Even though I still don’t own a Kinect, like many titles before it, I’ve been looking forward to Fable: The Journey as one of the handful of games to finally sell me on the Xbox 360’s motion control camera. It looks to be a fun mix of traditional Fable storytelling with gameplay along the lines of Sorcery and Medieval Moves, two PlayStation Move titles I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Suddenly, though, I have this sinking feeling in my gut that it’s going to be just another Kinect flop.
Why the sudden pessimism? Simple: because of this new video documentary. In it, gamers give their hands-on testimonials from the game’s Comic-Con booth. Problem is, their responses sound so scripted, like the nearest Microsoft rep fed them lines and marketing buzz words to spout off in front of the camera after playing the demo. I don’t care if the game ends up being “hardcore” or “casual” or whatever, but the way this video tries so hard to push Fable: The Journey as the game to buy a Kinect for honestly has the opposite effect on me. Hopefully I’m wrong, and this is just poor marketing. I really, really want this game to be great.