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Fable III Understone Quest Pack DLC review

So you’ve conquered Albion, gained the love or ire of your subjects, tracked down every keygnomebook, and flower, and you still want more? Lionhead Studios figured as much and released the Understone Quest Pack to further fuel your need to interact with strangers, run fetch quests to gain their affection and fight hoards of reanimated skeletons. Oh, and you get some free new weapons too.

There are three new quests included in this DLC: Shooting Range, The Wheel of Misfortune and The Voice.

Shooting Range and The Wheel of Misfortune aren’t anything particularly noteworthy. In the first you return the Mercenary Camp to find that their new leader has set up an amusement area for travelers, a way for his band of misfits to go legit if you will. The shooting range is where you can test your accuracy and speed in blasting cut-outs. Headshots grant more points and rarer cut-outs of Logan can get knocked down for even more. After your time is up your score is tallied and prizes are awarded. You’ll find that you’ll need to do really well in order to earn the two pistols (Money Shot and Black Dragon) offered up as prizes.

The Wheel of Misfortune brings you back to Reaver’s mansion in Millfields. This arena-based challenge is the same one you had to go through during the masquerade portion of the game, only this time you’re scored based on how many enemies you can defeat without getting hit. The higher your multiplier is the more points you’ll score for each enemy killed. After three rounds of randomly selected enemies the fourth round returns to the main room where you’ll fight a hodgepodge of different creatures. Like Shooting Range the higher your score is the better your prize is. These prizes include the Dirty Harriet revolver that can be upgraded by killing 200 men and Dead Ned’s Revolver.


Above: Understone’s unofficial motto: Leave the sunblock at home!

The meat and potatoes of this DLC, however, is the Voice quest that unlocks an entirely new town underneath the streets of Bowerstone Industrial. A factory owner charges you with determining the source of a disembodied voice echoing through his building. Through this process you’ll encounter several groups of reanimated skeletal remains of Hobbes and wolves on your way to determining the source. Upon entering the town of Understone you’ll discover the impetus behind the booming voice that, up until that point, was predicting your demise the entire journey through. After revealing the mystery behind the voice you’ll be left with a moral choice typical to Fable III where the fate of the people of Understone will be thrust upon you.

If purchased after the main story of Fable III is completed, The Voice is remarkably easy. Hoards of enemies are readily dispatched with fully upgraded skills and the final “boss” (if it can even be called that) is no tougher than the average Balverine. While the moral choice presented at the end of the quest does add some interest, it feels like an afterthought if the main story is already done.

For 400 Microsoft points the Understone Quest Pack is a worthwhile purchase for those of us who could not get enough of Albion and its people, but for the majority of players there isn’t any one thing in it that makes this pack a must-have.

Nov 22, 2010

 

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8 comments

  • Spybreak8 - November 29, 2010 8:02 p.m.

    So basically if it's within a game of the year edition the added extras would seem to be worth it. I'm sad to see that the main quest in the dlc is an afterthought if you finished the game. I thought this dlc is for people who enjoyed the game and finished it and wanted more?! I'm wanting more but I'll wait when this comes out on the inevitable GotY edition.
  • robthehermit - November 24, 2010 8:36 a.m.

    I was excited by this DLC announcement, I love Fable 3 and some more of it can only be a good thing. Only 400 points as well. At that price, it would almost be rude not to buy it. However, remember that old saying 'You get what you pay for' So for 400 points, you shouldn't be expecting much. Unfortunately you get less than that. This DLC is a joke. Obviously cut from the main game to be sold later, the main quest takes about 10 minutes to complete and adds nothing to the Fable 3 experience, the Wheel of Misfortune segment is a cakewalk, the Shooting Gallery is a bit tricker, but I was in local co-op mode at the time, and I think that may have broken the camera a bit, at least I hope it was that, otherwise it's a very poor piece of code and the difficulty only come from the fact you can't see the targets. Fable 3 was almost criminally short, and to find out that little segments and bonuses like these were intentionally cut from the main game makes me rather cross. This is 20 minutes that should have been in the original box release, or at the very least free to purchasers of the CE. Coming to the DLC after completing the game changes the experience from a nice little diversion in the game to 20 minutes if my life I'll never get back. Much like the points I wasted on it. I feel robbed
  • Zepaw - November 24, 2010 6:49 a.m.

    I loved Fable 2 and its dlc. I dont care about Understone.
  • atomicsandman - November 23, 2010 6:59 p.m.

    Does anybody know when/if this game is coming out on the pc (as well as the dlc)?
  • FauxFurry - November 23, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    This Understone DLC sounds like the kind of thing that Bioware would have included as a free download with any new copy of the game. We all know that Lionhead can put together spiffy post-game DLC (see Fable:the Lost Chapters and Fable 2-See The Future and even Black or White-Creature Island)but does Lionhead know that we all know this already? Next time,they should provide some kind of conflict with some burgeoning foreign super power which gains possession of some new weapon/spell of mass destruction and its up to the King/Queen to defuse this situation through diplomacy or force and in a way that leads to the least bloodshed or strikes the most fear into any would-be future upstarts or something to that effect. It's just no good to have players pay for what was standard issue in Fable 2 (the Crucuble and the Shooting Range). I suppose that it is worthwhile to download the dog suit and hair pack just to have a Princess run around with a blonde afro and fuzzy gloves and boots but everything else is just pushing the limits of good taste and prudence!
  • PlainLikeVanilla - November 23, 2010 1:17 a.m.

    It's Cheryll! It's sad to see this dlc isn't very good. I hope they step up the rest of the dlc, the stuff for Fable 2 was pretty good.
  • Rinaldvonizeburn - November 23, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    Understone looks depressing.
  • Chevapravatdumrong - November 23, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    Alright I can be a white British monarch with cornrows. Too bad they don't have the Michael Beasley style cornrows they're awesome.

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