Missing the Early Fallout Games?
Despite the release of Fallout 3, there still exists a determined group of fanatical Fallout 1 & 2 gamers who aren’t very happy with the changes to their beloved franchise. If you’re one of this breed of gamer then we have something that should refresh your older Fallout titles and put a smile back on your face.
The third person perspective and calculated battle strategies you fell in love with after playing Interplay’s Fallout 1 & 2 in the 1990s is gone in Fallout 3. After playing Fallout 3 you might think you woke up from a decades-long sleep? You probably sat there staring at the screen wondering what happened to the isometric camera and turn-based combat you love.
Fallout 3 is a new breed of virtual experience than the old Fallout 1 & 2 you played years ago. The game play elements that first entranced your mind and entertained your senses years ago have been replaced by different role-playing conventions that hardcore Fallout gamers have yet to embrace fully.
Give Fallout 1 & 2 a New Coat of Paint
You’ll need to dig Fallout 1 & 2 out of the closet where you threw it when you first purchased Fallout 3. We’ll start by visiting No Mutants Allowed, a hardcore Fallout 1 & 2 hang-out filled with Fallout-fanatics who think Fallout 3 regularly walks across the grave of
its forefathers. Head to the mod index, which has the most comprehensive selection of Fallout files on the Internet.
Never one to sit when action is required, these same grizzled veterans have been putting in hours to renovate the old RPG stomping-grounds you first enjoyed in Fallout 1 & 2 to be compatible with modern computers.
Not all mod communities are all good and the following one has many good mods and a few that aren’t as useful, so the entertainment value you receive will depend on you. Check out Matt Wells' fixes, they help 640 x 480 titles run in the higher resolutions of modern widescreen peripherals.
You’ll also want to install Timeslip’s Sfall mods, which will help the slower feeling of these turn-based titles. TimeSlip’s mods make Fallout 1 & 2 easier to digest in a new virtual age by increasing the speed of combat and movement game play by as much as ten times their original values, adding mouse wheel support, and including the ability to play in a window.
Your quest for a better Fallout 1 & 2 experience will continue by looking at TeamX’s Patch 1.3.4, a useful addition that helps with legacy bugs in Fallout 1 & 2. Three new quests and 27 new characters are available for play at Pal’s Fallout Update Mod.
In addition, check out Killap’s Restoration Project for Fallout 2, an expansion pack that adds in a bunch of locations, characters, and quests removed from the original game by the developers at Black Isle Studios. All of these mods were fun and worked with both the original Fallout titles and the renovated XP and Vista-compatible versions of Fallout 1 & 2.