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Fable: The Journey review round-up - Kinect proves a roadside bandit

All the review scores in one place...

In many ways Fable: The Journey is Peter Molyneux's swan song for Lionhead, except, he didn't sing it so much as kind of hum a few notes on his way out the door.

Reviews for the game have started to crop up online and judging from the reception it might be worth jamming your fingers in your ears for this one.

In our Fable: The Journey review we said it "hangs together better than a lot of Kinect games" but "frustrates in equal measure - and, most damningly, would have been better with a controller."

We've corralled up a few more Fable: The Journey reviews. See what other critics think of it below.

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  • CVG: 6.1 - It hangs together better than a lot of Kinect games, but Fable: The Journey still plods and frustrates in equal measure - and, most damningly, would have been better with a controller.
  • Destructoid: 3.5 - While some elements of Fable: The Journey really do work, and no effort has been spared to make this look and feel like a quality product, the reality is that no amount of polish can hide the inherent faultiness of the product. The Journey wants so desperately to impress you, but it can only ever ruin your day.
  • OXM UK: 8 - Strong characters entertain throughout the game's uncharacteristically involving story, with sheer imagination turning those limited core systems into something just that little bit more magical. There are tears, laughter - and most importantly, the first successful stab at Kinect-enhanced immersion - as Fable: The Journey gallops toward its epic conclusion.
  • Polygon: 4.5/10 - Fable: The Journey reaches a decent climax, helped along by the final spell you obtain, a homing shard that makes aiming problems easier to ignore. The story even has a few emotional beats that work surprisingly well (though the jokes are uniformly lame). But all of it, every moment, is utterly smothered by the technology used to control it.
  • GiantBomb: 3/5 - The Journey's heart is in the right place. It's too bad Kinect is the only way to play it.
  • IGN: 7.2 - The Journey is a legitimately fun game that happens to be played with Kinect...when the hardware works properly. It simply won't at times, though, and while that shouldn't stop you from giving it a try, it is something you should prepare for.

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