More Reviews
REVIEWS Dokuro (PC) Review
Dokuro makes the jump from handheld to PC, but does it help or hinder this unusual platformer?

About Love, Hate, and the other Review
Simple feelings. Complex puzzles.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Evolve Preview
With multiplayer action set as its focus, Evolve surprised us earlier this month by introducing a single-player campaign mode where you can switch between mercenaries.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Kalimba
Release date: Out Now

Persona 5
Release date: 12/31/14

Motorcycle Club
Release date: 01/01/15

Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk
Release date: 01/14/15


LATEST FEATURES Downloadable Content Walks the Line Between Fun and Frenzied in Middle-earth
I don’t even care all that much for the Lords of the Rings brand, which makes the content falling under Shadow of Mordor’s Season Pass a pleasant surprise.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Gamers
If this awful trend is going to persist, you may as well do it your way.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Black Friday 2014 Video Game Deals Buyer's Guide
Looking to score the most bang for your buck the day after Thanksgiving? Well look no further! Our Black Friday guide is just the tool you need.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP KevinS
RIP Ralph Baer (1922-2014)
By KevinS
Posted on 12/07/14
RIP Ralph Baer (1922-2014) I really, really hate writing obits. I really do. But I take it as a personal honor to be able to say good things about the men and women I respect, whether in this industry or just in my life, and Ralph Baer is the reason all of this exists in the first...

Fable Anniversary Review

Alex_Osborn By:
Alex_Osborn
02/01/14
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE RPG 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Microsoft Studios 
DEVELOPER Lionhead Studios 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
M Contains Blood and Gore, Language, Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol, Violence

What do these ratings mean?

A nostalgic trip back to Albion.


In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the original Fable has been reworked and rebuilt by Lionhead for Xbox 360. Up until now the game has only been available on the original Xbox and PC, but Fable Anniversary brings the adventure that kicked off Microsoft's prized role-playing franchise into the HD era with a fresh coat of paint and a number of tweaks for good measure.

Make no mistake, this isn't simply a half-hearted HD up-rez job; the folks over at Lionhead have completely redone the visuals as well as the sound, yielding an experience that can hold its own amongst the rest of the Xbox 360 library. That said, don't expect it to blow your mind—it looks great but certainly isn't a showpiece for the system. Plus, with the next generation of gaming already upon us, there's a good chance your standards for pretty visuals have been elevated a bit.



Unfortunately, however, all of the hard work the studio has invested in improving the game's presentation is marred by a bevy of technical issues. The consistently bad frame-rate is incredibly distracting, making Fable Anniversary feel clunky and unwieldy far too often. Worse yet, I had to power down the system on one particularly frustrating occasion because the game locked up in the middle of a dialogue conversation. Couple that with long load times, and you've got the perfect storm for some rage-inducing experiences. Despite the fact that it looks and sounds pretty, the technical flaws are too evident. Fortunately, Microsoft is working to have a title update ready for launch that will (hopefully) amend some these issues.

As far as gameplay is concerned, Fable Anniversary feels much like it did ten years ago, which is to say, dated and clunky. It's clear the controls have been moderately updated to accommodate those who played some of the later games in the series, but compared to more recent action-RPGs, even Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, it feels unintuitive and cumbersome. Just like in the original, your melee, ranged, and spell attacks are mapped to the face buttons for quick access. Unfortunately, swapping through spells just isn't snappy or intuitive enough to keep the combat moving along at a smooth pace. The aged animations also don't help things, either.



I don't want to delve too deep into the narrative in the event you haven't already played the game, so I'll give you a quick primer. You begin the adventure as a young boy from Oakvale whose town is ravaged by a bunch of bandits who destroy the entire town and everyone in it, except you. You are then taken under the wing of a guild that trains you to become a hero at which point you mature into a full-grown man. Throughout the course of Fable Anniversary, you are forced to make moral decisions that will ultimately send you down the path of good or evil. The binary way in which this is presented may seem a bit archaic, but don't forget that this is based on a player choice system that was developed a good ten years ago.

It's also worth mentioning that the development team took the time to work in Achievements (no surprise there) as well as Smartglass integration, which allows you to use your smart device to view a map screen, and access the official PRIMA strategy guide and several other helpful tidbits. It doesn't revolutionize the experience by any means, but it's a nice addition nonetheless.

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. In the end, Lionhead's remake is a great way for fans of the original to take a trip down memory lane or an opportunity for those who only played the later Fable titles to experience a modernized version of the game that started it all. It's just a shame the technical problems weigh down the rest of the package.
 
Review provided by publisher. Available exclusively for Xbox 360.
Fable Anniversary
fullfullfullemptyempty
  • Gorgeous visuals that are much improved over the original.
  • Same goes for the reworked audio.
  • Too bad technical issues undermine the excellent presentation.
  • Aged controls and animations feel clunky.
  • Commendable Smartglass integration.
Reviews by other members
No member reviews for the game.


FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.

More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Fable Anniversary
Also known as: fable hd