Fable 2

Ah Fable, the game that promises too much, and can never deliver on such grand claims. The first Fable just seemed like it was incomplete, it fell so short of the game that was promised, but it had a charm about it and you could see the potential was there.

Enter Fable 2 and while this game is clearly a more polished, finished product, its inability to truly be the game that it sets out to be illustrates the fact that its ambitions are perhaps too great.

I sunk a lot of hours into this game, and I got a lot of good gameplay out of it, but I couldn’t help but feel a little bit let down by it. It’s a little unfair perhaps – I did enjoy playing it, but I’m left feeling, just like the first Fable that it could’ve been so much more. I’m a little torn as to how I should rate it, a very good game, but disappointing at the same time.

Four stars, but I liked the original better because it was fresh and I felt that I could forgive it for its over ambitious concept, this time, less so.

Shadow Complex

The side scroller isn’t dead – not by a long shot. Shadow Complex brings something fresh and interesting to a favourite old genre. It feels a little strange that the game should be side on whilst being a 3D game, but what might seem like a limitation ends up feeling more like a concentration of effort towards a very polished end product. The sort of game you can pick up and play for a few minutes or a few hours.

Four stars.