I don't play many video games but every once in a while I'll find one that really catches my fancy. Fable II is one of them. First of all, it puts me into a fantasy world of magic & sword fighting, which is right up my ally. The storyline is fairly interesting. The graphics are good & fun to watch & the scenery is beautiful, at times.
You can chose whether to play as a male or female. You start out as a child, then the story skips ahead about 10 years to adulthood, when you start your quest. One fun aspect is that you have a pet dog that travels with you on your journeys. He finds treasures for you, warns you of danger, & even finishes off your enemies. I'm sure some players will find him annoying but I liked it.
Your character is somewhat customizable. You can change your hairstyle, hair color, & wardrobe & add facial hair or makeup. You can have two weapons equipped at a time, a melee weapon (cutlass, katana, longsword, axe, cleaver, hammer, or mace) & a ranged weapon (light crossbow, heavy crossbow, repeater crossbow, clockwork rifle/pistol, blunderbuss, turret rifle, flintlock pistol, etc).
In the game, magic is referred to as "Will." There are 8 spells you can learn. As you gain experience, your spells become more powerful. After playing it through once, I decided I really only needed one spell. It gets a little confusing during a battle when you have multiple spells. So, the next time I played it through, I only learned the Inferno (fireball) spell.
There are a series of expressions for you to learn with which you interact with the villagers. Some expressions include laughing, dancing, growling, & seducing (I was a little surpised when I discovered condoms in the game). If you get villagers to like you enough, they will give you gifts & even fall in love with you.
You can get married & have a family or, if you find a willing villager, just have a one night stand (but make sure to use a condom if you don't want a STD or babies).
You can purchase almost any house or store in the game & chose rent them out for profit or live there. Buying better furniture will improve the property's value. You can make a fortune in rent if you have enough property. There are also jobs (woodcutter, bartenter, blacksmith, bounty hunter) that help you earn gold. As you improve, the jobs become more difficult but you also earn more gold.
You can play with two players but the second player cannot play with their own character (unless you're playing online). I had a free trial for Xbox Live, so I was able to play online, which isn't much different. Other players are represented by a floating orb with their gamertag & avatar picture. I'm sure it's probably more fun if you have friends that are playing but I didn't, so it was mostly annoying. People trying to sell/buy weapons or beg money from you. Sometimes they are helpful, or trying to be helpful.
Overall, it's a pretty fun game but not necessarily for kids.
All you 360 fans can finally exhale....Fable II has been released. After the wildly popular Fable became a classic this has been the game most of us have waited a long time for. If you missed the first Fable...this became the game you had to check out to see what all the hype was about. But once the hype machine calms down, we're left with a game with many flaws. Story: It won't take you long to realize that Fable II isn't going to revolutionize the genre. You have two choices: you can either … more
Fable II, the aptly-named sequel to Fable, hit the markets a while back. I didn't have a way to play it then, but I do now, so even if this review isn't terribly timely, I hope you'll find it helpful. The game takes place in the world of Albion, a beautiful, lovely world somewhere between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. In that it quickly differentiates itself from most fantasy worlds. You play the Hero. You don't get a name, but you can get titles … more
I played the original Fable on the original XBOX, and while it was okay, it seriously under delivered on all of its "ground breaking" RPG claims. The game mechanics of the first Fable were fine, but tended towards the obnoxious side. The "Guild Master" was constantly yipping at you through his telepathic talking ability, the combat was repetitive and unsatisfying, the world's surface looked plastic-like, and the depth of EVERYTHING was very shallow. Want to get married? OK, now what? Want villagers … more
Who will you become? Beginning as a penniless street-urchin, your destiny is to become Albion's greatest Hero. But will your power lie in kindness or cruelty? Chose your own path to glory and experience how those choices change you and the world forever. A new life, a unique adventure - every time!
It's all up to you: Man or woman, good or evil, career and family, or just you and your faithful canine companion - live life your own way.
Share the experience: Dynamic co-op play allows friends and family to join your game at any time, and share your world.
Roads are for chumps! Explore the landscape and openly roam the countryside in a world 10 times the size of the original Fable.