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Poll: GotG Round 1: Fable II vs. Rock Band (616 votes)

Fable II 30%
Rock Band 70%

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Peter Molyneux's balls are on the line as Lionhead's whimsical RPG taken on Harmonix's multi-instrument music game.

Fable II (2008)

What the community has to say:

If you immerse yourself in the world of Albion, you will be richly rewarded. Don't come in looking for a straight-forward, set-path RPG. There's more to this game than swords and monsters. You're supposed to raise families, get jobs, interact with villagers, and watch your hero grow and flourish. You will get out of Fable II what you put into it, and if you invest the time and effort, the rewards are oh-so-sweet.

From user review by @stevieq

Rock Band (2007)

What the community has to say:

Rock Band is one of the best packages currently on the market, it has very strong replay value, a good sense of fun with friends and one of the best setlists (DLC included) ever made. What can I say? You really haven't lived until you've given Rock Band a try, it's social, it's crazy, it's always gonna keep you coming back for more and the most important part. It's fun.

From user review by @frenchfriedfool

Voting closes at midnight GMT / 4pm PST Tuesday.

#1 Posted by AMyggen (3871 posts) -

Easily Rockband for me. One of the best party games ever made.

#2 Edited by Milkman (17477 posts) -

Fable II is really good game. Rock Band changed video games.

#3 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3110 posts) -

I only played Rock Band a few times, but I played Fable 2 enough to know I didn't like it.

#4 Edited by Video_Game_King (36271 posts) -

Fable II because I'm a troll.

#5 Posted by NegativeCero (3050 posts) -

Rock Band because it pretty much perfected the rhythm game genre, which, for better or worse, was a major part of this gen.

#6 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12244 posts) -

I'm really just trying to figure out what people like so much about Fable 2. It's a solid Action RPG with a good sense of humor, but I wouldn't call any of its aspects particularly exemplary.

Meanwhile, Rock Band is the reason we all know who John T. Drake is. Case closed.

#7 Posted by laserbolts (5384 posts) -

I didn't really like either of these games but I'll vote for Fable since it isn't a game involving plastic guitars.

#8 Posted by SlashDance (1845 posts) -

Fable 2 was amazing.

#9 Posted by wemibelec90 (1878 posts) -

Why is Rock Band on here and not Rock Band 3? Poor choice to represent the entire series, as it was easily the worst game of the three.

#10 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11489 posts) -

Fable II was great.

#11 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (6086 posts) -

I found so much more fun from Rockband.

#12 Edited by TheHT (11980 posts) -

Oh my god, Rock Band easily. That toy instrument shit was phenomenal.

#13 Posted by Snail (8675 posts) -

Why is Rock Band on here and not Rock Band 3? Poor choice to represent the entire series, as it was easily the worst game of the three.

It had the most impact on the industry. The three games are similar enough that you can consider this entry to symbolically represent the series.

#14 Posted by BaneFireLord (2966 posts) -

One of my favorite memories of high school was trying to effectively play expert guitar through a stream of joyful tears while cracking up over a friend improvising lyrics to "Get Up, Stand Up" and still hitting all the notes. Fable 2 was one of the most boring games I played all generation. Pretty easy choice.

#15 Edited by Marino (4793 posts) -

Fable II is probably one of my top 10 this gen, but Rock Band is special.

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#16 Posted by HatKing (6197 posts) -

Got to say Rock Band, I think. Heck, I just picked up Rock Band 3 last week (I was in the mood for some karaoke). I was looking back over my download history to re-download all the songs I had. Man, it's crazy how much of a constant that franchise has been throughout the generation. I could see myself returning to it several times based on the songs I picked up. Fable II is pretty great, but Rock Band was kind of a movement. Rock Band could justifiably win this entire thing.

#17 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

I'd argue that both are overrated to some degree, but Rock Band is an excellent game while Fable II is another victim of Molyneux-hype.

#18 Posted by mrfluke (5389 posts) -

man this is probably the easiest poll in a while.

rock band was super influential in many ways

fable 2 is just a quality product.

#19 Posted by CornBREDX (6251 posts) -


Rock Band.

Fable 2 was a disappointing mess. It was also not what they said it was and cheats the player out of any investment they make in the game. Fable 2 is probably the most disappointing game ever made.

#20 Posted by beard_of_zeus (1699 posts) -

I don't even know how Fable 2 is even in this competition, I was completely disinterested after a few hours.

Doesn't matter either way, my last year of college was pretty much drinking and playing Rock Band every damn weekend, so how could I not vote for it? Such good times with a great party game.

#21 Edited by mlarrabee (3093 posts) -

I played Fable 2 for two solid weeks. Those stupid, plastic instruments took up valuable space in my apartment.

Rock Band was much more influential, but even so, because of those plastic monstrosities, I voted for Fable 2.

EDIT: Massive hyperbole in this thread, and I've no doubt that'll continue.

#22 Posted by FriendlyPhoenix (481 posts) -

I never got into the whole plastic instruments rhythm game nonsense this generation(though I did play a shit load of Rock Band Unplugged) and, although I don't think it deserves to make it to round 2, I did really like my time with Fable II.

#23 Edited by Tom_omb (450 posts) -

Fable 2 gets my vote. My favorite game in my favorite Xbox franchise for its sense of humor, light fantasy world and simple, fun combat.

I've never played a Guitar Hero or Rock Band game. Rhythm games don't sound like my kind of fun.

#24 Posted by Hunter5024 (6069 posts) -

I wouldn't call Fable 2 game of the generation material but I've never been able to get into rhythm games sooo...

#25 Posted by PulledaBrad (612 posts) -

Fuck rhythm games! In the butt!

#26 Posted by MormonWarrior (2690 posts) -

Rock Band 3. I don't understand this competition. Fable sucks.

#27 Edited by ArtisanBreads (4064 posts) -

Definitely the funniest matchup.

I absolutely loved Fable II though. I think it's very underrated. Picked up where the Zelda games left off for me. One of the most fun setting to play a game in is Albion. Love the fancy, super British fantasy world.

#28 Edited by crithon (3462 posts) -

I feel sad for Fable 2, I really do. This is basically curb stomped just being compared with a revolution.

#29 Edited by csl316 (9744 posts) -

When I was unemployed for a couple months, Rock Band was my go-to for nonstop fun. Even when I played by myself. Having random karaoke sessions break out all over was memorable, too.

Fable II froze on my a half hour in and I never played again. Not fair, but I just never got back to it.

#30 Posted by armaan8014 (5488 posts) -

Love you Fable (1) Love you forever ;_;

#31 Posted by davidwitten22 (1708 posts) -

Finally, one I'm qualified to vote on! Fable II gave me a ton of fun back in my Freshman year of college, so it wins.

#32 Edited by GS_Dan (1398 posts) -

I will be disappointed in all of you if RB doesn't win this.

#33 Posted by Atlas (2461 posts) -

I don't have friends, so Rock Band was a demonstrably less rich experience for me than for most other people. It was still a damn fun game even in SP, but the whole thing was still kind of a bummer for me.

Fable II is an incredibly charming and witty game with underrated combat and a strong visual style. It's pretty basic as far as RPG mechanics go, but it's a game with a lot of heart. It gets my vote here, even though this one is clearly going to be a win for Rock Band.

#34 Posted by Vanick (332 posts) -

Rock Band is one of my favorite franchises of this gen. Spending countless hours trying to gold star songs and playing Green Grass and High Tides on expert guitar over and over until I finally beat it was so satisfying. I thought Fable 2 was a little overrated and still think the first Fable was the best.

#35 Posted by Marcsman (3325 posts) -

Rock Band was my favorite party game of this gen

#36 Posted by Nasar7 (2859 posts) -

Rock Band was so awesome, even casuals love it.

#37 Posted by Gamer_152 (14126 posts) -

Rock Band. The charm and whimsy of Fable II was wonderful, but the way that Rock Band took the Guitar Hero concept (which was already excellent) and expanded it out to be this full band experience was mind-blowing. It was really fun with other people or alone, it had a great soundtrack, and it was really satisfying both in the short-term and long-term.

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#38 Posted by TooWalrus (13258 posts) -

I've been playing Guitar Hero since the first one on the PS2, so by the time Rock Band came around I was already getting tired of the plastic instrument phenomenon, especially since I don't care for drums or karaoke. I also played Fable II to absolute completion. It was janky as hell, but I really liked it. Fable II for me.

#39 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4610 posts) -

Fable II was easily one of the worst 360 games I've ever played. Half-assed all the way though. Rock Band, on the other hand, is the shiznit.

#40 Edited by forkboy (1200 posts) -

I'm desperately going to miss rhythm games in the next gen. The real guitar of Rocksmith is more practical, but it's just not as fun as sitting around drunk with some friends, hitting the drum, strumming the guitar & singing your heart out to some classic songs. I love that shit so much. It's just fun, & I don't need anything else from games but fun. Whereas Fable II was really just kind of the usual disappointment from Molyneux & co.

#41 Edited by Deranged (1859 posts) -

Lolwut? Rock Band was an awesome game but I've never been a big fan of party/music games. The facade died out quick for me. Fable 2 was one of my favourite RPG experiences of the 360 and I thought it was incredibly charming.

#42 Edited by SarcasticMudcrab (216 posts) -

Rockband is pretty much the worst game I can think of.

#43 Posted by Little_Socrates (5731 posts) -

Rock Band seems to take the whole bracket for me from Street Fighter IV, so long as Fez, Super Meat Boy, and Deadly Premonition are already out. So.

Fable II's neat, but it's not so cool to take down what could have always been my #1 seed.

That said, I have a feeling Rock Band's chances would be a lot better if it were Rock Band 2, which just works better and has a better soundtrack.

#44 Posted by laserguy (458 posts) -

why not Rockband vs Colonial marines? Rockband vs Driver? Rockband vs air guitar?

#45 Edited by mracoon (4990 posts) -

Rock Band wows the crowd with 70% of the votes and 600 votes cast.