Fable Anniversary Xbox 360


Mixed or average reviews - based on 53 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 53
  2. Negative: 2 out of 53
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  1. Feb 19, 2014
    Some 10 year old problems are still here proving that Lionhead didn't do its best during the port, but Fable -even after all those years- remains one unique fairytale of a game.
  2. Feb 3, 2014
    A heroic remastering of the decade old Fable shows the new generation has a lot to live up to. Definitely worth a play to see gaming’s modern heritage at its sharpest and brightest, with extensive remodelling and cleverly integrated new controls and gameplay additions.
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    May 11, 2014
    One of Molyneux's actual games, and worth remastering. [March 2014]
  4. CD-Action
    Mar 5, 2014
    I think you won’t be disappointed if you choose to return to Albion. Of course some gameplay mechanics are old after 10 years, but it is still a charming fairy tale. [03/2014, p.71]
  5. Feb 23, 2014
    Even with its shortcomings, Fable was a good game and Fable Anniversary keeps everything intact while adding a fresh coat of Unreal Engine 3 graphics. The game didn't age too well and modern RPG lovers will have plenty to complain about, but if taken as a trip back in time to Xbox' early steps, it surely deserves a try.
  6. Feb 12, 2014
    While the concept feels as fresh as anything and thanks to Unreal technology Albion looks better than ever, you’ll notice the age of the source material. Nonetheless it is a nice stroll down memory lane.
  7. Feb 11, 2014
    Despite frame rate issues and some bugs, Fable Anniversary is still a fresh and entertaining experience that deserves old (and new) fans attention.
  8. Feb 3, 2014
    Inevitably, its doesn’t feel as fresh today as they did in 2004, but 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.
  9. Feb 3, 2014
    As a museum piece, it’s a wonderful effort that ensures the game will remain relevant for a new generation of players. As a game, it’s the definitive edition of a superb title that has a lot to offer even in 2014.
  10. Feb 3, 2014
    Even with its imperfections, Fable Anniversary is still the best available way to replay this classic.
  11. Feb 18, 2014
    At $40, it’s worth buying if you loved the original release and just want to go through it again.
  12. Feb 17, 2014
    Fable Anniversary is still a fun game and its drawbacks lay inside the original game's faults and game design choices. Beneath all of these, there's still a fun game worth exploring if you didn't have the chance ten years ago.
  13. Mar 1, 2014
    Fable Anniversary is a game with all the good and less attractive parts of Fable: The Lost Chapters. It concerns a big visual overhaul that doesn’t work as well as it should in every part of the game and should’ve gotten a bit more attention. The strength of this adventure game remains intact though.
  14. Feb 17, 2014
    Fable Anniversary is a great way to experience the first Fable. Unfortunately, only the graphics are updated and therefore the game still feels like it is from another time period. Long load times between areas really take the speed out of the game and the menu-interface is old and outdated. Still, the humor and amazing world Lionhead created with the first Fable is just as funny as it was ten years ago.
  15. 75
    The push and pull between the great and sketchy in Fable Anniversary can wear over the course of the game, but its infallible, messy charm still manage to make it every bit the enjoyable time sink it was back in 2004.
  16. Feb 3, 2014
    Fable Anniversary may not blow you away, but it's still a good action game that everyone should experience at some point or another, and I'd consider it vastly superior to Fable 2 and 3.
  17. Feb 3, 2014
    Anniversary is a great proposal for Fable fans who want to own the best possible version of a decade old game.
  18. 74
    It was just a good, solid fun RPG, and it remains so to this day.
  19. Feb 13, 2014
    If you want to relive the experience you loved ten years ago, get this game, but prepare to feel that crushing weight of nostalgia.
  20. Feb 13, 2014
    It is still fantastic to see where the series started and how far it has come. It is also great to see how much influence this unique action RPG has had on current games in the genre.
  21. Feb 12, 2014
    Fable Anniversary is a worthy game and sure to appeal to fans of the original, but sub-HD cut-scenes, a jumpy camera and a poor targeting system indicate this re-release didn't get the full attention it deserved.
  22. Feb 10, 2014
    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.
  23. Feb 10, 2014
    Fable Anniversary has been given a great HD-coat of paint, but many of the mechanics feel too outdated by today’s standards to be satisfying.
  24. Feb 10, 2014
    Fable Anniversary is an average remake that keeps all the charms of the original, but still suffers from technical issues and annoying loading times.
  25. Feb 10, 2014
    Fable is still a charming and extremely engaging adventure. It's fun and entertaining, and the worlds Lionhead create are filled with magic. It is, however, showing it's age. Aside from the stiff animations several gameplay systems are out of date and could have benefited from an overhaul.
  26. Feb 7, 2014
    Fable isn't quite timeless, but its genial mood is infectious, and I'm happy that Fable Anniversary kept my fond memories intact.
  27. Feb 3, 2014
    This is a great example of how a HD remake is supposed to be. If you're aware of the limitations you will find in a ten-year-old game, it's a good choice.
  28. 70
    Fable has always been a diamond in the rough. There's as much entertainment to be found here as there are frustrations - nothing about that has changed in the past decade.
  29. Feb 3, 2014
    While Anniversary may feel like Lionhead is doing a sloppy job in 2014, that isn’t the case; it’s a testament to what an excellent job it did in 2008.
  30. Get past the faintly patronising tutorial, and resist the slightly disappointing final battle, and stay in the brilliant, rich middle. This is an adventure that rewards the curious and the explorers.
  31. Feb 3, 2014
    There are better remakes. Fable was a great game and still works today, but this time Lionhead hasn't taken all the magic of the immortal project by Peter Molyneux.
  32. Feb 17, 2014
    Ten years later, Fable is still an interesting action-RPG, yet it has lost most of its innovation and a large chunk of its charm.
  33. Feb 3, 2014
    With all of its upgrades and love, Fable Anniversary really is the original Fable in a brand new suit, warts and all.
  34. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 7, 2014
    Works rather well even after all these years, yet there are still some technical irks that shouldn't be there at all. [Issue #239]
  35. games(TM)
    Mar 12, 2014
    Fable Anniversary's structure is reasonably competent. [Issue#145, p.112]
  36. Mar 4, 2014
    Peter Molyneux will retell you the tale you heard ten years ago for the first time. The game's package is prettier than ever before indeed, but its content is exactly the same, and unfortunately, it seems that all its glittering novelties are not without technical issues.
  37. Feb 19, 2014
    Things such as the long load times between the rather small sections of the map, and the clunky animations and difficult aiming system detract from the many refinements that have been added.
  38. Feb 17, 2014
    Microsoft seems to have been in a hurry while making this edition, presenting a product that probably deserved more than the 15 months of development declared by Lionhead. The game is partially saved thanks to its contents, based on a game that is simply timeless.
  39. Feb 11, 2014
    It's same old Fable, and this is a good chance to try it if you've missed the original (and the expansion). Sadly, this remaster shows a lot of graphical hiccups, and a less than good frame rate, despite its high pricing.
  40. Feb 10, 2014
    Fable is as charming and playable as ever, but the anniversary version is a technical disaster. The developer should have waited till September and use the time to polish this pearl. This game deserves a much higher grade. If you remember loving Fable a lot some years ago and are a forgiving person - buy it. In any other case playing the original will do just fine.
  41. Feb 7, 2014
    In the ten years that have followed since its launch on the original Xbox, Fable continues to charm, even though the mission structure, morality system and combat have started to show their age. As such, Fable Anniversary is a fun game to revisit for those with fond memories of breaking wind and booting chickens, but isn't likely to appease modern gamers with more sophisticated tastes.
  42. Feb 3, 2014
    With a lackluster graphical update and no compelling additions outside of new achievements and SmartGlass integration, Fable Anniversary is an HD redux strictly for die-hard franchise fans only.
  43. Feb 3, 2014
    While a solid job of remastering the original has been done, the game itself could have used a lot more of an upgrade. It's aged pretty damn badly, and no amount of visual polish can mask that.
  44. 60
    A good HD remake but the game itself doesn’t really warrant the attention, with too many unfulfilled promises that even its sequels failed to make good on.
  45. Feb 3, 2014
    As there's no real burden of expectation on its shoulders, it's hard to imagine anyone getting angry with Fable Anniversary, and yet it's equally hard to shake a feeling of disappointment. It's the original, rather than this update, that's the problem. Fable's fundamentals already had a major overhaul in 2, and while a return to those ideas in rawer form provides an insight into the evolution of game mechanics, it also serves as a stark reminder of its age.
  46. Feb 3, 2014
    Fable still has some charming elements that have stood the test of time and survive in Fable Anniversary. But most of the game shows its age, so if you played Fable or Fable: The Lost Chapters the first time around, there’s little here to bring you back for more.
  47. Feb 3, 2014
    In many ways, Fable Anniversary is just a prettier version of the original game with the added The Lost Chapters DLC thrown in for good measure.
  48. Games Master UK
    Mar 10, 2014
    Stunted, bitty world design and cut and paste quests drain the colour from one of gaming's most vivid worlds. [Apr 2014, p.75]
  49. Mar 8, 2014
    Fable Anniversary delivers almost the same experience as the original, minus its fantastic graphical style.
  50. Mar 21, 2014
    A half-hearted HD update of a game that had a lot of problems when it was launched ten years ago. Problems that have not become easier to forgive as time have passed. During all scrap hides, however, hides a really fun game, but the only big fans should consider a return to Albion.
  51. Feb 13, 2014
    A curiosity at best — and an infuriating disservice to the series' legacy at worst.
  52. Jun 5, 2014
    Despite its issues, Fable Anniversary is the best way for players to experience the original Fable. Just keep in mind that action RPGs have a come a very long way since then.
  53. Feb 7, 2014
    The story has some minor twists and turns, but most of them can be seen from miles away, and its best characters and moments come and go in the cutscenes, not as part of gameplay.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 165 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 43
  2. Negative: 9 out of 43
  1. Feb 6, 2014
    What a disappointment, but what should I expect from Lionhead nowadays anyways?

    I loved the original Fable Lost Chapters. It's one of the
    What a disappointment, but what should I expect from Lionhead nowadays anyways?

    I loved the original Fable Lost Chapters. It's one of the best games ever made.

    However this is a lazy attempt at a Remake. You think they would put more time into remaking the best thing they ever created.

    Reasons why its good.

    Background Art Style - The background art is higher resolution and looks better. They managed to keep the unique style of the background.

    DLC - It seems the main reason to buy this is hoping theyll come out with new anything. We only get some new clothes to roleplay with or whatever, but it costs around $15 extra. Maybe theyll add new places or something, probably not though.

    Music and sound effects werent touched - thank god they didnt mess up the sound like they did the art

    The reasons why its bad.

    Art Style for everything but the Background- They just added more polygons and texture space, which dont equal better graphics. They completely flew over the original designs and the characters no longer have the unique touch the original had. They blew over the ui as well. It was much more bold and engaging, now its thin and weak looking. I just dont understand how the artists could just blow right over the unique style and have the scary face children and poor looking hair styles pass. Another example of a specific art scew up, the Normal hair style specifically shows on the card that it has small strands of hair in the front, but they made him have fat strands of hair over his face, so you cant even see his face and he looks like an emo.

    Lighting - The original had bright lighting that went with the fantasy world. This game is dark and gray looking. Its like im wandering around in horribly lit clay world.

    They Fixed Nothing! - All of the glitches and abuses are still in the game. They had 10 years to figure out what was wrong with the last game and fix it. All they did was create new art and do nothing else. The animation and controls are still choppy if not worse then the xbox version. They couldnt even allow us to choose which books to give the librarian, he still chooses random books and you have to go through hoops to get him to choose the ones you want.

    They could have done so much more - They should have spent more time on this and just charge the full $60. They could have added features from the last games, like coop (play as a mercenary or your hero perhaps) or leaderboards for quests scores, maybe more branches for certain quests, a 5th level for spells... anything! They could have fixed the glitches that were there 10 years ago. It's not like they needed to add a whole new town, just some new side quests or any small addons. A lot of people playing fable now, hadnt played this on the xbox so they could have just released this like a new game and recreate the experience. If their target market was the old players, did they really think this lazy job would pass? They act like achievements matter... no one cares about your all new achievements... achievements are a basic thing in every game now.

    So basically, just buy the old Fable The Lost Chapters for the xbox. It has better looking art even though its lower resolution. All you gain from this game is the dlc costumes which basically make this a $60 game anyways... and you can talk to your friends in a party since this is an xbox 360 game (has nothing to do with the actual game). This is just a small summary of what I could remember while playing this and its late so I cant go over everything they did wrong.
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  2. Feb 6, 2014
    Whats there to say? One of the best games of all time updated with fantastic modern graphics.

    If you liked the original you will enjoy it
    Whats there to say? One of the best games of all time updated with fantastic modern graphics.

    If you liked the original you will enjoy it again. If you havent played the original you're in for a treat.
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  3. Feb 4, 2014
    The fact that Fable one has held its own all of these years is amazing. All they did with this one is fix the controls and update theThe fact that Fable one has held its own all of these years is amazing. All they did with this one is fix the controls and update the graphics. So while I can't give it a ten because it is only a slightly updated re-release, and not on fable 3's engine I might add, it won't get a ten. The classic fable gameplay is still fun, and it does merit a positive review. Full Review »