Conclusion: It took me month to write this review because I didn’t want to. I love the Fable series and I enjoyed my time with Anniversary , but time has not been good to the original Fable . Its world feels small, it’s not great to look at and the controls are antiquated, not to mention the bugs. But Fable remains slightly relevant due to its fantastic wit and charm. Despite its issues, Fable Anniversary is the best way for players to experience the original Fable .
Excerpt: Fable Anniversary is an updated (re)release of Fable: The Lost Chapters, which is itself a re-release and update of the original Fable (released in 2004). Fable Anniversary features overhauled HD graphics, a new save system and Achievements and brings the first installment of the Fable series to Xbox 360 systems complete with SmartGlass support.
Excerpt: Nearly a decade ago, the original incarnation of Fable hit the original Xbox and it was one of the most hyped releases on the platform. It fell a bit short of Peter Molyneux’s hype, but still delivered an excellent action-RPG romp that offered up something new in the morality system. While good and evil paths have been done to death since then, they weren’t commonplace then – making it a different experience now than it was at the time of its original release.
Excerpt: Over ten years ago, famed game designer Peter Molyneux dreamt of an action-RPG that he unironically promised would be the ”best game ever.” Set in an original fantasy world filled with characters that dynamically reacted to your choices, and an epic tale that spanned the entire lifespan of your character, the game that was to become Fable had its sights set high.
Players pick good or evil in this mature, combat-heavy RPG.
Common Sense Media
12 February 2014
Summary: Parents need to know that, unlike with most games, Fable Anniversary lets players choose to be a noble character or a despicable one. The game's hero can become evil if the player chooses ruthless actions, and his appearance changes over time to reflect his good or evil nature. Play is centered heavily on combat -- both might and magic -- used to defeat human and nonhuman enemies. Blood and some gore can be seen, including beheadings.
Summary: Fable and I have a history together. Ever since I learned of its existence in an official Xbox Magazine under the codename "Project Ego," I was enthralled by the promises of Peter Molyneux. Back then, he basically could do no wrong, creating masterpiece after masterpiece at Bullfrog Productions. But in 1997 he left and founded Lionhead Studios, eventually crafting the very first game in the Fable franchise.
Conclusion: A great opportunity to revisit the origins of a leading Xbox series, Fable Anniversary is an enjoyable trip down memory lane. Brought up to date with new visuals, extra content and a brilliant achievement list, its charms just about overpower its ageing, decade-old gameplay. A must for fans.
Excerpt: Fable Anniversary is an improved remake for the classic 2004 release of Fable on the original Xbox. The new Xbox 360 holds many important improvements for the game including revamped controls, additional content not seen in the first release of the game and overhauled graphics and enhanced lighting that makes the game a pleasure to play again in HD.