An Amazing, yet short, game that any fans of RPG's should play.
brandonthesaint wrote this review on .
The Fable franchise has always had a huge amount of hype behind it but hasn't always lived up to the expectations. Thankfully Lionhead Studios has made sure to deliver an amazing game that revival many other RPG's due to the massive amount of work that has clearly went into it (four years).
Story: Fable2's story goes something like this, a man kills your loved ones and has a diabolical scheme to make a new world to take over the existing one and you have to stop him before he gets what he wants. Of course, the story goes much more in-depth and presents many likable characters that will help you along the way. Fable 2's story is, in my opinion, is much more enthralling than some other RPG's. It's an actual piece of the game that keeps you going because you want to find out what happens and you want to make the many, character and world changing, choices that are presented to you throughout the game. It really is a shocking when you make a simple choice that changes everything around you. The only problem I have with the story is the fact that it's too short and doesn't take advantage of more hours of gameplay. It is a short game, but it is also worth playing. The stories powerful choices and decisions keep you close to your character because YOU are the one that decides almost everything in the world.
Gameplay: Fable 2 has incorporated a simple use of the B, Y, and X buttons that's easy to pick and play but hard to master. This simple fighting system really pushes you to mix up the melee, ranged, and magic attacks, this lets you set up some great combos and mixes up the enemy encounters. Fable 2 keeps a steady and exciting use of combat that ends up being a fully realized mechanic in the game. There is also an "emotional wheel" that you take control of to do different actions (burp, laugh, whistle, etc.) and it changes people's perspective of you. This is a great way to goof off or receive gifts from people, but it takes away from the overall feel of distress in different parts of the world.
Graphics: Fable 2 is an oddity in the graphical department, the landscapes and overall level design and detail are amazing and once in a while you'll get that "take your breath away" moment. The only problem is the character designs in the game, don't get me wrong they have their own feel, but they don't look as graphically beautiful as the world around them. Although some might say that they were aiming for a more exaggerated cartoony feel, it doesn't fit with some of the later bleak environments. Your character though is, well…awesome, the game will change your characters face and body type as you play through it. You have no control of what your character looks like and that's what ends up making the spiritual connection between you and your character stronger, because in real life you will mature differently based on what you do. I, personally, loved the graphics in Fable 2. I liked the overall feel of what the concept behind the game was like. The characters in the world were just a small hiccup, and not all of them are too bad.
Sound: Nothing really to point out here. All of the sounds are what you would expect (fighting, people in the world etc). Some of the people will keep repeating the same thing which gets annoying, but it's what you should expect from an RPG type world. There are really no sound effects to point out, but the music is great and helps you get a feel for the world, from the opening cinematic to the end credits (the game isn't over when it ends).
Overall: Fable 2 is an amazing experience that any RPG fan should play, but the length and some of the humor pull it back from being a classic. I would tell you to buy it, but you can beat it through a weekend, so rent it. It is definitely worth playing and I just hope that Fable 3 fixes some of its faults.
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