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Fable 2

Action RPG for Xbox 360

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Better than the first!

  • Feb 27, 2009
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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 (like Lionheart, Executioner or the NAMBLA-friendly, Chicken Chaser). You can be male or female, good or evil. You can marry the opposite sex or the same sex. You can customize your looks with new hair styles, tattoos, facial hair and hair dye. You get all sorts of different clothes to pick from, and get scars when you die. You also age.

In addition, you get a whole slew of skills. You can learn how to chop wood, for example. If that's not exciting enough, you can also tend bar! Blacksmithing, bounty hunting and a couple other jobs round things out.

If jobs aren't your thing, you can go on a whole series of quests, though not very many. During these quests, you can earn gold which you can use to buy all the usual stuff, plus real estate. Yes, if you want you can become the next Donald Trump! One of my friends has done this and basically owns every bit of property that can be owned.

This is an action RPG, which is different from regular RPGs in that you don't select options from a menu screen. No, instead you bash, smash and crush your enemies by repeated button-mashing. Think of the Zelda games. You have both melee weapons and ranged weapons as well as a series of spells, some of which can be lots of fun!

Along the way, you have a dog acting as your faithful companion. Allegedly he helps in fights, but not so you'd notice. What he mostly does is sniff out treasure, and that's a damn nice thing, given how well-hidden some of the treasure chests are.

Graphics wise, this is one of the most beautiful games on any system. Everything looks gorgeous, even the darker and more unpleasant spots.

If it seems like I'm focusing overly much on the non-story aspects of the game, it's cause the story, well, kind of falls short. It's the usual "fight against someone who killed your sister" kind of plot. Nothing memorable. It's also rather brief. There's nothing wrong with it, per se, but it's not very original.

Still, the joy is in the journey, and this is one of the best games of its kind out there. Highly recommended!

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review by . June 19, 2009
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 …
Quick Tip by . August 21, 2009
Does it really matter if the game lets you do anything you want if the story sucks and its just plain boring to begin with?
review by . May 15, 2009
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 …
review by . February 03, 2009
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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 …
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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.
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ESRB: Mature
Number of Players: multiplayer
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Microsoft
Console: Xbox 360
Genre: RPG
Release Date: October 21, 2008
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