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Fable II: Buy the DLC, or the lead designer gets it.

darleysamdarleysam Registered User regular
edited April 2009 in Games and Technology
Knothole Island: a downloadalicious expansionarium for your Fable II video game

http://www.lionhead.com/fable2/KnotholeIsland.aspx
Hundreds of years ago, the tribe from Knothole Glade discovered the existence of an island far off the mainland said to offer its inhabitants full control over their weather. Tired of constant Balverine attacks and damp, dreary weather, the tribe elders decided they would find this mythic island and settle there. The ancient civilisation who originally lived on the island created the magical artifacts that control the weather, and hid them in dangerous caves so that their warriors would be tested every year.
Key Features

  • Embark on 3 unique quests set in 3 unique dungeons.
  • Unravel the mystical secrets of the resurrection shrine.
  • Try on a whole new range of outfits and look like an armoured knight, an assassin, a barbarian or a leather-clad biker, among many others.
  • Brandish 6 new weapons.
  • Dozens of unique potions that will drastically alter your appearance.
  • Customise your weapons the way you want with the new augment tool and a whole new array of augments.
  • +50 additional leaderboards.


HOORAY FOR WORDS, SHOW ME SOME PICTURES!
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FOR ALL YOU SAD LOSERS LOOKING TO GET YOUR JOLLIES BY BOFFING YOUR VIDEO-GAME PARTNER, YOU NEED TO PURCHASE THE BOOK THAT TEACHES YOU THE 'COME HITHER' EXPRESSION.
THEN GO TO THE GENERAL STORE AND PURCHASE A 'LIFE', TOO.




IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE GAME AND DIDN'T LIKE THE ENDING, THE FOLLOWING SPOILER IS FOR YOU
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BOLD, CAPS-LOCK AND LARGE TEXT SIZE

And now, our regularly scheduled Fable II OP


Awesome release trailer
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Announced at E3 as finished, Fable 2 is set to be released in October and it's about time people started caring about this.

What is Fable then?
Fable (and consequently Fable 2) is some sort of action RPG from well-known UK-based (Guildford, to be precise) developer, Lionhead Studios. It is set in the land known as Albion, which features a number of towns and cities for the player to explore along their journey. Fable 2 is set 500 years later in the same land. Buzzwords used to describe the feel are as follows "colonial, age of enlightenment, highwaymen". There are guns, but they are primitive. There may also be tri-corner hats. Also buckets on hobbes.
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So what's new?
Lots!
There is co-op, for a start.
Both online and same-console are available (not sure how it handles the latter, splitscreen or not), but you can certainly play Fable 2 with another person. This is handled slightly differently to other systems, the player whose world you are in is treated as the Hero, while the second player is a henchman. They receive an hourly wage and there are options to divide loot. These are (I believe) negotiable, and anything earned can be taken back to your world
How do you set that up?
Orbs! As you explore Albion, you will see pearl-like orbs moving around, minding their own business. These are actually other players on your friends list who are also in the game. You can even interact with these to talk to them, gift them stuff, compare stats, boot them out of your world, or invite them in to play properly. This process is said to be seamless. There should also be ways to filter the orbs that you see.

The dog!
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Okay, this one caused a lot of people to play Conclusion Hopscotch when it was first announced, but has since seemingly turned into a good idea.
So what does it do? It acts as a UI. No it doesn't do everything for you but it will be very useful. Firstly, it replaces your mini-map. It does this by helping you navigate the world, looking for nearby items or places of interest, alerting you of any nearby miscreants, and probably a whole bunch of other things too. It also assists you in combat by attacking people who are your biggest threat. If you have a gun out and are shooting at someone in the distance, the dog will attack people who are closer. Pull out a close-range weapon and the dog will go long.
It also loves you, and even if wounded or injured, will follow you wherever you go even if you try to lose it.
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One-button combat!
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No conclusions until you've read this, please.
Rather than try to describe it myself, here's a piece from a Eurogamer preview
combat may be Fable 2's masterstroke. "One-button fighting" may not sound very involving (and the name isn't misleading: melee, ranged weapons, and magic each have their own face button, and it's perfectly possible to play through the game at that level if you wish to) but deeper options are still available.

Take sword-fighting: a single press triggers a basic swipe, but moving the left stick while holding the button down gives you a flourish move: you'll do more damage, but be more vulnerable. Tapping in time with the rhythm of the music also enhances attacks, as does the game's context-sensitive system, which brings the environment into play depending on where you're standing. Spells and ranged weapons have the same depth - guns and bows can auto-target or switch to a manual aim, and a variety of different spells can be selected by varying the length of the button press, aimed with the left stick, or used in combination.

Our combat demo is a fight through a misty swamp, with enemies lurching out of the ground and attacking in groups. It's a genuine thrill to battle them, and the way the system allow you to switch weapons with no planning meant we were quickly chaining attacks together, finishing off nearby nasties with flourishes, then taking out ghouls in the distance with the shotgun. There are surprises everywhere, most of them delightful, such as when a force-push spell allowed us to finish off six skeletons at once by flinging them against a wall, and ultimately it's far more satisfying than you may expect from combat in a title that has so many other items on its agenda.
Combat video up Gamersyde (Fragglefart gets linkage credit, woo!) http://www.gamersyde.com/news_6880_en.html

Also, it's technically possible to own every building in the game. In theory. Might wait for some confirmation on this from the final build.
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There are a good few other things you can learn about what will be in this, Wikipedia as always providing a good starting point http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fable_2

Will I be let down again?
Well that depends on your expectations. Lots was promised for Fable, and those who went in with high hopes were let down. Those who didn't generally seemed to enjoy the game. What can we expect from Fable 2? Well it seems that Peter Molyneux has, to a degree at least, learned his lesson. To the best of my knowledge he has only talked about features that are confirmed to be in the game, and kept more quiet about all the things he'd like to see but can't fit in. In short, he seems less keen to promise the world and deliver a globe. With the game finished and shipping in a couple of months, you can assume that everything being shown and discussed in previews and events now is confirmed and in the game. Both Eurogamer and 1UP had genuinely positive impressions of the game, with clear optimism for its release. Will it be everything you could ever hope for? Well that depends on you, really. What is being shown off looks really good and the game is said to be a polished product, rather than something hastily shoved out the door to meet its release date. Until we get to play it, that's all you can really ask.

And now, pictures!
All shrunk a little to help file sizes.
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REVIEW SCORES
http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=263778 10/10
http://xbox360.rpgsite.net/reviews/122/101.html 9.6/10
http://spongychicken.com/fable-ii-review/ 9/10

Gameplayer: 9.5/10
OXM US: 9.5/10
Edge: 9/10
Gamepro Germany: 88%

GAMERTAGS
These people will play co-op

AnteCantelope - AnteCantelope
Arasaki - Arasaki
Arthil - Honishimo
Belruel - Kismet FTW
Crazybear - Stalvos
darleysam - DustAndEchoes77 (friends list is rather full, though)
Depressperado - Depressperado
desc - pylonsound
DozingDragon - DozingDragon
Duress - bald05
Fig-D - Fig D
Gage - Gage Erigor
Gaming-Module - Gaming Module
GnomeTank - GnomeTank
Goose! - g0oseyourself
intelnavi - intelnavi
jack eddy - jeddy lee
JimJimBinks - JimJimBinkz
JonnyBot - Jonny the Robot
Kris_xK - Kris xK
learntofly - learntofly
Majestic Goat - AiroValeth
Mentis - TheCJX
MiSTieOtaku - MiSTieOtaku
MisterGrok - MisterGrok
mxmarks - MXRox
Laonar - Laonar
Oceansize (has excellent taste in music) - VictoriousCupid
OptimusZed - Batshido
PikaPuff- PikaPuff
Sagaroth - sag616
scootch - Emuchop
s3rial one - Vox Nihili
SmokeScreen - SmokeScreen18
SniperGuy - SniperGuy71
Shifty_Calhoun - CRASH_F1STFIGHT
Strayth - Wil Hyral
TheBigDaddyDowd - TheBigDaddyDowd
TheClarkster - BobaClark
The Dude With Herpes - Galedrid
Toxic Pickle - El Escabeche
Uncle_Balsamic - Uncle Balsamic
Unicron - UnicronBE
urahonky - IMAPWNJ00
Vargas Prime - Vargas Prime
Walrus Pete - Tonlogna
Wavechaser - Wavechaser48
Woodroez - Woodroez
Wusurak - Wusurak
Zerokku- Zerokku
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  • ZerokkuZerokku Registered User
    edited October 2008
    Just a bit, Gotta wait for my dad to get off the net so I can hook up the 360 straight to the modem. (We have our house networked very oddly...)

    6 months till I move out god damn it >.<

    Edit: Coming Finally.

  • HylianbunnyHylianbunny Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Payment received - be right back with your book.

  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2008
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    This is the guy that wrecks everyone's shit, steals your wives, and buys your property out from under you.

    Maybe I can manage a better pic tomorrow.

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  • HaikiraHaikira Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm not long in Bloodstone, just collected enough renown for
    Spoiler:
    . Sleep time now, but going to push for completion tomorrow.

    Also, Sheep. Your character is pretty damn scary. I'll have to post a picture of my character tomorrow.

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    PSN:Hakira__
  • Xenogears of BoreXenogears of Bore Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    This game gives me a headache.

    The visual style, I mean. Seriously the game in motion just makes my brain fart. It's soo weird. Like Next Gen Vice City vasoline filter.

    and the loadtimes.

    Besides that though? Not bad at all. I would even say I prefer it to Fable 1, another game that I liked and hated at the same time.

    3DS CODE: 3093-7068-3576
  • DozingDragonDozingDragon Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Zerokku wrote: »
    Awesome, can you add me to the list

    DozingDragon - DozingDragon


    Also, has anyone got the Emperor of Albion title yet? I am fairly sure I bought every building in the game, but nothing for that title as of yet.

    Did you buy fairfax castle? 1,000,000 for it, but should easily get you the rest of the way to the achievement.

    Oh yes, and I did get the ruler of Albion Achievement, and the ability to purchase the titles King and Queen. However, there is apparently a special title for owning all the real estate in game, Emperor. That is what I need help figuring out what to attain.

  • BelruelBelruel naw Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    do you own all of the gypsy camp?

    3DS friendcode: 2380-4618-2503
  • AnteCantelopeAnteCantelope Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I'm looking to trade hero dolls with someone, I only have a generic looking thing with underpants. Also the other co-op achievements. Also also, if anyone can do a melee chain on demand, can you do one near me so I can get the achievement for that?

    Yes, that's right, I'm achievement hunting.

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  • frank as fuckfrank as fuck __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2008
    If anyone can do a melee chain on command: How the fuck? I just want to know. I've tried everything.

  • The Dude With HerpesThe Dude With Herpes Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    If anyone can do a melee chain on command: How the fuck? I just want to know. I've tried everything.

    Ditto. I really don't get the chaining. I have tried to see the clue it refers to in the tooltip; and I'm sure I occasionally accidentally chain attacks but I really have no clue how to do it correctly.

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  • RancedRanced Default Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    press x steadily. count 1, 2, 3 and so on at a slightly faster rate than a second

    you don't even have to fight anyone or hear the battle music to do it. when you're doing it right, you should see blue trails coming from your weapon

  • UltrachristUltrachrist Registered User
    edited October 2008
    Your weapon is blue when you are doing it right. I pressed attack right around when my sword slash is ending. It still took me a while. I had a really long chain going 3 or 4 times and nothing happened and then I got it on a shorter one.

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  • Triple BTriple B Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I have a question for those who have beaten the game.

    I just
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    Please tell me I am wrong and there are still many hours of fun to be had.

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  • BelruelBelruel naw Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Triple B wrote: »
    I have a question for those who have beaten the game.

    I just
    Spoiler:

    Please tell me I am wrong and there are still many hours of fun to be had.
    Spoiler:

    3DS friendcode: 2380-4618-2503
  • Triple BTriple B Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Belruel wrote: »
    Triple B wrote: »
    I have a question for those who have beaten the game.

    I just
    Spoiler:

    Please tell me I am wrong and there are still many hours of fun to be had.
    Spoiler:

    Ah, good stuff. Thank you, kind sir. *heroic pose*

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  • Majestic GoatMajestic Goat Registered User
    edited October 2008
    Please add me to the list too

    Majestic Goat - AiroValeth

  • AnteCantelopeAnteCantelope Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Man, does anyone know where the gargoyles in Bloodstone are? I'm missing one, I've checked the whole town and I can't even hear the last one I'm missing.

    Edit: nevermind, I found a walkthrough

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  • Majestic GoatMajestic Goat Registered User
    edited October 2008
    Is there a way to complete the archaeology quest after
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    or am I totally fucked and have to start another character to complete?

  • WoodroezWoodroez Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Probably fucked, but I couldn't say for sure.

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  • seancseanc Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Sheep wrote: »
    2z4wpb8.jpg

    This is the guy that wrecks everyone's shit, steals your wives, and buys your property out from under you.

    Maybe I can manage a better pic tomorrow.


    Wow, your dog is really golden, is your char very good/pure? Maybe the black/grey color of mine has to do with the "morally grey area" I exist in :P

  • AnteCantelopeAnteCantelope Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    HAHA!! Crucible in 515 seconds, maxing my character's skills along the way!

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  • MrIamMeMrIamMe Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I did a run through of the cruicible where all I did was consume +xp potions and food.

    Thank you x5 multiplier.

    I now have 400k gen xp left over after maxing everything, and about 10k in each of the other areas.

  • wenchkillawenchkilla Registered User
    edited October 2008
    seanc wrote: »
    Sheep wrote: »
    2z4wpb8.jpg

    This is the guy that wrecks everyone's shit, steals your wives, and buys your property out from under you.

    Maybe I can manage a better pic tomorrow.


    Wow, your dog is really golden, is your char very good/pure? Maybe the black/grey color of mine has to do with the "morally grey area" I exist in :P

    Yeah, my dog turned golden lab color right after I got probably 75% good or so? It's not just purity, but it could be both I don't know.

    By the way, that character?


    THIS IS SPARTAAA!!!!!


    Hehe, I married "Jen the Housewife". I wonder how that feels, everyone in town is in love with the guy who stole your wife.

    Edit: :^::^: on thread title

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  • RedDawnRedDawn Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I ended up buying the castle last night. I have to say it was an interesting little turn of events after buying it.

  • captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    What do I have to do to get the gates in Fairfax Gardens to open?

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  • ArasakiArasaki Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Arasaki will do co-op!

    I also have about 5 Lucien dolls if anyone needs them. I buggered up on that character and
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    My only regret is that I didn't drink every pub dry and sleep with every woman on the planet.
  • SamphisSamphis Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Where would one get these dolls that everybody is trading?

  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Samphis wrote: »
    Where would one get these dolls that everybody is trading?
    I got my two Luciens (which I'd be happy to trade to someone who needs them) from the shooting range in Westfield as a second prize.

    We're reading Rifts. You should too. You know you want to. On Hiatus!

    Any gamers in the Danville, PA area? PM me if you're interested in some tabletop gaming.
  • darleysamdarleysam Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Please add me to the list too

    Majestic Goat - AiroValeth
    Awesome, can you add me to the list

    DozingDragon - DozingDragon

    Making a note of these so I can do it when I get home from work. Much easier there than here.

    Also, it upsets me being on msn here at work and seeing people at home playing Fable 2 :(
    Besides that though? Not bad at all. I would even say I prefer it to Fable 1, another game that I liked and hated at the same time.

    You don't know what this means to me, Xeno. I'm thinking of putting it in the OP.

  • WotanAnubisWotanAnubis Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Quick question.

    I'm about to
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    and I'd like to finish up some quests first.

    So I'd like to know if
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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Quick question.

    I'm about to
    Spoiler:
    and I'd like to finish up some quests first.

    So I'd like to know if
    Spoiler:
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    We're reading Rifts. You should too. You know you want to. On Hiatus!

    Any gamers in the Danville, PA area? PM me if you're interested in some tabletop gaming.
  • WavechaserWavechaser Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Haikira wrote: »
    Speaking about the celery, my character is no longer fat. 8-)8-)

    Is there anywhere other than Bowerstone Market to get this stuff? I spent like "8 weeks" last night trying to get my character thinner, and the bitch just kept running out of celery. Very annoying.

    Also, for example, if I go to a bookstore and I see "Dog Treasure Hunting Part I" is there any way at all to know if I've actually already bought that before or not? I'm pretty sure i've bought some of the same things like 4 times now, pretty goddamn frustrating.

    PierceNeck wrote: »
    People still do the anal thing?
  • DomhnallDomhnall Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    All the food produce dudes in all towns sell celery.

    Also question about The Archaeologist:
    Spoiler:

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  • WavechaserWavechaser Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    If anyone can do a melee chain on command: How the fuck? I just want to know. I've tried everything.

    I finally figured it out last night.

    Basically you need to tap X at the end of your previous sword swing, once you start it up and get around 5 to 8 swings it starts speeding up and you have to tap a lot faster. Sometimes it is really hard to do when you are in the middle of like 12 guys, but once you get the steady tap down to start it, it's pretty each to start a chain.

    ...that is of course until a mob decides to block you... ugh.



    Oh hey, i'm Wavechaser48 on Xbox live for co-op if I can get added to the list.

    Thanks.

    PierceNeck wrote: »
    People still do the anal thing?
  • WavechaserWavechaser Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Domhnall wrote: »
    All the food produce dudes in all towns sell celery.

    Also question about The Archaeologist:
    Spoiler:

    I've only found a produce dude in Bowerstone. I wish they would improve on this map function because finding anything other than a weapon stall, is a joke.

    PierceNeck wrote: »
    People still do the anal thing?
  • DomhnallDomhnall Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    In Bopwerstone there's one outside the furniture shop, assume that's the one you're using. In Oakfield there's one around the farm wood chopping job sign. The better the economy of a place the more celery the food produce guy will stock because they'll have one piece for each star rating.

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  • bombboybombboy Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    btw, they have a "fix" for the LE's that didn't get a download card now:

    http://www.xbox.com/en-US/support/games/fable2/default.htm

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Domhnall wrote: »
    All the food produce dudes in all towns sell celery.

    Also question about The Archaeologist:
    Spoiler:
    Spoiler:

    We're reading Rifts. You should too. You know you want to. On Hiatus!

    Any gamers in the Danville, PA area? PM me if you're interested in some tabletop gaming.
  • DomhnallDomhnall Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    OptimusZed wrote: »
    Domhnall wrote: »
    All the food produce dudes in all towns sell celery.

    Also question about The Archaeologist:
    Spoiler:
    Spoiler:

    Spoilers up to the very end (not end game).
    Spoiler:

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    Steam - Minty D. Vision!
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  • HonkHonk Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2008
    Hi, I'd like to know roughly how long the main questline is. A friend of mine bought Fable II on friday and finished it yesterday. He doesn't play games fast at all so that tells me it's probably 5-6 hours, he couldn't tell how long he had played either.

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