4 Nice Game To Have In Your Collection...tennishead39 | 08/01/2009 | See all tennishead39's reviews (33)Top 100 Reviewer Top 10 Games Reviewer Well I received Fable II (2) as a present on Christmas day, after hearing some good things about it. A friend of mine told me about it so I decided to give it a go, was I disappointed??? As you can see 4 stars is a pretty good mark, so I am not disappointed, quite impressed actually! Your journey begins with you as a small child (boy or girl, it is your choice) who is homeless & looks up to their older sister for guidance in the harsh world that they live in. You & your sister see a "magic box" which you believe could get you out of the squalor you are living in. A wish is made & eventually you end up in the town castle. The King sees the two of you as heroes but he also sees you as a threat & kills your sister & tries to kill you. You survive & are found by Theresa, a women who helps you survive for the next ten years or so & your trusty new friend, a dog!From here the game skips ahead to the time of adulthood. You've been living in a camp for the last few years but now is the time for you to avenge your Sisters death, so you leave the camp with just a sword, a crossbow & the clothes on your back, oh & of coarse your new companion- the dog. The storyline is quite simple & can be completed pretty quickly however it is the sheer depth of Fable II (2) that keeps you playing for hours on end! If you were to just complete the game by following the yellow line & doing no more then you would find this awfully boring indeed. I recommend getting side tracked & end up working as a woodcutter in order to earn enough money to purchase a house instead of doing what you are supposed to do- these are my favourite moments in the game!Another key feature of Fable II (2) is the visuals, now if you have sprint through Bowerstone Market to escape the Guards that are chasing you because you stole from some guy's shop & then attempted to kill him on the way out then you are properly not going to notice the crystal clear graphics in Fable II (the wonderful graphics may be enhanced by your HD television), however if you don't have a HD telly then you should still be able to see the clarity of the graphics. In my opinion, however the reel flaw of this game is that there is very little variation between the weird & wonderful characters that you meet, example: Sue the villager could look the same as Lisa the tailor. This, unfortunately, is where the game's few flaws lie, the lack of variation in the faces of the people is the reason many people (including myself) have taken a star away from the overall rating! The countryside you travel through is quite breathtaking. Getting sidetracked allows you to explore the landscape around you & get your dog to find treasure, fight bandits or simply attack the locals, if you are evil!In Fable II you can choose to be either good or evil. Good being you get a job & earn a living the honest way, this way people will respect you & you can even sign autographs for your loyal fans. Evil means you steel & kill & people will fear you. This way is less honourable but arguably more fun. Which path you choose, its up to you.Pros:+ Good solid role-playing game.+ Stunning visuals.+ Loads of characters to meet.+ Choice of being good or evil.+ The chance to use magic.+ Option of getting sidetracked.+ A nice, solid Xbox live feature+ Decent replay value.Cons:- Everyone you meet looks far too alike.- The basic storyline is far too short.- The gameplay really doesn't differ from any other role-playing game on the market.- There aren't enough magic spells.- Not to everyone's taste.Overall: 8.5/10.Graphics: 8.5/10.Gameplay: 7/10.Storyline: 8/10.