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I've played through Fable, and I own Fable 3, but I want to know if the story will still make sense if I skip Fable 2. Do all three have one continuous story, are they completely separate, or something in between? Are there things I won't understand in Fable 3 if I don't play Fable 2?

Please avoid spoilers.

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The story of Fable is about the family of the hero from the first game. Each subsequent game is a continuation of that hero's family that comes into their own powers and finds their place in the world as they discover their abilities and stop some great evil that is currently threatening the world. While they all share the legacy of the family, you do not have to play the games in any specific order for lore purposes.

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You will need to have played the first three games to fully understand the story of Theresa, that is explained by herself in Fable: The Journey. There are also some characters that appear in Fable II that reappear in Fable III, as well as some items, side stories, etc. Though it is not vital for the story plot, I recomend to play Fable II before Fable III. – Rufo May 31 '14 at 12:51

I played Fable II thoroughly, and later started Fable III when it came out. As far as I could tell there wasn't really enough related to Fable II to really matter. If you want my true opinion, play Fable II instead and forget about Fable III. Fable III was awful by comparison. Then again, I know that's not what you asked.

I don't think you'll have any real continuity problems if you skip Fable II. I never played the first Fable but greatly enjoyed Fable II, and I think I heard that the first two are more connected.

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personally i don't think either fable 2 or 3 was as good as the original. however each brought something new to the series, 2 being the first attempt at cooperative play via online as well as the dog for a companion. 3 further expanded on the online coop and actually got it right(not that minion trash you had to put up with as a player joining someone else's game in fable 2). 3 also made quite a few improvements in various aspects of the game that was added in 2. – Ravekner May 4 '13 at 5:19
I don't recall Fable II having any online coop. Yes, there were online aspects, but you saw other players only as icons in the world and the only interaction was trading items. It's not like you actually played side by side with other characters in the same game world. – vertigoelectric May 4 '13 at 5:39
My wife and I have been wanting to play the first Fable as we have heard it is good but haven't had a chance to try it. I thought Fable III was awful, even for the short time I tried it. – vertigoelectric May 4 '13 at 5:41
no, fable 2 did have coop, it was just terrible, you literally played with your friend as a minion, not your hero. you may have had to have the person as a friend on xboxlive though to coop – Ravekner May 4 '13 at 7:14
Oh, I remember that now. I actually thought that was only local, but I just checked and apparently coop was available online or offline. I remember it sucked, though. – vertigoelectric May 4 '13 at 9:57

they kind of have the same theme, but each is in a different time period. The only thing the same from each game that I can remember is the one narrating lady, at least from 2 to 3 (I don't remember if she was in the very first fable).

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From the Fable Wiki site: "Theresa is the immortal older sister of the Hero of Oakvale. Possessing prophetic powers due to her ancient bloodline, Theresa has a recurring role in all games as a guide to the Hero and is frequently referred to as "the Blind Seeress". " – vertigoelectric May 3 '13 at 17:06

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