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Retro Vault: Gory GamesMaster

Plus: Animal Crossing, Fable, Zak McKracken

Retro Vault is our regular weekly feature in which we dive into gaming's past and share five classic nuggets of retro nostalgia. If you missed the last Retro Vault you can read it here.


September 2004 - Fable magazine ad

Originally known as Project Ego, Fable was one of the most anticipated exclusives on the original Xbox thanks to its designer, Peter Molyneux, creating untold levels of hype.

In an interview with CVG back in 2003, Molyneux promised that Fable "is gonna be the best game ever". Another infamous claim suggested that if you knocked an acorn from a tree in the game, it would eventually grow into a tree of its own, such was the game's scale.

When it was finally released, Fable didn't quite live up to the ridiculous hype surrounding it, but that didn't mean it wasn't still a fantastic action RPG packed with charm and character. An extended version, The Lost Chapters, was released a year later and featured sixteen new quests.

A remake of Fable is currently in development for Xbox 360. Fable Anniversary will feature completely updated graphics and will include the Lost Chapters content too.

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