By WolfLaser 4 Comments
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!