Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
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  1. It's certainly one of the best RPGs out there and there's no doubt that some novices will consider it the best RPG they've ever played.
  2. If you're a Fable virgin now's the time to pick up one of the most unique, entertaining games to appear on Xbox. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  3. This expansion adds a few sidequests and features, but doesn't do much else to address the original's shortcomings. Might be a fun choice for new fans.
  4. While the game's extra content and sense of freedom are is exceptional, its bugs and glitches are so severe that they will tax the patience of all but the most devoted player.
  5. For gamers like me – who simply like to have a deep, challenging and fun romp through a mystical and medieval world – Fable fits the bill perfectly.
  6. Game Informer
    Fable is still one of the defining role-playing adventures of this generation. And even more so if you go evil. [Jan 2006, p.150]
  7. For the twenty dollar price tag, Fable is worth it if your expectations are realistic and you understand what your dollars are buying: a typical action RPG that plays like Zelda and looks and sounds quite beautiful, but is not the groundbreaking change in the way role-playing games are done as its creator once promised.
  8. The Lost Chapters is a novel game and will draw you in in ways other games can't. It's an interesting experience and well worth your time.
  9. The story is tightly linear, so it's hard to make your character's tale your own.
  10. 100
    The Lost Chapters looks as good as the original game, which still can hold its own against any other game released on Microsoft's game system.
  11. This updated version of Fable is better than the original, since it extends the game's main quest, but the world of Albion isn't necessarily worth revisiting if you've been there already.
  12. I was once obsessed with the idea of Fable. Now that a new version of it has been released and still hasn't delivered on the promises of Peter Molyneux, it's a tad disappointing.
  13. Hardcore fans of Fable should check this out, however, along with those few of you buried underneath rocks when it originally released.
  14. While the main game can take about 15 hours at most to beat, completing all of the additional side-quests may take you up to three times as long.
  15. Essentially a great expansion pack that adds some cool and funny new content to what is already a top-tier RPG. The new content is basically window dressing – albeit excellent window dressing.
  16. 86
    Fable is an incredibly fun RPG that wooed us when it first hit the shelves and should attract countless others with this update.
  17. Doesn't do much different from the original.
  18. Official Xbox Magazine
    It's great fun to build your own good or evil hero, and with the Lost Chapters content, there are easily 20-plus hours of fun to be mined out of it. [Jan 2006, p.58]
  19. The game addresses one of the chief concerns of the first Fable, its length.
  20. 70
    RPGs as indistinct and shallow as Fable are rare, and for good reason.
  21. If you simply can't get enough Fable, then by all means give the developers and publisher some more of your hard earned cash.
  22. The weight of the game increases quite a bit with the addition of The Lost Chapters so fans who were deterred from a purchase when the first game was released now should have all the reason they need to go pick up a copy.
  23. 82
    For those who only played as one alignment, this is an excellent chance to play as the opposite. But for anyone who invested a great deal of time with the original, there isn't enough new content to warrant picking up.
  24. While Fable veterans will likely be able to speed through the original content to get to the new stuff with a weekend rental, newcomers should definitely buy it.
  25. Don't expect this game to be different from everything you've ever played before, but you can bet that Peter Molyneux's vision has laid a few blueprints that will contribute much to the future of gaming.
  26. I enjoyed playing the game again and seeing things that were not available the first time around.
  27. It's still the same game it always was...for better or worse...and the core experience- the mechanics, the visuals, the sound, the ego- remain entirely unchanged. Make no mistake: this is just Fable, with a fancy subtitle and some new content.

Awards & Rankings

#31 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
#34 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Mar 24, 2014
    Charming, fun, well-crafted open world, great atmosphere, interesting artificial intelligence and the broad spectrum that is the playerCharming, fun, well-crafted open world, great atmosphere, interesting artificial intelligence and the broad spectrum that is the player controlled character is particularly intriguing. Too bad they stopped building on these algorithms in later Fable games. Full Review »
  2. Dec 30, 2011
    This game is fantastic, even to this day. The combat is still solid enough to meet today's standards in well made games. There's plenty ofThis game is fantastic, even to this day. The combat is still solid enough to meet today's standards in well made games. There's plenty of different armor sets, and you can mix match. I played this game when it first came out, and I still play it today-- the story line is a gripping one, and lets you choose here and there what you want to do based on bad or good. Your appearance even changes due to the choices. There's multiple ways of making money for an Action RPG, from just killing monsters, to renting out houses and collecting the money. I have played all the Fables, and the first is still by far the best. If you haven't played it and are skeptical on buying it, I highly recommend this game. Full Review »
  3. Jun 12, 2011
    I would like to start off by saying that, no matter what Moleneux says, Fable: The Lost Chapters is not an RPG (or at best, it is a very ****I would like to start off by saying that, no matter what Moleneux says, Fable: The Lost Chapters is not an RPG (or at best, it is a very **** one). This is the first Fable game that I ever experienced and I must say I liked it a lot. It is definitely one of my most treasured games from my younger days. I say younger, I am still quite young. LOL SMILEY FACE FML LMAO et cetera. To the task at hand; What makes Fable so great? For me, I found that the whole world was quite amusing in a childish sense and that the story was wonderfully simple yet immersive. It is true that the story is very linear and that it is your bog standard "Tragedy befalls Protagonist, Protagonist Seeks Revenge, Protagonist Realises he has a greater purpose, saves world, END" story line, but the way it is delivered is so delightfully entertaining. The choices you make along the way, don't have a massive effect on the gameworld as promised, but they still make for some good entertainment in the short term, even if it is only cosmetic. The characters throughout the game are voiced well, though a little cheesy at times; this point is mainly aimed at piss annoying villagers. I especially liked the main character. Silent as the grave. The emotions system, that is in place of any real conversation, works as the in game jester; bringing joy to the user through way of farting. It is great for a while, but it doesn't take long before it gets old. Still it works well at amusing your mates every now and then if they pop round. As I mentioned before, Fable is not an RPG and it plays best to go into it with a mindset that it is an action game. In this sense it works well, as the combat is fun enough that it doesn't get too old before the game ends, but it is simple enough that the 10 year old demographic that mainly play this game can understand it. However, it is difficult to specialise in one type of combat (either Melee, Ranged or Magic) without getting completely slaughtered by your opponents, which ruins the RPG aspect of things. Other features like marrying villagers and buying housing are all a bit blah, so they are not worth talking about. Finally, one of the main gripes that critics made sure they pointed out, was that the original game was too short. I think this problem has been well addressed with the additional content that is offered in this game. Overall, buy this game if you are looking for a good 10 to 12 hour laugh. Don't buy this game if you bought the original and still own it; instead, either rent it or sell the old version and buy this one with proceeds. Full Review »