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XBOX 360 Mini-Review: Fable 2 Pub Games

Posted by Mister Random on October 18, 2008

Game Details

  • Name: Fable 2 Pub Games
  • Cost: 800 MS Points
  • Released: 13/08/2008

One Sentence Review

Fine if you get it for free, not worth 400 MS points nevermind 800

Game Overview

With my pre-order of Fable 2 I got a code to download this game for free so I decided to give it a try. The concept of this game is that these are 3 mini games that will be in the retail version of Fable 2 (released next week) and this XBLA release will allow you to win gold to use in the game itself and transfer to your character. Now in this sense the game is a really good idea as it builds up the expectation for Fable 2 and allows people to get something tangible as a result (Note more opportunaties to win in game stuff for fable 2 at the Fable 2 Website). The main problem for me though is the cost if you have not pre-ordered the game and received a code for free as the game is simply not worth 800 MS points and I dont even think it is worth 400 points, and should instead have been given away free to all.

Looking at the game itself, there are 3 mini-games. The first mini game is Fortunes Tower and is the one I found the most enjoyable as it is the game that has the greatest amount of stategy involved and is a card stacking game in which you lose if cards of the same number are played directly below each other unless a “hero card saves you”. The next game is Keystone and is a variation on Roulette and the final game is Spinnerbox which appears to be a variation on a slot machine. There are several variants of each mini game, but they do not drastically change the game.


While overall the game is a dissapointment, I think the concept of an XBLA title linked to a retail title is a good one and hope that microsoft try it again only next time either (a) More depth to the XBLA title, (b) Lower the cost or a combination of both. I would not recommend buying the title but if you plan to buy Fable 2 it is probably worth looking to see if you can get a free copy of the XBLA game with Fable 2


If Free: 3/5

If 800 MS Points: 1/5




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