Later this year Fable Anniversary will be released for Xbox 360. It will be an HD remake of the original Fable, including The Lost Chapters and with a slew of extra content, upgraded mechanics and (optional) integration of Smart Glass. The news might have gone buried a bit under the noise of Watch Dogs, Call of Duty Ghosts, the Second Fanboy War of Consoles and everything else that came out of E3, but it put a big smile on my face. I will try to explain why.
I love the little story a female friend once told us about her little brother. One day she stood up in the early morning and found the kid in the living room playing Fable III, dressed in a pirate outfit with a hat and everything. Nonchalantly he started telling something about the best way to deal with wolves, not concerned with the fact how early it was and that he was dressed as a pirate. It fits the feel of Fable so well because it’s essentially what the game is all about: play dress up and go on adventuring. Fable is about pirate villages, swampy graveyards with hollow men, misty forest lanes with crows sitting on a wooden signpost, highwaymen, taverns and hidden treasures. In short Fable is full of clichés and tropes, but somehow it manages to pull it off in a way that it doesn’t bother. […]
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