Fable 2 Review.
So Fable 2 is the newest endeavour by Lionshead Studios. They are responsible for Black and White 1 &2 and also the original Fable. The main emphasis on Lionshead games tend to be consequence. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So far in there games it has been a let down, being a great idea but never quit delivering on being enjoyable. Is Fable 2 any different? Well I will answer that later, now let me tell you about the game.
In a medium dominated my American and Japanese companies it’s a breath of fresh air to have a different environment. Fable 2 delivers, it is set in a imaginary kingdom modelled on Britain during the industrial revolution. Infact the settings and characters are nearly cloned from a Charles Dickens novel. The landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful and the characters are loveable with there hilarious cockney accents.
You start off as a child, either male or female, they have both, in a slum in the big city. You and your sister are orphans who live on the streets. As you progress through the story you age, but its not gradual, one minute you’re a kid, you finish that story arc then you’re a teen, then you finish that story arc and you’re a adult. It feels very rushed. One thing that does not age in the game is your dog. This story is set over a much longer period then a dog could last. And as we are talking about the dog, it feels like a waste of programming. The dog has one use, and that is sniffing out treasure, which he rarely does. He never once helped me in combat.
Now onto the quest. Its fun to play but its really short. One thing it really misses is Dialogue from your character. Sure you can emote things but you cant speak to people which is a huge let down. The game is also very small, there is not much you need to explore. And when you travel from are to area it loads up a part of the journey. For instance if your going from the wealthy part of the city to the poor part of the city the game loads once you cross the border, and it says the journey is about a kilometre, but instead of letting you walk that it jumps you to the rich part of the city.
So is it any different then another Lionshead game? Well no it is not. It has a great idea but fails to deliver. Personally I put Oblivion as the benchmark to RPG’s and this is well below par. I give this game a 5 out of 10