Achievement Preview Spotlight: Fable Anniversary

By Jonathan Barnes, 2 years ago
This week's Achievement Preview Spotlight has a special place in my heart. Released in 2004, the original Fable was an incredible action-RPG experience on the original Xbox. Lionhead's first adventure into Albion proved to be so popular that it warranted a re-release a year later (this was before the advent of DLC, gamers) in the form of Fable: The Lost Chapters, which added more content and a new ending. Next week, the game will be brought into the 360 generation with the release of Fable Anniversary. Let's dive in and see what achievement hunters can expect on their return to Albion's past.

June 04

If nothing else, Lionhead has a pedigree for designing interesting achievements. With achievements like Fable II's homage to Monty Python, The Black Knight and Fable III's Coronation Chicken, Lionhead has shown a propensity to make things wacky... if not entertaining. The tradition continues with Fable Anniversary, which contains some of the funnest/funniest achievements in ages. The best news for those who like to plan out their runs is that all of the achievements are viewable (NO SECRETS!), so feel free to peruse the list before making your playing decision. Finally, many of these achievements present an "either/or" scenario, allowing for two possible ways for unlocking the achievement.

With all of my editorial gushing out of the way, I'd like to start by bringing things down a notch with an achievement that will no-doubt raise the ire of a few on TA.

See The Future in Fable Anniversary
Connect Xbox SmartGlass™ to Fable Anniversary, isn't technology amazing!

Really there's not much to be said here except that you'll need to have a "smart" device to complete Fable Anniversary. According to Prima the SmartGlass integration will " you the overhead game maps, your hero’s location on the map in real-time, locations of common chests, where Demon Doors are, and your current quest objectives." This Prima-pimping also ties into the You Are A Super Player achievement, which requires you to find all 30 silver keys and boasts, "In unrelated news; the Fable Anniversary Strategy guide is available now!"

From that semi-sour note, let's get happy.

I Did This For A Cheevo in Fable Anniversary
Perform a headshot with a Crossbow whilst dressed as a woman wearing a beard and the Redhead Wig.

Clearly, Lionhead knows who they're talking to. By designing this achievement, they're encouraging the wacky experimentation that seems to be right at home in Albion. Have a spot of fun and get wacky.

The achievement titles are clearly where Lionhead is having the most fun. With names like, "But You're A Wizard, Hero", "Open Saysamemiddlefinger", "Ass Creed", and "Combat, Evolved", you know there was a fair amount of giggling going on in the writers' room. This next achievement might take the cake, though.

There's Always A Lighthouse in Fable Anniversary
Would you kindly rid Albion of its greatest traitor.

This is clearly a mission-based achievement, and shouldn't present too many issues, but the title and description are clearly quite excellent.

The Janusian duality of Fable has always been the battle between good and evil. As such, you knew there would be an achievement like the next one.

Choosing My Religion in Fable Anniversary
Donate a total of 100,000 Gold to the Temple of Avo, or sacrifice 10 people to the Chapel of Skorm.

Oh, how I loved leading people to the Chapel of Skorm and sacrificing them for that big, evil boost. On the flip side, earning coin was never much of a problem, so 100k should be pocket change by the mid-to-late stages of the game.

The pre-release Big Kahuna of Fable Anniversary seems pretty evident. Fortunately, it should be a relatively easy achievement.

(#SPOILERS) in Fable Anniversary
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It's time to defeat the super awesome boss, the one you will see if you unlock this achievement.

If you're familiar with Fable: The Lost Chapters, you've probably got an inkling of an idea about what this achievement will entail. For those who haven't experienced the low-res version of the game, let's just say that this will be an interesting battle.

This is one of those rare occasions where there are so many good achievements, titles, and descriptions that the Achievement Preview Spotlight can't possibly hold them all. If you're a fan of the franchise, I highly suggest you check out the full list for a quick chuckle before Fable Anniversary is released next week.

If there's an upcoming game that you'd like to see featured in the Achievement Preview Spotlight, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.