Go Lionhead

· by Steve · Read in about 2 min · (313 Words)

Wow, Fable 2 is getting some pretty impressive reviews (both Edge and Eurogamer loved it). I was already expecting to get it, but the reviews have convinced me to pre-order. I love good (western) RPGs, particularly when they come loaded with character and Fable 2 seems to deliver that in spades. It sounds like for the first time in a while, a game fronted by legendary Peter Molyneux may actually live up to the hype. That’s not to say ‘his’ games haven’t been good in the recent past (and of course he doesn’t really crank the code anymore, he has a team to do that now), just more often than not they’re a bit overhyped and overrated - particularly Black & White, which I thought was a collection of really clever technology desperately crying out for a more entertaining game to inhabit.

Part of the problem is that when your back catalogue includes classics such as Populous, Syndicate, Magic Carpet, Dungeon Keeper (personal favourite) and Theme Hospital, and don’t mind talking frankly with the media, you can quite easily get into trouble with over-inflated expectations. Judging by the reviews it sounds like Fable 2 may be the first game originating from the Molyneux stable in 10 years to fully deliver (or nearabouts) on the jive-talking promises. Kudos to the team on a great job.

I’m a little disappointed that the reviews so far seem to have ignored the co-operative element, but maybe that’s down to the fact that the online co-op is due to be patched in at release (although why couldn’t they find a local mate to play with?). My wife and I will be playing through it completely co-operatively and it would have been nice to hear more about that.

Knowing my luck though it won’t arrive until after next weekend, and then I’ll miss a week because I’m travelling. 🙁