I rented Fable II the other day, and fell in love. This is a simple, deep and addictive game. When a game is simple and deep, that’s for me. I continually got distracted with side quests and just running around looking for treasure. Parts of it felt a little too deep, like trying to get someone to merry you, but it’s a very open sandbox. My issuses of not knowing what happens when you run quest X, are my own problems.

The character leveling comes at a nice steady pace, new weapons and abilities are fun and combinations are powerful. The one downside is the spell system. You have a single button for casting and have to hold it longer to cast different spell levels. Maybe I haven’t figured out how to switch quickly in the middle of a fight (you can do this through the menu after pausing the game), but it would be more fun to be able to assign spells to different buttons.

One of the best parts of the game is the bread crumb. The break crumb is a golden path that tells you where to go next, you simply choose one of the jobs or quests from your list and the golden trail is there to tell you how to get to it.

If you’re a hack and slasher, you’ll love this game. If you’re the elegant wizard, there’s much more to be desired. Most of the quests are “go here and beat up these guys”, which lends itself well to hack and slash, still a lot of fun for casters, but you’ll need to brandish your sword for almost any combat. Don’t expect too much of a challenge, it’s a relatively easy, it’s got more the feel of a discovery game, i.e. Metroid, Mario, etc.

The games graphics are impressive and fun, I’ve had to stop and look around several times, just to get a better view of the scenery. There is some clipping weirdness as enemies get tangled into rocks, but this is always during combat, and I just don’t care that much.

It’s worth a rent at the very least, and trust me you’re going to return it late. If you do rent, be sure you’ve got a long weekend and the depth of the game opens after about 5-10 hours of play.

Check out the rull review at IGN

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