Fallout 2

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Fallout 2
Fallout 2 cover
Black Isle Studios
macOS (OS X) The Omni Group
Interplay Entertainment
OS X MacPlay
Digital, post-2015 Bethesda Softworks
Fallout Engine
Release dates
Windows October 29, 1998
macOS (OS X) August 24, 2002
Metacritic 86
Series Fallout
Fallout 2 on HowLongToBeat
Fallout 2 on IGDB
Fallout 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Fallout 2 on MobyGames
Fallout 2 on Wikipedia


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.

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
US - uncensored, EU - censored.
macOS (OS X)
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Bethesda.net Launcher
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Censored. Previous Interplay-published version supported OS X as well. Comes configured with the Fallout 2 High Resolution Patch and sfall. Wrong folder structure.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
Same as GOG version.
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]


Patch v1.02 updates the game to the latest version.
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]

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]

Modifies the game exe file to allow higher resolutions, windowed mode, and various other enhancements
Included with the GOG.com and Steam releases

Fallout Et Tu[edit]

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).


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.
4K Ultra HD
Small size of interface. Use Fallout 2 High Resolution Patch. Pre-installed with GOG.com and Steam.
Field of view (FOV)
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.


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


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


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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Check here for the retail and GOG.com versions, and here for the Steam release.
Local retail version only.
Local retail version only. By 1C-Softclub
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]


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.
OS X only.
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Use D3D9 for rendering for a much improved compatibility with newer systems. Also allow to bind mouse wheel
Included with the GOG.com and Steam releases

Fallout 2 Save Editor[edit]

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

Falche (Fallout Character Editor) v2.1 (FO2)[edit]

Not compatible with Fallout 2 Restoration Project 2.1.2b (Unofficial Expansion).


MIB88 Megamod
Extensions to Restoration project:
Standalone or Restoration Project:

System requirements[edit]


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]

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (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.