For my Throwback Thursday, I did a little write up on Fallout 3 when attempting to play it on Windows 8.1. All the text is below the but purty version (with pics) can be found at:http://www.seandahlberg.com/throwback-thursday-return-to-vault-101-fallout-3/
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When +Fallout 4
was announced on Jun 2nd, I was hoping that Bethesda would do much like when they announced Skyrim and the game would be coming later this year. Lucky for me (and everyone!), I was right. But even then, I figured it wouldn’t be announced at E3 that it was available then (but what a way to drop the mic at the end of the Bethesda presentation if they did that) and I needed to get my Fallout fix a little earlier. I remembered I still have my original disc when I bought the game.
Wow, remember when Microsoft was making the big “Games for Windows” push… but anyways, I’m lazy and bought Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition ( http://store.steampowered.com/app/22370/
) on Steam which includes all the add-ons. I installed the game, hit play, and then… nothing.
Which is when it dawned on me – Fallout 3 was released back in 2008. Back when I was still on Windows XP (because, let’s face it, I was not a fan of Windows Vista). We’ve had Win7, 8, and 8.1 release since then so a game made for an old OS is bound to have a few issues. Luckily, I found a great post in the Steam Community by BenWah that helped me out: ULTIMATE Fallout 3 Setup Guide READ THIS! ( http://steamcommunity.com/app/22370/discussions/0/828937546147175081/
His post goes into a lot great detail but if you’re on Windows 8.1, these are the steps I took:
First, I updated for Games for Windows ( http://download.gfwl.xboxlive.com/content/gfwl-public/redists/production/xliveredist.msi
Then I installed the Unofficial Fallout 3 Patch by BenWah and Hairylegs ( http://www.nexusmods.com/fallout3/mods/19122/
While this got my game up and running, I noticed I’d get this weird issue where my game would randomly minimize and I couldn’t get it back without forcing the task to stop and reloading. Which is a pain. But again, modders to the rescue! I found Fake Fullscreen Mode Windowed – Alt Tab Fix by BUDA20 ( http://www.nexusmods.com/fallout3/mods/16001/
? ) that works like a dream.
Now I’m back into Fallout 3 and will do a playthrough while I eagerly (OH SO EAGERLY) await Fallout 4. Or you could take the easy route like #CiraCorellia
and play it on a console… but seriously, #PCMasterRace
. You can do so much more on the PC, even get a high res mod!