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Fable 2 downloadable content coming mid-December 2008 (both free and paid)

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Fable 2 for Xbox 360The epic journey begun in Fable 2 is not over. Starting mid-December 2008, fans will be summoned back into Albion’s service with the release of the Knothole Island downloadable content pack. The remote island of Knothole is dying: its golden sands and lush vegetation are covered with snow, its people freezing, its treasures buried. Only a hero can face the trials of the three shrines to bring back the sunshine.

Following its release on Xbox 360 on Oct. 21, more than 1.5 million units of Fable II flew off store shelves worldwide in the first two weeks, making it the most popular game, across all platforms, in the U.S. in October. With the release of the first Fable II downloadable content, available exclusively on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 800 Microsoft Points, gamers will be invited to set sail for Knothole Island, where new quests, wondrous items and bizarre characters await.

Also in mid-December, fans everywhere will be able to enhance their Fable II experience with the release of a free Fable II downloadable pack exclusively on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. To engage in co-op gameplay with a player who has already downloaded the Knothole Island content, gamers will need to download the free pack. Both co-op players must download the Knothole Island (Premium) pack in order to play new quests and enjoy the complete Knothole Island co-op experience.

Free and premium downloaders will receive a show of gifts, including Knight’s Boots, Assassins Gloves, a special Weight Loss Potion, collectible silver book and more. Players will also be able to check their standing in over 50 new Leaderboards on Lionhead.com.

As an additional treat for Fable II fans, Lionhead Studios and Microsoft Game Studios have created an all-new Albion dashboard theme in celebration of the launch of the New Xbox Experience. Fans who want to show off their Fable II pride can head over to Xbox LIVE Marketplace to download the Albion theme, available now for 250 Microsoft points.

Published on November 28th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , ,

Fable 2 Soundtrack coming out on November 25, 2008

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Pre-Order the Fable II Original Soundtrack CDThe Fable 2 Original Soundtrack will be released on November 25th, 2008 by Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc. through it’s licensing partnership with Microsoft Game Studios.

You can pre-order the soundtrack by clicking the pic above, or buy heading to the official web-site of Nile Rodger’s Sumthing Else Music Works as well as buying it digitally at either sumthingdigital.com (where you can download three Fable 2 tracks from Russel Shaw free) as well as on iTunes.

The Fable 2 Original Soundtrack features the rich and musically diverse Fable II score composed by Russell Shaw (Fable, Black & White) as well as the Fable Theme by GRAMMY award-winner Danny Elfman (Spider-Man, The Simpsons, Big Fish.) The Fable 2 score was recorded with 90 musicians including the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra at the Slovak Radio Concert Hall in Bratislava, as well as celtic instrumentalists with the Tiffin School Boys Choir and Pinewood Singers Adult Choir at Pinewood Film Studios in London, England.

Here is the full track list for the Fable 2 – Original Soundtrack

1. Fable Theme – Russell Shaw (Music Box Theme – Danny Elfman)
2. Old Town – Russell Shaw
3. Bowerstone Cemetery – Russell Shaw
4. Bowerlake – Russell Shaw
5. Wraithmarsh – Russell Shaw (Music Box Theme – Danny Elfman)
6. Fairfax Castle – Russell Shaw
7. Westcliff – Russell Shaw
8. Oakfield – Russell Shaw
9. Bowerstone Market – Russell Shaw
10. Shadow of Evil – Russell Shaw
11. Howling Halls – Russell Shaw
12. Marcus Memorial – Russell Shaw

Zero Punctuation reviews Fable 2

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This week on Zero Punctuation: Yahtzee reviews Peter Molyneux’s latest action rpg adventure, the Xbox 360-exclusive Fable 2. As always, coarse language ahead.

Published on November 13th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , ,

Warning: Fable 2 has a game stopping glitch. Read how to prevent it

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Fable 2 for Xbox 360Warning to those who own Fable 2, there is a game-stopping glitch that will prevent you from making progress in the storyline!

The game’s developer, Lionhead is aware of the glitch and has posted this solution on their forums:

“We are aware that a minority of people playing Fable II over the last few days have encountered an issue where the Abbot becomes unresponsive at the beginning of Monks Quest in Oakfield. This is an isolated issue, but we are currently looking into it as a matter of priority. If you have already encountered this issue, there is unfortunately no work-around at this time, but we will keep you updated on any progress made.

If you want to avoid this issue, when you go to the Abbot for the first time don’t run away and leave the region after he has started talking to you. Listen to him, let him finish his cut-scene, and then you are free to do what you wish.

Some things slip through the net during development, especially when a game is the size and scope of Fable II. Again, we can only apologize for this issue, but we are doing our best. We might be silent on these boards, but we are watching and listening to you, the community, and are looking into all serious issues that are bought to our attention.”

Let’s hope this glitch gets patched soon!

Published on October 27th, 2008 under , , , , , , ,

Fable 2 money cheat discovered and the secret to infinite experience

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Fable 2 for Xbox 360Here’s a cheat to make easy money in Fable 2 using the internal clock glitch.

First, buy a property like a house, or a food stand. Something that will accrue you money every five minutes, even when you’re not playing the game. Quit the game to the dashboard, and then set your Xbox 360’s internal clock forward as many days/weeks/months you desire. Start Fable 2 and you will have gained a ton of money to spend on weapons, clothes, and whatever else you want.

Here’s the secret to infinite experience.

Wait until your Fable 2 character is at least somewhat leveled up. Plug in a second controller and begin a co-op game without using a second profile. Using the second controller, go to your henchman’s abilities and discard all of them, returning the experience to the pool. Then quit out of the co-op game. You should find that all the “leftover” experience has been transfered to your hero. Repeat ad nauseum. Note: Your co-op henchman will have the same abilities that you do, so the stronger the hero the more abilities there are to sell off and thus more experience.

Via Mycheats & Gamefaqs

Published on October 25th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , ,

Fable 2 review video (Xbox 360)

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Fable 2 for Xbox 360Set 500 years after the original, Fable II provides gamers with an epic story and innovative real-time gameplay, including a massive amount of freedom and choice to explore a vast collection of dungeons, catacombs and caves in the world of Albion. Fable II expands upon the scope and depth of the Xbox classic by adding incredible new features and creating a wider, more complex kingdom of limitless choices and consequences. Players have the option to play as a man or woman, get married, have children, and live a life of their own design.

Revisit the sprawling world of Albion more than 500 years after the events of the original Fable, where you are free to explore the landscape and openly roam the countryside. For the right price every house, hut, dungeon and castle is for sale. Players can witness how the world grows and changes in response to their decisions in incredible and unique ways as they rediscover Albion as if for the first time. Fable II pioneers a new combat system designed to allow players to truly master hand weapons such as swords and maces, ranged combat weapons such as cross-bows and guns, and an entirely new magic system. These three disciplines, while very accessible, are also amazingly deep, and allow players to mix combat styles and become everything from master swordsman to skilled ranger to evil magic welder, utilizing a single button on the Xbox 360 controller.

The fate of Albion rests in your hands. Find out more in this Fable 2 video review.


Game features include:
* Fight with ease. “Fable II” pioneers a new combat system designed to allow players to truly master hand weapons such as swords and maces, ranged combat weapons such as crossbows and guns, and an entirely new magic system. These three disciplines, while very accessible, are also amazingly deep, and allow players to mix combat styles and become everything from master swordsman to skilled ranger to evil magic wielder, each using a different single button on the Xbox 360 Controller.
* A hero’s best friend. This groundbreaking addition to the game is integral to the theme of unconditional love in “Fable II.” A player’s canine companion will act as friend, compass and protector. Players must merely feed their pooch and he will love unconditionally, creating a bond that sets up emotion-filled journeys throughout this magical world.
* Experience the world together. For the first time in the “Fable” series, gamers can experience the expansive and immersive world of “Fable II” with friends, either on the same couch or over Xbox LIVE together in co-operative mode.2 “Fable II” embodies the new Xbox experience and will extend the Xbox LIVE service further with the introduction of orbs. Orbs allow for seamless LIVE co-op play and interaction with other “Fable II” players.
* Xbox LIVE Arcade “Fable II” Pub Games earn major gold. Lionhead Studios is providing an unparalleled experience to gamers through Xbox LIVE Arcade. Gamers can start earning in-game currency for the “Fable II” world in August 2008, before the game’s release to retail, by downloading and playing an Xbox LIVE Arcade title, which contains three casino-style minigames titled “Fortune’s Tower,” “Keystone” and “Spinnerbox.” Gamers can win items such as dog tricks, potions and chocolates; unlock 15 pieces of concept art; and use the gold earned to purchase weapons, armor and more in “Fable II.” This is a first-of-its-kind experience for gamers that can only be found on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

To quote the IGN video review: “The past four years were well spent by Lionhead. Fable II has a great combat system, some excellent atmosphere, a smart experience system, and lots to do. It’s only when you start exploring the social aspects that things take a downturn. The expressions system is too goofy for the more serious tone of Fable II and almost every interaction feels artificial. The sandbox elements aren’t nearly as enjoyable as the adventure aspects.”

Presentation — 8.0
Graphics — 8.0
Sound — 8.5
Gameplay — 8.5
Lasting Appeal — 8.5
Overall — 8.8

Published on October 24th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , ,

Fable 2’s online co-op to be added later in the launch week

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Pre-order Fable 2 for Xbox 360Here’s a tidbit you might like to know for when you pick up Fable 2 for your Xbox 360 on October 21st, 2008. It turns out that Fable 2’s online co-op won’t be available right away at launch, instead it will be added later in the launch week.

To quote Microsoft’s Gamerscoreblog: “We just got word that while we will be able to play the single player and [full screen] local co-op on day one, they are still making tweaks to the online co-op. […] Lionhead and Microsoft Game Studios are looking to get the update out within the first week of launch in North America.”

No word yet on how this will play out in other regions outside of North America, but I imagine in a similar fashion: a small delay.

See how online co-op works 3:30 minutes into this Fable 2 video, where creator Peter Molyneux explains it.

Watch it to the end if you want to know why Peter says “cheeky bastard!” to his co-op friend. )

Published on October 3rd, 2008 under , , , , , , , , ,

On Xbox Live Arcade today: Bionic Commando: Rearmed, Fable 2 Pub Games and Rock Band songs

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1600 Microsoft Points Card for use on Xbox LiveFrom today, at 9AM GMT (2AM PDT), you can play Capcom’s Bionic Commando: Rearmed on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360. Bionic Commando: Rearmed will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points (that’s US$10 / €9.60 / £6.80 / CAN$12.40 / AU$13.20).

The classic 8-bit side-scroller reports back for duty in a stunning remake in Bionic Commando: Rearmed. Complete with all-new HD graphics and features that puts 2D gaming back on the map!

Key game features include:
* Classic gameplay: Experience the classic Bionic Commando gameplay focused around the use of the bionic arm.
* Multiplayer modes: Team up or go All vs. All in multiplayer modes, including Last Man Standing, Death Match, and the intriguingly named Don’t Touch the Floor.
* Updated graphics: The game has received a total modern visual revamp, including dynamic shadows, particle effects, and environmental damage.
* Cross-game interoperability: Complete specific parts of Bionic Commando Rearmed to unlock new content and hints for the Bionic Commando sequel.
* Visual style: The in-game art was designed by one of Capcom’s most talented artists, Toshiaki Mori.

Also available today are the Fable II Pub Games on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360. The Fable II Pub Games will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points (that’s US$10 / €9.60 / £6.80 / CAN$12.40 / AU$13.20).

In the Fable II Pub Games and you’ll get all three great pub games that will also be in Fable II! Each game has multiple variants, plus the ability to earn and transfer gold and unique items to your character in Fable II (assuming, of course, that you also have Fable II). Either way, you’ll also get access to minigames, leaderboards, achievements, and all the fun of these backroom games of chance!

Key game features include:
* Gold transfer to Fable II: Earn gold playing the Pub Games weeks before the Fable II release, and then transfer the gold into the world of Albion for a head start.
* In-game unlockables: The Pub Games allow you to unlock game variants based on the amount your play regardless of wins or losses.
* Bust out options: You have several options when you bust out. Participate in free tournaments paying off gold for time mirroring FII jobs, or utilize the credit system based on meta game’s star rating.
* Tournaments: Win 15 unique Fable II items in in the Pub Games via tournaments. You can even unlock new Fable II concept art, a first taste of Fable II for the hardcore.

Rock Band Special Edition for Xbox 360
Like every week, there were also various downloadable Rock Band tracks released for the Xbox 360 version of the game in addition to 2007’s downloadable Rock Band content. Below’s listing shows the new tracks.

Content: “Sleepwalker”
Price: 80 Microsoft Points
Availability: All regions except Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Sleepwalker”–Megadeth.

Content: “Aesthetics of Hate”
Price: 80 Microsoft Points
Availability: All regions except Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Aesthetics of Hate”–Machine Head.

Content: “My Curse”
Price: 80 Microsoft Points
Availability: All regions except Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “My Curse”–Killswitch Engage.

Content: “Constant Motion”
Price: 80 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia, Australia or New Zealand
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Constant Motion”–Dream Theater.

Content: “Clouds Over California”
Price: 80 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia, Australia or New Zealand
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Clouds Over California”–DevilDriver.

Content: “Runnin’ Wild”
Price: 80 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia, Australia or New Zealand
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Runnin’ Wild”–Airbourne.

Content: Roadrunner Records Pack 01
Price: 480 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia, Australia or New Zealand
Size: 224.53 MB
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track pack: Roadrunner Records Pack 01. This pack includes “Runnin’ Wild” by Airbourne, “Clouds Over California” by DevilDriver, “Constant Motion” by Dream Theater, “My Curse” by Killswitch Engage, “Aesthetics of Hate” by Machine Head and “Sleepwalker” by Megadeth.

* PLEASE NOTE: Many Rock Band song game tracks are available as both a multipack and as a single game track. These song game tracks are exactly the same (unless expressly noted as a special version or remix). Be aware that it is possible to download the same song game track twice so please carefully consider your purchases. For music credits, visit www.RockBand.com.

Fable 2 release date is October 21, 2008. Fable 2 Limited Edition goodies shown

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Pre-Order Fable 2 Limited Edition for Xbox 360

Fable 2’s release date is set for October 21st, 2008 in America announced Microsoft and Lionhead studios (publisher and developer respectively). The European release date is set for October 24th with subsequent dates throughout the rest of the globe in the following months afterward.

They also announced a Fable 2 Limited Collector’s Edition set that you can pick up at participating retailers. The collector’s set will cost $79.99 while the regular edition will run $59.99

Pre-Order the normal edition of Fable 2 for Xbox 360The Fable II – Limited Collector’s Edition will include:

* A Bonus DVD that includes a “Making of Fable II” feature with the team at Lionhead Studios including lead designer Peter Molyneux

* A concept art viewer

* A Collectible Hobbe figure with accessories. From the Qee Collection comes this one-of-a-kind Hobbe figure. Nasty, brutish, and short, he roams the countryside, preying on travelers and spiriting away the children of the unwary.

* Bonus In-Game Content (Requires Xbox Live Account) – Includes “The Hall of the Dead” Dungeon, “The Wreckager” Legendary Cutlass Weapon and Otherworldly Bonus

* Five printed Fate Cards – These five beautiful cards foretell the Hero’s great destiny to journey across all of Albion, encountering deadly enemies and enigmatic allies. The path leads to a choice that will change the world forever.

* 48-hour Xbox LIVE Gold Trial Card – With Xbox LIVE Gold, players can show off their individual hero by inviting friends into their unique version of Albion or they can visit their friends’ Albion, and earn additional gold, experience and renown to take back into their own.

Those Fable fans who would like to get a head start on the game will have the opportunity to test their luck in Fable II: Pub Games, a downloadable Xbox Live Arcade game that will be released on August 13th. If you pre-order Fable II you will get access to Pub Games for free (otherwise you gotta pay 800 Microsoft Points for it). Fable II: Pub Games features high-stakes casino-style mini-games including “Fortune’s Tower,” “Keystone” and “Spinnerbox” that will offer players the opportunity to start earning a bounty of gold and treasures to fund their adventures in Fable II, ahead of the title’s release on Oct. 21. That way when they start playing the game, they will already have money available to them to make things a little easier.

Published on August 9th, 2008 under , , , , , , ,

Fable 3, 4 and 5 planned up to 2017 by creator Peter Molyneux

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Pre-Order Fable II for Xbox 360Fable 3, Fable 4 and Fable 5 are all planned through 2017 after Fable 2 says Peter Molyneux, the game’s developer and creator of Dungeon Keeper, Black & White, Populous, Theme Park and The Movies.

According to his interview with GameTrailers, he says that Fable has a very big story arc that they plan to continue after the release of Fable II, which took three years to make. He says that if you play Fable II, you’ll recognize things from Fable 1, and that’s something they will continue to do with the sequels.

If you apply the same three years it took to make Fable II to it’s sequels, then you can expect to see Fable 3 around 2011, Fable 4 around 2014 and Fable 5 around 2017.

And Fable isn’t all Peter has been up to. He also says that Lionhead is working on a secret project that was “kind of the result of an experiment that went incredibly well.” He states that he personally likes to work on projects that challenge him and made references to the sports genre.


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