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Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel

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For the 2004 action RPG, see Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel.

Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel
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Micro Forté
Interplay Entertainment
Bethesda Softworks
Release dates
Windows March 15, 2001
macOS (OS X) November 15, 2013[2]
Metacritic 82
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time, Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Genres Tactical RPG
Art styles Stylized
Themes North America, Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Series Fallout
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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


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view and isometric Tactical RPG game in the Fallout series.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
No Mutants Allowed Forum - General Fallout Discussion


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
Comes configured with the High Resolution Patch.
DRM-free when launched from the executable.
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Part of the Classic Collection
Previous Interplay-published version supported OS X as well.
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Microsoft Store
DRM-free after installation through Microsoft Store client (notes may include more details)
DRM-free after being copied to any other folder.
Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC.
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Windows (unavailable)
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Windows (unavailable) Launcher
Fallout Classic Collection includes Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel.
A free demo version is available from


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Essential improvements


Official 1.27 Patch

Upgrades version 1.13 or 1.25 to version 1.27. 1.26 Tactics Editor tools are included too.[citation needed]
The Steam,, and Epic Games versions are pre-patched to version 1.27.
InstallShield installer does not recognize the Steam version.[3] Use the repacked patch and then fot127cdremover instead.

Other Patches

Fallout Tactics Hi-Res Patch v1.0

Error when applying Hi-Res Patch to Steam version
Error when applying Hi-Res Patch to Steam version

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

Supports the US 1.27 and the German 1.25 versions.
Included with the and Epic Games releases.
Error when using with unpatched Steam version.

Bonus Mission Patch

From the Fallout Tactics Bonus CD and adds the Springfield bonus patch.
To be able to play it you'll need to be in the first Fallout bunker before applying this patch.
It also can be made available manually by editing the bos.cfg file in the "/core" directory. Find {misc.bonusMission} = {false} Change the "false" to "true" and save the file.

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename intro file[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\core\movie.
  2. Delete or rename intro.BIK.
Can cause the cursor to be invisible in Windows 10.[citation needed]

Game data

Game options
Game options

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\core\bos.cfg[Note 1]
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/38420/pfx/[Note 2]
Key bindings are stored in <path-to-game>\core\keys.cfg}}

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\core\user[Note 1]
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/38420/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

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


Display options
Display options



Sound options
Sound options

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, sound effects, music, speech
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 2.0, EAX 2 and RSX 3D[4]
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Official localization by Suntendy for local retail version.
Simplified Chinese
Unofficial localization by Wildbird(野鸟), conversion from Traditional Chinese version. and Steam users can download it here, but it cannot be directly used in modern and Steam releases, as all text will be glitched. Instead, it has to be used with the "Classic" versions; see here.
Traditional Chinese
Official localization by TWP CORP. for local retail version.
Fan translation, download.
Local retail version only. For digital versions download this.
Official localization by 1C-Softclub for local retail version. Localization can also be installed on the Steam version, following these instructions.
Unofficial localization by 7th Wolf


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[5] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types

Issues fixed

Game hangs/crash at startup

Restore DirectSound3D[citation needed]
Delete Miles Sound System files[6]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\miles
  2. Delete or rename Mssa3d.m3d and/or Mssa3d2.m3d

Fatal error - Could not create primary and black surfaces

Run the game in windowed mode[7]
  1. Launch the game in windowed mode.
  2. Go to options from the title menu.
  3. Select the display tab.
  4. Select default and exit the game.

Missing inventory

Only use if experiencing missing items in inventory.
Missing inventory patch[citation needed]

Download and apply the missing inventory patch.

Black rectangle over top-left part of the screen

Disable Nvidia In-Game Overlay

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements


Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.65 GB
Video card (GPU) SVGA
DirectX 7 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectSound compatible

Disc Version

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98, 2000, ME
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 300 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 750 MB (minimum installation)
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible


  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>/38420/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (38420) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.