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February 3rd, 2014, 13:56
Here are some reviews for Fable: Anniversary that is to be released shortly. The review scores range from 6 to 9.

Metro, 6/10

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.
IGN, 8/10

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.
Life at the Moment, 9/10

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.
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February 3rd, 2014, 13:56
I love Escapist's review and here's a quote from it:
With its uncomfortably messy combat, obtuse menu system, and overall awkward controls, Fable Anniversary would have benefited from more than just a visual upgrade. Indeed, the original Fable could have done with a full-on remake that modernized everything, as this is one severely dated action-adventure. Even by the standards of its time, Fable was always a little sloppy, favoring its idealistic ambition of choice and personal narrative over slick, polished gameplay. In today's world, going back to the clumsy original has a tendency to make one cringe.
Honestly I'm unsure why they just couldn't leave it as it was and make a proper sequel instead of the viewing horsebutt.

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February 3rd, 2014, 18:12
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Honestly I'm unsure why they just couldn't leave it as it was and make a proper sequel instead of the viewing horsebutt.
Easy money is why.

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February 3rd, 2014, 19:05
Fable trilogy.. Does it finally mean, we pc users get to play fable 2?
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February 3rd, 2014, 19:26
No, this whole thing is about consoles only.

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February 3rd, 2014, 21:20
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No, this whole thing is about consoles only.
All I meant was that it's easier/faster/less work to re-package old games and sell them versus make a brand new game. Getting new money for old games = easy money.

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February 3rd, 2014, 22:01
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Fable trilogy.. Does it finally mean, we pc users get to play fable 2?
I agree it would be nice to play Fable 2 on the PC.

Unfortunately I don't see that happening any time soon. As Fable fans asked this question for years, and we never got a serious reply just excuses.

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February 3rd, 2014, 22:01
This (the original) was the game that not me not to ever trust Peter M. A life lesson I still hold firm on.
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February 3rd, 2014, 22:13
I liked Fable - though it was way too short. Obviously nothing like Molyneux originally promised - but I didn't trust anything he said even then.

It had a certain innocent charm without being nauseating about it. Well, except for the farting

I consider it an endearing fairy tale with great music and an entertaining if simplistic character system. It was flexible and combat looked great and felt good at the time.

But I don't think upgrading the visuals will make me play it again. It needs more content - and it should have been 2-3 times longer than it was.

Considering the scope of the design, it's quite unfortunate that it was so tiny overall.
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February 4th, 2014, 02:32
Whether it's actually worth to play it or not, it just irks me my collection goes from Fable 1 to Fable 3 (skipping over Fable 2).
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Whether it's actually worth to play it or not, it just irks me my collection goes from Fable 1 to Fable 3 (skipping over Fable 2).
You should be grateful. It's one less shitty Molyneux game in your collection.
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February 4th, 2014, 05:53
Fable 3 was a dog. All I want to do is to forget about it.
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February 4th, 2014, 09:23
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Fable 3 was a dog. All I want to do is to forget about it.
Yep. Not only was the game atrocious, but the camera/character controls were probably the single worst I'd ever seen for a PC game. Just a godawful game all-around, and not even worthy of being called an RPG.

The original Fable was decent, though. Basically what DArtagnan already said.
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February 4th, 2014, 19:50
2 was my favorite. They all could have been so much more than they were, it's a shame.
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February 4th, 2014, 20:42
Never played any of the Fables, I dunno I'm quite happy playing Wizardry 7 at the moment.

It's a shame they spent so much time improving graphics when they could be improving gameplay.

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I played a couple of hours of Fable 1 and 2. Never played 3. What was so bad about it compared to the first two games?

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February 4th, 2014, 23:44
I've only messed around with Fable 3 for a few hours, but it didn't seem worse than the original game from what I could see. I actually like the setting a lot more than the generic high-fantasy of Fable 1. Never played Fable 2.
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February 4th, 2014, 23:52
Fable 3 lasted all of 10 minutes or so with me. It was ultra generic crap without a soul. Clearly a desperate cash-grab that ran and controlled like shit on PC.

Fable > Fable 2 >>> Fable 3.
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February 5th, 2014, 20:51
I haven't played fable 3 because I'm still waiting fable 2.

I liked the orginal fable game though. Nice orginal fairy tale atmosphere combined with light hearted action adventure gameplay. I don't get why people dislike it so much. I never expected it to be a serious rpg though.

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No, this whole thing is about consoles only.
Ah should have guessed… :/
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February 6th, 2014, 10:29
Fable 1 and 2 were both decent. Fable 3 was rubbish tho.

Making a new version of the Fable games and then only release them on consoles seems pointless - graphics was never an issue.
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