Fable 3 is a “trainwreck”, games “always flawed in some way”, says Molyneux

Tuesday, 25th February 2014 22:58 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Fable creator Peter Molyneux has said that he’ll probably never make a perfect game, but at least one of his past efforts is particularly far from ideal.


Speaking with Develop, Molyneux said that when he designs a game he always has “this perfect jewel in mind”.

“Fable for me was this beautiful, incredible, amusing, funny, artistic, wonderful gem of a game that anyone could play, that tugged on the heartstrings and that was instantly engaging. The gem that was in my mind has never come to be, it’s always flawed in some way,” he said.

“I thought Fable 1 – when you consider that it was the first game I ever did of that type – wasn’t bad. It was hugely flawed in some senses, and there were technical issues like the animation didn’t work but it wasn’t bad.

“I think Fable 2 was a step in the right direction. I think Fable 3 was a trainwreck.”

Molyneux said Fable 3 was built to be “much bigger” than how it turned out and was constrained in various ways.

“If I had my time again, I’d take the advances we made from Fable 1 to Fable 2, I’d make the same advances from Fable 2 to Fable 3 and spend another entire year working on Fable 3. But would it be that perfect gem that’s in my mind? No,” he said.

While Molyneux has never been able to meet his own expectations, he’s also acquired a reputation for raising fan expectations and dashing those, too.

“I just shouldn’t get so excited in front of the press,” he mourned. “There’s an empirical decay between what the idea is in your mind and what you end up with, no matter what creative field you’re working in. I talk to a lot of creative people and they’re often disappointed in their own work.

“Saying that, of course, Godus exceeds that gem,” he added, probably jokingly.

There’s no denying Fable 3 has its problems, although I think that makes it one of the most interesting games of the last generation – because it’s likely the last great big broken game we’ll ever see.



  1. POOhead

    Never had a problem about him getting excited about his games and over hype them, shows hes very passionate about what it is he does but what seriously anyone who didnt think fable 3 wouldnt wasnt rushed is a fool, took lionhead over 4 years to create fable 2 and only 2 years to create fable 3, plus he never over hyped the game, he always over hyped the kinect controls for fable 3 but they were never present in the game.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. ij 44

    £7.49 new at , played the demo – not buying it – seemed to have clunkyifed the good comabt from Fable 2, the english voice actors were phoning it in and a pain in the ass, not “charming” which I think is what wer were supposed to think. It was occasionally “pretty” but the graphics technology was outdated (or at least showing it’s age), with flat lighting.

    Pointless and more-than-irrating handshaking/emoticon interactions with NPCs, bizarre decision to inlcude character’s sexuality, STDs, and divorces – which addded nothing to gameplay. If putting those were the studios priorities when developing the game god help them.

    Character runs too slow, NO FUKCING JUMP. Did I mention they screwed up the combat from Fable 2. Dog “dig-spot” gets annoying really quickly. Unnatractive character.

    I agree with Molyneaux, though it was interesting in terms of what might have been.

    Definately and Assassins’s Creed :Revalations moment – ie no real advances in gameplay, graphical reskin, and added bullshit browser quaility “tower defence” mini games. What a mess.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Gekidami

    Theres a difference between “over hyping” and being “passionate”, and blatantly lying just to get your game attention. Molyneux even admitted that time he got an award (cant remember which exactly) that he outright lies just so that the media will get excited about his games.

    Its why i cant stand the guy. People who lie and under deliver constantly, yet still get attention and praise. It boggles the mind.

    #3 10 months ago

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