Fable: The Lost Chapters

An expanded version of Fable, the 2004’s bestselling, Xbox-exclusive RPG by Lionhead Studios. The action once again takes us to the fantasy land of Albion, where the protagonist seeks revenge on those who assaulted Oakenfold, his home village. In the game, we complete subsequent story quests and observe how the main character evolves from a defenseless child to one of the biggest heroes of Albion. The gameplay is supplemented by the constant necessity to make moral choices that influence the appearance and alignment of the protagonist as well as the way the NPCs react to his presence. Compared to the Xbox original, Fable: The Lost Chapters introduces numerous new elements to the gameplay – the most important one is the extended story line, including an additional chapter taking place after the game's finale. Moreover, the game offers new missions and locations as well as previously unavailable items and spells.

PC / Windows
Game Fable: The Lost Chapters (PC) Cover
Fable: The Lost Chapters

Fable: The Lost Chapters | PC

RPG, TPP, fantasy, action RPG

Companies responsible for Fable: The Lost Chapters

LionHead Studios | game developer

Microsoft Studios | publisher   Official website

Fable: The Lost Chapters release date for PC:

game language:
English

20 September 2005 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player , size: 4 CD
Game score 8.9 / 10 calculated out of 10546 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.4 / 10 calculated out of 15 players' votes.  

Fable: The Lost Chapters for PC / Windows is an enhanced version of Fable, long awaited by the PC players. It was also developed by Lionhead Studios. The PC / Windows version offers new quests, monsters, storylines, optional missions, spells, weapons and armor, optimized graphics and more opportunities to simulate the behavior of the protagonist in the life in the virtual world, among other things.

Story

Fable: The Lost Chapters throws us into the world of Albion, a world in which every decision of our character not only influences his or her skills, appearance, and morality but also the entire environment – every person we heal or every monster we slay will change Albion forever. It is entirely up to us to determine the path of our hero, starting from the childhood years, through adulthood, to the dignified old age. It also depends on us if the protagonist will be praised in legends or lost in the mist of human memory, unworthy of a single mention. Among such decisions is the choice of morality – the player character can either become a lawful inhabitant of Albion or, alternatively, side with the forces of evil and spread fear across the land.

Gameplay

Apart from the consequences of the protagonist’s actions and decisions which have an impact on the local population, or even the entire game world, we also observe the physical changes the hero himself. With age, a wrinkled face can be indicative of our wisdom, while battle scars and powerful musculature we built thanks to leading an active and dangerous life will make our interlocutors respect us. Penetrating glance, agile movement, or a magic areola around our fingers – all are results of planned (or otherwise) choices our character had made. They also have an influence on the inhabitants of Albion, too, who express their attitude towards the protagonist in various ways, starting with an enthusiastic greetings, through mockery, to shaking in fear or panic. Moreover, it may also happen that an individual of the opposite sex is interested in our hero, which can lead to flirt.

In the game, we have to focus on enhancing and perfecting the three main attributes of the protagonist: Strength, Skills, and Will. Strength is the most important physical attribute for it determines how much weight we can carry and how much damage we can deal in a hand-to-hand fight. Skill impacts our ability to fight from a distance and use ranged weapons. Skillful use of bows and other such weaponry is the most difficult to learn, but once we have mastered it, our enemies will think twice before attacking us. Will is simply the ability to use magical powers. The players have a wide selection of magic schools their character can specialize in. Some of them are very useful in close combat, while others show their power when we keep distance from the target. The right combination of the three attributes will make any character we dream of. However, to become a real hero, with a capital H, we have to take on increasingly complex missions. These quests are impossible to perform to ordinary people, and they sometimes seem undoable even to the most powerful heroes, therefore we should analyze whether our character can cope with them before we accept such quests. Should we successfully complete a dangerous mission, our fame and experience will increase, and thus we make a small step towards becoming a living legend of the world of Albion.

The mentioned choice between good and evil also influences our appearance. If we kill guards, merchants, or villagers, we receive Bad Reputation points, which causes horns to grow on our character’s head and attracts insects to him. On the other hand, if we save those merchants and villagers from monsters, we are awarded Good Reputation points, thanks to which we become a “good doer” with radiating eyes. In one word, all we do in Fable: The Lost Chapters for PC / Windows will sooner or later be somehow reflected in the protagonist, both on the inside and the outside, as well as in the world of Albion itself.

Microsoft Xbox
Game Fable: The Lost Chapters (XBOX) Cover
Fable: The Lost Chapters

Fable: The Lost Chapters | XBOX

RPG, TPP, fantasy, action RPG

Companies responsible for Fable: The Lost Chapters

LionHead Studios | game developer

Microsoft Studios | publisher   Official website

Fable: The Lost Chapters release date for XBOX:

game language:
English

18 October 2005 | Worldwide

21 October 2005 | Europe PAL

18 October 2005 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 292 players' votes.  

Peter Molyneux — who doesn’t know the man responsible for such brilliant productions as Theme Park, Black & White, or Homeworld? His next child is called Fable: The Lost Chapters for Xbox, and it maintains the high quality of his previous works.

Fable: The Lost Chapters is an enhanced version of the bestselling Fable for Xbox. Lionhead Studios decided to cash in on the success of their production and added a few new elements and fixes, changed the title, packed it into a new box, and released a “new” game.

Story

Just like in Fable, we start out as a young boy who lives peacefully with his parents in a small town called Oakvale. It is the birthday of his sister and the protagonist does not have money for a present. His father comes to his aid and promises to give him three gold coins for a few good deeds to buy the perfect gift. This is when we set out into the city to earn the gold for a present and start our adventure. From the very beginning, we will be choosing between good and evil and there will be hundreds of such decisions to make. After completing our first quest, we visit a roadside merchant to buy the gift and then go back to give it to our sister. This is where a turn of events happens. The rural idyll ends when Oakvale is raided by bandits — the town is razed, our father killed and our mother and sister kidnapped. As you might guess, only the young hero manages to survive unseen. The situation would then turn to hopeless if it hadn’t been for a mysterious mage who rescues the protagonist and takes him to the Heroes’ Guild where he begins his training. The boy undergoes strict training in hand-to-hand, ranged, and magic combat. Having completed the course, we step outside the gates of the Guild and set out to the city to begin the actual adventure.

Gameplay

In the city, we can dress ourselves properly, change our haircut, or even get a tattoo. Although these are merely additions to the best part which is questing. Apart from the main quest — finding the kidnapped mother and sister — we have a dozen of side missions to perform. They provide the game with a welcomed variety and let us spend more time in the beautiful world.

In Fable: The Lost Chapters, we may use three kinds of weapons: all sorts of swords and maces, bows and crossbows, and magic spells. Using the former, we have a quite interesting set of moves at our disposal: apart from regular attacks, we may try to block enemies’ blows or perform a special strike. With bows or magic, we can only strengthen the power of the attack.

Throughout the entire game, we will be constantly choosing between good and evil, choosing between working for bandits and robbing people, or walking only the path of righteousness and help fellow travelers. All of these deeds will cause our appearance to change. Being an evil person, we will grow horns; if we are good, butterflies will fly around us.

Other novelties introduced by Lionhead Studios in The Lost Chapters include new regions, quests, and plots. Of course, there also is a bunch of extra items, spells, expressions, and even monsters added in the game.

Technical aspects

Graphics in Fable: The Lost Chapters for Xbox have proved timeless. The characters, environment, animations — everything looks great and, along with the perfect soundtrack, adds to the mood of the unforgettable world.

Fable: The Lost Chapters Game Guide

game guide 10 October 2005

Walkthrough, Quests, Secrets, keys, weapons.