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March 18th, 2007, 14:39
ActionTrip has a preview of Fable 2, presumably based on GDC material:
In light of Molyneux's apparent resolve to embody Fable into a semi life-sim, the sequel is meant to advance in that very direction. Apart from being able to come home and be welcomed by one's family, the player may look forward to having a rather loyal companion by his side at all times. Of course, Peter M. articulated this particular facet a number of times, so I'm sure most of you know it by now. As part of the new experience, your new canine companion will faithfully stick close no matter what. The dog becomes a trustworthy sidekick very early on in the game; during your childhood, in fact. Similarly to your avatar, the dog represents the very reflection of your actions. Its appearance alters according to the important moral choices made throughout the course of your adventures. Being evil and ruthless will, most likely, leave you with a serious-looking pet Doberman, whereas following the path of righteousness might result in having a cuddly and fluffy mutt (the kind that suits your benevolent character).
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March 18th, 2007, 14:39
The dog feature seems a bit gimicky.
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March 18th, 2007, 16:06
I don't like the fact that it sounds more and more like "The Sims RPG"..
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March 18th, 2007, 17:08
I find it pretty interesting. i am anxious to see whether more sim elements mean more realism or joy to a crpg.
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March 20th, 2007, 16:14
Originally Posted by Dr. A View Post
The dog feature seems a bit gimicky.
Unfortunately at some point in his career Molyneux decided that Tamagotchi represented the acme of game design. Slapping a giant ape repeatedly until it learned not to eat its own crap was ten wasted minutes of my gaming life Iíll never get backÖ

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i am anxious to see whether more sim elements mean more realism or joy to a crpg.
Window dressing requires a window, so in this instance the answer is no. Fable 2 will allow us to get tattoos, a haircut, married, have kids, a pet, a name change, a home, a personal organiser, and a cuddly toy. Obviously this will divert development time from 'non-essential' RPG elements like deep branching dialogues, a rich skill tree, non-linear exploration and actual meaningful choices.
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