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At the town of Oakvale, in the land of Albion, a boy is sent on an errand by his father to get his sister a birthday present. When the deed is done, destiny unravels: the once peaceful town is suddenly under attack by bandit raids. The frightened child soon discovers his world crumbling in a matter of moments. Lying beside the body of his dead father, the boy is attacked by the gang, but is fortunately saved by a hero called Maze. He is then taken to the Heroes Guild where he is raised. Time has passed and the child has grown, and is ready to take up his own quest to rid the land of monsters and discover who was responsible for the deaths of his family.

Fable is a third-person action role-playing game that casts the player as "the child" or "the hero" who must perform various deeds to graduate from the Heroes Guild and define himself. The story progresses when the hero chooses "main quest items" from the Guild. Alternatively, there are also other quests that the player may complete in order to obtain gold and fame. Some quests allow the hero to "boast" in front of his fans. Boasting before a quests adds added difficulty, such as "completing the quest naked," however will allow additional gold and fame to be obtained.

The game introduces a "good and evil" morality system, similar to that of Knights of the Old Republic. Various situations - for example coming across a child being bullied - will force the player to make decisions which ultimately shape the main character. Making decisions deemed "good" earns the player good points, while being selfish and "bad" earns evil points instead. These decisions not only alter character stats, but also the hero's appearance and even the environment around them. "Evil" characters tend to look the part; growing horns, receiving scars and having a swarm of flies buzzing around him. A "good" character, on the other hand, might receive a halo and have butterflies swarming. However, other actions such as receiving wounds in combat or casting large amounts of magic also affect the player's appearance.

Actions also end up impacting the player's reputation, including actions that might be relatively unimportant in other games. For instance, if a player kicks a lot of chickens, various people might start referring to them by the title of "Chicken Chaser"; using "good" alignment magic might cause people to start calling the hero "Runemaster" instead.

There are three main modes of combat in Fable: melee, ranged and magic. The hero can equip any number of weapons, from swords to axes, and a variety of spells to either harm or help. What the hero wears also determines how people interact with them. Bright, saintly armor tends to make townspeople more willing to talk, while carrying a large axe and blood-red, darkened armor might cause them to be more apprehensive.

An experience upgrade system allows the player to specialize in one area, or spread throughout, to give the hero a more all-around set of abilities. There are three areas in which experience is gained: Physical, Skill and Will. Physical experience is earned primarily by using melee weapons and can be used to upgrade the hero's strength or health. Skill experience is primarily gained through archery or trading and boosts archery prowess, speed or guile. Will experience is gained through magic usage and is spent on new spells or upgrading old ones.


Fable Xbox Bandits attack!
Fable Xbox Running home to see father
Fable Xbox A safe place to stay.... training in the morning?
Fable Xbox An offer of sanctuary and protection

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Alternate Titles

  • "神鬼寓言" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "WishWorld" -- First working title
  • "Shengui Yuyan" -- Simplified Chinese title
  • "Project Ego" -- Second working title

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User Reviews

Chicken-kicking and its consequences Unicorn Lynx (181441) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars
This game is the best of all games Todd Bello (32) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars

Critic Reviews

Xbox Exclusive 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Game Captain Oct 04, 2004 91 out of 100 91
Gamesmania.de Nov 02, 2004 89 out of 100 89
Kombo.com Sep 21, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
1UP Sep 17, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Netjak Jan 04, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Games TM Oct 07, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Sharkberg Jul 24, 2015 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
videogamer.com Nov 10, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Entertainmentopia Jan 05, 2005 B 75


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1001 Video Games

The Xbox version of Fable appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The credits are roughly 18 minutes long.


When Fable was released, Peter Molyneux had to apologize for it not meeting up to the expectations. He himself had created a hype around this game, calling it "the greatest RPG of all time". It even received some negative awards because of this.

A major complaint was that they failed to include the feature where the main character could have children, which was said to play an important role in the gameplay.

Macintosh version

The Macintosh version was originally announced by Feral Interactive to be released in early 2006, however it ended up being released two years later due to licensing issues.


Originally, there was a multiplayer mode planned. Four players (one hero and three sidekicks) would be able to work together. This component was cancelled in March 2004 due to time constraints.


In the Lychfield Graveyard there is a grave stone that reads "Cpt. J. Sparrow: May the wind always be at your back". This is an obvious reference to the character Jack Sparrow from the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.


  • GamePro (Germany)
    • February 2005 - Best Console RPG in 2004 (Readers' Vote)
  • Gamespot
    • 2004 - Biggest Disappointment of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – #10 Xbox Game of the Year
    • 2004 - The Colonel Sanders Award for Best Use of Chickens (Xbox)
  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2004 - Xbox Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Andrew Shepard, Grov, MegaMegaMan, and Sciere.

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JPaterson (9541) added Fable (Xbox) on Sep 16, 2004
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