I enjoy co-op games. And any game where you can hang out with a friend always makes it better, usually. In terms of Fable II it is actually taking away a lot of the enjoyability. Let's go over the problems:
- Whoever joins the hosted game has to use a pre-determined "Henchman" character skin. With no ability to customize, and can only use a generic weapon.
- No camera control. Please tell me why we are forced to use a placed camera? I'd rather them throw the damn mini-map back in, as well as keeping the "breadcrumb trail." I'd have to say this is my biggest area of disappointment. Especially since the movement has a "floaty" kind of feel where you begin to steer then in half a second they change direction, not immediately like most games. Where this camera really suffers is in caverns/dungeons/corridors/pretty much anywhere.
- The host controls all the options. If he pauses, the co-op partner has to wait. Simply put: not fun. The lack of "character extension" will be the downfall of the co-op experience, in my opinion. I never join my friend's games (at least so far), simply because [A] I want to track my progress, and [B] I don't want to be the tacked-on player staring at pause screens and a generic character model.
Other than the co-op, I'm really enjoying the game.