Tara Voelker's thoughts. A lot about video games, a little about life
Fable 2 Review
a review by Tara
Did you like Fable? If so, you’ll like Fable II because it’s Fable + a dog. The End.
Alright, I guess I could write a little more than that, so here we go…
This Fable takes place 500 years after its predecessor. Heroes have faded into legend and the character from the last Fable has faded into obscurity… and I’m not sure if he is ever mentioned now that I think about it. The game begins with our classic childhood tutorial, followed by a little bit of story a little bit of story, then adulthood. It pretty much follows the blue print of the original to a T.
Fable II is a entertaining game. If you liked Fable, chances are, you’ll like this one too. Not too much has changed from one to the next, but the changes that were made were pretty cool… well, could have been cool. For every element of awesomeness that Lionhead Studios tried to add to Fable, they made something else incredibly lame. For example:
Awesomeness:You can now choose to be a woman hero.
Lameness: Not only will your character probably look butch, but several women hairstyles clip into the weapons your hero is carrying. Now I don’t mean mildly clipping, I mean the hair looks possessed. It will constantly jump around the back of your hero’s head and can actually be quite distracting. It was almost like watching my ponytail do an Irish jig.
Awesomeness: You have more clothing options, with more dyes.
Lameness: The clothes don’t normally fit the character properly. Robes looked exceptionally horrible on women.
Awesomeness: You can now have kids.
Lameness: The family itself is incredibly buggy. It’s not uncommon for your wife to go missing and your children to become stuck in unresponsive idle animations for days at time. It happened to me… twice.
Awesomeness: There’s a bigger map.
Lameness: The game needed more story missions. To be honest, I beat the game on accident. I didn’t realize how close I was to the end of the game when I went into the final mission. If I had known, I would have done more side missions first. To make things worse, the final boss battle was… well… nothing. I don’t want to go into too much detail for those of you who haven’t gotten that far, but I was disappointed.
Overall, Fable II is an okay game. Although I constantly found myself frustrated with little things here and there, it held my attention for the most part. I would recommend this to anyone who needed a light game to pass the time. I would not recommend this to anyone who will be annoyed by the fact that you cannot shut the door to your house, so villagers will wander in and out as they please.
Final Rating: B- / C + Average, but entertaining