Fable 3 Traitor’s Keep DLC Review

There are a few things that notify you that you’re playing Fable III: 1) various British accents. 2) lots of ¬†weird jokes about death. 3) the plot contains mostly vague but occasionally blatant real-world parallels.

Traitor’s Keep, now, is the realest of all real-world Fable III parallels, because it’s about a secret island prison called Ravenscar Keep where King Logan would throw any and all persons he thought might be a threat to the kingdom. And it has a torture chamber.


Fable 3: Traitor’s Keep (XBox360 [Reviewed])
Developer: Lionhead Studios
Publisher: Microsoft
Release Date: March 01, 2011
MSRP: $7

The main thrust of the new quest, which is triggered after you finish the main story, is that a former Albion general sought, during the reign of Logan, to abolish the monarchy, and after attempting a coup this General Turner was tossed in the Keep. Now, Turner has sent an assassin after you, and you’ll have to travel to a few of Albion’s island locales to figure out what the hell is going on. You’ll put down a prison riot, battle robuhts and ride a boat ’round the world.

Much moreso than the last Fable III story DLC, Traitor’s Keep feels legit. It’s got all the action you’d expect and is hilarious throughout — the quest will take you to my new favorite location in the game: a menagerie of strange animals called the Godwin Estate. There you’ll find unusual specimens, such as the monkeys that explode when they see strangers. Too, the creepy owner of the menagerie, Mary (literary reference!) performed plenty of strange experiments on various creatures, as the islands numerous cemeteries will attest, and you’ll undoubtedly spend much of your time on that island reading punny gravestones. It’s delightfully morbid. Or morbidly delightful?

Oops, I forgot one of the important “How You Know You’re Playing Fable III” elements: it tries really hard to be morally complex.

Given that this DLC is about Albion’s Guantanamo Bay, Lionhead’s traditional “Are You A Douchebag, bro?” posturing has to be present, but it’s only posturing; none of the characters in the game seem to be conflicted about this prison’s existence, but, then again, that’s probably because nobody knew about it. However, at least one person who was thrown in the prison had done nothing wrong, and after you complete the quest you can wander the prison and become friends with the prisoners. There’s your moral complexity, I guess.

This pack costs 560 MS Points and will net you about three hours of main quest in three new locations, as well as no fewer than five new “find that item” quests and three new outfits. And you’ll get to fight exploding robot dogs. Also, it’s really, really funny. I’d say it’s more than worth that $6.

final score: 90/100

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12 Comments on Fable 3 Traitor’s Keep DLC Review

Ake

On March 2, 2011 at 9:09 am

Looks like it’s worth getting.
I hope there will be more high-quality DLC with you as king.
One question – how can you get elite soldier’s outfit here? Is it somewhere in the middle of the quest, is it after the end or it’s totally different mission?

moonstomp

On March 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm

you have to open the demon door on ravenscar to get the elite outfit

reaper436

On March 2, 2011 at 7:12 pm

how do you get to the chest behind the gate on the godwin estate?

G. Orrel

On March 14, 2011 at 5:55 am

Can we ever find someone to review something who is not a flaming liberal seeking to bash anything that America does as bad? Geez It’s a GAME! Get over it!

afar

On March 14, 2011 at 10:35 am

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NaN

On March 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm

so because he mentions that the prison is fables version of Guantanamo Bay and it is that makes him a flameing liberal

you = dumbass

sam

On May 31, 2011 at 8:50 am

@ G. Orrel: Geez. It’s a REVEW. Get over it!

michell

On June 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Does anyone know where to find the prison boots? Logans elite guard uniform? On the new down load level. Also cant find prostiteute hat? Please help…

Ashley

On June 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Ha I personally loved the traitors keep quest line. Hopefully there is more like this to come for fable in the future.

kl

On June 9, 2011 at 11:22 am

yes it does make in a flaming liberal…im independent and HATE politics being shoved down my throat….if funny how the same people don’t get mad Mr.Obama didnt shut down gitmo yet it’s because its a necasary thing

Common Sense

On July 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

What is funny is: How you’ve just contradicted yourself in one sentence. Both Bush and Obama have the place running, so political allegiance has nothing to do with it or this article; and it was the passive aggressive nut job 3 comments in who mentioned names. Way to turn a review into a circus of nonesense.

I want open public Justice – not some behind closed doors cloak and dagger perverted justice. Whatever that is, is who I and others like me are, the good guys.

Now can we get back to the review?

dc

On January 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm

How do you get to the chest behind the gate on Godwin’s estate? Do they ever clear the rocks leading up to the house? Is there anything further after finding the 5 books?