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 (1,055 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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September 21

New Version Available – 835543

Fixes include but not limited to:
Expanded Keyboard and Mouse remapping options
Fixed a script issue with digging glyphs in Necropolis
Hard Mode – Removed ability to farm gold by selling houses with trophies
Fixed highlight effect on textures with Alpha (trolls for example)
Updated eye textures and placement
Fixed Moustache colour morphing
Added error message for running out of Video Memory
Fixed flickering sky at 3am
Fixed hero morphs in the stats screen
Fixed new profile reverting back to previous profile on front end
Added borders to cover UI clipping on non 16:9 screens
Added Enter and Backspace as the main UI buttons
Fixed a crash in the modded version with the skill upgrades
Display the GPU Adapter at the bottom of the screen when on credits option - use this to verify which GPU your PC is using.

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September 16

New Version Available - 832816

Fixes include:
Freezing issue with Apex/Cloth (Will Users outfit, hair and some bandits)
Freezing/Stuttering issue in Oakvale at the start of the game
Creature spawns fixed - troll should appear outside hobbe cave now and hard mode will be harder
Added more options to the keyboard remapping – you can now remap mouse controls
Fixed the Depth of Field – fixes the blurriness
Fixed a crash on startup for users that had redirect their My Documents folder on Windows 8

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Reviews

“…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
438 of 594 people (74%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Update - 23/09/2014: 2 major patches + some hotfixes... and many user-reviews remain unchanged. I just want to state that the following HAVE been addressed: stuttering, depth-of-field bug and "bluriness", all keys can be rebinded (that includes menu keys and in-game menu navigation keys) and numerous crashes. Aside from this, a lot of general gameplay bugs have been fixed too. The only flaw holding back this release is the lack of a mouse cursor in menus!!

Scroll down to the "P.S." section for ISSUES with this game.

Fable Anniversary is a 10 year old HD remake of the original game, Fable. Fable is an action/role-playing/open world game that has you playing as the Hero of Oakvale. I use "open world" loosely as some areas are not unlocked until certain quests are completed (think GTA missions and islands becoming accessible). 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 fantasy setting, it's unique sense of humour, somewhat dark story and moral alignment system are all presented and are on display. It's up to you to decide: who you want to be, how you interact with the people around you and ultimately, what kind of Albion you envision!!

Actual gameplay and controls are that of a typical third-person game: so they're not hard to get used to. Lots of enemies, lots of combat and lots of fighting styles (melee, ranged, spells). The main story will take about 10 hours but there's so much customization for your character, numerous sidequests and plenty of activies to partake in. The fitting music, nice atmosphere and all-around great voice acting all deserve praise -- but I won't go into detail just to avoid ruining the enjoyment that is to be had in arguably one of the best RPGs of all time.

But what's actually changed in this remake and is it worth the money (you decide) :

- it includes TLC ("The Lost Chapters" expansion)
- it was ported from the Xbox 360 version and is on a different engine (Unreal Engine 3)
- visuals receive quite a huge facelift in all areas (some completely new textures as well)
- new lighting system and particle effects
- audio was remastered, remixed and even redesigned (surround sound is now supported)
- lip-sync and facial animations on all characters have been 100% re-done (not so jaggy now)
- UI has been altered (it looks much more cleaner and less cluttered to me)
- the save system has been overhauled (it saves from your last checkpoint or bit of progress)
- new difficulty added ("Heroic" - very fun and surprisingly challenging)
- new control schemes (including one that was inspired from Fable 2/3).
- widescreen support (unrestricted resolution with appropriate FOV; v-sync caps the game at 62 FPS but disabling it will allow your PC to run the game at whatever FPS it can manage)
- full controller support
- minor changes (e.g. allowing for an option of equipping an item from certain screens)
- extensive game balancing (even for introduced weapons and armour from new DLC packs)
- bugs and other minor complaints were fixed (e.g. you now age 50% slower in this game)
- free modding DLC (clothes and animations; more content hasn't been ruled out)
- Steamworks integration (achievements and Steam cloud)
- Steam trading cards

TL;DR - $35 may seem like a lot for people who own the game already, even with these changes, but for people who don't own it: you'll love this game and exploring the wonderful world of Fable that lays ahead of you. I find a remaster's always harder to recommend because of the increased price and inevitable issues at launch... but Anniversary warrants a lot more credit for being more than a simple HD remake and featuring an impressive amount of changes.
Rating: 8.4/10 (the lack of a mouse cursor in menus remains a flaw)


P.S. While some have had trouble with this game, others haven't (such as myself). As of now: patches have dealt with most of the major problems people were experiencing.

Mouse and Keyboard Support? - Fixed (mouse is still not used in menus though)
The main menu and in-game menus don't use the mouse. The mouse, however, is fully supported and despite only being able to navigate the menu and in-game menus with a set of unbindable keys, it's not as hard or as bad as it seems (more rebinding will most likely be allowed in a future update).
HOWEVER Bazgrim on Steam has shown all keys can be remapped outside of the game: go to .../Steam/SteamApps/common/Fable Anniversary/Engine/Config and open the "BaseInput.ini" file. From there, change the desired keybindings to whatever you want.

Bluriness and Depth-Of-Field Bug - Fixed
Some have it; some don't. I haven't had this but there is a fix (thanks, again, to Bazgrim on Steam) : go to .../My Documents/My Games/UnrealEngine3/WellingtonGame/Config and edit the "WellingtonSystemSettings.ini" file. Change both AllowRadialBlur and DepthOfField to FALSE.

Stuttering - Fixed
Some have it; some don't. I haven't had this but there are some solutions (thanks to Okamiguy on Steam) : run Fable always as administrator, match Fables' resolution with your PC's resolution, have v-sync on in-game, experiment with the Shadows setting, ensure the game is using your dedicated GPU, ensure v-sync is not being forced through your GPU's control panel, ensure your CPU is set to "high performance" in the Catalyst Control Center, and set CPU Core Affinity to just "CPU 0".

Numerous Crashes - Fixed
Rarely any users have this but the remaining crashes are being ironed out more and more by every patch issued post-release.

Multi-monitor, Ultra-widescreen and Field-Of-View (FOV) - Getting Fixed
If you want to adjust any of these: simply download and use the helpful "Flawless Widescreen" program. This program is continually updated for old and new games alike, and is very useful.

Can't disable Mouse Smoothing/Mouse Acceleration!
While there is no option in the game to disable mouse smoothing and/or acceleration, both can be resolved by doing the following (taken off the PCGamingWiki website) :
Mouse Smoothing
1. Go to ...Steam/SteamApps/common/Fable Anniversary/Engine/Config/
2. Open the "BaseInput.ini" file and locate the section entitled [Engine.PlayerInput]
3. Add the line at the end of the aformentioned section bEnableMouseSmoothing=true
4. Set the file to Read-Only (by editing its "Properties"), and then launch the game.
Mouse Acceleration
1. Go to ...Steam/SteamApps/common/Fable Anniversary/Engine/Config/
2. Open the "BaseInput.ini" file and locate the section entitled [Engine.PlayerInput]
3. Add the line at the end of the aformentioned section bViewAccelerationEnabled=false
4. Set the file to Read-Only (by editing its "Properties"), and then launch the game.


P.P.S. Please feel free to post comments (positive and negative). I appreciate all opinions and will only delete trollish ones. Just try not to fight. Thanks.
Posted: September 12
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715 of 992 people (72%) found this review helpful
38.8 hrs on record
If you want Fable, go back to the original plus Lost Chapters.

I loved the original Fable, but this port is not worth the extra money. When first announced, I was excited because I thought they'd improve upon the original. Fix issues with the old one, gameplay or glitch wise, maybe add in a couple new quests, and fix the bad user interface and player menus.

Instead, it's really only a graphical difference. Worse yet, the graphics aren't really that much better. Sure, they smoothed things up and fixed up some lighting effects, but the models (especially the faces) are ugly as sin. I was hoping (more than anything else) they'd take a page from Fable 2 & 3, and give the option to buy a house without killing the occupants. Instead, it looks like that's still the plan. At least they looked at the menu options. Well, they looked but they did not fix. In fact, they made them worse. I bought this game for the PC, I WANT TO USE A KEYBOARD AND MOUSE. You cannot rebind keys. The default Keyboard/Mouse keys I cannot imagine are good for a right-handed player. For a left-handed player like myself, they're murder. The menu is horribly clunky. If I want an to equip a sword, for example. Imagine I've already navigated the maze of menu options to get there. Then, to actually equip the sword, you don't push enter. you push A. ON THE KEYBOARD. If you want to go back? B. The letter B. Not escape, that won't work.

Yes, I know controllers are available that work with my PC. I don't want them, I'm comfortable with my keyboard and mouse. As a big fan of Fable games (I own them all) this is insulting. The graphics are softer. The cutscenes still look like they're from the original (pixels EVERYWHERE). There's no customization to how I want to play a game that's all about customization. The User Interface is worse than before. There's a stupid book opening animation that has to play everytime you open the game or want to exit back to menu. This is a horrible addition to the Fable family. I'll probably play it again, I paid for it. Don't make the same mistake.

EDIT: Upon assistance from another player, he revealed that you actually need to be on your sepcific character before the option to change controls appears. While this provides immense relief, left-handed players may be distraught to discover you cannot rebind end, delete, pgdn or pgup, home or insert. Further, the numberpad keys cannot be assigned to the hotbar keys.

Still, I count this as a victory, and a lot of my stress about the game has been removed.
Posted: September 12
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47 of 53 people (89%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
This game was a little rough at the start, I admit it.
Lionhead seems to be taking quick action with the PC Game and listening to the community.

With the latest patch (9/16/2014) a lot of performance issues and glitches were fixed.
This also includes the depth of field blurriness that once covered the game, they have toned it town a lot. Now it creates a nice "distant fog effect."
You can now remap almost all your hotkeys.

There have been a few significant changes that have had quality of life improvements in Fable Anniversary.
One of these changes include you age 50% slower.

Overall Fable Anniversary has been a fantastic experience and I absolutely love the game.
If you are a Fable fan, I highly recommend this game.
If you are not a Fable fan, but a fan of good fantasy RPGs, I highly recommend this game.

More mod support IS coming and they've given the modding community a much more open file format to work with.
This means that the community has lots more opporunities to "unofficially" mod the game.

I have an ongoing list of suggestions and improvements to Fable Anniversary on the official forums, if you wish to see something in the game before you buy it. Post it there or comment here and I will add it to the list!
http://forum.lionhead.com/yaf_postst3606_-PC--Fable-Anniversary--suggestions-and-improvements.aspx
Posted: September 16
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261 of 391 people (67%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
I would really like to recommend Fable Anniversary .... but as someone who played Fable TLC till the end i can't really get how banning the mouse from the inventory/journal/abilitys menu and replaceing it with insert, delete, home and end is going to make it less difficult to operate. I can't say if controller are more helpfull for I have a GameStop controller and not an Xbox one. If you haven't figured it out: the game doesn't recougnice my controller. If you play with mouse and keybord you should also be notified that changeing controlls from the main menu isn't (yet) possible - it works from the ingame menu - neigther is changing the the four previous keys{fixed}.

Hope i can return to change(/delete) my review without adding new contra points.
Posted: September 12
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168 of 245 people (69%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
EDIT: New patch. Take info below and add it with this and decide if you want it. I would still wait for mouse control.
Fixes include:
Freezing issue with Apex/Cloth (Will Users outfit, hair and some bandits)
Freezing/Stuttering issue in Oakvale at the start of the game
Creature spawns fixed - troll should appear outside hobbe cave now and hard mode will be harder
Added more options to the keyboard remapping – you can now remap mouse controls
Fixed the Depth of Field – fixes the blurriness
Fixed a crash on startup for users that had redirect their My Documents folder on Windows 8

Great Game, Terrible Port. Go get The Lost Chapters.
Missing stuff in game:
*Mouse Control In Menues.
*Fully Rebindable Keys
Stuff in the game/added.
*SLIGHTLY better graphics.
*New "Hero Mode"
*A great nostalgia trip
Do not buy at full price until problems have been fixed.
EDIT: Thank you all for the wonderful feedback. There are a lot of games coming this year, so check back on me for more reviews. Once again, thank you for the feedback!
EDIT: Recommending now because it has had tons of updates.
Posted: September 14
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