I’m not exactly sure about the future. I’ve seen every Back to the Future so I suppose I have some keen awareness of generic time travel principals. You probably wont see me writing the “How to Time Travel” for Dummies, so Peter Molyneux the man we all love to hate probably wouldn’t have hired me to create the latest DLC for Fable 2.
Good: I hate to list this as a good, but I will. We get more Fable game play which is never a bad thing. I’m not one to change things when it works just for the sake of change. There’s more fun storytelling and zany blu-man group characters to kill. You’ll get some new clothes to go with the clothes that you don’t wear already. You’ll also get a solid 4 hours of game play if you race through this. It took me a span of 3 days of 4 hour play session to beat this which I found very delightful. You are given the ability to reskin your puppy which is beyond adorable as I became really attached to my dog. The dungeon’s are fun and engaging. They unfold before you instead of just running from end to end killing things inbetween.
Bad: Clothing. Whatever, I’ve mentioned this as my main beef with Fable 2. The rehashing of the gauntlet was cool but not needed. The single biggest thing is starting out in black and white. Be prepared after playing through the vibrant colors of the normal game that it turns into this. It’s part of the story but one that really needs to be noted.
Ugly: Nothing to note.
If you like RPG’s and own a 360, you have this game. Lets just put that out there.You’ve also most likely played this game but, if you have not, and fall into the category then please go purchase this right now. The game ran the gamut of emotions from pure joy to points where you just flat out feel ripped off. If you said it’s a 90, I’d agree. We spoke about this being the case for Star Wars Force unleashed…so..I was hoping for the DLC to fix some of these issues and it’s yet to be seen since I didn’t play it. But from what we read it has not. So it goes.
Good: Depth of game. This game has incredible story lines. Almost all are universally engaging. The chain through westcliff was one of the most intense moments of gaming in Fable 2. You start out running through a heavily infested bandit camp only to have to go through a dungeon call Howling Hall and end up at The Crucible fable 2’s equivlient of the Arena. In Westcliff there is also a quest where you can give 5000 gold to a NPC to build up the town. After Completing another quest in game, forgetting which one exactly but it’s near the end, when you come back the town’s completely changed. This is where fable 2 really kicks it into high gear. Seeing the world change around you like this is just amazing. The characters also within the world really start to act differently. I cannot stress how these little features really made the game so much more engaging for me. Another feature is you being able to buy houses and stalls in game. You can raise the price of rent or just leave it be. Your actions causing you to swing to a more Evil or Good. I choose evil which at first seems fun but it becomes hard to complete quests due to everyone running away from you. The horns also look quite silly. I really wish I turned more into a demon rather than some motley looking sad pathetic half horned fool. You can easily change this by drinking a bajillion potions to turn back to good. Your Demon Doors are there in all their glory as well as achievements by the truck load. I seriously don’t see how feasable it is to get the completed part of this game without sinking hundreds of hours into game play. It’s a fun game but not THAT fun. Gold is a non-issue about halfway into the game. Buy up Bowerstone and any house you can. Along with potions to bring you back to life. That’s about all you spend it on. When you stop playing you acrew gold but it’s a fixed amount. Max is 1.5 MILLION.
Bad: Not giving stats to the items you get. You essentially find an outfit you like and never ever get rid of it. I mostly wore the Will User outfit. The same with weapons, the Daichi,or the Maelstrom although there are more upgrades depending on what type of character you are. The female model is god awful. It’s mean but unless I kept up the strictest diet (yes you can eat fatty foods and make a fatty) my girl turned into something hideous. There’s a part where you can get a sex change later in the game. I made my choice.
Ugly: Make the world virtually seamless. Enough with the kings quest loading types. We should be far beyond this with currently technology like Mass Effect or Obvilion. The end of the game. What a joke. The lead up was fantastic only to get to the end and have to do nothing. It’s a joke because the choices are so freaking obvious. Why do I need gold when, when I stop playing I acrew 1.5 million in a matter of days. To eat food or drink potions you have to pause the game. The game menu really needs to be redone. Only Mass Effect exceeding in slowing down your gaming more than this game.
So you just got a new xbox 360 and you’re not staring at the wall wondering what in the world to purchase. Maybe the 59.99 new game price tag is scaring you, maybe you don’t want to pay MORE on top of the new system you just bought, maybe you have to run or you are ok with spending money for what’s considered to be the best games. Well here’s a little guide towards purchasing games for the new xbox 360 owner. I’m going to post this with the thought that my partner in crime will add something in the comments! 🙂
Away we go.
1. Gears of War – Exclusive to Xbox – First person shooter, Mature Language. This is the game that really kicked off the xbox 360 craze in my book. This game is to the 360 what Halo was to the original Xbox. I read a stat that nearly all of the new consoles in the year this game out were bought with a copy of Gears of War. It’s a Third person with a switch to First person shooter set in a post apocolyptic world. You kill aliens while cursing, yelling and taking a heck of a lot of cover. The graphics are gorgeous. It’s also a moderate length game. Only the most extreme gamers will finish this in one setting though. You’re looking at 12 or so hours. The best part is that there is a good amount of replay value due to the harder settings. See Also Halo 3, Gears of War 2, Rainbow 6 Vegas, and Call of Duty.Price 19.99 used.
2. Lego Star Wars – Not Exclusive to any system – RPG-light action. Family oriented. This is a wonderful game for the non shooter/blood types. Maybe you want to jump from your nintendo days into something a little more. This game is a two button game solving puzzles and jumping over spaces on your own or with a teammate. Sound familiar? The story is easy to digest and very light humor that will leave you giggling in parts. You can easily put in 80-100 hours. About 8x the normal game.You can also subsiute Lego Star Wars with Indiana jones, batman, or the new Lego Harry Potter (no release date). The Lego Star Wars one is considered to be the best of the 3 due to the following of a well known story. Price 17.99
3. Grand Theft Auto 4 – Non-exclusive to any system – Heavy Violence,Graphic Language,Sexual Content. If you loved any gta game before this, this game will drive you wild with excitement. I think our kid is still giggling over this game and it’s been a year since release. There is a MASSIVE world to run around in. You’ll do any number of jobs within the city. The radio stations are as varied as they are epic in it’s quality. The cutscenes are no joke. The violence is over the top so this is not geared towards the faint of heart. Price 39.99
4. Fallout 3 – Core gameplay not exclusive to any system but DLC is exclusive for a time. Heavy Violence. We constantly talk up this game on the podcast. So much so we devoted an entire one to it. It’s extremely easy to pick up for the uninitiated gamer though it make take a hour or two to get “into” the game. It starts off slow but when it picks up, it’s an EXPLOSION. There is enormous amounts of game-play in either 3rd person or 1st person and you’re not exclusivly set to either setting. There are multiple updates for the game that cost 10$ more that add more content into the game. You can specialize your character to have abilities and weapons that make you unique in your own way. I’ve talked to multiple people on how they play the game and everyone says something different. See also : Obvilion (fantasy version) and Mass Effect. Price 54.99
5. Fable 2 – Exclusive to xbox360 – Mature theme’s, Action-adventure. This is a “role playing game” of sorts. To me this game is a almost 100. With the only exception being lack of clothing you are given. It’s THAT close to being perfect for me. The game-play can be challenging at times but 90% of your game-play is playing part of a wonder full fantasy story line. You are given vast expanses of land, though not as large as other games, to explore. You’re given a dog that does commands like fetch a ball or play dead….And you’re given a dog. Which is so awesome it’s worth mentioning twice. Casting spells is easy, maybe too easy, you just press and hold a button but still fun. You can make your spells stronger through leveling up screens and nearly every choice you make has a outcome on your story. It’s WoW without the addiction. There is DLC for this game but not to the extent of Fallout 3. Price 39.99 used
We’ve mentioned this on the last podcast….I didn’t know if it was out or not, but here’s the real skinny. On May 12th, Xbox Live brings us “See The Future” for Fable 2, at 7 bux(or 560 MS points) we get new quests, items, and some new doggies…..now I just gotta get back into the game and experience the goodness Fable 2 delivers 😉