Review: Fable 2

23 01 2009

A Heroic review for a brilliant Action RPG…

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Wow Is the first and main thing I have to say… WOW. Fable 2 has had me hooked and is very different from most games for me. Usually I will play a game until I haved attained the 1000 points or until I have completed it and cannot possibly earn anymore points, then I will trade it in.  Fable 2 however has kept me coming back for more. Since buying the game on 27th December 08 and completing it a week later I have completed it multiple times with a few different characters.

I didnt play Fable 1 so I dont really have anything to compare it too, but I will still offer my opinion.

After selecting a male or female character the begining of the game plays like a tutorial as you are a child living on the streets with your sister, it teaches you about movement, combat and character interaction etc. After the events of the introduction pass you find yourself now older as you have become a strong young man/woman and you can then begin your journey.

fable2child(A young male character begining his journey)

Fable 2 offers players a huge free roam environment called Albion in which to explore. (Which is 10 times bigger than Fable 1 for anyone that played it.) This environment is filled with many different regions each with its own city for you to explore. The graphics in Fable 2 are stunning, the differing environments from town to town give you a detailed impression of how life in Albion would be, from the bustling streets of Bowerstone Market Town Center to the lush greenery of Oakfield are very detailed and believable. Similar to the system featured in “Oblivion” and “Fallout 3” you can fast travel. So if you dont want to make your journeys on foot, you can select what region you want to travel to within the game menu!

fable2oakfield(Oakfield’s Beauty in all its glory!)

The concept of the game consists of working your way from region to region completeting quests that you recieve along the way. The main quest line will take you through the story of the game whereas you can accept side quests from villagers and other characters all of which you can complete in any way you want. A large part of the game makes you choose whether to complete it by being good or evil, You characters visual appearance will change dependant on your charcter’s lieniency towards good/evil, and pure/corrupt. If you are good a halo will appear above you head, whereas if you are evil, devil like horns wil appear on your character’s forehead. Also if you are pure glowing light blue streaks will appear all over your charcters body, whereas if you are corrupt, darker dull red streaks will appear.

fable2evil(A completely evil character, with full Devil horns and glowing red eyes!)

Along your travels you will encounter a variety of creatures and humans that will attack you these range from the dwarf like Hobbes (It is said Hobbes kidnap children and turn them into Hobbes themselves) to  werewolf like Balverines to huge towering Trolls. Human enemies include bandits and assasins.

fable2combat(Being surrounded by bandits doesnt worry our brave hero.)

To combat these foes, you can use Hand to Hand Combat, using weapons like Longswords, Katanas, Axes and Maces. Long Ranged weapons include, Crossbows, Rifles and Pistols. You can also use Magic Attacks such as the electric Shock, the fire Inferno, and Raise Dead which raises the souls of fallen enemies around you which come back to fight for you. The combat system is pretty basic and its really down to button bashing but the attacks are set to X (Hand to Hand),Y (Long Ranged) and B (Magic) buttons. If you die in combat, your character will recieve battle scars on their body.

fable2shock (A very “shocking” performance for those hollowmen!)

During combat you can earn experience points, you earn different points dependant on your attack, Blue strength for hand to hand attacks, Yellow skill for ranged attacks, Red will for magic attacks also Green for general experience points. These experience points appear as little orbs that drop from your enemies as you attack. When the battle is over or even during if your daring you can hold your “RT” trigger and the experience will be drawn into your character. If you die in combat you simply revive in the same spot you died you just lose any battle experience you hadn’t collected during the combat up to that point.

fable2orbs(Sorry about the quality, Here you can see the experience orbs on the ground!)

Aside from all of the quests and fighting there is a lot to do in Albion. You can try to live a normal life in that you can make people fall in live with you by impressing them enough, to a point that you can get married by offering a ring to someone that loves you, Upon marrying and selecting a marital home you can have protected or unprotected sex with your wife/husband, unprotected sex can however lead to your character contracting STD’s and you could also have a little child of your own.

fable2love(“Do not worry ladies I have time for all of you”)

Within the many towns and regions of Albion there are many properties to buy like shops, pubs, houses etc. You can earn money by renting out the houses, and from the profit your shops bring in, but dependant on your pure/corrupt lieniency you can choose to alter rent to any where between 100% above or below the oringinal prices. Obviously charging no rent is going to make you pure, whereas being greedy will make people dislike you and become corrupt.

Aside from your statistic building experience points, you can earn Renown points which basically add up to how famous/well known you are within Albion. You can earn renown by completing quests for people and earning trophies which you can show off to people via the expression wheel.

fable2trophy1(My Hero displaying one of his many Trophies.)

During your time spent in Albion you will undoubtedly encounter an endless amount of villagers, settlers and other people to converse with. To interact with people you must use the expression wheel. There are various expressions to use from Social, Fun and Flirtatious ones to Scary and even Rude ones. All of which have different effects on how people react to you e.g. Fun and Social expressions will make people like and even love you, whereas Scary or Rude expressions will make people fear or even hate you.

fable2expression1(Trying to impress “Sue the Housewife” with some flirty expressions)

If no one else within your Fable experience, you will always find one friend wherever you go. Man’s best friend itself, your dog. Always at your side your dog follows you on quests and wherever you go throughout Albion. Although it is nice to have the company while your travelling, your dog does have its uses. You can train your dog to be a stronger fighter, you can also teach him to hunt for treasure in which case he will find treasure chests and items buried in dig spots that are near you and will lead you to them.

fable2dog(Giving your faithfull friend some loving praise!)

There are two versions of the online multiplayer. First of all there is the co-operative mode in which someone can join your gameas a physical character and help you with quests and fighting etc. The other version is chosen from the in game menu. You must select to display player orbs and whether to display friends only or everyone. Then little orbs will appear which represent other players online. You can then approach the orbs and interact with them by chatting or giving them gifts etc.

fable2onlineorb(Here I am interacting with another player’s orb online via Xbox Live.)

Downloadable Content: Knothole Island = 800 microsoft points.

Knothole Island gives players an extra quest line in which you must solve Knothole’s weather problems, you can help the “Box of Secrets” shop restock by finding certain items around Albion, and their are 10 informative books detialing Knothole Island’s history for you to find within the region. By completing these tasks throughout you can earn another 3 achievements worth 100 gamerpoints.

So finally all in all I give Fable 2 – 10 out of 10.

Another highly addictive RPG game that has had me hooked! With a brilliant story and great re-playabilitly and massive explorative capability this game keeps you coming back for more! I have given it top marks because, in my opinion, this game cannot be faulted!

Thanks for reading

Peace & Love To All

– Pigeon

There are 53 achievements with a total of 1100 points.


The Pooch Pamperer 5
Play fetch with your dog, or see another Hero’s dog play.
The Archaeologist 5
Dig up something the dog has discovered, or see another Hero do so.
The Dog Trainer 5
Teach your dog a trick, or see another Hero’s dog learn one.
The Persuader 5
Convince a villager to give you a present, or see another Hero do so.
The Show-off 5
Impress a villager with a perfect expression, or see another Hero do so.
The Romantic 10
Take a villager on a perfect date, or tag along to one. Location and expressions are all-important.
The Spouse 10
Marry a villager, or attend the wedding of another Hero.
The Parent 10
Have a child, or be there for the birth of another Hero’s child.
The Hunter 5
Kill a sweet, innocent, fluffy bunny rabbit (remember, safety’s off!)
The Gargoyle 25
Find the gargoyles’ legendary treasure.
The Chicken Kicker 5
Kick a chicken a good distance, or see one getting kicked.
The Cliff Diver 5
Cliff dive 500 feet, or see another Hero do so.
The Workhorse 10
A Hero must achieve a high-enough chain while performing a job.
The Hero of Many Names 5
Change your Hero’s title, or see another Hero change theirs.
The Teaser 5
Make bandits respond to expressions with fear, anger, mirth, and confusion… during combat!
The Property Magnate 10
A property must be sold for twice the price it was bought for.
The Rogue 5
Steal something undetected from a building while there are people nearby, or see another Hero do so.
The Illustrated Hero 5
Tattoo every part of your Hero’s body, or see another Hero do so.
The Executioner 10
Sacrifice ten people in the Temple of Shadows, or see another Hero do so.
The Gambler 10
A Hero must win 500 gold at a pub game in one sitting, having tried each game type at least once.
The Bigamist 10
Get married a second time, whilst already married, or attend the second wedding of another Hero.
The Swinger 5
Take part in a debauched bedroom party with several participants.
The Pied Piper 10
Start a party where at least five villagers are dancing, or see another Hero do so.
The Party Animal 10
Get five villagers drunk in under three minutes, or see another Hero do so.
The Menace To Society 5
Commit an act of public indecency, or see another Hero commit one.
The Black Knight 10
Shoot the weapons from a hollow man’s hands, blow off his head and then kill him for good!
The Duellist 10
String together a full-speed chain attack, or see another Hero do so.
The Sharpshooter 10
Hit three enemies with one shot, or see another Hero do so.
The Archmage 10
A Hero must kill five human enemies with one spell.
The Ruler of Albion 100
Amass a 2.5 million gold real estate empire, or be there when another Hero does.
The Hoarder 25
Collect every silver key, or see another Hero do so.
The Goth 5
A Hero must dye their hair black, and wear a black outfit and black makeup.
The Completionist 50
Get all expressions, pet tricks and abilities, or see another Hero do so.
The Paragon 15
Reach 100% good or evil, or see another Hero do so.
The Extremist 15
Reach 100% purity or corruption, or see another Hero do so.
The Celebrity 50
Reach 50,000 renown, or see another Hero do so.
The Artisan 10
Succeed at one job to Level 5, or see another Hero do so.
The Dollcatcher 10
Collect all the Hero dolls, or see another Hero collect them.
The Muse 5
Inspire the Bard to compose songs celebrating your great deeds.
The Companions 10
Perform a perfect co-op expression.
The Double Threat 10
Get a co-op combat bonus.
The Philanthropist 10
Send a gift to an Xbox LIVE friend, or watch another Hero send one.
The Whippersnapper 25
A child Hero must collect five gold pieces.
The New Hero 50
The terror of Bower Lake must be defeated.
The Hero of Strength 100
Complete The Hero of Strength.
The Hero of Will 100
Complete The Hero of Will.
The Hero of Skill 100
Complete The Hero of Skill.
The Sacrifice 25
A Hero must choose ‘The Needs of the Many’.
The Family 25
A Hero must choose ‘The Needs of The Few’.
The Egomaniac 25
A Hero must choose ‘The Needs of the One’.
The Collector 25
Acquire all the mystery items in The Box of Secrets shop, or see another Hero do so.
The Meteorologist 50
Bring all of Knothole Island’s weather problems under control, or help another Hero to do so.
The Bibliophile 25
Find all the books detailing the history of Knothole Island, or help another Hero to do so.

(Achievement information from xbox360achievements.org)

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6 responses

23 01 2009
theclarkin8tor

another perfect review pigeon!!!!!
I agree totally 10 out 10 no doubts about it
one very fun and addictive game one which stop on my keep pile 🙂

23 01 2009
gamingpigeon

Cheers again matey, really enjoyed writin that one 😀

23 01 2009
theclarkin8tor

and i enjoyed reading it due to the fact everything you said was exactly my thoughts on the wonderful game 😀

24 01 2009
gamingpigeon

cheers mate!
Its gamers logic clarkie true gamers have got taste hehe 😉

10 02 2010
Relic

a good portion of the pictures are taken from fable 1/the advert’s and demo cinematics , and the only pictures that werent snagged off google were taken by pointing a digital camera with low MP(possibly a cell phone camera) at a very lousy TV, though the review itself is fairly spot on

10 02 2010
gamingpigeon

Relic,
Yes the majority of pictures were taken from Google and the ones I took were from a crappy TV an Mobile Phone!
Yet the pictures are only really there to split the text and to capture some attention, it is the text review itself that is important!
Thank you for you comment
-Pigeon

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