I have made a terrible, terrible mistake.
Fable: The Lost Chapters was a REALLY good game. Like, REALLY good. So when I saw Fable Anniversary, I thought, hey, an HD remake of a game that was already ♥♥♥♥ing awesome? Hell yeah boi. So I shell out the $35 and let it install over night and get super SUPER excited for it! I was thrilled just to watch the little dev titles before the title screen-but then the problems started.
So, the first issue? It got stuck at a loading screen. Or, I THOUGHT it got stuck at a loading screen. I mean, there was no 'press xyz key to start' or anything. Just, y'know. Albion. Doing Albion things. I figured as soon as the game was ready it would tell me to press a button. Maybe "enter", or even "start", since I knew this was a console ports. Of course, I get twitchy and impatient when I'm waiting for new games to load, so I click once or twice to satisfy myself, and wouldn't you know it! The game opens to the main menu! That's cool. I could've been sitting there for like twenty minutes waiting for my computer to not be a jerk, when it wasn't actually being a jerk in the first place. Grand. So now I have to navigate it. Is there a cursor anywhere? No? Disappointing, as TLC had mouse-support in menus, but I brushed it off as being a port from a console, probably with a very short time to get it published on PC, so, y'know, keyboard controlled-menus, maybe WASD. So I press W and S and get pretty frustrated when the game doesn't do anything, and I kinda mash A and D, too, to make sure those didn't scroll through the options for some reason (which would have been odd, but acceptable.) Well, it turns out, A actually WAS bound as a button to help you navigate the menu. What does A do?
You know. Like on a console.
So the game starts and I hadn't even been able to chose my difficulty or anything (I think I managed to set it to the highest by accident, but the game started too quickly for me to be able to see my mistake), and so I decide to try and a) rebind my keys in the menu before I started the tutorials at all, and b) make sure the difficulty was set to 'Normal' or whatever because I'm a weenie like that. Thankfully, I tried navigating with the arrow keys next, and it worked, so the devs seem to have some idea of how PC games function. What I was not thankful for was that the control setup did not allow for rebinding of anything except for a few keys that didn't actually pose any problems, to me, and there was no option to make mouse-based menu navigation usable. Thinking my game was glitching or maybe had a bad install, I took to the Almighty Master of Infinite Knowledge, Google, with my concerns, and my findings were devastating.
I happened across a Steam forum where many customers such as myself were angry with what little care the developers and clients have shown to those of us who decided to purchase the game on PC. One dev specifically said that the game's port development came to a point where they had to "choose" between modding support (that I find to be bare-bones and a waste of time, for the most part) and "extra features" such as mouse support in the menus. Some of my peers on the forums also expanded upon how much worse the character menues were in-game, requiring the use of the insert, delete, home, and end keys, which are just arranged pitifully on my keyboard and should never have been the basis of navigation for any menu, whatsoever.
In my opinion, there is no reason to purchase Fable Anniversary; menus that should take seconds to navigate take minutes, you can't even rebind the navigation keys (which honestly would have made this entire thing a very minor concern in the first place), and from the looks of it, Lionhead is not going to be supporting the PC market with this issue, prefering to leave it up to modders (who can only access textures and animations apparently; not sure how that's supposed to help us). Yeah, the game is supposed to look new and fresh, but honestly? The difference isn't big enough to justify purchasing the game for that reason alone. No game should cause that much confusion when you're just trying to start your first file, and even if a mouse isn't supported in the menus, please allow us to configure the keyboard to our liking; I don't like having to sprain my wrist every time I want to change my clothes or switch out my spells.
If you're used to using a controller, you're probably going to be fine, though you should have bought it on a console, instead, if only because you're probably going to have more dev support on there; the modding does not make it worth it, at all. If you're used to using a keyboard and mouse, however, and really, REALLY want to play this game, I would suggest instead purchasing Fable: The Lost Chapters from the steam store if you don't already have it; it costs a little less than a third of the price of Anniversary, it has very good KB+M support, and it doesn't look half-bad for being a ten-yeard-old game. It may not have the DLC Anniversary does, but honestly, the DLC isn't even worth it.
Lionhead, devs, please: fix the menus. Ease-of-access is all we want, and in a fantasy, RPG game, easy menu navigation is a MUST, and if you're porting a game to a system that NEEDS a mouse and keyboard to function, please please PLEASE make mouse and keyboard a VIABLE OPTION for controlling the game; as it stands right now, using a mouse and keyboard to navigate the game is like trying to climb a warm cliff on a summer day with mountain-climbing equipment made out of butter.