Fallout 2

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Fallout 2
Release dates
January 29, 1999
Mac OS
January 29, 1999
January 24, 2013
Fallout 2 at WineHQ
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
Fallout: New Vegas 2010

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 2.3.3 (Unofficial Expansion) patch, unless you are on your first playthrough.

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


Source DRM Notes Keys
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Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Windows only.
Retail DRM-free US - uncensored, EU censored.

Essential improvements[edit]

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

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

Unofficial Fallout 2 patch[edit]

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

Fallout2 High Resolution Patch[edit]

Information Modifies the game exe file to allow higher resolutions.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Mac OS

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Bronze.svg Use the Fallout2 High Resolution Patch.
Multi-monitor Impossible False icon.svg
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) Not applicable
Vertical sync (Vsync) Impossible
High frame rate Unknown

Input settings[edit]

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

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
Italian Unknown Unknown Native Check here

Issues fixed[edit]

Color Fixes For Older Games[edit]

Information See Rainbow color problems in older games for other solutions.

Fix ddraw.ini mode

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 Patch

Install the Fallout2 High Resolution Patch.

Error Initializing Video Mode 640x480[edit]

Fix Custom Resolution[2]

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

Other information[edit]

Fallout 1.5: Ressurection[edit]

Information This is major game modification (fan made), basically whole new game with new gameline and quests, about 25 hours of gameplay. Due to the author's origin it's in Czech language, but English translation is in progress (about 1/3 done by 7/2014)


Advantage Use D3D9 for rendering for a much improved compatibility with never systems. Also allow to bind mouse wheel.

Fallout 2 Save Editor[edit]

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

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

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

System requirements[edit]

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


  1. Full list of unofficial patch corrections
  2. Support for Fallout 2 - GOG.com
  3. Fallout 2 Savegame Editor - No Mutants Allowed Forum