Product Type: Microsoft Xbox 360 games
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Fable II (Xbox 360)
Member Name: BRoyJenkins
Fable II (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Well-crafted characters and environments, improved graphics, nice musical score
Disadvantages: There isn't much difference from this and the original game, story-wise; is sometimes glitchy
XBox's fantasy RPG Fable was, in my opinion, one of the best games of the console. The graphics were top notch and the game play - in particular the way that your character evolved according to their actions -was spectacular.
Fable 2 is a case of 'why fix what isn't broken?' For, apart from an advance in the time period (you now have guns as weapons rather than bows and crossbows) and an expansion of the map - apparently the Fable 2 world map is ten times bigger than the original Fable map - Fable 2 isn't all that different from the first game. This is no issue for me; the game does lack originality in that it is basically just a longer, more in-depth, graphically-improved version of Fable 1, but it retains, and at times even betters, the charm of the original game.
Fable 2 achieves this through the combination of impeccable game design and the fairytale-esque musical score. The way that each different area of Albion, the Fable series' fictional world setting, has its own personality, is one of the best things about Fable 2. The characters that inhabit each town are so rich and full of life that you can really sense the detail and the man-hours that went into this game.
And, of course, with a bigger map inevitably comes longer game play. I spoke to a friend who found the game too short, which it is, but that's only if you neglect the numerous side missions and jobs (you can take on six different job titles, including blacksmith, assassin and barman) that come your way. The main missions, for me, isn't what you play Fable 2 for. Instead, it's living your character's life in what I like to think of as the Sims in a fantasy setting. Everything you do in this world has consequences - you can become renowned or unknown, be evil or good, pure or corrupt, have a family or be a singleton, become rich or poor. By the end of the game, I was completely oblivious to any missions, and was simply living my character's life, attempting to buy and sell shops and housing in order to expand my business empire.
The only major difference in Fable 2 from Fable 1 is that your character, the unnamed hero, now has a furry companion in the form of a dog. The inclusion of the dog, though, really adds nothing - it barks when it finds treasure nearby and attacks enemies (giving out very little damage, might I add) but could fundamentally be taken out of the game entirely. I believe they have removed the animal altogether from the upcoming Fable 3, which proves just how peripheral to the game the dog actually is.
The game is also a little glitchy in parts, as though certain aspects of it are unfinished. The frame rate often becomes very blurry and there are short moments of freezing which do sometimes get on your nerves.
Overall, however, this is a fantastic follow-up to one of the best games of the original XBox. It is basically an updated version of Fable 1 - the setting is the same while the story couldn't be much more similar - but new players and fans of the original alike should still love it. I know I did.
Summary: A very good sequel