Fable III has just been released, and while playing through this action RPG, I found a pretty damn creepy scene. Without spoiling too much in this intro, our Hero finds his or herself ashore a mysterious land. He or she and Walter, an old war veteran friend, travel in the only direction available to them; a dark ominous cave. Within this cave lies a very interesting enemy, and his ‘children’. Fable III has earned itself rights in our Suitable Mention In Horror series. Now before we go on, let me warn you guys that there will be spoilers.
After an exciting escape, you and Walter ride off from your destruction on a ship. Little do you suspect, a war ship guns you down, and everyone aboard is cast out at sea. Your hero and Walter awaken on the sandy shores of Aurora; the land to the south of Albion. On Aurora, you meet The Crawler. The Crawler lives in darkness, it IS darkness, and it wants the light of your soul. This whole chapter entitled “Darkness Incarnate”, is a freaky good time. Color and light becomes absorbed by darkness, and the usually bright and vivid color scheme becomes drab and dreary.
The Crawler speaks to you in a dark demonic voice, whispering macabre forms of poetry from all sides at once. I am a sucker for demons whispering in my ears. Call me crazy, but I find it cool. Your hero and Walter work their way through the caves where The Crawler lives, constantly victims to its taunts. Throughout this chapter you have to fight The Crawler’s ‘children’. These shadow creatures aren’t particularly scary, but The Crawler make this scene freaky and memorable.
Liquid Darkness seeps from the crevices of the chamber, and brings a strange but refreshing look to Fable. Even the sanctuary in which you do all of your menu tasks get’s touched by The Crawler’s presence. Poor 'ol Walter even gets touched, and he becomes temporarily blinded. After a scuffle, and an escape, you learn from Auroran citizens that The Crawler is a powerful threat to Aurora and Albion. The Crawler, appearing from nowhere, becomes a central character in Fable III. The Crawler is darkness incarnate, and based on the anticlimactic ending of Fable III, I expect to see him again. The Crawler is the sole reason Fable III makes it into our Suitable Mention series. He, well rather, IT, is one awesome creature. I wouldn’t mind taking some more dark-poetry lessons from The Crawler.