Fallout 2

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Fallout 2
Fallout 2 cover
Black Isle Studios
Mac OS The Omni Group
Interplay Entertainment
OS X MacPlay
Digital distribution Bethesda Softworks
Fallout Engine
Release dates
Windows January 29, 1999
macOS (OS X) July 31, 2002
Fallout 2 guide at StrategyWiki
Fallout 2 at Wikipedia
Fallout 1997
Fallout 2 1999
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel 2001
Fallout 3 2008
Fallout: New Vegas 2010
Fallout 4 2015
Fallout Shelter 2016
Fallout 4 VR 2017

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
The majority of 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

Official game page
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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Fallout Classic Collection
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Previous Interplay-published version supported OS X as well. Comes configured with the Fallout 2 High Resolution Patch and sfall.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Comes configured with the Fallout 2 High Resolution Patch and sfall.
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]

This package is the recommended package as it contains all recommend patches
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

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\SAVEGAME
macOS (OS X) (Native/PowerPC)
~/Library/Application Support/Fallout 2/saves/
macOS (OS X) (Digital/WINE)
~/Library/Application Support/GOG.com/Fallout 2/saves/
Save games can be transferred between Windows and OS X installations of the game.
On OS X 10.7("Lion")+, ~/Library/ is hidden. In Terminal, use: chflags nohidden ~/Library/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

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

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings (GOG.com version).
In-game video settings (GOG.com version).
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Fallout 2 High Resolution Patch. Pre-installed with GOG.com and Steam.
4K Ultra HD
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)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Locked at a low frame rate. Mouse movement not clamped to engine frame rate.
Color blind mode


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

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native 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 settings[edit]

Audio options Native 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.

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
"a" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 3.
DirectDraw 7 support requires the Fallout 2 High Resolution Patch.
OS X only.
64-bit executable

Fallout 1.5: Resurrection[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 done as well.


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).

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