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Peter Molyneux bored with modern games, ashamed of Fable III reviews

In a couple recent interviews Peter Molyneux (creator of Fable, Populous, big promises he can't possibly keep) was being the type of loose-lipped interviewee that we love. Where would news writers be without quotes from Molyneux about the state of gaming today? This time around Peter’s got something not so nice to say about most modern games, while simultaneously taking the blame for the less than perfect reviews of Fable III.

In GR’s UK sister publication Xbox World, Molyneux was quoted as let down by the current state of gaming. “I'm trying to think of a more diplomatic way of saying this, but I'm just a little bit bored of doing things the same way in games. While I love all the drama of modern games, there is this sameness about it. They're essentially the same - one's got a green palette, one's got a grey palette; you're shooting and ducking and diving and it just seems almost on the point of being a little bit like Hollywood where they have got into this rut with their action films.”

We’re not sure what Pete’s talking about. Is it the fact that seemingly once a week another explodey shooter goes on sale? Or is it that we’ve been overwhelmed by FPS after FPS this year, with twin behemoths Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 plus all their imitators are just over the horizon? Don’t be so cynical Pete.

One of our favorite things about Molyneux is that even when throwing stones at other games, he seems nearly as open to admitting his own mistakes. In a talk with Gamasutra he copped to some of complaints about the ambitious Fable III.

“I know I probably should say it's a great game just respective of whatever it was, but the Metacritic score was sort of low-80s. I'm pretty ashamed of that, to be honest, and I take that on my own shoulders, not the team's shoulders.”

What was one of Fable III’s biggest problems? Not surprisingly, it stemmed from a common complaint lobbed at Lionhead: failure to properly deliver on a promising game mechanic. Molyneux said, “It didn't end up being the game that I dreamed it would be, because I thought the mechanic of the ruling section were really good ideas. I thought they were good ideas, but we just didn't have time to exploit those ideas fully.”

Don’t worry Pete, there’s always your next game, which is the definitely not on-rails Fable: The Journey. Until then, why don’t you treat yourself to a collection of classic Molyneux quotes.

Jun 29, 2011

37 comments

  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - July 3, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    Dont worry Peter, im sure your next game will restore the faith of gamers in you...oh wait, Fable: The Journey...
  • Kethmach - July 1, 2011 6:13 a.m.

    Fable is one of my very favorite franchises ever. But Fable 3 was a let down. They stripped away the RPG in this RPG and even refused to call it (or make it) an RPG. That was the FIRST big mistake. Taking away the Orbs that Fable gamers love- sucked. That stupid sanctuary with limited clothes and that TERRIBLE map- sucked. Not being able to customize your character like you could in the other Fables... SUCKED. So yea- there were problems with Fable 3. It's a very beautiful game- when it's trying to be beautiful. But as much of the "Industry" of Fable 3 is meant to be ugly- it sadly does that very well and more often. So Peter should be ashamed of Fable 3. Any Fable game in the low 80's is unacceptable to lovers of the franchise. And as far as his "games are becoming cookie cutter copies" of other games and bigger games- I agree with him 110%. I actually started making promises to myself "No more than 2 games in the same genre per year at the same time". This year- Battlefield will win out over Call of Duty.
  • JohnnyApplesperm - June 30, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    I feel bad for Pete. He seems like a good guy, and I sure as hell know what it feels like to have big plans for a project and for it to turn out somewhat disappointing. I don't think he's got anything to be ashamed of, objectively the Fable games are all very good and he should be proud of that. I think he needs to not set his hopes unrealistically high, and he won't end up disappointing his fans or himself as much.
  • alohadude4 - June 30, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    I liked the improvements in Fable 3 but the biggest problem was those ideas came at the cost of removing things from Fable 2 like the targeting system. Why not just build on Fable 2 instead of giving it the attention of a 2nd-rate game?
  • Crypto140 - June 30, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    I think someone new needs to take over the Fable series. I'm not sure about who, but I think someone might be able to do a better job than Peter. He could co-make it or whatever, but Fable needs to some new and better ideas.
  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - June 30, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    Like Peter, I'm ashamed of Fable 3 reviews too. I still can't believe the metacritic for that turd is at 80. Talk about industry-wide inflation! Peter is a snake-oil salesman who seems to enjoy trying to get gamers to feel sympathetic for him because he is a pathological liar who refuses to change his dishonest behavior.
  • ChrisCultista - June 30, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    But Pete... your last game wasnt that fun, but the last few shooters were. Fun, Pete, fun. We are stuck in the rut of fun.
  • NuclearXmas - June 30, 2011 9:42 a.m.

    When peter molyneux has to tell us gaming has gone to shit, then you know gaming has gone to shit...
  • shawksta - June 30, 2011 8:48 a.m.

    Oh peter, you just dont get it do you? Also, open your eyes, not everything is shooters, yes their overmade but theres still more out there.
  • jackthemenace - June 30, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    I know everyone else has probably already said it, but the first Fable was SO much better than the other two. the reason being that you had far more customisation that actually MEANT something. Different weapons did different damages, and different armours were MORE than just aesthetics changes. The levelling up system was better, destroying all the living magic sword-wielding skeletons felt FAR more realistic, and it was great WITHOUT trying to hard to be something.
  • PevMaster - June 30, 2011 8:21 a.m.

    I think that Ol' Petey has done some really excellent games (Fable II, The Movies) but Fable III was a massive let-down and one of the most dissapointing games of the year. Pete did not deserve a BAFTA.
  • twinkletitsMcGee - June 30, 2011 5:36 a.m.

    I played Fable 3 and felt like I was playing the same thing as Fable 2 so I finished as quickly as possible and sent it back to gamefly.
  • Yeager1122 - June 30, 2011 5:25 a.m.

    He says this every single time if you hate your games so much just stop making them.
  • HankVenture - June 30, 2011 1:48 a.m.

    SO yeah Peter is the sole one to blame, like literally, it's his fault for telling ppl about things that never came true.. and if he was upset about A LOW 80 for Fable 3, he better get ready. Because Fable Journey looks like a big ole piece o shit. and Im sure scores will reflect that greatly
  • sirdilznik - June 30, 2011 1:44 a.m.

    Thankfully Peter plans to completely redeem himself with the next Fable, which will yet again fail to deliver much ballyhooed and overblown promises.
  • Genericide - June 30, 2011 1:27 a.m.

    Seems same old, same old to me. The man has big dreams but can never really back them up in reality. It's annoying, sure, but I don't see why so many people get super angry with him personally. I suppose "shooters are often same-y" is a bit arrogant of him to be saying but it's been said a billion times before by many others. Essentially: I agree that Peter is irritating but I don't understand the force of feeling behind people's hate for him.
  • Bloodstorm - June 30, 2011 1:04 a.m.

    Peter.....He is sort of like me when it comes to drawing. I've got an awesome visual in my head, but it never translates to paper. But, instead of me thinking the next thing I do will make a difference and the last thing I did was a piece of crap, I'm fine that I gave it my best, and next time I'll do the same. Fable 3 had problems, yes. It was annoying that I had to play the game for 3 hours between taking the throne and completing the game because I didn't realize I needed millions to not fail the game. It was also annoying that every NPC that needed to be escorted had to hold my characters hand like they were children, and it was annoying that I couldn't easily repair houses. That said, it was still a good game, and I will buy the next (real, not kinect) Fable game that comes out.
  • BALLSTOTHEWALLET - June 30, 2011 1:03 a.m.

    @Redeater Couldn't of said it better myself, this man is a fool
  • Redeater - June 30, 2011 12:49 a.m.

    @kyle94 I played the 360 version and there wasn't one. That was actually one of the things that bothered me the least in that game. The main problem was that being good or bad was pretty inconsequential.
  • Redeater - June 30, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    Also, (sorry I'm still pretty pissed after reading this.) take a look at Bioshock Infinite Peter. How the fuck does that look even remotely boring? When you create something close to Bioshock 1, Red Dead Redemption or Portal 2 please get back to me about how you find modern games "boring". Until then FUCK OFF.

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