in your team do a lot of the heavy lifting.
Battles in Fable were straightforward, but the hacking and slashing was a blast. It doesn’t matter how low the difficulty setting is on Inquisition. A third-person action RPG with a tactical viewpoint is possible, but you can also just play it like a third-person action RPG with sword and magic, swinging your sword and throwing wands. Take the easy way out in combat and you’ll be free to explore the next fascinating area.
5. Jade Empire
One of Bioware’s best RPGs that isn’t widely known. Fighting may be done in a variety of different martial arts postures, making it similar to Fable in that respect. Fable 2 is an entirely new universe, and Bioware did a terrific job creating one that’s full of interesting stories and characters you care about by the conclusion of the game. A simple morality system that affects the environment around you can be found in this game.
Even while the game itself isn’t funny, there are moments where it does. Adding a dash of British humor, John Cleese makes it seem as though he might be well at home in an Albion village. Playing Jade Empire is one of the best RPG experiences you’ll ever have; if you haven’t, now is the time.
6. The Outer Worlds
Fable’s wit was usually tinged with a smattering of sarcasm. The Outer Worlds is more at home on this list than, say, any of the Fallout games because it focuses on the same dismal humor. RPG that revolves around killing adversaries and making decisions in a world ruled by corporate rulers is what this game is about. However, it’s not all doom and gloom: NPCs are snarky and unflappable in the face of a capitalist nightmare. A seller will say, “I’m having a fantastic day, and it’s not just because I’m legally required to say so.”
Unlike Fable, this game has partners that can save your life when you’re in danger, but the witty banter amongst friends keeps the mood light. For those who like their RPGs on the shorter side, The Outer Worlds will not disappoint. The main story can be finished in 10 to 15 hours, around the same length as Fable, yet it feels tighter and more controlled than any Bethesda game.
7. Overlord 2
In Overlord 2, you take control of a horde of cackling goblins and use them to crush anything in your path, including elves, trolls, yetis, and unicorns. There are lots of visual jokes to keep you entertained in this zany, brightly coloured escapade. With the help of a shiny guard uniform disguise, your minions can blend in with the rest of the crowd.
It’s a role-playing game, but most of the decisions you make are based on the types of minions you use and where you direct them at any particular time. Here, you won’t find romance or heroic acts, but if you are looking for hilarity and an all-encompassing fantasy world, look no farther than here.
8. Torchlight 2
Runic Games, the Seattle-based developer of Torchlight 2, is no more, but its spirit lives on in the addicting action-RPG. Due to its storyless nature, it plays more like Diablo than Fable, and the fighting also utilizes an isometric view. In addition, no matter what kind of game you usually play, witnessing opponents burst with dazzling loot is a great feeling for anyone who enjoys Fable’s picturebook setting and chunky character design.
This is a game for those who enjoyed Fable’s art style and music, but were looking for a deeper, more difficult fighting experience. Torchlight 2 has a wide variety of fighting methods supported, and you may always upgrade your equipment to the best version you can find. Upon entering its land and acquiring your first legendary blade, we challenge you to leave.
9. South Park: The Fractured but Whole
Fractured but Whole (yes, really) is a long joke that hits the mark on a majority of its jokes. For anyone who appreciated Fable’s combination of toilet humor and dark humour, this RPG is a must-have, with its best moments resembling the best episodes of South Park (we won’t disclose any punchlines, but believe us that you’ll actually laugh out loud). If you’re a fan of South Park, or even if you haven’t seen it but enjoyed Fable’s most outlandish moments, you won’t be disappointed by this film.
As a stand-alone game, it’s a blast. As a satire of superhero video games and movies, you continuously gain new abilities and fight your opponents on a grid. Like in Fable, the fights are rather easy to begin with, but by the second half of the game, you’ll be having so much fun that you won’t even realize the difficulty spikes that are present.
10. The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3 is a game we’ll always recommend. In addition to those who enjoyed Fable, any RPG lover should play this game. “The Continent” (imaginative, we know) can feel intimidatingly huge and frightening to those who come from Albion. As long as you become used to the routine, you won’t have a problem. The excellent writing allows you to break the game into smaller, more manageable stories. If you enjoy side quests, you’ll want to finish them. Just keep doing them, and you’ll soon be ready to face up against even more dangerous opponents.
One of the most underappreciated features of The Witcher 3 is its sense of levity. Many of the jokes in this film will have you laughing out loud, much like in Fable. Geralt, our hero, is witty and sardonic, and he has the ability to win over even the most hardened of hearts. When compared to Fable, the combat can be a bit fiddly. However, if you lower the difficulty, you won’t notice the difference. To put it another way, The Witcher 3 thrives when you’re not fighting monsters: its massive world is full of lovely places, fascinating personalities and fantastical beasts to be killed. It’s one of the greatest video games ever developed, hands down.
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