Before i got an xbox 360, i could never see myself being dissapointed with Fable 2. the first Fable was easily my favourite xbox game besides halo 2, and seeing as halo 3 is almost exactly the same as halo 2 (maybe even a little worse) i thought this would be fable's chance to make the leap forward and be the better game.
I was badly mistaken. while halo 3 is admittedly a bit easy to get over, Fable 2 never really got going in the first place. i'll try start on a positive note. The game was good at first. It seemed just like the first game but with more to do, and with the improved graphics, among other things, it looked like this would be one of the best games i'd ever played. That was a bad assumption.
The easiest way to put it is just to say that it lacks the 'spark' that the first game had. what i liked about the first game just didnt seem to be here. it's hard to explain as just about everything in fable 2 should make it more enjoyable than the first, but that just didnt happen with me. the best thing about fable 2 is the graphics. the detail may be a bit lacking when compared to others like gears of war 2 or call of duty, but the landscape and overall environment is as good as you'll find in any video game today. the environments are beautiful and are one of the highlights of the game.
The other good thing about fable 2 is the amount of content in it. there is basically always something to do, and the amount of options as far as raising a family and owning property goes, this game is almost as varied as the sims. That's not to say that all of these little things are good. owning houses is good before you get to the point of having so much money that you can buy everything in albion and still have millions of dollars left to spend on nothing. and since you can rent out these houses and get money every 5 minutes, even when you arent playing, makes it way to easy to get rich. However raising a family is one of the best things about the game. you can have as many spouses in as many houses as you like. have multiple kids with multiple wives and watch them argue over who you belong to.
Fable 2 is barely a Role Playing Game. it has slightly more role playing than the first game, but thats not hard to top. in the end the shallow RPG elements feel almost identical to the first game, which would have been okay if not for going into a new generation of gaming. which also brings me to the biggest downfall of the game. the length.
Fable 1 was unbelieveably short and this made it much harder to keep coming back for more. Fable 2 hasn't changed. it's just as short and the quests could not keep my interest. the main story line was well thought of, but i never really cared about what i was doing which made it a little too boring to keep going with the main quest line. i've finished the game twice now and can't bare the thought of playing it through a third time. (btw i finished it twice because of the achievements. not for fun)
The combat can be fun, when you are winning of course. when you get slashed repeatedly by 5 balvarines all at once, that is just frustrating and not fun at all. i like the idea of the crossbow (or gun) not running out of ammo, and how you get unlimited use of spells, but the health system is where it gets dull. the fact that you can't die is very offputting. it brings absolutely no challenge to the game whatsoever. and not only that, you can't fail missions in any way. the people you are meant to protect cant die, there are no time limits, and the only conciquence of losing all of your health is that you get knocked out for a few seconds and lose a bit of experience. while this is more all ages friendly, it makes it very boring.
fable 2 is not a horrible game. there are definitely much bigger dissapointments from big franchises out there (grand theft auto 4), but Fable 2 is by no means a game of the year, despite all of its awards. hopefully Fable 3 will make many changes for the better and make sure that i can stay interested in what started out as such an amazing series.
+ Beautiful environments
+ so much to do
- a lot of these things to do aren't all that fun
+ multiple families
- property ownership is too easy thanks to the enormous amounts of easy money
- absolutely no challenge whatsoever
+/- frustrating, yet odly fun combat
- quests get a bit too boring
- waaaaaaaay too short