FOR EVERY CHOICE, A CONSEQUENCE. Fully re-mastered with HD visuals and audio, Fable Anniversary is a stunning rendition of the original game that will delight faithful fans and new players alike! The all new Heroic difficulty setting will test the mettle of even the most hardcore Fable fan.
User reviews: Mixed (1,759 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 12, 2014

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"Wonderful remaster of the game that started the Fable series, with stunning visuals, this is great for old and new players to the Fable series!"

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“…the strange and beautiful world of Albion, with all its weird idiosyncrasies and wildly varied accents, is as absorbing and lovably, peculiarly British as it ever was.”
8/10 – IGN

About This Game

FOR EVERY CHOICE, A CONSEQUENCE.

Fully re-mastered with HD visuals and audio, Fable Anniversary is a stunning rendition of the original game that will delight faithful fans and new players alike!

The all new Heroic difficulty setting will test the mettle of even the most hardcore Fable fan. With no Resurrection Phials and even more lethal enemies to contend with, will you be able to survive?

Forge a hero based on your actions: age and evolve a hero or villain through the actions you choose and the path you follow-be it for good, evil, or in-between.

Build your living legend: Through deeds and actions, build a name for yourself across the land. Recruit allies and followers. Gain glory or notoriety. Who will you be?

With an entirely new lighting system, slick new interface, all new textures, models and gameplay, Fable Anniversary is the full HD, definitive Fable experience.

Find out more about the great changes in Fable Anniversary here.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8
    • Processor: Intel 2GHz Core2 Duo / AMD Athlon 64 x2 2.4GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X1800/ Nvidia GeForce 7600GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8 64bit
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Quad 2.33GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
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146 of 218 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Do you like games where the UI is coded to disappear after a few seconds for no conceivable reason, and with no option to stop that from happening?

Do you like games that have a hotkey bar for quick item use but won't show it on the screen?

Do you like games that let you change your keybindings except for the ones displayed with a lock next to them because you aren't allowed to change them for some reason? Or how some keys can be assigned to multiple actions and others cannot for some reason?

Do you like games that give you the option to invert your look settings but don't give you look sensitivity options?

Do you like games that randomly decide to change what type of input controls you're using so suddenly your keyboard is useless?

Do you like games that are console ports of remakes of console ports of remakes that try to sell you on updated graphics?

Then you'll LOVE Fable Anniversary!
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
57.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
NOTE - this is a rereview for a game I failed to review the best I could the first time. Let me start this off by saying this: I was a late beta tester for this game and I am a Fable fan. I loved Fable (and similarly Fable: The Lost Chapters), thought Fable II was mostly great and hated Fable III... especially the dreadful PC port and the constant issues that followed it right until it got taken off of Steam. In retrospect, Fable: Anniversary was another Fable III -- mainly due to its disastrous launch. No mouse cursor on menus? Unbindable keys? These weren't big issues for me (mainly because I learned to put up with them) but I admittedly forgot to include them in my early review. On top of that, I seemed to have avoided most if not all of the technical issues that plagued the title at release date. The game, as far as I was concerned, was great.

Upon feedback I quickly found out this wasn't the case and included issues as well as their solutions in my review. I also became more active on the community hub so I could learn of new potential issues as well as help out others. The developers also quickly reacted based on feedback and within a few months had pumped out a considerable number of patches and hotfixes. TODAY the game has: full mouse and keyboard support, blurriness and depth-of-field fixed, stuttering resolved for the vast majority of users, numerous crashes sorted and various bugs addressed. These problems shouldn't have existed in the first place but nevertheless, I'm happy they got fixed honestly. So hopefully this rereview is more accurate this time around (I've included a Pros and Cons list now) and it doesn't look so nostalgic-y.


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A little bit about the game: Fable Anniversary is a remastering of the 2005 remake of the original 2004 title "Fable". This 2005 remake is simply known as Fable: The Lost Chapters and was quite a sizeable overhaul in that it added new items, weapons, spells, monsters, quests, locations, abilities and more. In addition to minor tweaks, the remake also featured a slightly extended story as well as small subplots and relatively unimportant characters being made far more prominent in the game. Apart from this, Fable's still very much the same game at its core. It's an action/role-playing/semi open-world game and it has you playing as the Hero of Oakvale. I use "open-world" loosely as some areas are not unlocked until certain missions are completed (think Grand Theft Auto). Anyway, you start the game as a young boy who is to journey across the fictional land of Albion and make a name for himself.

Right from the start the game's unique sense of humour, somewhat dark story and moral alignment system are all presented and are on display. It's totally up to the player as to how you interact with everyone else and what kind of Albion you envision. Gameplay and controls are solid and very typical of a third-person game, so they're not hard to get used to. Satisfying combat, the variety of enemies and the 3 distinct fighting styles (melee, ranged, spells) all keep the player engaged. While the main story takes around 10-15 hours: character customization, numerous sidequests and the various activities will massively inflate your playtime. There's also the memorable soundtrack to look forward to, however, the overall voice acting is something I struggle with -- its serviceable but it's not amazing either. All this being said, Fable's still a fun RPG and a game anyone can pick up and be entertained with.

PROS
+ runs on the Unreal Engine 3 and well optimized when compared to the original game (as of the latest patch)
+ true widescreen (unrestricted resolution with appropriate field-of-view; V-Sync caps the game at 60 FPS but disabling it will allow your PC to run the game at whatever FPS it can manage)
+ textures and “character updates” mostly look decent (although some will prefer the old look)
+ the new lighting system + particle effects, better facial animations and improved lip-sync are all great
+ audio quality has noticeably improved and surround sound is now supported
+ controllers are fully supported (I used a keyboard for the majority of my playthroughs though)
+ new control schemes (one control scheme is inspired by Fable II and III which is neat)
+ new Heroic difficulty mode is fun and surprisingly challenging
+ most bugs, exploits, balancing issues and major complaints from the original game have been addressed (e.g. you now age 50% slower and scar less from combat unlike the original game)
+ Steamworks integration (cloud, achievements and workshop) and Steam trading cards
+ a few new outfits and weapons that weren't in the original game (these are free DLC from the Xbox 360 version)
+ free modding DLC (this didn't take off though and you only have clothes and animations to work with)

NEUTRAL
+/- severe lack of Steam workshop mods
+/- 2 pricey DLC packs that bundle together DLC from the Xbox 360 version (both are optional and give you additional weapons and outfits that weren't in the original game)

CONS
- the $35 price tag (for new players it's okay but I can understand why owners of the original game would feel it's a bit too much when the original game is great and still holds up well)
- the near-perfect UI from the original game has been swapped in exchange for one that feels more orientated for controller users (it’s clunky but still serviceable and feels less cluttered)
- the Hero of Oakvale’s face for all ages was changed (this visual update might frustrate some people as some of the faces in the original game looked better)
- some minor bugs still remain unfixed
- a few old animations that stand out nowadays
- no mouse sensitivity option (mouse-related options can be tweaked externally though)

TL;DR - It's always hard to recommend a remaster because of the new-game price tag but if you really enjoyed the original Fable or are new to Fable altogether: I can recommend this title. For those who own the game already... there may or may not be enough to justify purchasing this game. Some who liked the original game may even prefer Fable: The Lost Chapters over this and that's fine. Indeed, Anniversary contains a lot of changes that can be noted as both good and bad but if you expected a remaster and just a remaster -- it should deliver for the most part.
Rating: 7.8/10
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32 of 46 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
I do very few reviews-normally only on games that I feel strongly about. As far as Fable Anniversary goes, save your money. Especially if you already have the original version, if you don't just spend the 10 dollars and buy the original instead of throwing money away for this 'paint job' as most are calling it. The game runs smoothly with very few bugs that I've run across yet, got stuck in a wall once, rolled into a rock and got stuck, couple of game crashes- nothing major since the game auto-saves for you quite often. However, it is still the original game! Nothing has been added besides a few extra colors, sure it looks pretty that your shadow now follows the lighting properly but most of us don't really care about that beyond the first couple 'ooohs' and 'ahhhs'. The extra colors add a few more hues and textures but nothing mind blowing or game altering especially since most of the maps are darker toned anyway. All the in game movements of the characters, both your own and npc's, are blocky and out dated. The original game itself is still great and in all honesty with this play through I really haven't noticed anything that was worth the money I spent on the anniversary edition even at 50% off with the holiday sale. I have a feeling the developers were just looking for a way to make a quick buck with little work.
Now that my ramble is done here's my point again: DO NOT BUY THIS VERSION OF THE GAME UNLESS IT DROPS BELOW THE ORIGINALS PRICE!
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
While I understand everyone's opinion I don't agree. This game is a lot of fun and relaxing. I didn't buy it at launch so I didn't experience all the glitches and performance issues but I don't think that would of changed my view. The combat is nice and simple and it looks beautiful. However it does have it's issues. All in all I think if you like RPG's you should pick this up. But wait until it's on sale, I don't think this is worth $35.

Verdict: 7/10
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
134.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
You would think an HD mastering of a game would attempt to do a little bit more then a slight polishing of the graphics but no sadly that is not the case for this game. While there has been a slight improvement to the graphics, the character animation is as stiff and akward as ever and the polished look makes the character models from two console generations ago look super weird and creepy.

I'm blown away that zero effort was put into improving the game in any deparment other than the graphics. The main character will often get stuck on textures like he did in the original Fable and many other minor glitches still exist...in fact I think there are new glitches in this version that were not in Fable or TLC which is pathetic on a new level. I attempted the Bandit Spy Extraction side quest a total of 5 times. 4 of those time I failed the boast to "kill all guards" even after scowering the map and ensuring every guard was dead, the other time I spoke to the mission giver to complete the quest and I didn't even get a completion screen permenately locking me in that quest zone, neccesitating a reload to a previous save in order to continue playing the game.

This is really unacceptable for how much Lionhead is charging full price for the game plus 25 dollars for dogshit dlc that gives stupid costumes and weapons.

Don't waste you're money on this great big balverine turd
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
For those of you who haven't played the original game for XBOX, this game is awesome. I've wanted to play it for years, but didn't have an XBOX. I'm not used to playing RPG on a PC but the controls are easy to learn.

I recommend this game for those who, like me, haven't played Fable before!
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31 of 51 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
I really do not know why people hate this game so much, it is exactly what it is advertised as without anything more or less. I have yet to crash and I have enjoyed every second of playing as much as I did when this game came out ten years ago.

I have played Fable and Fable TLC countless times, the game is stellar and to see it remade with HD graphics brings me another layer of joy. Its like when you don't play a game for years and years and years and when you look back on playing it with rose colored glasses and then you see the HD remake and you think yourself, this is what I remember. They didn't cut anything but they didn't really add anything. I got the game on sale and it was well worth the 15 dollars that I spent on it. Fable will provide you hours and hours of entertainment and is way better than any of its sequels. Pick this game up and you will not regret it.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Fable is one of my favorite game series of all time. If you liked the original, picking up the remaster is a no-brainer. It's funny how little it seems upgraded until you fire up the old version and are reminded how old it actually is. The graphics are actually MUCH better now, not just in terms of poly count and textures, but also in the lighting and post processing.

Fable probably won't play well on a keyboard and mouse. I have always just used a controller on my PC to play it. The 360 version works great. I love that they also ported over the control scheme from Fable 2 and 3 so you select either that or the classic Fable controller setup.

Now, Lionhead: WHERE IS FABLE 2 FOR THE PC?!?!
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Let me start by saing I love this game : 3 It is an amazing game.

However, this edition on steam is a real pain to play.
Most of the menu buttons do not line up right or do not do what they say.
To even start the game I had to find an invisable button and click an empty space between the two buttons to launch my new character...

100% unacceptable for a game that has been out forever to be released again with so many bugs in the menus...

Update: the Issue with the buttons not lining up is dependent on the Resolution you are using if you have issues you can try another resolution. Still 100% bs that its jacked up.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Despite having no new content I found myself enjoying the brilliance of the old fable again. This fable is the best in my honest opinion and it will take much to waver that opinion. The better graphics and controller support are fantastic, seeing how I played this gem on my old xbox growing up. Although the new reskins are quite bad on the main characters. Weird mishapen people giving off way more eye contact than nesscary. The absoulute best one I found was on Thunder, a large black hero. He, no joke, looks like a balck guy in blackface. Briar rose, a sexy nerd like hero in the original, killed my boner faster than the speed of light in the remastered. All-in-all, if you LOVE fable or somehow missed playing the original give this game a try, but only on sale. $35 is an outrageous price for a 10 yo game. I purchased this on the winter steam sale.

If you look at my hours played in this review for length im about 2/3ish into the game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Ожидал лучшего, получил худшее, мрачная игра стала, даже пропал тот дух геройства :(


Expected better, got worse, the game has become a grim, even lost the spirit of heroism :(
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21 of 37 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
47.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Not worth it. I played a good chunk of the game on Heroic difficulty ("Hard mode" where the potions are scarce and the merchants shaft you every 10 seconds and enemies are hitting for 234 health at the beginning) and got pretty far into the story I got to the arena and met lady gray and have to go free the mother from the prison
and just dropped it out of nowhere, probably because it was just the fact I got bored of the game and had been forcing myself to play it, making me get burned out on Fable HD in like a day or two.

The game adds almost zero changes, save some lame costumes and weapons that are immediately outed by ingame artifacts you can get for cheaper If you know how to get tham, and if you don't I'm sure there's oads of walkthroughs on them. This game has run less stable than the older Fable TLC, and the HD Revamp doesn't seem to be much, just a giant retexture of the old one.

In conclusion, I would not reccomend this game, either play or buy the old Fable.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Would definitely recommend this to anybody who enjoyed Fable 1/The Lost Chapters. Make no mistake, this is Fable 1 all over again with really nothing new other than a visual overhaul. You're getting the authentic Fable experience, quirks and all. I bought this game, on sale, right as I was getting ready to play through Fable 1 again anyway. Playing this instead definitely scratched that itch.

I've tread across the original too many times to count and know it pretty well, and it was really cool to see how everything looked in Anniversary.

All I know is that every time I saw a familiar face or location, I sat there with a stupid grin on my face seeing the updated graphics. This is a prettier version of the original Fable, and that's perfectly fine with me.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Ahh, reminds me my childhood, it was my best game at that time, and still one of them. This game is beautiful, I wish there were some mods to change gameplay and make this game more playable after completing story.

Still, I guess I'll play this game till The Witcher 3 comes out :P

Perfect game thx for remake! Fable 3 sucks _l_\_
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12 of 22 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
The face models look exactly like the faces of characters from Team America: World Police!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Love everything about this game but im not paying that much for the DLC. should have been in the game for free.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
This game is amazing! loved the original as well as Lost Chapters on the xbox. the remake on the 360 was amazing and the onr on PC is just as good! 5/5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Fable Anniversary is a great remake of an amazing classic.

I also feel the huge ammount of complaints some people have been having with this game to be very negligable.

Negligable Complaints:
Art style, A lot of people were expecting a more realistic art style for the game instead of a slight cartoony/fantasy look. I feel the art style the devs used works VERY well with the game, and increases the ammount of charm the Fable games give, so far everything I have seen looks asthetically pleasing.

Not RPG enough, If you have never played a Fable game, you MUST realize before playing that this game is NOTHING like an Elder scrolls, Dark souls, or Witcher game. Fable is VERY casual in comparison, and doesn't take itself nearly as seriously. Despite there also being a harder difficulty to choose from than normal, the game is still very much casual.

Real Complaints:

The AI, The AI of a lot of the NPC's in this game is very clunky, and a bit buggy especially when trying to get people to follow you.

Bad cut scenes, During a lot of minor dialogue cut scenes, everything in the background seems to stop moving except for you, and the NPC you;re talikng to. This can lead to some very distracting, or awkward backgrounds with NPC's just frozen in the middle of an activity. Also the audio during chapter progression cutscenes is very low quality, and even crackles at times like the original game.

The $35 asking price, $35 dollars is just way to much for ecentially upgraded visuals, and audio especially when the original, and its Lost Chapters DLC are available on Steam as well.

Over all though this game is extremely fun and very replayable
The Achievments are also a nice bonus, especially since most of them leave you with two different methods to unlock it, so the path / play style you choose won't impact if you can earn the achievment or not.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
ok this remake is great and it looks beautiful but there is still a few glitches like the graphics have to load in while your playing and a few others. so get fable the lost chapter first if you want a great game with perfect performance or get fable anniversary first if you want better graphics and dlc with ok performance. Ether way to me there both worth a buy
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
I was suprised to see this game only has a "Mixed" rating on Steam, but after reading people's reviews about numerous technical issues I could understand their frustration.

The game looks beautiful and is still just as fun as when I played it on the original XBox. A charming world, fun enemies to battle, loads of skills to choose from, secrets galore, a powerful variety of magic to fit any playstyle, morality choices, I could go on. Game lore isn't overwhelming, giving you just enough to immerse yourself in the world.

This game set the standard for all future Fable games as well as being a shining example of how much fun single player action RPGs can be. At the time of playing I only notice minor sound bugs but nothing game breaking; thankfully some patches were released before my purchase.

Treat yourself to this experience, you won't regret it.
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