Fallout 2

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Fallout 2
Release dates
January 29, 1999
Mac OS
January 29, 1999
January 24, 2013
Fallout 2 at Steam Charts
Fallout 2 at SteamDB
 Fallout 2 at Wikipedia
Fallout 1997
Fallout 2 1998
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel 2001
Fallout 3 2008
Operation: Anchorage
The Pitt
Broken Steel
Point Lookout
Mothership Zeta
Fallout: New Vegas 2010
Dead Money
Honest Hearts
Old World Blues
Lonesome Road
Courier's Stash
Gun Runners' Arsenal

Key points

Information The GOG.com version of Fallout runs the best on modern operating systems, but is no longer available for purchase.
Advantage It is highly recommended to install the Fallout 2 Restoration Project 2.3.2 (Unofficial Expansion) patch.

General information

More information GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
More information GOG.com Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series
More information No Mutants Allowed Forum - General Fallout Discussion


[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Retail DRM-free US - uncensored, EU censored.
Desura Desura.png Purchasing currently disabled. Windows only.
Steam Steamicon.png Purchasing currently disabled. Windows only.

[edit] Essential improvements

[edit] Fallout 2 Restoration Project 2.3.2 (Unofficial Expansion)

Advantage This package is the recommended package as it contains all recommend patches.
Information Contains:
More information Vault-Tec Labs Wiki - additional installation information.

[edit] Unofficial Fallout 2 patch (version 1.02.28)

Advantage Fixes over 1000 bugs with the game past the last official 1.02 patch.[1]

[edit] Fallout2 High Resolution Patch

Information Modifies the game exe file to allow higher resolutions.

[edit] Fallout 2 Save Editor

Information Also known as F2se.zip.
Advantage Compatible with mods.[2]

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

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

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location

Mac OS

[edit] Save game data location

Mac OS

[edit] Save game data location

Windows <path-to-game>\data\SAVEGAME
Mac OS
Information Save games can be transferred between Windows and Mac OS installations of the game.

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

[edit] Video settings

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Limited.png Use the Fallout2 High Resolution Patch.
Multi-monitor Impossible Cross.png
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Hackable In ddraw.ini in [Graphics] section set Mode= to 5.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Unknown
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Not applicable
Anti-aliasing (AA) Impossible
Vertical sync (Vsync) Impossible
High frame rate Unknown

[edit] Input settings

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Unknown
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Impossible
Controller support Impossible

[edit] Audio settings

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Unknown
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Unknown

[edit] Issues fixed

[edit] Color Fixes For Older Games

Information Also known as 'rainbow colors'.

Fix Screen ResolutionLink

  1. Right click on your desktop, click Screen resolution.
  2. Open Advanced Settings.
  3. Leave this open, and run the game.

Fix ddraw.ini modeLink

Information Only works in a limited number of cases.
  1. Open the ddraw.ini file with Notepad.
  2. Find the [Graphics] header.
  3. Change mode=0 to:

mode=4 for fullscreen dx9 mode or

mode=5 for windowed dx9 mode.

Fix Install the High Resolution PatchLink

Install the Fallout2 High Resolution Patch.

[edit] Error Initializing Video Mode 640x480

Fix Custom Resolution[3]Link

  1. Create a custom resolution of 640x480 with 60Hz refresh rate and 8 bits per pixel.

[edit] System requirements

Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Pentium 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 15 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB


  1. http://www.killap.net/fallout2/patches/corrections.txt
  2. http://www.nma-fallout.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=46523
  3. http://www.gog.com/support/fallout_2/error_initializing_video_mode_640x480

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