I am a huge Fable fan, and after completing this great game, i couldn't help but feel let down.
Big_K-lashy wrote this review on .
First of all, just like to talk about the combat, I've read a lot of user reviews and a few people seem to believe this is one button combat, and it's not. Basically yes the X button does your melee attacks, and once you level up, you hold X to block, and hold X and push the left stick in any direction to preform a flourish in that direction, and then there's the reversals you can do, and then there's the Y button, which is your ranged attacks and this too can be upgraded and made much more impressive, and then there's B which is the magic button and there's a handful of spells to use, all of which have 2 variations, one spell effect is to cast the spell on the surrounding area and the other effect is to aim the spell at a specific target. And overall the combat is really good and its up to you to mix it up, so all of you fools that sit there pressing the same button then complain its a one button system, try pressing the pretty Y & B button too, fools.
And next of course is the graphics. Well the graphics on Fable II aren't what I'd call ground breaking but everything has a nice design and the character models and all the buildings have a nice unique look and design about them, so when it all comes together it looks pretty amazing. Its worth pointing out the games amazing sun light effects, but anybody that's seen the sun rise through the trees and over the sea will know what I'm talking about, the sun rays the game creates around different objects looks pretty stunning at times, and all the great design is helped along by some great music in the background, it all goes really nicely together, being out in the wilderness for the first time on the first part of the game is where you realize that the most.
Okay, now for the things i didn't like in Fable II, warning to those who haven't played the game or completed it, the next paragraph could be looked at as a spoiler, while not stating any specific facts, it will give you some form of idea of the games rewards and such. Basically, when i came to open Demon Doors & Silver Key Chests, i was disappointed and its put me off the game now. [SIDE MISSION SPOILER] There is a quest that requires you fight you're way through a haunted place and kill the ghosts of many pirates until you get to the captain and then yes you kill him, and get his "Treasure" map, and at this point, i was pretty excited, having been disappointed by the lack of clothing items and such i was hoping to have a smile on my face! But no, you get to this island, and then you have to find and open 10 "Treasure" chests, and in each of the chests, is 1500 gold, Don't get me wrong, you can always use a bit more gold, but, this Pirate Captain was talked about and was supposed to be legendary, so why would his treasure be so poor? And the problem also, is that, you earn rent money from every building you own, and the only way you're going to struggle with buying all the time buildings is if you rush, so yeah, with very little effort involved you can get yourself a nice load-some of money every 5 minutes of the game, and of course stop playing and wake up to even more gold, so why the hell the game feels the need to reward you with gold is beyond me and gives the impression Lionhead just got bored without the gold rewards. [LAST DEMON DOOR AND LAST SILVER KEY CHEST SPOILER] Continuing with the crappy reward system, after working so very hard, to gain access to the million gold castle and all the silver keys you need to open the chest inside it, and working hard to get all the demon doors, the rewards you receive for doing all this work are practically insulting. For getting all the silver keys you get more gold coins...for opening all the demon doors you get, yep you guessed it, yet more gold coins. And the other problem is that, with all that gold, what can you possibly buy when you have all the buildings in the game?...nothing that you need, so is it a waste of time?...Yes!
And yes, the ending of the game, i honestly loved the story on Fable II, it's great, and just when it started to get amazing, and i really started getting into it, it just ends, and its highly disappointing, there's no feeling of accomplishment.
So! Overall. Amazing game when it starts out, the world is great its a fun place to be, the dog is great, the combat is brilliant, but, you just can't help but feeling let down by the content in the game, and there's a few bugs, none of them major so not worth pointing out them individually. So as much as i love Fable II and Fable: The Lost Chapters, and of course just Fable, i really feel that they NEED to redeem themselves with some amazing downloadable content for Fable II.