February 2013 Entries - Falcon's Blog

Fable 3

Greetings, Fable 3 like the previous instalment in the series contains a notable cast, which is mainly British, with actors and actresses such as Michael Fassbender, Zoe Wanamaker, John Cleese, Stephen Fry and Simon Peg to name a few. Like Fable 2, the player can chose the gender of the main character and how they will react to different situations, these decisions will change the physical appearance of the hero to either angelic or demonic as the game progresses.  

The plot is set fifty years after the events of the second Fable and the death of either the King or Queen, depending on the player’s choice previously. Power is handed down to the eldest son Logan, who abuses his position as monarch in the industrial age of Albion. Logan’s sibling soon realizes that the current king cannot be allowed to continue his tyranny of the citizens and flees the area to gather together forces for a rebellion. The hero begins his journey for revolution with his canine friend, comrades Sir Walter Beck and loyal butler Jasper in search of allies to join his fight.

Most of the decisions have more of an impact on the ending compared to those in Fable 2. The desired conclusion will also depend on how well you can control your finance through different methods such as buying and renting houses or businesses. The game contains whimsical humour most notably from the main characters Stephen Fry’s immoral character Reaver and Simon Pegg’s Ben Finn.

This Fable builds upon the other two by adding new enemies to combat and locations to discover, while reinventing old ones. It also keeps a few characters from previous titles and creating fresh ones. Overall, I really enjoyed this game as much as the second, both of which aren’t supposed to live up to the first one. Therefore I am eager to play the original due to the good reviews I have heard about it.





Quote of the day

Bagginses? What is a Bagginses, Precious?


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Written by Falcon, Friday 22 February 2013

The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey

Greetings, the Hobbit: An unexpected journey is the first part in the long awaited trilogy that serves as a prequel to Lord of the Rings films. A lot of hype was built around it due to the success of its predecessors and while I believe it isn’t a bad film, I don’t think that it stood up to the same reputation as the others for a few reasons. The most prominent factor is that my expectations were too high due to the quality of LOTR and ultimately I couldn’t stop thinking that it didn’t feel as grand an adventure as what I had already seen previously.

The plot follows the general structure from the Hobbit novel or at least a third of it, as well as containing moments that set up for the events for LOTR’s storyline. Gandalf enlists the originally reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, into an adventure to help reclaim the Dwarf’s lost home which is now under the control of the Dragon, Smaug. Once Bilbo takes his chances on the expedition, the crew set out on a dangerous path with many hostile events lying ahead.

The film was shot in 48 fps but as I have not seen that particular version, I am therefore unable to give my opinion on it. Another criticism would be of the Dwarven characters, while it was staying true to the novel, I still had problems in telling the difference between them. Only a few seemed to stick out of the team with some distinctive personality traits but that may have been because I recognised the actors who played them such as James Nesbitt. Another problem was duration, I felt that some scenes didn’t add to the story but rather were unnecessary and took away from the experience. 

The last criticism, is the overuse of CGI which led to some of the fight scenes to appear a little off. The computer generated Goblins aren’t as visually impressive as the Orcs in LOTR who were portrayed by extras. This review comes off more negative than my actual views on the film, while it has faults it has many good features as well. For instance the actors played their parts brilliantly, as well as containing many humorous jokes that kept the film flowing nicely most of the time. I look forward to the two sequels but won’t place as much expectation on them.



Special effects=7/10


Quote of the day

Shakespeare, in the park? Doth Mother know you weareth her drapes?

Tony Stark Iron Man

The Avengers

Written by Falcon, Saturday 9 February 2013