Fable Anniversary - Xbox 360

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Lionhead Soft. Co.: Lionhead
Publishers: Microsoft Game Studios (GB)
Released: 7 Feb 2014 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
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Maybe you can't believe it's been a whole decade since we first saw the RPG brainchild of legendary developer Peter Molyneux, Fable, hit the Xbox, but it has! And, for both the nostalgic and the inquisitive, Microsoft has put out an HD remake of the quirky classic.

What we have with Fable is an original, highly-polished and entertaining RPG. Fable is fairly combat-centric, using real-time action in each battle, in much the same style as Zelda Wind Waker. The game universe (Albion) ranges from woodland paths to bustling settlements with plenty to explore along the way. Rather than the dark, gritty worlds we've come to expect from modern RPGs such as Skyrim and Dragon Age, Fable offers a strange, quirky and very British interpretation of fantasy conventions. That's not to say, however, that there isn't plenty of danger to be encountered...

Fable also has the usual RPG staples, including an emphasis on improving statistics, learning skills and magic, and the essential wide array of clothing and weaponry. The player will also have the option to deviate from the game’s central quest, heading off on odd-jobs and doing voluntary missions. Sometimes you may choose to help people out, other times you might just want to irk these NPCs with some unpleasantly malignant behaviour. In turn, your character will take on an evil, middling, or angelic aura.

While the main storyline offers a fair old chunk of gaming, there's plenty out there beyond the confines of the main story. Much of this comes from the inclusion of social gameplay. Instead of smashing trolls with big hammers and slashing werewolves, the player can choose to head down to the tavern and have a chat, flirt with the local barmaid, or set about intimidating people who look at you a bit funny. There are gambling mini-games, there are village fight clubs, you can go fishing, you can even go digging for treasure. And the gay weddings and chicken-kicking competitions made it through.

This anniversary edition features a completely overhauled lighting system, new textures, models, achievements and all the 'Lost Chapters' content. It's the perfect opportunity for fans old and new to visit this quintessential Xbox experience.