When I can play Fallout 3 it is a rather cool game. However, it has some serious glitches. As I noted in a previous post, I can only run it in windowed mode. Once I got it running, I ran into crashing problems when using the VATS. Interestingly, it seems to cause the program to crash when used outside. So far, no problems when it is used indoors during gameplay. Perhaps the larger virtual area is a causal factor?
I’ve also seen some interesting video glitches. When going into the ant lair under the school, some of the ants appeared to be made of glass (that is, they were translucent). There were also some weird effects with the walls. The really annoying effects began when I went to the Super Duper mart. The screen shot below nicely shows how bad it was. The graphics got so bad I could not play the game and had to force it to quit.
I’m sure there is a really good game under these problems and it is a testament to either the underlying game or my own stupidity that I keep trying to make it work.
One of my friends is having no trouble with the game and another friend cannot even get the game to run long enough to leave the vault. I suppose that it is working for enough people that Bethesda’s profits are in no danger.
Naturally, fairness compels me to say that writing games for Windows can be difficult and there are so many PC hardware and software variations that problems are all but unavoidable. That said, all the other games I bought in the past few years have worked just fine.
A patch was released for the game-hopefully that will help with some of the problems.