It was only last week that Felix posted about Play's £8.99 deal for the normal version of Fable 2 but now you can nab the Game of the Year version from Gameplay for a pound less!
This is the best price I have ever seen for the second instalment in Peter Molyneux's action rpg series and undercuts the next best offer of £9.99 from Game by £2, after which it leaps up to at least £13. I guess I ought to point out that this deal is for the "Classics" version, I know some people can get pretty sniffy about the packaging of their games!
The Game of the Year edition is comprised of the original game and two expansion packs: Knothole Island and See the Future. As GotYs go, this one isn't too hot but considering the price, you might as well go for this version rather than the naked original.
It's 500 years after the events of the original Fable and we are back in Albion, The Heroes Guild has been dissolved and it's an era which reeks of colonialism, high romance and highwaymen. This vital land is a joy to explore; filled with very British humour and bursting with personality, it's a world that seems to live even when the player is absent. Charming graphics and well matched music add to this quirky appeal. The main story is somewhat flat and uninspired but there are plenty of side quests to investigate and the combat is a lot of fun.
It has a lot going for it but somehow I just didn't connect with Fable 2. The morality system and opportunities for choice were much flaunted but there is very little meaningful interaction. Conversation is largely made via a tool very similar to that found in the original Sims games whereby you can select from a choice of simple expressions but cannot make real conversation. This is entertaining at first but quickly wears thin. Furthermore, all the inhabitants of Albion not directly involved with the story seem to share a single personality and its a pretty one dimensional one at that. (Meanwhile those of actual import tend to stand and spout monologues at you as your character stands by impassively.) This makes options like getting married and having children feel cold and a little strange as it's virtually impossible to create any kind of emotional attachment to any of these cookie cutter characters. In fact the chances are, the only bond you form will be with your dog.
To make matters worse, I found it impossible to feel anything for my character, except maybe repulsion. The sweet scrawny and innocent orphan boy all too quickly grew into a rotund, rich buffoon with a penchant for womanising and I have no idea how it happened!
This is just my personal opinion and I know loads of people who absolutely loved Fable II so if you are tempted then it's probably worth taking the plunge now it's available at this price.
Thanks to Rhys135 at Hotukdeals!