Fallout 2

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Fallout 2
Fallout 2 cover
Black Isle Studios
Interplay Entertainment
OS X MacPlay
Bethesda Softworks
Fallout Engine
Release dates
Windows January 29, 1999
OS X July 31, 2002
Fallout 1997
Fallout 2 1998
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel 2001
Fallout 3 2008
Fallout: New Vegas 2010
Fallout 4 2015

Key points

The game has two major fan-made patches and it is highly recommended to install one of them (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
Many (but not all) veterans recommend Restoration Project only after playing through the vanilla game at least once, so Unofficial patch may be a better choice for beginners
The GOG.com version of Fallout runs the best on modern operating systems

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail US - uncensored, EU censored.
GOG.com Windows only. Previous Interplay-published version supported OS X as well.
Green Man Gaming
Humble Store
Steam Windows only.

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]

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

Fallout2 High Resolution Patch[edit]

Modifies the game exe file to allow higher resolutions.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Check here

Issues fixed[edit]

Color Fixes For Older Games[edit]

See Rainbow color problems in older games for other solutions.
ddraw.ini mode
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.

Install the High Resolution Patch

Install the Fallout2 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]

Fallout 1.5: Ressurection[edit]

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)


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

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).

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