Fable II

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
A great fantasy, but contains many mature themes.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 32 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Players can play as male or female; gamers are rewarded for good behavior or will become evil if make poor moral decisions.

Violence

While not gory, players must fight against human- and creature-based baddies and will see blood.

Sex

Players can have sex in the game, even gay or lesbian sex, but the player doesn't actually see the act.

Language

Not pushing the envelope, but includes sh-t, damn and hell.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Players can drink alcohol and become inebriated. You will also meet drunk characters.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is rated "Mature" for good reason. Along with the violence and blood (though nothing out of the ordinary or over-the-top for a role-playing game), players might see things like someone killing your spouse in front of your child, having sex with partners (though no nudity is in the game; the screen fades to black), gay and lesbian marriage, and sexual relations (where unprotected sex between people of the opposite sex causes pregnancy). Some foul language can be heard but nothing overly inappropriate.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13-year-old Written bymichelhays December 15, 2014

Well, if you're conservative, this game is probably not for you - but I think it is a great conversation-starter for some tough subjects

Have to say I'm a little surprised that CSM rated this "not for kids." Fable II isn't really about morality as much as it's about the... Continue reading
Adult Written byGeoff. January 13, 2009

Extremely Fun

I would personally say that this game is for the teens and or late-childhood, the sexual themes would be a strong "PG-13" rating but a mild "R... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byFayira March 17, 2020

Calm down

I started playing this when I was 7 I’m 16 now. This game is fine.
Teen, 14 years old Written byeggmanjames August 13, 2018

What's it about?

With all the economic instability and political uncertainty around us these days, the timing couldn't be better for an open-world fantasy game where you can lose yourself in it for a few weeks. Microsoft Game Studios' ambitious FABLE II is now available for the Xbox 360, and while not a perfect role-playing game (RPG) it delivers a deep and detailed world for mature players.

As with its four year-old predecessor (which sold 3 million copies on the original Xbox), much of Fable II is about choices and consequences. At many times throughout the game, players will be faced with moral decisions that will help shape their character and his or her future interactions in this huge world of Albion. For example, early on in the game you're asked to deliver a love letter to a heartbroken woman. When you walk into her home, however, you're offered a gold piece by her nasty mother, who doesn't want her daughter seeing this man. You can take the money or run or walk upstairs to deliver the letter to its rightful recipient (she also gives you a coin for your trouble, by the way). A traumatic event concludes the first act, where you're still a child, and sets the tone for the majority of the game that takes place when you're an adult. (Don't worry, we're not giving away any juicy story elements here).

Is it any good?

While accepting missions and exploring the lands, players can do just about anything in this virtual world. Accompanied by your loyal dog (who can help sniff out treasure for you and ward off enemies) you can buy, sell, or rent out properties; take on jobs (providing an additional revenue stream); fight enemies and recruit others to aid in your cause; learn new skills and acquire better weapons and items; get married and have children, and so forth. While not available on the disc at launch, Xbox 360 owners can download a patch that offers the promised "co-op" multiplayer mode, so at any time you can jump into a friend's game and play along (and then bring the experience points and items back to your game).

While certainly a well-crafted quest, combat is too simplistic (whether you choose to specialize in melee, range, or magic abilities or fight with a combination of all three); the characters don't look nearly as good as the impressive environments and weather effects; and the map is horrible, so players will likely rely on the shimmery breadcrumb trail instead. Overall, though, Fable II is an enchanting fantasy with clever (and quite humorous) dialogue, expansive locations, and non-repetitive missions to suck you deep into this mature tale.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether games that ask players to make moral choices -- such as Fable II, BioShock and Mass Effect -- are a good way for gamers to learn by "role playing" through the dilemma. Is it healthy? Should games be entertainment or tap into some inner desires? Should a game that makes us feel uncomfortable at times -- as many books, TV shows and movies do -- be acceptable, as well?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Microsoft
  • Release date: October 21, 2008
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Language, Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol, Violence
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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