Halo was (is) the marquis title for the XBox and has reached almost cult status. Some hail it as the best fps ever, comparing it to Half-Life. In the works for around 2 years, Halo 2 looks to take this game and expand it to awe-inspiring levels. Cutting-edge graphics, tight controls, great gameplay and amazing multiplayer matches all appear to be included in this title. It looks so good, I reserved my copy a year before arrival. (February 2004)
Fable, on the other hand, is a newcomer. Fable could be, as head Peter Molyneux (Black and White) says, "The greatest role-playing game of all time." You have total control over your character. I don't mean pick-your-attributes-and-we-will-give-you-a-class type control, I mean FULL control. There are no classes, no predefined characters. You will slowly change based on what you actually do in the game. The game breaks theses changes into four categories, or morphs : Physical, Morality, Class and Style. Say, for example, you use hand-to-hand combat or wield a really heavy sword. As the game progresses your character's muscles will start to bulge and he will become much more proficient with his weapon. Or, if you spend a lot of time in the Sun, your character will tan and his skin will age faster. If you go around slicing up people in villages, your character will be seen as a bad guy and be hated (Interesting note - if you slice a kid when he is young, and then return many years later, where you sliced him will scar over and be visible his whole life. Same with trees; carve your name in one and it will be there forever). The graphics so far look top-notch. Very Elder Scrolls styled environments, except much more lush and, for lack of a better word, alive. Oh, and did I mention that this game spans an entire lifetime? The possibilities are endless. (Winter 2003)
So, my question for all your XBox owners is : which game are you more looking forward to?
Since I played Halo I have been dreaming of Halo 2, but as Fable nears completion, I have really been impressed with its potential. This could really be the first true single-player RPG. Like Everquest, except cheaper, better looking, and much less laggy. My vote is going to have to go with Fable on this one.