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 (1,337 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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November 7

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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October 3

New Version Available - 842771

Fixed an issue with the controller system which was causing crashes when casting spells if you were using keyboard and mouse.
Fix for music playing over frescos
Fix for gossip/NPC chatter carrying over from previous profiles
Display error message box if My Documents mapped to network (not currently supported)
Fixed a crash related to saving immediately after completing a quest.
Updated saving system to be more robust when writing files.
Added automatic backup system for saves.
Added new re-mappable actions for Accept and Back in the menus. Enter and Backspace are still the primary keys but you can now remap a secondary key.

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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


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

    • 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
    • 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
409 of 531 people (77%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
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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111 of 141 people (79%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
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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109 of 157 people (69%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
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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130 of 209 people (62%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
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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55 of 84 people (65%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
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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44 of 75 people (59%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
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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41 of 75 people (55%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
I've seen a lot of hate for this game lately and I have no clue why.

Everybody asked for Fable: The Lost Chapters to be redone in HD
LionHead Studios did exactly that.

I've found no problems with the game, and even if I did, they made it moddable in case there is something that doesnt suit you well.

Stop whining and enjoy a good game
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20 of 35 people (57%) found this review helpful
220.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Im seeing a lot of negative reviews for this game, however i certainly enjoyed the play through. I've played this game 3 or 4 times when i came out and i was not dis-satisfied in anyway with this purchase. True there was one bug that caused me to have to load to a previous save, but in the 20 hours or so it took me to beat the game i found it to be pretty minor. Dont buy this game if you are expecting drastic changes from the original, i was glad that they kept the core game the same as the original because it was enjoybale on all levels. If you want this game to be a little more challenging then i would play without the revive vials but i just played it for the enjoyment and died maybe once when i was stoned a ♥♥♥♥. Anyways i would reccomend this game especially if you have yet to play any of the fable games, this is by far the best out of the series.
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14 of 24 people (58%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
This is a fantastic remake of a classic game, worthy of anyone's Steam library!

Having only played the original Fable incredibly briefly at a friend's when it was first released, I would still consider myself new to the Fable series. It has always been one of those games that I've meant to play, but when I first heard about the HD remake, it seemed like the perfect time to actually do so. First off, the game looks lovely - you only have to compare the visuals from the 2004 release to those in Fable Anniversary to see just how much of an improvement this release offers. It really brings the game to a standard where you can play it today and it doesn't feel dated, and all without losing the original charm and style of the 2004 game.

As a new player, I've been really enjoying Fable Anniversary - the game feels open enough to give a sense of exploration (the side quests, mini games etc.) but has an interesting and engaging primary quest that keeps you moving forward. RPG levelling is there and, whilst it might not be as complex as some RPG games these days, I like that I don't have to spend hours in the menus worrying about to which of the tens of attributes I should be allocating my experience! It's a great adventure game, and one that you can just pick up and enjoy when the mood takes you. For those who loved the original, I think you'll enjoy rediscovering a game that you played perhaps ten years ago in beautiful HD (or 4K if you're lucky enough to be an early adopter!). Get it!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
If you havent played Fable yet, you didnt have a good youth and i would suggest you get either the original or this version right this instant.
If you have played the old one but want that nostalgic back without having a setback in graphical quality, get this one instantly to.

Fable is and will always be a masterpiece and one of the best RPG's made in centuries.
The graphics in this remaster are great while everything else is exactly the same.

Best remake ive seen in ages.

It started off slow with animation, graphical and weird bugs at release but after a few patches its just perfect. All i see for other reviews of this game are either people who didnt like the first Fable, people who only played the release patch and people who just seek attention. This is just 100% Fable, but 200% of the graphics.

Recommended for everyone :D
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
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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72 of 138 people (52%) found this review helpful
55.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
✓ Updated Graphics and Audio
✓ Xbox 360 Controller Support
✓ Supports Full HD and 4K
✓ Heroic Mode (Dark Souls Version of Fable Trust Me)
✓ Steam Achievements and Trading Cards
✓ New HUD That Looks Amazing

✖ Bad Voice Acting
✖ Too Many Bugs
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17 of 31 people (55%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Fable was always a treasured memory for me. So when I heard tell of a remake in the works I quickly pre-ordered with all the DLC (like the massive nostalgia-sucker I am).

If you're expecting all-new quests and gameplay mechanics, look elsewhere. This is a faithful remake with beautifully tacky voice acting and broken economies aplenty. You can do all the things you used to do, fight all the battles you used to fight and listen to people call you chickenchaser in just the same tone they used to ("do you chase chickens?"), but now it's actually making use of the full-HD monitor you have sitting on your desk. This was simply a nostalgia trip for me, and that was all I ever expected.

The heroic mode is hard, and that's what was always missing from the original TLC. Real challenge has been added and that is welcome. The new costumes and weapons are fun, tiered well and implemented just fine.

Now the bad:
Most noticible for me were the incredibly jerky animations of the chests opening (of all things) and the entirely unintuitive menu system. The old menus were quick to navigate, efficient and fit the character of the game nicely. The newest ones are clunky, space-wasting and actually hard to navigate (even with the added mouse support!). I dreaded upgrading my character for fear of navigating the quagmire of poor design decisions and rudimentary grasps of UI design.

Overall this was fun to play, particularly through rose-tinted glasses. And despite the menu issues, it still feels untimately like Fable. Maybe not worth £27+DLC, but certainly a good one to get on sale!
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41 of 79 people (52%) found this review helpful
741.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This game is a must have for Fable Fans and to people that haven't had a chance to experience Fable in the past. I have been a fan of the Fable series since Fable came out on the original xbox. I have played every Fable that has come out other than Fable: The Journey so I think that it is okay for me to say that this is the best one yet and is wonderful edition to my Fable Collection on both my xbox and PC. This game has wonderfully remastered visuals and audio that will take your breath away when thinking about the first Fable in comparison. I spent a lot of time in the Beta for this game playing for countless hours because I could not get enough of it. So if you are going to take someones opinion of this game it should be the guy with almost 700 hours played! :GoodHero:
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Fable is timeless.

Remake of one of the greatest games of all time. I would really only recommend this if you are a hardcore Fable fan who doesn't mind spending $20+ on this, or if you've never played Fable before. The graphics are fantastic and the Heroic difficulty is a great addition to spice things up. They may have reused some content from the original game but that's definitely not a bad thing. The gameplay is still as fun as I remember it being, it's amazing how well it's held up over the years. If you've never played Fable/TLC, I would highly recommend picking this game up. I've easily put hundreds of hours into TLC on the old xbox due to its endless replay value.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
This remake is a bit of a disappointment. The graphics, like lighting, models, and textures, look better. However, they have made the interface worse! It is not a PC interface, by any stretch of the imagination; the menus are built with controllers in mind. You even use the A key to select menu options, and PAGE UP/PAGE DOWN and HOME/END to navigate through the menus. Ridiculous!

I have myself noticed a bit of dodgy mouse control when moving the camera. It lags a bit, and it seems to be certain predetermined positions the camera "nodges into" when you stop the movement. Not very smooth at all.

The rest of the game is just as the original Fable: The Lost Chapters, but the better graphics does not really make up for the worse interface.

The game does however perform very good. I get almost constant 144+ FPS on my GTX 670.
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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
I really enjoyed the original and got very excited to hear that it was being remastered graphically on consoles, and even more so excited when it came out on PC. The only qualm I have about it in it's current state is the new interface and controls are very lacking. With a little bit of keymapping I was able to get the in-game controls to a semi-natural feel, but that still left the menu interface with a lot to be desired. Overall I am having a blast replaying a huge part of my early gaming experiences with updated graphics and at a harder difficulty (Heroic) which was added. This was a purchase I am overall very happy with and would highly recommend to anyone who played Fable and The Lost Chapters on the Xbox (or PC).
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13 of 25 people (52%) found this review helpful
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Hell yeah
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13 of 25 people (52%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
The majority of these bad reviews are when the game first launched; the the devs put in a ton of patches to fix those complaints and those reviews are no longer accurate.

That said, did you like Fable TLC? Yeah who didn't. You'll probably like this too since its the exact same game, but with updated graphics, sound, and price. If thats worth the $20+ extra this costs over the original then absolutely pick this up. I have both and this is the superior version, but why wouldn't it be though? You have to pay extra if you want to fly first class.

There's a reason this game was remade, and thats because it's an awesome rpg. You have your standard classes, archer, mele, mage; you can mix and match abilities and weapons to cuztomize your battle abilities as well as a bighuge amount of sweet looking gear which is mainly aesthetic. So if you want to run around in a robe and carry a giant axe you wont be gimping yourself too bad. This game isn't exactly difficult anyways so just have fun doing your thing.

All in all, I absolutely reccomend this game. If you can't afford it pick up the original. It's only a few bucks on sale and will provide a couple dozen hours of chicken chasing fun.
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