The first episode of Fable II: Game Episodes is available today on Xbox Live... for free. It's a kind of unique way of selling last year's game: Break it up into chapters, and give people the option of buying them, one at a time, after giving away chapter one.
Episode one is available right now, and should give players a more-than ample taste of the game world -- it represents one-fifth of the complete game, making it much bigger than a demo, but for the same price: Free. If you're tastes are anything like mine, Lionhead making this offer is like a pusher giving you a taste of elephant tranquilizer: Sure, it's free now, but he knows you'll be back.
Players who purchase Fable II either digitally or on disc after first game episode will find their saved progress, character profile, and items from the first episode will be transferred seamlessly as they continue the game. All editions of the game offer cooperative play with friends on the same couch as well as on Live.
If I hadn't already played through Fable II, I'd be pretty psyched. This is the perfect structure to sell something that's unique. Anyone out there going to give Fable 2 a go?