Well, it’s been a long time since the Fable 2 DLC came out, but after buying and finishing it last night, I feel it’s only right that I give it a bit of criticism. The DLC is 800 points and entitles you to the new area of Knothole Island. You can get there by getting on a submarine that is docked up in the Bowerstone… well, Dock. I thought that the content would be short so I gave all of the new characters the time of day and listened to what they had to say. The superb voice acting from throughout Fable 2 continues in Knothole Island. You get told that you’re needed because they’ve buggered their weather up and seem to lack anyone with any sort of adventuring streak.
Once on the island, you’ll notice that your dog will bark ALOT about dig spots. For some reason they decided to put dig spots within 10 meters of each other in a vein attempt to lengthen the DLC. I don’t mind digging stuff up that’s useful, but digging up a pie every 20 seconds doesn’t qualify. I could have ignored them, but I’m a curious type with a touch of paranoia. If I don’t dig I’ll feel I might have missed something worth digging for and have the game sneer at me, but in actual fact, it would just be another pie.
Aside from the dig spot tour as soon as you get on the island, you’ll be taken to see the Chieftain of the island. Some more brilliant dialogue ensues and he asks you to find the Ice Key to get into the Sun Shrine to activate the Sun Totem to melt the winter away. The snow by the way, does look brilliant. I was actually quite impressed with the falling snow. But then you go inside and start the first of 3 very linear and rather boring dungeons. All 3 of the dungeons (each for a different totem) all use the floating orbs quite heavily as puzzles. It seemed to me that because they didn’t use them that much in Fable 2’s full game, they decided to make the player wade through as many as possible. To their credit, the dungeon’s were more interesting than the rest of the game’s, but these are no where near even the Forest Temple from Windwaker.
I would say that I’d only recommend this for anyone that loves Fable 2, but I think anyone that’s played Fable 2 through to the end probably should get it. It is short and the dungeons aren’t at all inspiring, but it was bloody good fun. Fable 2 is a game that keeps rewarding the player, and the DLC does exactly the same. The place is littered with chests and digspots, varying from containing pies all the way to potions that will slim your character or make him/her taller. I still also have some extra stuff to do on Knothole Island if I want to get the full 100G (I’m 25G short at the moment) and if the weapons from the trading shop are anything like the armour you find throughout the dungeons, they’re going to look awesome.
But I doubt they’d beat my Daichi in power.