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Fable Anniversary Review (Xbox 360)

Fable Anniversary is an HD remake of the well-liked Fable: The Lost Chapters. Although Fable: The Lost Chapters was not the first Fable game released, it is an extended version of Fable, which was released in September 2005. This was a year after the original release of Fable on the Xbox 360.

The gameplay in Fable Anniversary is very much the same as nine years ago although the game feels a lot smoother. The characters are better looking and they sync well with the dialogue when speaking.

I started out with Fable: The Lost Chapters on PC and absolutely loved it. It was one of the few games I have actually finished multiple times and from there I was hooked. I enjoyed Fable II and when I found out Fable III had a multiplayer aspect, I was over the moon. My brother and I sat for hours figuring out the best ways to play the game. When I look back at Fable: The Lost Chapters now, I feel a little disappointed as it just seems old and clunky. Fable Anniversary has revitalised the love I have for the series.

With the updates to visuals, the game is a lot more “easy on the eyes”, even though you are still constantly bombarded with loading screens. The music goes unnoticed most of the time and adds to the great ambiance within the game.

What I would suggest, when entering the game, turn up the brightness just a little. Although the lighting looks more natural, it can be difficult to explore some areas as a result of the darkness that limits your vision.

To me the movement in-game felt a little limited, especially when aiming with the bow. I missed more times than I can count, but that might just be because I first played it on PC, where there is a lot more fluidity in movement with a mouse and keyboard.

Unfortunately, as with most games there are a few bugs and glitches, Fable Anniversary is no exception. Within the first few minutes of gameplay I experienced a bug where talking to people would make the camera either zoom in on your shoes or on your back, completely blocking out the other character. This doesn’t completely break the game, but it is a little on the annoying side.

I won’t really go into the storyline of the game because it is exactly the same. I will say however that the upgrade to the visuals has made ‘will’ much more exciting to use. Using ‘will’ just looks so much better, especially when you are using area of effect (AoE) spells.

There is a feature, Xbox 360 SmartGlass, that allows you to link up to your game through your phone, iPad or Tab but I found that it was not needed and a little bit of a waste of time considering what it could do. All it really does is help you to find Demon Doors, which you can already find on the map, and treasures that were otherwise not shown.

This game is great for players that love the series and will play the game many times over to see the difference little changes make. It is also for players that have yet to delve into the world of Albion, as it just has a better feel to it than Fable: The Lost Chapters. If you enjoyed the game back then, but not enough to play it more than once, this one is not for you as it is a remake with the same storyline as Fable: The Lost Chapters.

Score: 8 / 10