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Fable Anniversary review round-up: Lionhead classic still charms

All the review scores in one place

The high-definition remake for Lionhead's first Fable game, Fable Anniversary, is scheduled for release February 7 and reviews of the game have begun to appear online.

CVG is still finalising its review, so expect to see it on the site soon. But for now, find out what everyone else thinks of it in the list below.

  • OXM UK: 7 - Get past the faintly patronising tutorial, and resist the slightly disappointing final battle, and stay in the brilliant, rich middle. This is an adventure that rewards the curious and the explorers.
  • Metro UK: 6/10 - A good HD remake but the game itself doesn't really warrant the attention, with too many unfulfilled promises that even its sequels failed to make good on.
  • IGN: 8.0 - Fable Anniversary's personality has proved truly ageless, even if some of its mechanics haven't
  • Destructoid: 7.5/10 - Fable Anniversary may not blow you away, but it's still a good action game that everyone should experience at some point or another, and I'd consider it vastly superior to Fable 2 and 3. If you've never played a Fable game before this is a great place to start, but at full price, it's hard to wholly recommend over picking up the original Xbox Lost Chapters edition on the cheap.
  • The Escapist: 3/5 - While a solid job of remastering the original has been done, the game itself could have used a lot more of an upgrade. It's aged pretty damn badly, and no amount of visual polish can mask that.
  • Hardcore Gamer: 4/5 - As a museum piece, it's a wonderful effort that ensures the game will remain relevant for a new generation of players. As a game, it's the definitive edition of a superb title that has a lot to offer even in 2014.
  • EGM Now: 6.0 - Fable still has some charming elements that have stood the test of time and survive in Fable Anniversary. But most of the game shows its age, so if you played Fable or Fable: The Lost Chapters the first time around, there's little here to bring you back for more.
  • VideoGamer: 7/10 - Fable now stands alongside Halo as an Anniversary re-release, and the latter stands as the pinnacle of its respective series, while Fable's sequels surpassed it in almost every way. This may make the trip perhaps less impressive than you may have hoped, and it's tricky to justify the expensive price tag despite the pretty presentation.