Fable Anniversary is another game in the recent run of "HD Remakes" from generations past. Unfortunately, it's one of the weakest I've played and is a good reminder that sometimes games are better left in your memory.
If you aren't familiar with Fable, it's an action game with light RPG elements scattered in. Choices are big in Fable. Just about every decision/action you make is weighed on a morality scale, ultimately leading to an evil, good, or neutral version of your hero. If you're the type to save a pokey puppy, you'll be adored by the citizens of Albion. If you're the type to kick that puppy, citizens will cower in fear and boo. You may have noticed I didn't lead with story...that's because it's really a throwaway to give you a reason to explore the systems within the game. The game runs around 8-12 hours depending on your play style.
If all this sounds good, well, it is. The problem is the game hasn't aged well, particularly in the mechanical department. Combat is still sluggish/mashy-boring and the camera can be outright frustrating in tight areas. There were times where I felt like returning the game because I was so annoyed with the combat while fighting a hoard of blocking enemies. Leveling up is simplistic. Graphics are better than the original Fable, but pale in comparison to newer releases on the aged Xbox 360. It should also be noted that the game completely locked up my Xbox 360 two times while playing, which has been noted in other reviews. Thank goodness for autosave.
Fable Anniversary, much like the original, is a game that strives to be something great but falls short of that goal. It's a fable better left untold.
posted by Chase616 (COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA) Mar 14, 2014
Member since Jan 2014
True to the original, this game is a fun rampage through Albion. Choose your hero's destiny and make him good or evil. Refined controls and updated graphics go a long way towards making this game a bit more worthy than it's original version, though some occasional freezing and a wholly worthless Xbox 360 Smartglass app leave a bit to be desired. Anyone looking for a fun action-adventure title simply must try Fable Anniversary!