How does Fallout 3 work on the PC?

#1 Posted by Lukeweizer (2769 posts) -

Sorry to be so ignorant. I'm tempted to get in on the sale on Steam, but I was just wondering how "Games for Windows" works? Do I need Vista? Is it just part of the game? Will I be able to sign in to my Gamertag?

Thanks for the help.

#2 Edited by SJSchmidt93 (4899 posts) -

It's probably been patched, but for me it crashed a lot, insane loading times, my console commands were screwed up, at one point I had to uninstall and reinstall, and you should be able to sign into your gamertag.

Oh, and you can just use the console commands to get all your achievements. Mods are cool, but difficult to activate.

And considering Microsoft's atrocious GFW Marketplace getting the DLC packs to work will be a pain in the ass.

#3 Posted by Lukeweizer (2769 posts) -
@SJSchmidt93: Bah. I just want it for the console command points. And I figured this'll be as cheap as it's gonna get for a while. Is the DLC free on PC?
#4 Posted by SJSchmidt93 (4899 posts) -
@Lukeweizer:

No.
#5 Posted by DrVanNostren (154 posts) -

It works really well on PC for me, I didn't have any problems with crashing or anything.

#6 Edited by Mikemcn (7018 posts) -

I just bought it off Steam, i have 10 secs more of download, ill get back to you

Well the launch screen works fine and it says my hardware is capable of having ultra high quality, a good start

#7 Edited by Babble (1270 posts) -
@Lukeweizer said:
" Sorry to be so ignorant. I'm tempted to get in on the sale on Steam, but I was just wondering how "Games for Windows" works? Do I need Vista? Is it just part of the game? Will I be able to sign in to my Gamertag?Thanks for the help. "
Games for Windows basically overlays on to Fallout 3. When you want to get achievements or use any Xbox Live features you select an online option on the main menu and the  'dashboard' for Games for Windows comes up. Then you just sign in with your gamertag. 

When you are in the Games for Windows it looks like what you would see on the old version of the dashboard on the Xbox 360, friends list, messeges, etc. You download the DLC through Games for Windows and it does cost money using Microsoft Points.

It also doesn't need Vista. If you have ever used Steam in-game it's kind of like that.
#8 Posted by shrig32 (151 posts) -

It all works perfectly for me, I imagine it'll need a pretty beefy computer to run well, though =)
http://fallout.bethsoft.com/eng/info/faq.html here's the requirements =)

#9 Posted by Mikemcn (7018 posts) -
@Lukeweizer:
It doesnt like to be minimized, i have trouble getting it to open back up again after doing so, but those issues are few and far between, and it might just be my computer

Other then that, the game crashed once, that may have been because i kept reloading the same save over and over, i was trying to kill a robot and i had to retry again and again.

But ya it works fine, i hope you enjoy it
#10 Posted by L (1680 posts) -

Works fine for me too. On 'Very High' settings range and seems to be smooth. Did crash once in ten hours of playing, though (only had this for a few days). Got mine through Amazon (UK) for £12.99.

#11 Posted by SaucySala (346 posts) -

I've had it crash quite a few times (I'm a little over 5 hours in)... But I only paid $25 for it. And it runs pretty well on my PC.

Still love it to death.

#12 Posted by Manatassi (791 posts) -

*sigh* its been a few years now since I said stuff this I'm sick of the PC and went out and bought a Mac and a 360. 

Its sad to look back at when the PC was my platform of choice and realize I really made the right choice.

I really cant see what the point of saving $10 on Fallout 3 is compared to having a nice simple put the disc in the tray experience. *shrug*
#13 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4779 posts) -

steam with live for windows and such games work fine but the game them selves though is the problem fall out 3 has loads of glitches in the PC version.

#14 Posted by shades846 (158 posts) -

Hi, all 
 
Just looking at getting the DLC for fallout 3 on disc as it cheaper in the UK than from games for windows.  Though when i look at Uk amazon it turns out that fallout 3 game of the year on pc is only £1.07 more than PC DLC on disc 11.96 per disc. The GOTY version has all the DLC in it. 
 
Why do they not release single pack on disc or more to my view release the DLC on steam?

#15 Posted by Linkster7 (1043 posts) -

Haven't played it for a while now, but right after release it crashed a lot for me.

#16 Posted by lucas_kelly (769 posts) -

The game played fine on my computer, not too many glitches or crashes. Although you need a fairly beefy computer to run it well.

#17 Posted by MB (13116 posts) -

I recently spent about 40 hours with Fallout 3 on my laptop, going through the main game, Broken Steel, and The Pitt. It ran great and didn't crash a single time. I was running v1.7.

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#18 Posted by shades846 (158 posts) -

How would if i buy the pc DLC on disc it work with the steam version i have bought.

#19 Posted by Six (613 posts) -

and you don't need to get the expansions if you only want the pc Ach points. console commands will unlock them all.

#20 Edited by TheGremp (2064 posts) -

GFWL has a pretty good interface, but can be a hassle to get it working.  Took me 3 days to get it to log me in on Street Fighter IV for the first time. 
 
It runs just fine on Fallout, and you probably won't ever even see it, seeing as a game like Fallout has little to no use for it, other than the DLC.

#21 Posted by Scooper (7881 posts) -

I played alot of this on PC and worked reletivaly fine. The game does'nt like to be alt-tabbed much, though.

#22 Posted by Iceland (163 posts) -

Didn't use the games for windows at all, don't care about no gamerscore or whathaveyou...
 
But the game ran good once I upgraded it to the latest patch

#23 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -
@L:  
 
 
 
 
To answer your question, OP, i have vista 32 bit. i just installed the game and... played (:
#24 Posted by bwooduhs (1618 posts) -

If you like achievements then get it.

#25 Edited by lamegame621 (975 posts) -
@DrVanNostren said:

" It works really well on PC for me, I didn't have any problems with crashing or anything. "

same here (I took my profile pic in-game)
#26 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@SJSchmidt93 said:
" It's probably been patched, but for me it crashed a lot, insane loading times, my console commands were screwed up, at one point I had to uninstall and reinstall, and you should be able to sign into your gamertag. Oh, and you can just use the console commands to get all your achievements. Mods are cool, but difficult to activate.And considering Microsoft's atrocious GFW Marketplace getting the DLC packs to work will be a pain in the ass. "
Loading times are fine for me. Rarely crash, console commands worked fine. Mods are not difficult to activate at all, you just put them into the Data folder then click the check box in the mod section on the launcher.
#27 Edited by HitmanAgent47 (8576 posts) -

I hope you have a decent video card. It runs well most of the time, however the framerates can dip lower at times. It's always over 30 frames to 60 frames for me and the graphics are way better than the console version.

#28 Posted by Wilberton (18 posts) -

Once Fallout 3 patch v1.5 was released, the game stopped regularly crashing on me and generally worked fine. From then on there was only the occasional crash, which didn't affect my overall game play much. The Broken Steel Expansion also worked fine. 

#29 Edited by FireSketch (827 posts) -
@Wilberton: This is an 8 month old thread xD
I almost replied too!
#30 Posted by zudthespud (3284 posts) -

I just read this thread before seeing how long ago it was live. I had my hopes up for it being on sale and everything.

#31 Posted by uniform (1838 posts) -

I heard some nightmare stories of it being a buggy mess on the PC. Took a risk, and bought the GotY edition. While it did crash, it was hardly the buggy mess people made it out to be.
 
I prefer any game with a shooter mechanic to be played on a PC, and having achievements via GfW LIVE is a fantastic perk. What I have noticed with my most recent titles (Bioshock 2, FO3) is friends reporting my achievements acquired through GfW LIVE turn out bugged when comparing achievements on XBox Live. Swapped/incorrect icons for achievements, incorrect scores.

#32 Posted by Wilberton (18 posts) -

8 months?! In my defence I have only recently discovered the Giant Bomb.
 
Fallout 3 started crashing regularly again once I started playing Point Lookout. The crashes got more and more frequent and so I just did the main set of missions and got out of there, back to the Washington wastes while I still could. It's probably something to do with my particular set-up disagreeing with the game.  
 

I did take the time to go and visit the Pint Size Slashed Location though, after seeing it on You Tube.    
#33 Posted by kishan6 (1914 posts) -
@MB said:
" I recently spent about 40 hours with Fallout 3 on my laptop, going through the main game, Broken Steel, and The Pitt. It ran great and didn't crash a single time. I was running v1.7. "
qft
#34 Posted by Marz (5671 posts) -

The game works fine, Bethesda has been a PC developer for awhile so it doesn't feel like a port of a console game.

#35 Posted by DeathByWaffle (654 posts) -

I really enjoyed playing it on the PC. It did crash semi-regularly though, but usually it just crashed right after I started it, so no lost saves or anything. Oh, and the DLC was incredibly buggy when I played it. I think Operation Anchorage crashed like 8 times in the first half hour.

#36 Posted by SlasherMan (1725 posts) -

Yeah, the PC version wasn't too great for me, either. Weird stuttering issues and crashes. But I played it at launch, got bored of it and never touched it again, so those issues could be fixed by now.

#37 Posted by PNut_Buttr_Panda (486 posts) -
@Lukeweizer: 
its my understanding that steam games dont need games for windows.
#38 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5154 posts) -

Works great, there are also a lot of mods for fallout on the pc.

#39 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

It has an AWFUL issue with HDR when using SLI. Depending on what's near the edge of the screen and what your FOV is set to, the more it will brighten and darken quickly and seemingly randomly enough to make you uncomfortable. You can choose to disable one of your cards (or chips if you use a dual chip card) resulting in reducing performance, or turn off HDR resulting in less color range (and the game is already pretty muted to begin with).
 
Not sure if ATI cards in crossfire also have this issue.

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