Hilarious Fable II Pub Game Reviews

The fact that Fable II Pub Games is getting reviewed by websites is absolutely ridiculous. 

Take for instance this statement from EuroGamer:


"The marriage of XBLA and boxed game is a nice idea, but the Pub Games themselves are lightweight and boring..."


or how about this one from Jolt:

"Fable 2 Pub Games is one of the more cynical releases to make it onto Xbox Live Arcade. Comprising three riffs on casino games ripped from the full Fable 2 experience, the one and only selling point of this dull click-fest is to try and earn some loot for your Fable 2 character"


OK, fine, but was anyone expecting this to be a totally awesome casino-sim? No. From day one Peter Molyneux made it clear that these were mini-games made to supplement Fable II, and not standalone games in their own right. 

Sure they are not that deep. Sure they cost 800 points on Live (although, anyone who is getting Fable II gets them for free, and really I am not sure why anyone NOT getting Fable II would be interested in these).

Look, I am not here to defend Fable II PG. They are kind of middling in my opinion, but am I glad they came with my pre-order? Yes! We don't need to know that they are worth 2.6/10 points (2.6? How the fuck do you come up with a  .6? Are things really that precise? What made the .7 so elusive?). This is something you either know that you want because you are a Fable junkie, had thrown in free with your pre-order, or are likely not paying attention to in the first the place.

Before people flame me as a Fable fanboy - this is not about the relative quality of the games. This is about how ridiculous game journalism can be. 

Games like this don't need highly articulated scores. Games like this are a simple matter of yes, or no. 

EDIT: And now Giant Bomb has put up a harsh 1 out of 5 review as well. Come on guys, I was just about to say I respected you  for abstaining!
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Posted by WolfLaser

The fact that Fable II Pub Games is getting reviewed by websites is absolutely ridiculous. 

Take for instance this statement from EuroGamer:


"The marriage of XBLA and boxed game is a nice idea, but the Pub Games themselves are lightweight and boring..."


or how about this one from Jolt:

"Fable 2 Pub Games is one of the more cynical releases to make it onto Xbox Live Arcade. Comprising three riffs on casino games ripped from the full Fable 2 experience, the one and only selling point of this dull click-fest is to try and earn some loot for your Fable 2 character"


OK, fine, but was anyone expecting this to be a totally awesome casino-sim? No. From day one Peter Molyneux made it clear that these were mini-games made to supplement Fable II, and not standalone games in their own right. 

Sure they are not that deep. Sure they cost 800 points on Live (although, anyone who is getting Fable II gets them for free, and really I am not sure why anyone NOT getting Fable II would be interested in these).

Look, I am not here to defend Fable II PG. They are kind of middling in my opinion, but am I glad they came with my pre-order? Yes! We don't need to know that they are worth 2.6/10 points (2.6? How the fuck do you come up with a  .6? Are things really that precise? What made the .7 so elusive?). This is something you either know that you want because you are a Fable junkie, had thrown in free with your pre-order, or are likely not paying attention to in the first the place.

Before people flame me as a Fable fanboy - this is not about the relative quality of the games. This is about how ridiculous game journalism can be. 

Games like this don't need highly articulated scores. Games like this are a simple matter of yes, or no. 

EDIT: And now Giant Bomb has put up a harsh 1 out of 5 review as well. Come on guys, I was just about to say I respected you  for abstaining!
Posted by slashdotdot

I really like your angle on this.
The games sholud never have been on live for retail, but only as a preorder item.
That way no one would get hurt, because it would not be a game but a pre order item.
I guess that was the way Peter Molyneux wanted it to be, before microsoft put it on live.

Posted by WolfLaser

Thanks. I think you make a strong point as well that these should never have gone up as a paid product on live. 

Posted by Jayge_

No, I think they can easily be reviewed just like any other game. They're available at retail, and although they are clearly meant to be married to Fable II, they also have their own achievements and yes, they are a game. As an 800 point possible investment in what is a standalone product, as pathetic as it is, it is perfectly legitimate to review it. They should have just made it a free download for pre-orderers if they didn't want it to be given scores.

Posted by WolfLaser

Jayge -- 

I agree that reviewers have the right to put a score to this game, but what I am wondering is do we as gamers really need a score to tell us whether or not to get a game like this? 

It seems like more of a yes or no issue, rather than a 2.6 issue.