Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26
  1. Pub Games does exactly what it's supposed to do and it does it in a fairly charming way. The background music and the graphics are quietly stylish with the occasional flourish - the way the hero cards spring to life in Tower of Fortune is a neat touch - but it's thoughtful design that makes the games worthwhile.
  2. Fable 2 Pub Games is a nice little bonus for people planning to play Fable 2. It's free when pre-ordering, so you can start collecting money and items even before Fable 2's out. It's great as a free extra, but you should not buy it for 800 points on Marketplace.
  3. An exclusive gamble for Fable fans.
  4. If you're lukewarm about Fable II or gambling in general, then Pub Games doesn't do anything well enough to warrant your attention.
  5. Having three gambling games is OK, but when two of them are boring you start to question why this is released now rather than bundled in with the main game.
  6. For anyone who plans on picking up Fable II, Fable II Pub Games is an easy XBLA title to choose. Those who aren't interested in the game's lineage or continuing story line, or those who aren't fans of board games, will likely pass this one by.
  7. 64
    There's no personality here -- just a trio of games and nothing else. And only two of those games are good. If you've pre-ordered Fable II, then by all means, you should download and enjoy this free game.
  8. The games don’t provide enough entertainment and will bore many players after an hour or two due to the games being luck-based.
  9. The idea of earning cash ahead of time for your pre-created Fable 2 character is a neat idea, but the structure could have been implemented better.
  10. Little more than a glorified countdown to "Fable 2." [Nov 2008, p.84]
  11. The Fable II Pub Games are sort of a strange case, as they are just barely games and in no way worth the $10 no matter how excited for Fable II you are.
  12. Getting a head start in terms of money and items will appeal to Fable fanatics, but for everyone else, it's not worth the gamble.
  13. 60
    For Fable fans only, games require more luck than skill.
  14. Obviously, if "Fable II" bores you to tears, steer clear, but if there's a chance you'll chase Molyneux's dream, by all means play on. [Issue#37, p.116]
  15. Pub Games is really a half-game aimed at those that want to get a jump start on building their Fable II loot. Those looking for a good standalone title are out of luck - far from scoring a jackpot, Pub Games is a complete bust.
  16. As a freebie for preordering Fable II, Pub Games is an average bonus and will appeal to the fans of the original Fable on the Xbox. As a standalone game on Xbox Live marketplace, Pub Games certainly isn’t worth the 800 points ($10).
  17. Had there been more variety of games then it would be a cool game to recommend a purchase. The only reason this game is going to be popular is the interactive element with Fable II as gamers seek a head start when they start playing in October.
  18. The 3 mini-games in this Fable II companion are decidedly mixed. [Nov 2008, p.80]
  19. Unfortunately, none of them are fun because of horrible odds that suck your gold dry.
  20. 40
    Anyone who's been waiting for Peter Molyneux's latest epic will no doubt spend hours in front of Pub Games trying to earn cash, whether they like it or not. But on its own, it doesn't offer nearly enough entertainment.
  21. It's not bad as a bundled freebie, but it struggles to justify its 800 Points (approx. $13) price separately. There is very little game here to keep you occupied.
  22. The marriage of XBLA and boxed game is a nice idea, but the Pub Games themselves are lightweight and boring, and the potential benefits for Fable 2 players are the sorts of things typically bundled on Collector's Edition bonus disks in the first place - and typically overlooked by the majority of players who can think of better ways to spend the extra money.
  23. Without that little marketing ploy, this is a boring and ill-conceived collection of ‘games’ that just aren’t worth your time of day.
  24. A promotional toy that would've been better offered as a freebie, levelling the playing field for Fable 2 anticipators.
  25. It's slightly less offensive as a Fable II preorder bonus, but it comes nowhere near justifying its 800 point ($10) asking price.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Oct 13, 2013
    3
    This game is just a cheap title cash grab, and nothing more.

    Unfortunately I didn't pre-order my Fable 2 and I bought this out of sheer
    This game is just a cheap title cash grab, and nothing more.

    Unfortunately I didn't pre-order my Fable 2 and I bought this out of sheer curiosity since I absolutely loved Fable 2. And what did I get same semi-interesting games that look more like they belong on a fan made shareware site. At best these games might have been better as in game mini games. This download is a complete waste of money. And even if it were free, the games themselves are mediocre at best and barely hold your interest. Not to mention the "in-game rewards" which are laughable.

    On the positive side, it does look pretty and feels like a Fable game.

    Overall:
    Since I paid for this, I'm giving this game a 3 and that's only because I thought the visuals were charming. If this had been free, I might have given it a 4 or a 5, but it still wouldn't have ranked higher than a *meh*.
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  2. KhristianR.
    Oct 1, 2008
    7
    They're good games and its nice to see slight new ideas developed. But I wouldn't buy them, when in a few weeks, the Limited They're good games and its nice to see slight new ideas developed. But I wouldn't buy them, when in a few weeks, the Limited Edition has bonus Material including all the Pub Games. Why waste the money downloading the games. For everyone waiting for Fable II, just hold on...only 3 weeks left to go. SCORE : 70% Full Review »
  3. ChrisH.
    Sep 22, 2008
    5
    Fable II Pub Games offers little outside of giving players an opportunity to get a headstart on their Fable II characters, but that is Fable II Pub Games offers little outside of giving players an opportunity to get a headstart on their Fable II characters, but that is exactly the purpose of the game and it serves that purpose well enough. Through playing three games, players can earn gold and fifteen items for their characters, as well as the standard 200 achievement points. Out of the three games, two offer some level of interactivity, while the third, based on slot machines, only requires the repeated tapping of the A button. This quickly becomes tiresome, but players will have to play the game in five seperate tournaments to earn the five items tied into it. If you preorder Fable II, you receive the game for free and its worth spending some time playing it, but its certainly not amongst the best Xbox Live Arcade games. Its not worth the 800 Microsoft Points if you have no intention of playing Fable II. It delivers on its purpose, but does nothing to dazzle. 5/10. Full Review »