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.
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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November 7, 2014

New Version Available - 867695

Changes include:

  • Mouse cursor implemented to all menus
  • Steam Workshop now available
  • Made Heroic mode harder - (slow time spell costs more to cast, health potions are less effective and ‘Age Of’ potions give less XP)
  • Reduced the chance of getting a scar
  • Fixed a few rare crashes
  • White Balverine texture updated
  • Fixed missing objects in Knothole Glade and Hook Coast.
  • Updated blonde beard texture to match blonde hair
  • Made FOV settable from the ini file
  • Added a camera sensitivity setting to the ini files
  • Fixed and audio bug that would stop dialogue from playing
  • Black bars removed from non 16:9 resolutions

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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
Helpful customer reviews
767 of 1,033 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
I really wanted to like this game, I played the original and really enjoyed it and I played the sequels and with each prgoressive game the quality got worse. Sure the visuals got better each time, but each time the humorous additives lessened until they were eliminated in Fable III. This return to the original is very disappointing. They upgraded the graphics yes, but that seems to be just about it. The controls are the same but can thankfully be retuned to their better counterparts from later games.

The animations are a HUGE disappointment. The models look a bit better but definitely nothing like what we saw in Fable III, the animations for them are not even remotely changed and this makes the new models pointless if they don't have updated animations as well. They still remain stiff and awkward and very simple.

The models themselves don't even do the original characters justice. Maze looks awful with that awful goatee that just sticks out like a sore thumb. Whisper's head is all wrong for the entire prologue looking like it should on a young adult whisper as opposed to a kid a little older than the player. The child character, oh man is that a monstrosity. It doesn't even remotely match or even harken to the old child hero. The new character models for villagers are at least decent. But overall the lack of attention or faithfulness to the original character designs does not bode well.

Thankfully the music is still quite good, but it is disappointing that nothing appears to have been remastered or redone as would be normal for a HD remake.

The cutscenes appear to not be changed at all, still using transparent renders from the original version.

Overall this "HD" remake appears to be not even worth the effort Lionhead put in it, I had high hopes the new creative head would lead the company to better endeavours but clearly this is not the case. The HD remake hasn't done the game justice in my opinion and is definitely not worth 35 dollars. Maybe 15 if you stretch it. This isn't a HD re-release, it's a nostalgia trap.

4/10 While the original game is still there, there's not been near enough done to improve on the old and just leaves the remake a flashy mess.
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353 of 474 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Fable Anniversary delivers what it promised; A prettier version of the original game.
The game has aged well on its own, but the new graphics definitely make me personally want to play it more than the original. And that's honestly about it; it only ropes me in for the nostalgia.

This isn't a game for everyone, however, as it does run into some problems. I can't stand the new UI, which is clonky and harder to navigate than the original's, and the implementation of the DLC is pretty bland and honestly not worth considering. As others have no doubt already pointed out, the pricing is outrageous for a simple HD rerelease. For the full, and best experience of the Fable franchise, you're better off sticking to Fable: TLC which is only 10 dollars. Anniversary is about $35 with DLC being a total of $25. The DLC offers nothing new to the game except fancy accessories that are weaker than the Vanilla armors and weapons. $60 dollars for the full "Anniversary" experience versus a $10 fee for the original vanilla experience. The difference in pricing is absurd, and the fact that the developers want 60 dollars for an old game with a new paint job is just stupid.

The only bug I have run into personally is one where the game crashes while trying to spend experience points, but that in itself is enough to warrant negative attention as it breaks immersion.

Once the game goes down in price, I'd recommend this game to anyone new to the Fable franchise, as it really holds up better than the sequels of the original game. Until then, however, stick with the $10 TLC.
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261 of 409 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Overall, if you're a fan of Fable, then pick this one up for the flashy new graphics, with a "old time/new look" timey-wimey wibbly-wobbly stuff game.

There were some hiccups at the initial launch though, and I covered them honestly in the text below.

I was skeptical at first about buying this game (mainly because I already own Fable TLC), but after checking out the screenshots of the interface and spell effects I decided to take the plunge and buy it.
There were some Keyboard and Mouse control, nonassignable buttons, oversights at first, but the devs were quick to respond to the forum users asking for the "BLOCK" function and other keys to be able to be user-assigned.
So that oversight was quickly ironed out.
The other initial oversight was that it was very clear that the menu system was designed with a controller in mind rather than a K+M setup, but yet again, the devs have hopped on that, and I can currently, (and happily) click away with my mouse in the overall menu (Inventory/Quests/Maps etc)

I have to give a thumbs up to the devs as well, they LISTENED to our feedback and FIXED things. How great is that?
They get a double thumbs-up for that in MY book :)

Now where's Fable 2 for the PC? ;)
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198 of 323 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
When I first played fable the lost chapters on the original xbox I thoroughly enjoyed it, and so I was excited for the anniversary but I am very dissapointed. yeah they redid the graphics and audio but their no where as good as what we saw in fable lll (fable lll story and combat is crap). The controls are different to the lost chapters (on pc) which I found confusing at times. It severely droppped for me when I was stuck in a mission and couldnt leave without going to a previous save I made 3 hours before so I just stopped playing. There are so many bugs and glitches its not funny, its a waste of money you might as well buy the lost chapters for $10. I do not recommend this game for anyone because the price is way too high. Not recommended
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59 of 90 people (66%) 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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17 of 19 people (89%) 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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116 of 202 people (57%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
I would not recommend this game, I loved the original Fable TLC and because of its age you could accept certain glitches.
However as this is a remake and they apparently did an overhaul I think you might expect a little more polish and maybe some extra content.
- The animations are clunky compared to todays standard
- There are visible texture seams
- Loading times between different sections
- (G)UI design is terrible and clunky

Again I could have accepted this for a game released in 2001, but if you decide to do a remake make sure that you give it a bit of an effort and not just load some levels in the UNreal engine and add better dynamic lighting and upres some textures and recompile again.

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86 of 152 people (57%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Oh boy. Where do i begin? Oh yes, this remaster sucks.
First of all, the port is horribly done. The camera is locked on a slow as hell sensitivity, and it moves strangely. Mouse support in menus is non existent. You have to use your keyboard purely when you're trying to navigate menus. And even that's poorly done. Sometimes in menus, the highlight for selecting will go into a random direction as if the arrow keys were sticking, making actually using these menus almost impossible to use. No matter what i do, it won't stop doing it. Some of the default keybinds are so random feeling. It's almost as if they attached printed image of a keyboard and threws darts to determine which key will do what. The combat lock-on is horribly done. You zoom in way to much, making your character take up half the screen. Fighting more than one enemy is extremely difficult. The dodge and block is the same key, which screws you over even more than most games that have multiple functions for 1 key. The delay in actually blocking has a massive delay, and not from doing other actions either. not matter what i do there's always a massive delay, making blocking almost impossible. Thankfully, dodging is actually useful, compared to blocking. The graphics have barely improved. It mostly looks like the textures were slapped onto the old fable 1 models. They look out of place and it makes the characters look hideous. Same for the lighting and environmental textures. Sure, you could say it's because it uses the same engine, but even then they were lazy in actually improving the graphics. The keyboard and mouse control scheme are horrid. Most of the time you have to go to the other side of the keyboard and back to actually do anything. I really wanted to like this game. I really did, but they were so lazy in actually making this as good as the original. If you really wanted to play this version, at least play with a controller. If even that doesn't work, get the Fable: the lost chapters. It's not only cheaper, but the combat mechanics are more enjoyable, and in general a better version.
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25 of 42 people (60%) 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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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
16.9 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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12 of 20 people (60%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
I played Fable TLC to death on my original Xbox, when I saw this was coming to PC I knew I had to get it I am a BIG fan of the Fable series and this is a worthy version to play.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.0 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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6 of 9 people (67%) 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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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
dont buy this version of fable just by the lost chapters version it runs better, Better controls, also it is $25 dollars cheaper
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31 of 59 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Big thumbs down. While the textures have a higher resolution, etc, the art just isn't as good, IMHO. Buy Fable: The Lost Chapters instead, and crank up the detail level. It actually looks better -- the models, characters, etc, clearly had more effort put into them in the original than they did for the remake.

Big, big waste of money, especially when the original still looks and plays fine.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
I love this game but load times are too long.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Ahh!~ Brings back the nostalgia of the original I had back on the xbox. Exact same game as I remember. For those not familiar with it is a hack and slash with pretty basic controls but definitly enjoyable, tho rather short, game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
The text you are about to read is my personal perception of Fable: Anniversary, after playing it through once.

I grew up loving Fable: The Lost Chapters, bought it for XBOX back in 2006-2007. When I saw Microsoft announcing Fable Anniversary on their Facebook in early 2014, I was at first excited until I saw it would only be for XBOX 360, so I forgot about it for some months. I saw it on PC at the end of last year and looked it up. Noticed how much critic it had due to its DLC and such, but I still wanted to try it myself and see if it had improved or not, so I picked it up during a sale.

At first, I was amazed by how good the game looked compared to the original, it looks vastly better but it still looks as if it were made in somewhere around 2009 or so. As I progressed throughout the game, I realized how many models from the original game had been recycled, only with a little better textures. It says on Steam that there is new sound, but many sound effects are also taken straight out of the original game - the only new ones I did notice were drawing a weapon, and some other minor ones. The music, unlike in Halo: Anniversary, was NOT remade either. It is still the same versions of the songs as in the original game from 2004. At least the music is good, but it's a bit of a shame it wasn't remade. The cutscenes and animations are recycled as well, there are some minor bugs but nothing to complain about with those.

The new engine has great lightning, there are sun rays when seeing the sun through a tree, shadows look good and ditto with blooms. There is really nothing to say about shading and lightning. However, as I said earlier many models are taken straight from the original game, with new textures added. On some characters, only a new head was made, the body was still the original one with a new texture. Thus, the head looks great while the body looks outdated, but the worst part of that is that the throat could have a sharp line, with two different meshes going through each other. Looks peculiar and unnatural. Most villager models, the Hero and a some other characters on the other hand, looks great.

There is also a new GUI, which is far different from the original. It takes time getting used to, but I like the new one equally as good as the old one in the menus. The HUD isn't much different from the old one, except for the hotbar being in the low middle of the screen instead of the left corner - which actually looks good, nothing to say about it. One thing which is really convenient with the new GUI is that when you pick an object up, you can press a button to see its description without having to find it in your inventory later. However, this game was originally made for consoles, which can be clearly seen in the menus. You have to press "Y" for some options, buttons are really huge and using a mouse and keyboard is a pain in the menus. At least there are some keys for making navigation easier, but it's still a mess if you're not using a controller. The game itself has controls no different from the original, some things are a bit annoying from the start but nearly everything can be configured in the controls, which allows you to make controls more similar to other games if you wish.

Nothing is really new with the game's story or gameplay itself, which I presumed. After all, 'tis just a remake. The implementation of Achievements and Trading Cards on Steam is really good, some of them are earned simply by playing through the story while some are a bit more challenging. Also they are humorous, which is nice. I recall there being a contest on Microsoft's Facebook page that people would suggest achievements, and the funniest one would be featured in the game.

I won't really delve too deeply into the gameplay as it is no different from the original game, except for Heroic (which I haven't tried yet, but I've heard it's a good challenge) difficulty and achievements, which I've already spoken of above. The combat is the best part, there are many weapons with different attributes and classes, so you can customize your loadout after what playstyle you have. There are three types of spells, used for either combat (fireballs and lightnig for example), physical attributes (turning into a giant or gaining damage resistance, f.e.), and spells that affect the environment and other creatures (slowing down time, controlling the minds of others, f.e.), all of which are quite useful somehow. One can focus on Strength, which is muscle, health, toughness and physical damage, Skill which is dexterity, haggle, archery and stealth, and there is Will, which is magic essentially. It is possible to unlock every single skill, and you can take them in what order you please.

The story on the other hand, is a little generic. There is this person who rises from his dark corner, finds out about a great evil which comes to destroy everything, kills it and undergoes a great personality change on the way. I've seen better stories, but despite the short and generic story, there are also much worse ones. I would consider it as reasonably good, nothing too special. The environment, setting and path to glory (or despair) is great though, there are some wonderful plot twists and side-quests. The side-quests are often only less important parts of the main storyline, also you can get some extra experience and equipment there. You can during the game choose to be either evil or good, which allows for fairly different playthroughs and good replayability.

I have none of the DLCs other than the modding tools which I've heard are not as good as the original tools, but such is the gaming industry today. Fable: The Lost Chapters has a much better modding community and great tools too. The DLC equipment I've heard is not a necessity, as the game armour and weapons by deafult are better than those. Some people complained about Microsoft trying to earn extra money of the DLCs, which is clearly seen. The game itself is a bit overpriced, luckily I got it during a sale and feel it was worth it during that.

So as to conclude this long and perhaps excruciating review, I'll say that the game is improved, it is for the most part better than the original game (except for the modding). Some parts of the game are a bit unpolished and buggy, and the gameplay and story are not changed at all. The graphics are good, but some models are recycled and look a bit low-poly compared to the new ones. I find the game a bit expensive, especially with the DLC. If you have never played the original game, it might be worth it even if it's not on sale. If you have played the original Fable, there is not really much new to see here other than improved graphics and some achievements, so I still recommend it but only if it's on sale.

(Also, I apologize for my somewhat messy language use, this review is based upon thoughts coming from all directions during my playthrough.)

Rating: 79/100
It makes for some good evenings of playing.
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