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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"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
770 of 1,037 people (74%) found this review helpful
14 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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358 of 478 people (75%) 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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262 of 412 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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201 of 325 people (62%) 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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60 of 92 people (65%) 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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87 of 153 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
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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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
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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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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