Guide to Installing Fallout 1 and 2
For those of who wish to enjoy the long overdue pleasure of playing Fallout 1 and 2 (I’m looking at you Phokal) or want to relive it, you may not be aware that, since those long ago times, some dedicated fans have taken it upon themselves to fix up unpatched bugs and even add deleted content. The mass of fan patches and mods can be bewildering, so here, I’ll present the instructions to getting what I believe to be the best and purest Fallout experience.
To avoid spoilers, I won’t go into detail about what exactly is changed, but they’re all bug fixes unless otherwise stated. Depending on when you decide to play, you might want to check if the files that I list below are the latest versions by the time you get to them.
All of the relevant patches were developed by TeamX, which superceded and intergrated the prior fan patches. These are just bug fixes and don’t add anything wacky. Install the patches by extracting them into the Fallout main directory in this order:
1. Download and install the semi-official Fallout 1.2 patch (released September 4, 2005):
It incorporates the official patches, so you do not need any of them.
2. Download and install the unofficial Fallout 1.3.3 patch (released June 19, 2006):
3. Install Nimrod’s dialog fixes (released January 7, 2008):
4. (optional) Install the Fallout NPC Mod v.3.3 which lets NPCs gain levels and allows you to tell Dogmeat to stay (released September, 2006):
Since this goes beyond mere bug fixes, I’m hesitant to include it, as it makes the game easier.
5. (only if you followed 4.) Install Nimrod’s dialogue fixes for the Fallout NPC Mod v.3.3 (released January 7, 2008):
6. Play the game!
There is also a Fallout Restoration Project in development, but the only release so far requires Avega’s Fallout patch 1.3 beta, which is a different fan patch that has since been integrated into and superceded by TeamX’s unofficial patches. The Fallout Restoration Project adds new characters and quests that the developers originally meant to include, but the developers are currently rewriting the whole thing from scratch, which explains why it’s not compatible with the latest fan patches. Unfortunately, I have no idea when they’ll be done.
Fallout 2 has been more popular in terms of mods and patches, so finding information about the right patches is a little trickier. Fortunately, if you just want bug fixes, the FO community has come to agree that killap’s Unofficial Fallout 2 Patch is the best one. The latest patch is 1.02.24 (released May 22, 2008). You can apply this on top of an unpatched version of Fallout 2.
Automatic install: http://www.killap.net/fallout2/patches/unofficialFO2patch.exe
There is also a Fallout 2 Restoration Project, also by killap, that adds new locations, characters, and quests that the developers originally intended. It’s reached version 1.1, and I highly recommend it. If you install this, DO NOT install the unofficial patch. Version 1.1 includes an earlier version of that patch that is incompatible with 1.02.24. The good news is that version 1.2, which will incorporate the latest patch, is supposed to be due out at the end of May, so if at all possible, I recommend that you wait for it. If you wish to use version 1.1 regardless, here are the directions:
1. Install the Fallout 2 Restoration Project 1.1 (released January 13, 2008)
Automatic install: http://www.killap.net/fallout2/expansion/1.1/F2_Restoration_Project_1.1.exe
Again, you can apply this on top of an unpatched version of Fallout 2.
2. Install the engine fixes (released February 22, 2008):
Well, there you have it. Good enough for you, Phokal?