Just to let you all know... lots of problems are reported of freezing on this game - especially if you download the patch when you first play it. Check the lionhead forums for updates, but it may be some time before they release a patch that fixes it...
My son has just received his game today and it keeps on freezing and crashing, very frustrating. What can he do?, does this mean it is not a problem with actual disc but with the game itself? Is there any point in us returning the game as faulty?
You can try returning the disc - several people on the forums have said a new disc works for them - but it is random. To be honest, when my copy arrives, if it freezes I will just wait for Lionhead to release a patch / fix that makes everything ok - shouldn't be more than 2 weeks, as so many people have reported the problems they won't ignore it.
The latest state of play can be looked at over at the Lionhead forums http://community.lionhead.com/forums/default.aspx.
The freezing bug only affects some xbox consoles. It appears that there is nothing that can be done (in a lot of cases), as users have run through a list of possible fixes. You *may* be "lucky" in that one of the following *could* help - but there is no guarantee that it will. Sadly none of this has worked for me...
Clear your xbox cache http://www.joystiq.com/2006/06/09/xbox-360-hdd-cache-clear-code-discovered/ Play without the patch. This can be done by refusing the patch when prompted to update the game.
delete all your old save games (through the System blade in the xbox menu)
Turn off "orbs" (disabling multiplayer in the options screen).
Clean your disc Cool your console down Return your disc and exchange for another.
Frankly, given the huge number of people experiencing the problem, it seems very unlikely that any of the above would work (more than temporarily) - it's likely to be an issue with the hardware used in some xboxes. This sort of error is very infrequent...but it says a lot about the quality testing (or lack thereof) that went into the game.
I havnt experienced any freezing when playing although it did freeze on my mates xbox right at the beggining after that he got the update and it worked fine. I know the update is for co-op but they could of also had a fix in there, if problems persist i would say try what people have said clearing hdd space and cache or return disc.
Hmm, this is not good as my copy has started freezing and i don't have much stuff saved on my 360 (other than game saves). Had similar problems with Merc 2 so beginning to think my 360 can't cope. Already had to send it back to microsoft once, so starting to think i may have to buy a replacement. (but will that have the same problems?) - UPDATE....bought a replacement (brand new) and Fable 2 is still freezing, it's the game and not the hardware.
I experienced exactly the same problem! I found that all I could do was save the game at regular intervals. This of course won't stop the game freezing, but at least it will minimise the amount of ground you'll have to go over again....
I've installed it onto hard drive too. If you haven't downloaded the new Xbox 360 operating software from Xbox live, do so now - it's a vast improvement and allows you to run games from the hard disc. Seems to have reduced the risk of corrupted save game files, which were plaguing me before. One power cut whilst saving though and the save will be wiped out again. If I hear thunder, I'm switching the console off rather than risk it.
My game was also freezing (literally every 5mins) when trying to play it with just a memory card, since i bought my hard drive i've installed it to the drive and played it from there and now everything works fine and it hasn't crashed since.
ive played through the game 3 times now,havent had any major glitches and it hasnt frozen once.ive played with the game installed,without it installed,patched and no patch,no change.not sure why it effects certain xboxs and not others,a patch is ment to be released to fix glitches just before xmas.if they dont change the date.
hi, i had the same problems and i mean was freezing every 5mins of play. Since copying onto and playing from the hard drive, it has cured the problem and the game runs smoother, please note you can only copy onto the 60gb version of xbox 360. Obviously this shouldnt have to be done and is unacceptable but hopes this helps.
Is it still as glitchy? Been thinking about getting this game but for all the problems you hear about it. I've got a relatively new Xbox 360 (Jasper) if that makes any difference in the matter, but the suggestions that the games can actually damage your Xbox are the ones that put me off the most...