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.
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Release Date: Sep 12, 2014

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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

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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
When Fable first came out in 2004, it had years’ worth of far-fetched promises and frothing hype to live up to. Now it’s got rose-tinted recollections to satisfy. I’m not sure which is worse. Happily, though, Fable Anniversary gently retouches Lionhead’s original action-RPG without doing unspeakable violence to its memory. Fable Anniversary is a reminder of the things that established one of the Xbox’s most recognisable franchises - its lovely art, silly personality and playful attitude to good and evil. It doesn’t play like it was made yesterday, but this is a good adaptation, even if a few annoyingly anachronistic features remain.

Fable has aged well, partly because some of its best ideas have since become action-RPG staples - things like real-time combat, good-evil alignment and a world that reacts to your actions. Fable didn’t invent any of these things, but it does them well and uniquely enough that it’s still fun to play today. It’s easy to feel at home in this fantastical version of England’s green and pleasant land, where the countryside goes on forever and nobody is from inside the M25, and you’re greeted by cheers and applauding admirers whenever you step into the village pub for a pint. The place feels alive.

Fable is a simple and recognisable heroic tale at heart - you go from young boy to storied warrior, leaving your mark on the land of Albion, and eventually avenging your family - but the setting and sense of humour make it much more endearing than the usual po-faced videogame fantasy. Fable’s fondness for the ridiculous yields chicken-kicking minigames, Union Jack underpants, a legendary weapon in the shape of a frying pan, gloriously eclectic accents and dialogue, and a playfully disgusting range of fart and belch emotes.

Fable Anniversary looks far, far better than the original Xbox version, with beautiful new textures and updated models and effects, although everyone has a bad case of the scaryfaces. The old-fashioned looping animations date it - there’s no motion-captured fluidity here - but if you were a fan the first time around, it’s wonderful to see it looking so good. The extra Lost Chapters content, too, is worth seeing if you haven’t before. For me, though, the best reason to play again was that the first time was so long ago that I’d forgotten almost everything about it.

Everything revolves around the Hero’s Guild, where you go to pick up quests ranging from tedious beastie-bashing to epic treks across the Albion countryside. How you shape your Hero depends entirely on where you spend the experience gained from these quests - you can pile it all into magic spells and skills, beef up his melee muscle or improve stealth and ranged accuracy, or spread your experience across different categories.

This, in turn, affects his appearance, as does his alignment on the good-evil scale - magic users go bald quicker, for example – but the main determining factor is Fable’s binary and simplistic take on good and evil. It’s satisfying to see a halo and butterflies materialise around good heroes whilst evil ones sprout horns and go ghastly pale, even if those actions don’t have wide-reaching consequences in the wider world beyond making you more famous and recognisable. Without any of the shades of gray that make a morality system truly interesting, it’s more of a cartoonish fantasy.

Fable’s combat uses a mix of magic, melee and ranged attacks, and in the original game it didn’t gel together well. Melee attacks used to be on several buttons, you’d have to press the Back button to aim with the bow, and the lock-on was pretty terrible. For Anniversary, the combat controls have been adapted to be closer to the one-button system of later Fables - melee is on X, ranged is on Y and magic is on B. This is a vast improvement, and makes it much easier to use all your available skills in fights rather than brute-forcing through with melee alone.

Frustratingly, though, a few persisting control problems make prolonged fighting feel like a slog. Firstly, the lock-on still isn’t good enough - too often it targets a faraway enemy or a friendly when there’s a mob of undead right up in your face. This isn’t helped by an imperfect camera. Dodging is clumsy, and when you’re mobbed by enemies they have an irritating tendency to catch you in a hit animation loop and leave you unable to strike. Fable Anniversary’s fighting is fun in small doses, but after a while it’s tempting to just smash your way through with basic X-button strikes to get things over with, which is just about possible in many situations even if it is less fun. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the extremely long and tedious Arena quest, where you must fight a sequence of mostly generic enemies that feels endless.

Fable Anniversary also preserves the original’s combat multiplier, which builds up when you land blows without getting hit. The combat multiplier was ditched for later Fables, and you can see why - the irritation of getting caught in a hit animation loop or caught by a cheap shot is compounded when it causes you to lose a multiplier. The later Fable games’ combat is simplified, but also more honest - frankly the original combat system was never quite good enough to pull off the complexity it was shooting for.

There are fundamental things about the way that Fable was made that Anniversary can’t change. Albion is divided up into small corridor-like areas separated by loading screens - a technical necessity back in the day, but an anachronistic annoyance now. The loading times are quick, but they’re a constant interruption. The menu system, meanwhile, has been improved to give quick access to items and emotes, but it’s still a chore to dig through its many, many different sub-menus. Fable has an odd habit of mapping random things to the D-Pad, which once caused me to give a prized ruby to a barmaid rather than belch at her. She was impressed, but my husband was not.

Some of these 9-year-old systems are showing their age, and the later Fables are more frictionless to play, but the things that really established Fable as one of the Xbox’s most recognisable series are totally intact. Just being in Albion is a pleasure - it really feels alive, with traders and villagers bustling about their business, applauding you when you step into the pub after a long day’s questing. The sense of humour, too, is no less charming than it was in 2004 - outside of combat, I was usually playing with a smile on my face.

The strange thing about Fable is that for all the choice it offers, there’s very little consequence. You can get married, but after that you can run off for literally years and leave your wife or husband alone and they don’t seem to mind. You can murder shopkeepers, but everyone soon forgets about it. Its morality is very simplistic and unsubtle by modern standards. This makes it feel rather shallow, but it also enables you to be playful with its morality, if the mood takes you. You can muck about with flirting with admirers in front of your spouse or getting drunk and vomiting in public or attacking people for no reason, and none of it really matters.

The best advice I can give when it comes to Fable Anniversary is to take your time, speak to people, pick up side quests and play around, otherwise you might suddenly find that it’s over. It can be completed in around 10 hours, but there’s nothing to be gained by rushing - and conversely, there’s a lot you won’t find out unless you take time to mess around and experiment.

OVERALL
Fable Anniversary’s personality has proved truly ageless, even if some of its mechanics haven’t. Inevitably, its doesn’t feel as fresh today as they did in 2004, but 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.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
fable made me into the rpg player today very nostalgic revisting this game with the upgraded graphics worth a buy whether you're a vivid, new rpg player or a gamer thats looking fo a change of pace
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
As a fable fan as a kid, can say I recommend it to fable fans but if you aren't a fable fan you probably won't like this.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Looks fantastic!!!! Anyone that remembers the old fable game and liked will love this!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Some negative reviews bang on about bugs. I have encountered none. Some of the more stupid reviews are moaning that there is no extra content added to the game other than the greatly improved visuals, controller support and new difficulty option - well erm yeah? its a HD remaster which means improved visuals. It does not mean extra content - that is purely at the discretion of the devs if they want to but is by no means a contributing factor to what a HD remaster should incorporate to be worthy of the name.

Anyway, the game is exactly what it says on the tin. It looks ♥♥♥♥ing beautiful. The nostalgia value is absolutely present. I could not recommend it enough to both old skool fans of TLC and newcomers to the series. In my personal opinion this is the strongest game in the series. well worth the full price.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Awesome game from my childhood, though low replay value imo. Impressive for it's time, and still fun. 8/10 :3
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
I played this on Xbox when it first came out and absolutley loved it (I never could get into Fable 2 or Fable 3, though my kids played them a lot). I thought I would purchase this for myself and have a go at it to see if I could rekindle the old adoration.

Nope, it's just not there. Despite the facelift, this game hasn't aged well. If you have never played it then perhaps you will enjoy it, but the game simply can't live up to the memories for me. The graphics are dated, I am having all kinds of problems aiming with the left stick with the bow (Too used to right thumbstick now), and dungeons that repopulate with the same monsters once you have cleared them, had me uninstalling after a few hours. There are better dungeon romps out there and for me, this one is better left in the past.

It does have it's charm, and maybe for some younger gamers, it might still have enough oomph to draw you in. It's not a terrible game by any means. Give it a go if you have never played it, and judge for yourself.

6.5/10
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
This is, To simply put it one of the greatest RPG's of all time, surely its not at all what it was hyped up to be, but hey neither is CoD and we buy that ♥♥♥♥ annually, so without further ado let our review begin. NO STORY SPOILERS GIVIN.

PROS
-The Adventure of a lifetime, literally, you start as just a wee little child growing up in a hamlet but by the end you have become a grey haired old man slaying final bosses(Unless you use Assassin Rush and cheat).
-This game has a wonderful soundtrack performed by Russell Shaw with Danny Elfman (Who did the 1989 Batman Theme) Assisting with the main theme. Seriously though this game has a soundtrack that could go toe to toe with Final Fantasy any day, Give it a listen.
-For every choice a consequence, the karma system in Fable will affect yourself and the world around you, changing the way you look, giving you new equipment, giving you mastery for certain spells and effecting how the citizens of Albions look at you, I remember choosing to assist bandits in raiding a camp and than anytime i traveled there after the raid the people were gone.
-The setting of Albion is honostley one of the best reasons to play this game as the lore is deep as skorm and the land gives off this sort of "Grimm Brothers" feel to it where it seems innocent with at first with its beautiful apple trees and farms filled with chickens, but if you dig deepers things get darker.
-Lastly the game does a pretty good job at character building with an aging system, appearal and weapons to buy and three skill trees to invest xp in, Skill (Bows,Speed,Sneaking) Will (Magic) and Strength (Health, Defense, Physical Attack)

CONS
-Only two endings, Dont let this drive you away from the game though as the sequels, and the games more about the choices you make "during" the course of the game.
-The game is a little short but has a lot of replayabilily.

So as a person who played the original Fable on Xbox,Fable the lost chapters on PC and Xbox, and Fable Anniversary for a collective seven playthroughs I can confidentley say this one of the greatest western RPG's i have ever played along with Morrowind, Fallout 2, and KOTOR. I give this game 10/10 Crunchy Chicks and would recommend it to anyone wants good story, roleplay, and world building.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
super glitchy, not optimized. Needs a lot of work
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
i suggest you you buy it i reeeellyyyyy do ok btw i had a huge erection while playing just saying.
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Capt. Psuedo
18.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
I have always been interested in the Fable series. So when the steam summer sale starts and I notice this game around $10, I couldn't resist it, and I regret nothing, in fact I do regret not looking into the series earlier. Even in 2016 I feel like this game is realy good, It looks nice and has good combat for an older action RPG. I also realy liked how your character model through out the game, like where you grow more muscular as you upgrade yourself, and how you gain scars through out the game. The story is a bit short for todays standards but because of the good and bad paths that you can take it pushes you to go through multiple playthroughs to get the full experience, as well as the new hard mode. I really enjoyed this game and it will definutly be one of the Action RPG that i will use to compair to others that I play in the future. I hope that someday steam will get a Fable II aniversary, or even the normal game.
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Demonsockz
14.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
I enjoyed this just as much today as I did a decade ago. If you've played the original, then it's the same game you know and love, which is both a pro and a con. It was fun to run around getting fat and farting on people, but by the end I was happy to uninstall and move on to something else.

They have changed the control scheme so that it's more in line with the sequels, which is a really nice touch. But if you'd like to keep it the old way, you can.

Also worth mentioning is how good it looks. Absolutely gorgeous.

Recommend.
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onetacopls
16.3 hrs
Posted: September 25
Classic RPG
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Couttsy
63.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
Product received for free
I remember playing the Original Fable back in 2004, back then I always knew this game was something special. I highly recommend that you play this game if you’re a fan of the original or if you’re just looking for a game with an amazing storyline. I had so much fun playing this game and it brought back so many great memories. I am truly saddened by Microsoft’s decision to pull the Fable series from production. This game will always hold a special place in my heart and will always be the game which got me into role playing games in general.
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jrbeam
68.8 hrs
Posted: September 23
This game was a kind, epic journey. It was neither difficult nor pressuring but rather a nice stroll through a fantasy world. It was a somewhat open world with a few tricks to figure out. Once that was done, it was very easy to navigate. I enjoyed it immensely . This was the first game that I performed 100% of the achievements. There were two on which I was stuck but there is an either/or solution. You can do this or that to get the smae achievement. I appreciated that because normally, if I get to an achievement I can not accomplish, I just sort of give up on them all. You are either first or last when it comes to achievements. There is no second place for those that cannot get it done. I give it a 10 for the type of game that it was… Quest rpg. If you are considering buying this game, I can give this advice……..**POTENTIAL SPOILER**……… Do not sell anything you find. Keep it all and get your money from rental property. This is not a find and sell like Diablo II or Titan Quest. Oh, and marry early.
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gabanciano
13.9 hrs
Posted: September 20
Very nostalgic. This is for every fan of the original Fable. The whole gameplay is still exactly the same from years ago. The only big change here is the visuals plus a bit of new weapons and clothes as DLCs. That's pretty much it. 9/10.

Oh, and btw, don't buy this on full price! Wait for the sale!
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