Odd, I've always
thought of it as a spoof of its own genre. I wish some of the more clever ideas (like your hero changing physically based on the way you play him, and aging over time) had been used by other games (by Akatosh, I'd die for this in an MMO. Maybe with descendants taking over for your character and transferring wealth down the family line). I love the game, but it really plays better if you have no expectations going in and are looking for a casual gaming experience. It's definitely not for the hardcore fans of...uh...well, games that are more hardcore?
Oh, and since people are already having fun with the comments, the creativity and inventiveness of Fable does earn it a place in my top 20, and I fully expect finishing TLC to bump it up to top 10.
Hero hero hero hero hero hero hero hero hero hero hero hero.
TALE SMASH CRAPPY GAME! TALE NOT STAND ABUSE OF CULTURAL CONCEPTS OF HEROISM AS A PLACEHOLDER FOR CHARACTER REFERENCES! TALE THINK ALL DIALOGUE COME ACROSS AS BAD JOKE!
Hmm. Amusingly enough, the Hero's Journey is basically used as the script for this game. As it is for all Elder Scrolls games, the Ultima games, Star Wars, the Shannara Books, the Lord of the Rings...
And I realize that's a bit of a strong statement, so here's a citation
(Wikipedia, for what it's worth, but if you genuinely care Wiki has links at the bottom to more dependable sites)