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GF Rating
8.2

27850 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

Pretty nice, but perfect... no, still needs work

posted by MidXIII (SPRINGFIELD, PA) Oct 24, 2008

Member since Dec 2007

147 out of 180 gamers (82%) found this review helpful

Yes you can choose whatever path and spend hours just working as a blacksmith or woodcutter if you want. Yes you can marry someone and then kill them if they get on your nerves with constant nagging.
BUT, these are almost all the things you could do in Fable 1. I'm a great fan of "if it aint broke dont fix it" so I wont say that copying Fable's trademark stuff doesnt make it a good game. It IS a good game, but here are the things that take the score down:
First off the graphics, while beautiful, seem to suffer with slowdown issues and loading lag.
Secondly the map, they made it so small and non descriptive you can't tell what is where! I'm sorry but I want to KNOW what the stores are or AT LEAST know what they're called "misc stores" doesnt tell me squat!
Another thing which really bugged me was that after spending all this time on character interactions, without signs (in town), taking someone to their "favorite spot" on a date, consists of randomly running around finding a place you THINK is where they like. Some area popup would have been nice.
Also, the menu screen takes a lot of searching to get to things you want.(ex. to use potions, hit start, then items, then potions, then select potion, not TOO bad, but then it closes the menu and you have to do it all again to use another one! Gets a bit annoying when you have 3 will, skill, or strength potions!)
And they've taken away the customizable D-pad, so now you use RB all the time, I dont know why they even included it since half the time its not selecting whats the best thing to do.

These gripes do not mean I dont like the game, I do, but when they've taken so long to bring it out and all the great things in the game were the same the first one had, with so many of the NEW things messed up, I feel like what did they do all that time, tweak the dog?

Bottom line:
Nice graphics, easy to play (controls a little floaty), definite rental, good buy as long as you dont care about the little things reviewed above.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Good or Evil? That is the question

posted by blank78 (ARVADA, CO) Nov 19, 2008

Member since Jul 2004

18 out of 23 gamers (78%) found this review helpful

The first Fable was quite a break-through in RPG's. Having your character's appearance change based on your actions in the world in genius. It only fell short in the overall length and scope of the game. Fable 2 is a worthy predecessor but still falls short in some small ways, but should not be over looked because of these small short comings.

Pros:
-Same style and feel from the first fable
-Great graphics and character models as well as environments
-Character appearance changing based on your actions
-Good and Evil choices are presented very well and the addition of Pure and Corrupt is welcomed
-Interactive world with NPC's that react to you depending on your deeds
-Solid gameplay that doesn't feel to repetitive
-Addition of the dog is welcomed and used perfectly to accompany your hero
-Coop
-Much larger world to explore
-Real Estate wealth
-Families

Cons:
-Not completely open world like Oblivion or Fallout3
-Loading screens aplenty, zone based
-Somewhat low choice of clothing options
-Single Player still short compared to today's standards
-Bugs

Overall Fable 2 is basically everything the first game promised and didn't deliver on. As with any game that is hyped up, there are bound to be disappointments, but in the end Fable 2 is a well presented and polished game with lots of fun and entertainment to offer and should not be overlooked by anyone who played the first game. It is also very user friendly in the sense that almost anyone can pick it up and start playing relatively easily. If you give it a chance it will suck you in and bring you lots of enjoyment whether you play the good or evil path.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Overhyped and Overrated

posted by echo79 (ATHENS, GA) Jun 2, 2009

Member since Feb 2009

5 out of 6 gamers (83%) found this review helpful

I thought this game was weak. It started out good but ran out of steam very quickly. Combat wasn't very fun. Interacting with the NPCs wasn't very interesting. The graphics and controls weren't up to today's standards. This game doesn't look finished. Looks like a rush job. Not recommended.

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