5 of the best Xbox games
Fable creator Peter Molyneux had to apologise for building up fans' expectations of the game in advance of its release – but the finished product was still an impressive feat. Cast as an orphan taken in by the Heroes' guild of Albion, players were treated to an action RPG which gave dungeon crawling and spell-casting an added moral dimension.
Saving bullied children or rescuing wanderers lost in caves meant that your reputation as a hero was only matched by your dazzlingly charming good looks. Villagers would swoon in admiration and butterflies and rainbows would spring forth at your every step. Behave like Darth Maul on steroids and your features would come to reflect your actions – and people would, unsurprisingly, flee at the sight of your red eyes and devil horns.