Fable II sets you down in the verdant game world of Albion, where everyone has hideously stereotyped accents and amorous swing meters, for a fun filled action-RPG that sees you dabbling in marksmanship, speed dating and real-estate whilst romping around thwarting the powers of evil.
The Game of the Year edition comes with both pieces of DLC for the game – Knothole Island (a nice little expansion) and See The Future (relatively unassuming) – for £9.95 at Zavvi, which is at least £3 cheaper than anyone else at the moment.
Peter Molyneux, visionary of the late twentieth century, likes to run his mouth a little bit, regaling anyone who'll listen with grand statements of self-aggrandisement when it comes to his games. This tends to leave those titles with a lot of hype to live up to and, inevitably, most of them fall short. Fable II is one of those games. It's not to say that this is a particularly bad game, it's just pretty average.
Albion does its best, the world is stuffed with things to do and places to explore, it's just a shame that the game restricts you to a beaten track for most of the time. The story is pretty forgettable as well, with none of the main players really standing out.
Thankfully, however, there are a whole bunch of extra things to do, and Albion is best treated like a corporate playground - accumulating wealth in the game is by far and away the most fun thing to do. whether it's by robbing bandits with the frankly excellent combat system, getting yourself on the property market by murdering homeowners and renting out their houses or seducing someone, lulling them into a false sense of security and then sacrificing them with the help of an evil cult for sweet money.
This game will turn you into a bastard. You have been warned.