Fallout 3 - Game of the Year Edition

Fallout 3 - Game of the Year Edition

dave Oct 31, 2014 @ 6:23am
How to get this to work in Wineskin or Crossover 14 with Intel HD 4000+ graphics
Hello all! This game works fine in a Wineskin or Crossover 14, although I recommend CrossOver because it requires a LOT less tinkering. I'm only going to go into detail on CrossOver.

Note that this may work with other graphics, maybe Intel HD 3000, or basically anything that the game doesm't detect properly, including some newer graphics cards.

I've got a 13" late-2013 MacBook Pro with 4GB RAM, Intel HD 5000. The game runs at at least 30FPS with all settings turned up to high at 1280x800.

Like some other games (State of Decay comes to mind), the MOST IMPORTANT THING is to not let it auto-detect your video card, especially if it is new or integrated.

First in CrossOver, I installed it in a bottle originally made for Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines. If you don't have that game, go ahead and install that bottle anyhow.


Edit the registry. Under CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\Direct3D make two keys (DWORD)

VideoPciDeviceID = 0x00000402
VideoPciVendorID = 0x000010de

This makes any games think you have a GeForce 8800 GTS and makes them use their nVidia rendering path. This works well with the Intel HD's rendering system. In fact, this is generally a good setting (or a 9800) for many semi-old games that are having trouble.

When you first launch the game, the .net installation may fail. If you're using Wineskin you should have installed that already with winetricks (again, not going into detail on the Wineskin way); the CrossTie for Vampire may have installed it. If not install it via Crossover's install software menu.

Either way if it stalls on that step feel free to force quit that process, it will just start the game.

On CrossOver the game should now just work! If you're using a Wineskin or have any problems in CrossOver I would recommend installing the Unofficial Fallout 3 Patch (Google it), but you shouldn't have to with CrossOver, which does some things better than Windows itself does when it comes to earlier games. Also disable anti-aliasing, it has notorious problems with that.

If you don't have CrossOver and your custom Wineskin for this doesn't work, then get the Porting Team's wineskin for it (google it). Then make the same edit to the registry before launching. You may need to update the wrapper (not the engine) to make it work with the latest OS X 10.10. I found this method had inferior performance though, having to turn some graphics settings down.

You can follow most of the steps in the setup guide here on Steam, including disabling G4WL, if it's still not working for you.

IMO though CrossOver is generally worth it if you like games.

Now enjoy Fallout 3 on your Mac! I know that I am.
Date Posted: Oct 31, 2014 @ 6:23am
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