Good Game: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Lara Croft, Dragon Age 2, Infamous 2, Fable 3 and more

 
 

A new gameplay trailer of Fable 3 (XBox, PS3, PC on Oct. 26), a special Fable 3-themed Xbox controller, and a Fable novel were revealed this week.

If you’re new to the game, here’s the trailer:

 

What this doesn’t tell you is that you can play as either the King’s brother or his sister. Here’s a screenshot of the female hero:

Most games that allow you to customize a character’s gender only use male characters in their trailers, but this trailer bothers me more than the others, maybe because the story is presented in a very gender-specific way with a heavy emphasis on being the king’s “brother.” I’m still looking forward Fable III, but it’s a problem when you can’t tell from the trailers or the boxes how the gameplay in Fable or Dragon Age is fundamentally different from Infamous or Assassin’s Creed. Check out this blog post on feminist gaming blog BorderHouse for more on that subject.

On the other end of the spectrum, Nintendo just began running this TV ad for Metro: Other M (Aug. 31, Wii), which makes it very clear that the lead is a woman (most likely because the character is a classic one and not customizable).

 

I don’t really enjoy animated games, so I’ll probably skip this one, but I’m interested to see how an action-oriented game on the Wii fares against all the other action games coming out this fall. (I love my Wii but only play sports, Sims, and kids games on it, mostly because I find the Wii remote difficult to use in action games that require more precision.)

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