As was mentioned, we can start threads about games we find interesting, so I would like to pay tribute to this game Fable 2.
It would also be a pretty interesting springboard into the world of RPGs for a number of reasons, It had a strong storyline, its quite an epic tale, with great character customisability.
Its seldom I play a game more than once, I have played I think less than 5 games more than once, I am writing this piece on Fable 2 because I started a second run through as an evil character as a joke, not to complete the game, but just to see how a few evil results panned out in making some quests more interesting, then I just kept on playing AND bought the DLC!
Fable 2 starts off with you and your elder sister as kids in a kind of victorian-ish London, a quite shocking (yes, really surprising event) occurs, which winds up with your character returning to conciousness a few years later.
The game itself is quite extraordinary as everything you do has a consequence, it does not punish you for being evil, for example, people dont like you because you are evil, so they charge a more expensive price in the shops, but you can threaten them with an evil gesture to make them reduce the price .
If you choose an evil result to end a quest, The game will try to justify it to you and make the outcome seem like a reasonable choice
But you can be assured that the evil end to the quest will have an interesting result and be significantly different from the "good" ending.
Back to the story, you awaken and find yourself propelled into a very well plotted storyline involving your quest to assemble a party of characters to take on the "big bad", there is a hero for each skill (Magic, Melee or Ranged) but you can excel in all of the skills too.
As you seek each hero they too have their own stories to tell, then when they are all assembled, you go kick some evil a$$.Good or Evil, Corrupt or Pure
As mentioned, everything you do has consequences, pushing you in different directions on a slider scale towards each of the headings above.
Good and evil are self explanatory, you behave as you see fit, you will still get reputation points (sort of like karma XP), but they will affect how people percive you and also ..... your appearance changes, more on that later.
Purity and Corruption, this slider scale is moved by acts of charity and selfishness, also by the types of food you consume, again it affects how people will percieve you and changes your appearence.
Things that govern these things are quest outcomes, food consumption, what price you charge for rent in houses you own, killing innocents etc.
You can buy property and rent it out, which makes a huge impact on your wealth, but the rent you charge can be lowered or increased at your whim. It will affect the economy of each town in which you become financially involved.Things to do in Albion
As mentioned, you can buy property, you can also get married, have sex, protected or unprotected and have to deal with the fallout from which type you choose, there are condoms in game to help you make your choice. You can have kids, get sexually transmitted diseases, have same sex marriages, even marry a zombie (she's probably the best marriage partner in the game too!), you can even have sex or marry prostitutes, the game is called Fable, but this is no fairytale!You are what you eat
....and what you do, as you progress through the game, your appearence changes, whether you are good/evil/pure or corrupt, even your skill choices change your appearence :
melee = More physical and muscular
ranged = makes you taller (dunno why, maybe because shooting downhill makes you more accurate
magic = you get glowing blue veins coursing through your body, sort of like the characters in the movie TRON.
evil = dark purple veins on your skin surface, evil magic users look quite awesome! Also you grow horns and your eyes turn green!
good - a halo over your head and blue eyes.
death = if you die in combat you get permenant scars, you can buy potions to prevent these.
The game is very immersive, apart from the excellent graphics, you also have the local people commenting on you or talking to each other about trivial things, as mentioned before, you can get married and have a family and you can then sacrifice your family to an evil cult
You can even get a job to make money (bartender, woodcutter etc.) you can play games of chance with Gamemasters that you meet in bars or on your travels. You can give/receive gifts with ingame characters, just so much stuff, you can be as involved in the gameworld as you want basically.
There are a great variety of locations too, cities, picturesque towns, haunted marshes, deserted islands with pirate treasure, graveyards, haunted mansions, frontier towns, forests inhabited with Balverines (like werewolves) a combat arena, shooting range, just so many things vying for your interest.
There are alot of things to do outside of the main storyline, you can look for treasure with your Dog, who can sniff out places to dig or treasure chests to find, he also helps you in combat. There are 50 Gargoyle heads scattered all over albion who basically insult the crap out of you until you find them and shoot them, they are very funny. There are "Demon Doors" in all the areas, that will ask you to do specific things, upon doing their bidding, they will open for you and reveal whats inside, eg. One door wnats to see you propose marriage to someone in front of it, when you do, it opens up and inside is a beautiful idyllic farm where you can both live, it also has a legendry melee weapon in its millhouse.
Anyway, I think this is a great game that will have a very wide appeal, it looks great, is fun to play, it has humour and sadness and a darn good storyline, where your contribution actually makes a difference!