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 (1,930 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
Helpful customer reviews
229 of 284 people (81%) found this review helpful
12 people 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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57 of 75 people (76%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
As soon as you gain control of your character, you can feel this is an incredibly lazy port. The movement and camera are still very awkward, stubborn and juttery. Even though I'm using an analog stick, it feels like I'm playing a game entirely designed to work with a d-pad; I don't quite seem to have control, as though I'm telling my character where to go, and he's moving only in the vague direction. The character constantly gets caught on walls, boxes, anything he can find really.

All of this was in the original game, and it was forgiveable a decade ago, but now, they should really have done better. I know it sounds like I'm nitpicking, but poor movement and camera in an action RPG really mars an otherwise great game.

The graphics have been improved. Though they aren't fantastic, they are enough and make the game far more playable than the original, which has certainly not aged well in terms of looks.

Other than the graphics, all that seems to have changed is the UI. Parts are far better, other parts are the same if not worse. The d-pad menu in the bottom left is still atrocious to navigate, but the other menus are good now.

I have been recommending this game since the day it was released, and I will continue to, but I cannot recommend this port. The bare minimum effort has been put in, and it's clear within minutes that this is nothing but a cheap cash grab. I want more people to enjoy this amazing game, I really do. I just can't lie and say this is worth buying.

Fable deserves better than this.
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513 of 836 people (61%) 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!

* * * June 14, 2015 Update * * *
It is stated that perhaps some or all of the issues laid out above may have been fixed in patches that were applied well after I posted this, so keep looking through the reviews as you may find more current information. Here's a picture of a sharkhorse http://i.picpar.com/Nyyb.jpg
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144 of 228 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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100 of 155 people (65%) found this review helpful
10 people 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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