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Fable IIIX360, PC/$49.99-$59.99/Oct. 26

Peter Molyneux of Lionhead Studios has spent his fair share of time in the gaming spotlight. Despite his often criticized knack for overselling and overpromising the grandiose features of his upcoming games, the British developer has always delivered a blockbuster title that has been enjoyed by millions of loyal fans. "Fable," his initial romp into the action/role-playing universe, was met with critical acclaim leading to the inevitable "Fable II" back in October 2008. Now gamers will get to dive headfirst into the consequence-filled world of Albion yet again, thanks to Molyneux's latest creation, "Fable III" for the PC and Xbox 360.

"Fable III" takes place 50 years after the events of "Fable II," when a young citizen is called upon by the people to rise up against a tyrannical ruler. During your journey, every choice you make will weave its way into the world you live in, ultimately resulting in your true destiny. What that destiny is, whether it's as a hero king or unjust ruler, is completely up to you. Just be sure to choose wisely, because your next decision could cost you your fortune, true love or even your life.

Gameplay in this newly industrialized world of Albion focuses on action and adventure while using a bit of role-playing to sculpt your character into whatever you wish. The control system is built much like the original titles, with a concentration on simple, one-button combat that results in a bevy of melee, ranged and magical maneuvers. Although the combat is done flawlessly and can be enjoyed for hours, "Fable III" truly succeeds when it comes time to interact with the environment. As you begin to mingle with the rest of society, you'll be given the ability to voice your opinion of them through a specialized expression system. These embraces, grunts and gestures, as well as more aggressive actions such as full-fledged combat, will ultimately turn your character into a bright and shining hero or a devilish villain to be feared and loathed. For those who can't seem to make any decisions on their own, "Fable III" also includes a co-op multiplayer system that features independent cameras so you're not bound to your cohort.

Peter Molyneux may hype just a bit too much when it comes to the games he's developing, but when you're dealing with the stunning graphics, brilliant storytelling and exceptional gameplay of "Fable III," you'd be eager to shout its praises as well.

Media Link: John Cleese, the voice of Jasper, also lends his voice to Dr. Glickenstein in "Igor," which airs Thursday, Oct. 28, on The Movie Channel.

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