Fable is a wholly unique franchise. The original Fable and Fable 2 are held near and dear to many people’s hearts. It was quirky, funny, engaging, and exciting. It was pretty much everything you wanted from a game. I remember the first time a copy of Fable was put in my hand. I had going through a stretch playing The Sims. I can’t explain why but I had been dumping hundreds of hours into Sims 2 (as I look back on it, I realize that I have made bad life decisions) and was beginning to get bored with it. So, on one fine sunny morning I waddled into the living room and sat down with my father who had been enjoying some TV. After some mindless chatter I explained my dilemma to him.
“Sims 2 is getting really boring.”
“It was always boring.”
“Thanks… Now, I really want to play something like it but not.” I was very difficult to follow in my younger years.
So, my Father begin thinking and wondering and finally he said “I know exactly who to call.”
He rang up a good friend of his who was coming over to our house later today, my Dad explained the situation to him and the friend seemed to understand the situation (which is beyond me). I waited for some time until his friend arrived. I was really rather excited. I had been itching for something new to play and now my prayers were being answered.
His friend had finally arrived, so we went outside to greet him. He walked over to the trunk of his car, popped it open and out from the cesspool came a copy of Fable for the Xbox.
To put it shortly: I was confused. What the fuck was this game? This wasn’t The Sims, this was some dumb bullshit!
I thanked the friend and retreated into my room to play the game.
From the moment I had placed the game into the disk drive and turned it on to the time I completed the game, I was completely fucking hooked (I did not complete the game in one sitting). Looking back on it I was positive that the rose-tinted glasses of childhood only escalated the love I had for the game. I hadn’t even touch Fable since that moment. I played a bit of 2, wasn’t completely sold. I played, completed, and thoroughly enjoyed 3 (although the rose-tinted glasses could’ve still been in full effect) and that was that. I didn’t think I really needed my fill of Fable anymore.
I’m happy to report that I was wrong… sort of.
Fable Anniversary is repolished Fable, the most notable difference being a sweeping graphical overhaul. I’m not entirely sure but it looks like they’re using a heavily modified Unreal 3 engine. It’s incredible, I went back and played Fable: The Lost Chapters and it really does not hold up. It looks blocky and blotchy, which is not how I remembered the game look when I was younger. That is the greatest compliment I can give to Fable Anniversary, it looks like how I remembered Fable looking.
I’ve been playing through the game with a controller and it feels clunky in some aspects. The camera controls and movement speed are all out of whack making this feel a bit jarring. The basic principles of Fable are still alive and well. The combat has retained its sense of fluidity and speed, the dialogue is still superbly written and incredibly charming. I still loved traversing the world of Albion, meeting intriguing characters and finding cool weapons.
Right now you can pick up the game for a steal on Steam and it’s worth it. If you haven’t played a Fable game before then this is a great place to start. If you have played Fable then you’ll love this because it is a faithful recreation of one of the best games to come out of the 2000s.