>X-Play hearts Fable 2

>X-Play has named Fable 2 its Game of the Year.

My feelings about Fable 2 can be summed up by a quotation from Emperor Nero (as portrayed by Dom Deluise in History of the World Part I): “Nice. Nice. Not thrilling… but nice.”

Full disclosure: I’m only about six hours in. But I’m still waiting for the game to grab me. From what I hear the game only gets better (and in fact gets considerably better) from here. But my question is this: If I have to wait for six hours to get to the real meat, is that really GOTY material? Aren’t plenty of people going to move on before they get through to the great part, especially in this environment awash with AAA titles?

Now I’ve also read on the Internets that people who don’t lurve Fable 2 may be “playing it wrong”. You are now reading on the Internets my view that people who say that naysayers who fail to see a game’s brilliance are “playing it wrong” deserve nothing less than a swift kick in the bag. If I’m playing it wrong, you designed it wrong. (I don’t mean you specifically… except for you, Mr. Molyneux.)

Anyway, I don’t mean to rob Fable 2 of its moment. Huzzah and congrats and all that good stuff. I actually believe that there’s a fair chance that I will play all the way through it and fall in love with it, and maybe by then I’ll be so enamoured that I’ll have forgotten how enthralled I wasn’t for the first six hours. So listen up, posterity!

Gred’s review of Fable 2 at 6 hours in: B

Which reminds me. I far prefer letter grades to numbered reviews. Note to self for future post…

Author: Jeremy Voss

Musician, wanna-be writer, suburban husband and father. I'll occasionally tweet from @couchshouts. You can find me on XBL, PSN and Steam as JervoNYC.

One thought on “>X-Play hearts Fable 2”

  1. >1. I am all for lettered grades as well. I may put up my lettered grades for the 73 games I played this year. Believe it.2. It is absolutely 100% true that Fable 2 gets better as you get farther into it and the choices you’ve already made are now tangible and visible. It is also absolutely 100% true that you shouldn’t have to spend 4-6 hours waiting for the good stuff to arrive; you’re playing a game, you’re not baking a cake.

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