Fallout 2

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Fallout 2
Fallout 2 cover
Developers
Black Isle Studios
macOS (OS X) The Omni Group
Publishers
Interplay Entertainment
OS X MacPlay
Digital, post-2015 Bethesda Softworks
Engines
Fallout Engine
Release dates
Windows October 29, 1998
macOS (OS X) August 24, 2002
Reception
Metacritic 86
Taxonomy
Series Fallout
Fallout 2 on HowLongToBeat
Fallout 2 on IGDB
Fallout 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Fallout 2 on MobyGames
Fallout 2 on Wikipedia
Fallout
Fallout 1997
Fallout 2 1998
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel 2001
Fallout 3 2008
Fallout: New Vegas 2010
Fallout 4 2015
Fallout Shelter 2016
Fallout 4 VR 2017
Fallout 76 2018

Warnings

The Mac OS X version of this game does not work on Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7) or later due to the removal of support for PowerPC apps.

Key points

The game has two major fan-made patches and it is highly recommended to install one of them (but NOT both). The Unofficial Fallout 2 Patch fixes large number of bugs remaining in the game even after official patches. Fallout 2 Restoration Project combines these fixes with major modifications and additions and is closer to mod than patch.
  • The majority of veterans recommend Restoration Project only after playing through the vanilla game at least once, so the unofficial patch may be a better choice for beginners.
The European version of the game is censored, while the digital version is censored in some region.

General information

The Vault - A huge wiki for the series
No Mutants Allowed - General Fallout Discussion
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
US - Uncensored, EU - Censored.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.com
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Windows
Bethesda.net
Bethesda.net Launcher
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Censored. Previous Interplay-published version supported OS X as well. Comes configured with the Fallout 2 High Resolution Patch and sfall.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Censored. Same features as GOG version.
Windows
Fallout Classic Collection includes Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel.
The digital release of the Mac version is actually a DOS version which uses DOSBox in order to play it, though the retail version was a true native port.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch v1.02 updates the game to the latest version.
Children Patch removes censorship from European and digital versions of the game.

Other Patches[edit]

Unofficial Fallout 2 patch fixes over 1000 bugs with the game past the last official 1.02 patch.[1]

Fallout 2 Restoration Project 2.3.3 (Unofficial Expansion)[edit]

An expansion patch that's aim at lost content originally planned for Fallout 2 (ie dialogue, NPCs, locations, etc).

Contains:
Be careful with the full install of this package. The ammo mods change combat engine damage calculations and can increase the combat difficulty unreasonably.
Vault-Tec Labs Wiki - additional installation information.

Fallout 2 High Resolution Patch[edit]

A utility/patch that modifies the game in memory to add support for windowed mode, higher resolutions, and various other enhancements.

Included with the GOG.com and Steam releases.

Further details can be found in the official thread.

Peixoto's patch[edit]

An fan-mades patch that aims at fixing bugs, modern compatibility and QOL features.

Allows nearest neighbor or xBRz scaling.
Supports the original DirectDraw renderer, as well as the DirectDraw, DirectDraw 7 and Direct3D 9 renderers of the HD patch.

Fallout Et Tu[edit]

A Fallout to Fallout 2 engine conversion that utilizing Fallout 2's features into Fallout 1.

Port of Fallout 1 into Fallout 2 that can be played from start to finish.
Requires an installation of Fallout 2 and Fallout 1's MASTER.DAT.
Patches lots of bugs, has all the quality of life of Fallout 2 and associated Sfall version as well as the FO2 hi-res patch.
Has optional INI tweaks, including a motorcycle similar to the Highwayman, restoration of invasion timers, and more.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/38410/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\SAVEGAME[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Fallout 2/saves/
~/Library/Application Support/GOG.com/Fallout 2/saves/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/38410/pfx/[Note 2]
Save games can be transferred between Windows and OS X installations of the game.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Syncs up to 953.67 MB of game data (maximum 1000 files).

Video[edit]

In-game video settings (GOG.com version).
In-game video settings (GOG.com version).

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Fallout 2 High Resolution Patch. Pre-installed with GOG.com and Steam.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Small size of interface. Use Fallout 2 High Resolution Patch. Pre-installed with GOG.com and Steam.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use Fallout 2 High Resolution Patch or see Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
To minimize screen tearing, disable fullscreen optimizations on the executable of the game.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Locked at a low frame rate. Mouse movement not clamped to engine frame rate.

Windowed[edit]

Edit config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit ddraw.ini.
  3. Under [Graphics], set Mode to 5

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Check here for the retail and GOG.com versions, and here for the Steam release.
Polish
Local retail version only. For digital releases use this patch.
Russian
Local retail version only. By 1C-Softclub
Russian
Unofficial localization by «Левая корпорация» and «Fargus Multimedia»

Issues fixed[edit]

Color Fixes For Older Games[edit]

See Rainbow color problems in older games for other solutions.
ddraw.ini mode[citation needed]
Only works in a limited number of cases.
  1. Open ddraw.ini.
  2. Find the [Graphics] header.
  3. Change mode=0 to:

mode=4 for fullscreen dx9 mode or mode=5 for windowed dx9 mode.

Install the High Resolution Patch[citation needed]

Install the Fallout 2 High Resolution Patch.

Error Initializing Video Mode 640x480[edit]

Custom Resolution[2]
  1. Create a custom resolution of 640x480 with 60Hz refresh rate and 8 bits per pixel.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9 Requires the Fallout 2 High Resolution Patch or sfall.
DirectDraw 3.0a, 7 DirectDraw 7 support requires the Fallout 2 High Resolution Patch.
OpenGL
OS X only.
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Utilities[edit]

sfall[edit]

An engine modifications for Fallout 2, allowing the base game to run correctly on modern operating systems.

Use D3D9 for rendering for a much improved compatibility with newer systems. Also allow to bind mouse wheel.
Adds additional features for modders.
Included with the GOG.com and Steam releases.
GOG.com and Steam versions uses outdated build.
Vault-Tec Labs Wiki - additional information can be found here.

Fallout 2 Save Editor[edit]

An simple save editor for Fallout 2.

Also known as F2se.zip.
Compatible with mods.[3]

Falche2[edit]

A character editor for Fallout 2.

Also known as Fallout 2 Character Editor v2.10.
Can edit your character stats, perks, skills and more.
Not compatible with Fallout 2 Restoration Project 2.1.2b (Unofficial Expansion).

Mods[edit]

MIB88 Megamod[edit]

An mod pack that add new content and other enhancements.

Use other mods and fan patches. Available in both English and Russian.
Add new locations and additional enhancements, including those from other mods and patches.

Restoration Project Extensions/Standalone[edit]

These mods can also worked with the Restoration Project mod, although some can also worked on the base game as well.

Extensions

Standalone

  • Weapons Redone - an gameplay overhaul that balance combats and weapons usage.
  • Vintage Firearms - Replaces most of the weapons with real-world vintage firearms.
Compatibility requires skipping the install of included item.lst file inside \Data\Proto, use Restoration Project's version instead.

System requirements[edit]

Steam[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 565 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA
Sound (audio device) DirectSound or SoundBlaster Compatible

Disc Version[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95, 98, NT
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 3.0a compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/38410/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (38410) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References