Fable III received the most mixed critical reception in the history of the RPG franchise, having a Metacritic rating of around 80 percent. While that’s not exactly a terrible score, Lionhead Studios head thinks they should have done better.
“I’m pretty ashamed of that, to be honest, and I take that on my own shoulders, not the team’s shoulders, said Molyneux. “When you have something like that, which you can feel as a kick in the teeth, you have to pick yourself up and fight even harder. I still think it was a good game. I just don’t think it was a great game that took us to 5 million units. 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.”
“I look at Fable III and it’s hard to be completely honest without offending people; but I know, when I read in the middle of a review that said the quality just wasn’t good enough, I actually agree with those reviews,” he added.