Fable Anniversary

Common Sense Media says

Players pick good or evil in this mature, combat-heavy RPG.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Many players will choose to be good and go about helping nonplayer characters in need. However, the game also allows players to choose to be evil, and evil characters "succeed" at being bad by carrying out dastardly acts, including violence and murder.

Positive role models

Players can choose to make the main character benevolent or malevolent. But even if they choose to make him good and noble, this "Mature"-rated game centers on violence, encouraging players to solve problems through the use of swords, bows, and magic.

Ease of play

This game isn't difficult to pick up and play, especially if the player has any experience playing third-person action games. A tutorial covers how to control your character, engage in combat, and interact with other characters. There are some control and camera issues at times, especially during fighting sequences, but no major issues. 

Violence

There is a lot of violence in this fantasy role-playing game (RPG). Players will end up killing thousands of human characters, as well as fantastical goblins, skeletons, and giant insects. Weapons include a long sword, a bow and arrow, and magical spells. Enemies often cry out in pain and fall to their deaths. Blood can be seen spurting out of fallen enemies, and players can even decapitate enemy characters. Some noninteractive cut scenes show graphic images with dead bodies, blood, and torture equipment. 

Sex

There isn't any nudity, but the game lets the player's character have casual sex in a "bordello," which takes place off-screen but is accompanied by sexual moans and suggestive dialogue, such as "...on knees" and "what a workout."

 

Language

Profanity is present in dialogue sequences, including the words "s--t," "damn," "hell," and "bastard." 

 

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The hero can purchase alcohol from a bartender in a tavern and becomes inebriated after a few drinks. This is represented by a blurry screen suggesting impaired vision.

Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, unlike with most games, Fable Anniversary lets players choose to be a noble character or a despicable one. The game's hero can become evil if the player chooses ruthless actions, and his appearance changes over time to reflect his good or evil nature. Play is centered heavily on combat -- both might and magic -- used to defeat human and nonhuman enemies. Blood and some gore can be seen, including beheadings. This game also has profanity, suggestive sexual scenes, and alcohol consumption.

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What's it about?

As its name suggests, FABLE ANNIVERSARY is a remastered version of the 10-year-old game Fable, which originally launched on the Microsoft Xbox, Windows, and Mac. Now available for Xbox 360, Fable Anniversary features high-definition graphics, advanced lighting, better-quality sound, a new interface and some extra content, including The Lost Chapters, Achievements, and Xbox SmartGlass integration (for second-screen play). As with many fantasy role-playing games, Fable Anniversary starts in a peaceful medieval village that falls under attack by an army of ruthless warriors. As a young and orphaned boy, the player's character takes cover to avoid harm and soon discovers the invaders are searching for him. A mysterious figure appears and whisks him away to the Heroes Guild where he begins training as a fighter and magic wielder. The rest of the story depends on decisions made while a user explores the world of Albion and works through various quests. Depending on the player's choices, the protagonist will become a respected hero or a feared villain. Help a poor woman find her stray husband, and game characters might applaud him. Pillage the woman's home and game characters likely will panic.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Similar to LucasArts' Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic games, the protagonist's appearance changes over time to reflect his benevolence or malevolence. He'll enjoy a divine glow if he becomes a beloved hero, and he'll sprout horns and become red-eyed if he becomes evil. Fable Anniversary enjoys a unique balance of action (via melee combat, ranged weapons, and spell casting), puzzles, and exploration. The single-player game has mandatory quests and optional side quests, plus other mini-games and challenges.

It can be entertaining, but there also are some irksome quirks -- such as "invisible walls" that prevent players from exploring where they might like and some control issues during combat. However, get past these annoying shortcomings and Fable Anniversary -- which is a "lighter" RPG than something like the much more hardcore The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim -- should satisfy via its engaging action, revamped visuals, and a solid story that gets even better about halfway through the adventure.

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Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Microsoft Studios
Release date:February 26, 2014
Genre:Role Playing
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Adventures, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Language, Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol, Violence (Xbox 360)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byjamesmatt October 8, 2014
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Fable is appropriate

I played this game when I was young not knowing its age rating, but when I found it out I was surprised. It is violent, but it would be appropriate for a mature child. I would say only if they choose a good character to play (what I did, its better). If you play as a evil character you generally have a darker story line that isn't the best for kids. There are some pubs / Places to drink and a way to make your character swear, but if your child is mature (not like me :D), then you shouldn't worry about this.
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