Right, let's get one thing out of the way first: this is nowhere near to being an excellent RPG - the story is forgettable, the characters unremarkable and there's no real sense of atmosphere other than the occasional bit of whimsy and aural nausea brought on by some of The Worst Voice Acting Ever. However, if you can forgive Molyneux for hyping up the game to incredulous proportions, Fable II can be quite a lot of fun, and that's the main thing we look for right?
You can grab a copy of the Game of the Year Edition, which comes with both pieces of DLC for the game - Knothole Island (a nice little expansion) and See The Future (pretty crap pseudo-trailer for Fable III) - for £9.98 at GAME and its affiliates Gamestation and Gameplay, saving you £4 on the nearest price.
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The best thing about Fable II is Albion itself. The game world is pretty to look at, it's expansive, filled with nooks and crannies and places to explore (even if the game is somewhat hell bent on hampering your activities with path restrictions at times) and it's full of character. It has more character than the folk who inhabit it to be honest, and it's a lovely place to spend some time wandering around, flaunting the excellent combat/magic/firearm system.
Forget the story involving the young orphan Sparrow and Lord Lucien and dark magic and all that derivative guff, just frolicking around Albion, doing side quests to bolster your pockets before investing in real estate, is the real joy. In what other game can you murder the owner of an inn, move yourself in, impoverish the town by buying all of the stores and raising the prices, take a wife, cheat on her with a guy and a girl at the same time and then have them all sacrificed to appease some dark god, thereby ridding you of all responsibility apart from a deep descent into a moral cesspool?
It's difficult to play this game as the good guy, though, as to be honest every NPC's voice will make you want to kill them.
Check out Felix's review for a more expansive appraisal of the game.
Thanks to asdvj at HUKD