If youíve never played any of the games before though, or perhaps just one and not the others, Fable Trilogy is also released this week and includes Fable Anniversary, Fable II, and Fable III. The latter two arenít altered in any way but on a technical level they donít particularly need it.
What all three could do with though is something to address the intrinsic shallowness of the gameplay. Although playing the first one again itís clear thatís never really been Fableís primary focus. Instead it tries to offer a more human and personal experience for a role-playing game, and in that sense it still has disappointingly few peers.
Fable Anniversaryís personality has proved truly ageless, even if some of its mechanics havenít. Inevitably, its doesnít feel as fresh today as they did in 2004, but the strange and beautiful world of Albion, with all its weird idiosyncrasies and wildly varied accents, is as absorbing and lovably, peculiarly British as it ever was.
Fable Anniversary is an outstanding version of the original game. If the new console generation can live up to the ambition and imagination this title showed a decade ago theneverything is going to be alright.