PAX East 2015 was filled with big name titles, and Microsoft’s booth was certainly no exception. Halo 5 and Battlefield: Hardline were two of the hottest games to wait in the dreaded lengthy convention lines for. However, an Xbox exclusive with a loyal fan base also had an impressive line at PAX East this year: Fable Legends.
After waiting in line for 2 hours on Sunday of PAX East to try out the latest installment in Microsoft’s fantasy series, I was assigned by the booth workers to play as the tank character, Inga. The right trigger is her main attack button while her LB is used to block with her massive shield. Holding the left trigger allows Inga to perform a shield charge, which I used a lot to break up large enemy groups.
The B button creates a shield wall, which is great to for defending from multiple enemies. The X button is for grabs, and the Y button is a taunt, which when used focuses nearby enemies attention on Inga. This is especially useful since she’s the tank character that should take on most of the damage from enemies.
The gameplay is simple but fun. Four players act as the heroes, tasked with taking down multiple waves of enemy hoards. Besides the tank character, there’s also an Attack DPS role, a sniper/ranged role, and a healer. The 5th player got to play as the villain, who’s task is to watch over the playing field and drop traps, as well as control the enemy creatures.
I enjoyed my brief but rewarding 15 minutes with Fable Legends. The gameplay was easy enough to pick up quickly, making for a fun time waging war on the enemies. Teamwork is definitely necessary in order for the heroes to emerge as victorious. It’s important that players stick to the roles they are assigned by the character they choose, or else it’ll become much more difficult to tackle the hoards of enemies. As a tank user, I always stayed at the front of the party, and our healer focused their efforts on replenishing my health. When a party member loses all their HP, they are down for a set amount of time. After that, another party member must get over to their location and revive them.
From what I saw, playing the villain didn’t seem nearly as fun as being in the party of heroes. There’s no actual character to control, and the game is reduced to a game board-esque overview, making for less appealing graphics.
The graphics of the game are gorgeous. The colors are vibrant, and really help to convey that fairytale vibe of the world. For a demo, I didn’t experience or see any glitches, and the game seemed to run quite smoothly. Microsoft also had a bunch of Fable swag to give out to those who waited in line to try the game. I got a cape with the Fable logo on it, a wristband that said “Team Hero,” and an animal hat.
Fable Legends will be available for free in 2016 on Xbox One and PC.
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