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Fallout 3: Update 3

Posted by Shannon O'Grady on November 6, 2008

Slightly less broken

Slightly less broken

It’s out ladies and gentlemen!  The first in what will undoubtedly be a series of patches for Fallout 3 has come out.

Click here to go to Bethesda’s offical release and DL it if you need it, then come back!

Ok, now that you’re back if you ever left at all, lets do a run down of the patch!  You can find the official release notes here but the gist of it is this:

The game play isn’t fixed, and most of the bugs are untouched.  If you had issues closing and opening the game window those should be fixed, but that’s about it.

Patch seems a little useless for you?  Try the following, if you haven’t already.

  1. Defrag your hard drive.  Do a virus scan while you’re at it.
  2. Install/ Reinstall the game
  3. Turn background programs off to free up memory, try doing this from the Task Manger (ALT+CTRL+DEL) to get some of the ones that are hiding.
  4. Open the game.
  5. Map the controls to your liking.
  6. Adjust your settings, try turning everything down and off that you can.  Especially Anti-aliasing, that sucker can really slow you down.

I’ll keep you apprised of anything new I hear that might actually solve some ingame crashes for those with real issues.


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Fallout 3: Update 2

Posted by Shannon O'Grady on November 5, 2008

That smiling guy at the top, he's really screaming "PATCH ME".

That smiling guy at the top, he's really screaming "Patch Me!"

So as those that play the game may have noticed, the promised patch did not arrive yesterday.  Boo urns!  However, have hope!  The patch is in the works and according to another Bethesda staffer will be released this week.  Hurray!

The patch, according to N4G will address issues of the game crashing upon exit.  Sadly that is NOT the major issue most people are having, nor is it the issue the fans were hoping would be addressed first.

Bethesda does say that they will be realeasing another, more extensive patch at a later date and they’re monitoring complaints to make the fans happy.  So if you want this game fixed faster I’d say head over to Bethesda’s Fallout 3 forums and start annoying the heck out of the moderators in hopes of speeding up the process.

Suspiciously there are no offical notices about any of this on the main Fallout 3 website, or the developers blog, or even a real offical announcement in the formus (at least that I can find, you know how forums are).  Is Bethesda leaving things up in the air so they don’t have a solid due date to push towards?  Or are they just certain the fans will wait forever anyway.

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Fallout 3: Update

Posted by Shannon O'Grady on November 4, 2008

PC version soon to be patched

PC version soon to be patched

Well I wrote my last fall out article on Monday but delay publishing it until today.  In some ways that was good timing on my part because the annoncment has just come in that a PC patch will be available for the game today.

Eurogamer spoke with the media rep for Bethesda and got the scoop, though little was said as to what the patch would contain and what issues it’s meant to address.

Hopefully all the crashing issues will be fixed and the PC gamers can get back to enjoying thier game.

I’m glad Bethesda got thier act together and got the patch out by I still wonder why it was kept under wraps.  Seems a little… mean.

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What the heck is up with Fallout 3?

Posted by Shannon O'Grady on November 4, 2008

A great game... too bad you can only play it in 10 minute bursts between crashes

A great game... too bad you can only play it in 10 minute bursts between crashes

If you’ve  been following gaming news lately you’ve probably seen Fallout 3 getting perfect scores and rave reviews across the board.  But you may not have seen the piles and piles of complaints about the game’s constant crashing on message boards and small blogs.

It seems Fallout 3 is suffering the same issues as Oblivion did at launch, that is, mysterious crashes that are strangely unexplained.  Worse still these crashes are going un-noticed (more or less) by the media and are hardly being addressed by the developers.

I’ll admit, I haven’t played this game myself and am writing this as a bit of a service to my boyfriend, but I can say that it majorly pissed me off when companies won’t take responsibility for thier mistakes.  Clearly Fallout 3 wasn’t throughly tested before it’s release or there wouldn’t be so many issues.  That’s mistake number one.

But we’re all human, so we can forgive that, but why hasn’t there been a patch, even a partial one released?  Or even a media release acknowledging the issues and stating that the patch will be released as soon as all the bugs are fixed.  Even on thier own forums the developers haven’t acknowledged most of the posts.

Now, to be fair, not everyone is having issues with the game, but there seems to be no constant between cases where the game works, nor a constant between crashes.  I’ll keep you all posted if there any updates, but please let me know if you hear any answers from the developers or other sources.

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