Fable II is a game that is much better than its separate parts might suggest. As an experience, it's some of the most fun RPGFan has had all year. Even if you were disappointed with the first Fable, give Fable II a chance. It's a fantastic sequel that fulfills on all of the promises made in the first game.
It has flaws, like the unrealized potential of the co-op mode and the numerous bugs that come with the territory of an open world game of its caliber, but it's easily among the best RPGs of this generation and a sure contender for game of the year. It's one of those games that makes you want to lock yourself in a room for a few days with no outside contact. Don't miss it among the sea of great holiday games.