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


  • Clovin64 - June 30, 2011 12:11 a.m.

    Contrary to popular belief, an 80 is not really a bad score. Ol' Pete's too hard on himself.
  • p0wnd - June 30, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    His new on-rails Kinect game is probaly gonna score mid-60's
  • HankVenture - June 30, 2011 2:08 a.m.

    @genericide I Don't think it's pure hate for him, it's probably mostly just us ranting from frustration about the game. It just florishes because we get to read something stupid that Peter said all the time so we get to rant more and more about it letting the thoughts and ideas swell. If he never said anything like " Oo im so sorry , the next game will be great" and stuff like games are boring now (because he forgot that not every game is a FPS) we wouldn't be so mad
  • chicknwang93 - June 30, 2011 2:11 a.m.

    Fable 1 and 2 were great.The only problem I remember having with fable 2, the ONLY problem, was that you didnt have armor anymore. I played fable 3 and I was extremely disappointed. They seemed so focused on the storyline they didnt put hardly any time into weapon types and clothing. And you only get to make a handful of choices as a king. I consider fable 3 a failure and fable 2 a masterpiece.
  • oni - June 30, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    Peter Molyneux (creator of Fable, Populous, big promises he can't possibly keep) -nice one.
  • AuthorityFigure - June 30, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    Peter is bored with modern games? Join the club! But seriously, there's a kernel of truth to what he's saying, but there are so many good friggin' games out there it's not funny. The choice of software available should leave no one bored (provided they can afford it).
  • DeliciousPie - June 30, 2011 12:05 p.m.

    Fable 1 was good. I find Fable 2 to be fantastic. Fable 3's story was good, everything else a disappointment when compared to the previous two. One of my biggest questions though, is why every nonessential npc has to sound like a hick, in all 3 games.
  • RedOutlive10 - June 30, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    The whole Fable series are quite average, be glad you're getting support because the franchise isn't tyhe best thing since sliced bread Pete.
  • Sy87 - June 30, 2011 12:11 a.m.

    While that maybe true about games many offer a value for different tastes. Anyway fps is all about shooting at other people. But Fable after Fable kinda seems the same story line just different characters. I thought you would get to be evil though I never like the horns or halo thing. You seem to be a contradiction I shoot people randomly, sell slaves, sleep around(deadly sin), but yet I want to save the world. Plus why can't I stop the revolution. I truely wish for a game to be part of a evil army or tyranny. What?! Being good is boring and part of the society's ideal.
  • tiben36 - June 30, 2011 12:11 a.m.

    hey, if you wave your dick around, you shouldnt blame people not doing it and also, you shouldnt go cry to your mommy if you get kicked in the balls peter should learn to shut up
  • Rubberducky - June 30, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    I will gladly pay someone $1 to punch this man in the nuts.
  • Bobo93 - June 30, 2011 12:37 a.m.

    No need Rubberducky ill do it free of charge and with pleasure i really do not like this guy would he ever just SHUT THE FUCK UP "o h ill just point all my flaws ALL the time and that will make it alright" NO it wont so fuck off sorry tehe
  • WonsAuto - June 30, 2011 12:38 a.m.

    I enjoy this image Jim Sterling made:
  • kyle94 - June 30, 2011 12:39 a.m.

    Fable 3 was rather disappointing, but to me, it just didn't feel right. The section as a ruler was underwhelming and not as good as it could be, while parts of the game felt wrong. It' supposed to be the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, but I never really got that feeling. Some factories and a couple cutscenes doesn't really give the feeling of progress or change. One of the things I wished they did was make it where less people trust you. You join up with a revolution and the majority of them seem to be fine with replacing the tyrant with his brother. It would've been interesting if there was a fraction of the revolutionary group calling for a Republic, and they lead an uprising after you become king, and you can choose to either crush them or give concessions (for example, signing something like the Magna Carta.) In addition, it would've been interesting (though not vital for the game) if you see more impacts for your choices. At some point you should take a tour of your troops before the invasion, and if you have no money in the treasury, you should see the troops wearing ragged clothing, with single-shot muskets, and with few artillery. But if your treasury is full, they're all wearing bright uniforms, they have repeater rifles, a lot of artillery, and maybe some early Gatling-guns. Eh, I'm rambling.
  • Redeater - June 30, 2011 12:40 a.m.

    I fucking hate this man. I realize hate is a strong word but I think it fits here. This man constantly says his next game will be amazing while suggesting his last game was shit. Here is an idea Peter. Create game mechanics and fucking refine them in your next game instead of throwing them all out the window in favor of shitty new ones. Seriously is it that fucking hard to have a "repair all" button instead of spending 20 minutes fixing every fucking house?
  • SeanS22 - June 30, 2011 12:43 a.m.

    His Dad is the King of Spades.
  • kyle94 - June 30, 2011 12:44 a.m.

    @Redeater: There was a repair all button. If you don't zoom into a village or town, you can just press "repair all" and if you have the money, it repairs all the houses you have. Or, at least it had that on the PC. Not sure if it was on the console versions, but I'd imagine so.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • BALLSTOTHEWALLET - June 30, 2011 1:03 a.m.

    @Redeater Couldn't of said it better myself, this man is a fool

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