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Completely different RPG to Oblivion and Fallout 3, but still very good,
This review is from: Fable II (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
The first RPG I had was The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Classics Edition (Xbox 360) and I loved it. The graphics were amazing as soon as you left the sewer in the early part of the game, and the vast expanse of land was breathtaking. The next RPG I played was Fallout 3 (Xbox 360), which without the magic and more on weapons, found just as good in a different way. I had heard so much about this game, that when on offer at my local store, decided to get it and give it a try.
You start where you decide if you want to be a male or female, then do simple tasks to start you into the background of the game. Later on after these brief tasks that get you used to the way your character interacts with the environment, you awake years later in a camp and your quest begins.
There are not that many buttons to learn, so this is a very easy game to pick up and play. Press the start button to get to the menu and the top is quests/maps. The quests list all the tasks in the game, the main task to complete the story and the side tasks to interact with the characters and earn money and respect. Selecting a task and you can be sent to the closest area to the start of the task that you have already discovered. A golden trail is overlaid on the floor showing you the direction to go so you never get lost. You are accompanied by a dog, who will bark and show you where various treasures are hidden to open or dig up.
When fighting you have a button for close combat weapons such as swords, maces, hammers, a button for long range weapons such as crossbows, pistols and rifles and a button for will (magic) such as flame, wind, swords, raining the dead etc. After each kill, the defeated enemy leaves behind coloured orbs, and by pressing the RT button, you absorb all these orbs to increase your values. When you have enough, you can upgrade your own strength, speed, magic and abilities. You will also receive renown points, the more renowned you are throughout the land, the better your standing will be.
The great thing is that you can complete different tasks in any order (but the main one must be done to complete the game). To get better weapons, you must either find them as treasure or purchase the from the many sellers throughout the map. The better ones need a lot of money, so you will need to get money and a lot of it to advance more easily. You can take jobs which involve stopping a moving ball in a green segment and the more you complete, the more gold you will receive. You can also sell items that you find and complete certain quests with a reward, as well as dig up treasure your dog will find.
The way your character grows depends entirely upon the way you play and the decisions you make. As you interact with characters, you do do things to impress then like flirting, seducing, dancing, whistling, farting etc, and the more they like you the better. If you impress the ladies/men (depending upon your sexual orientation) you can even go to bed with them, they want to follow you and you give the thumbs up. Go to a bed and you then decide to have protected or unprotected sex. Too much unprotected can result in pregnancy or an STD. Buy houses, rent them or live in them, give your loved one a ring and make a marital home, sleep with other people, kill innocents or protect them, steal items, you decide.
Buy new clothes for any occasion, some give extra aggressiveness abilities or likability, change your hair style at the stylist, buy furniture for your house, more weapons, food, potions the list is endless. Fruit is health and increases damaged health, pies and the like do the same but make you fatter. Potions can heal you or increase abilities. Buy books and read them to learn new moves or teach your dog better hunting skills. I like the Vulgar thrust. Standing in the town with just your pants on making vulgar thrusts at the decent folk has some funny responses. LOL.
The only drawback is that the land is not as open as Fallout or Oblivion. As you leave one place, it tells you that it will take xx hours to get to your destination and you are there that many game hours later, no exploring all the map, only the sections and districts relevant to the game.
I am still engrossed in the main game so have not tried multiplayer yet, but sounds great.
Overall, a very good game that is easy to play. If you are a RPG addict, you may find it a little short, otherwise a worthy game for any collection.