I Wish I'd Bought Fallout 3 On The PC

November 6, 2008 By D. Riley

Basically, yeah. Aiming with the Xbox controller is just about impossible, so I usually don't bother with anything but VATS aiming except when an enemy's almost dead.

I should have bought it on PC, but I wasn't convinced it was gonna be good and that dang Gamefly queue is so tempting.

Now what am I gonna do? I could chuck my 10+ hours of progress and start over on PC. I might actually consider it if this wasn't the most gamingest time of the year and I didn't have a backlog of five games already.

I still might just start all over. Left 4 Dead's coming out soon, and I need a reason to retrieve my PC from storage.

So help me. Someone stop me from buying this game on PC. Especially with Wrath of the Lich King coming next week, I can't afford this waste of time.

But when I think about it, it sure would be easier to read that hideous green/black monochrome text the game uses if I was sitting directly in front of a monitor. Even with a 40 inch TV, lying on the bed ten feet away gives me terrible eye strain.

...I don't want to buy on PC, I don't want to buy on PC...

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16 comments for ‘I Wish I'd Bought Fallout 3 On The PC’

#1 Bobby Nov 6, 2008 11:57pm

Don't buy it on PC! As you continue playing you'll find that rarely is aiming on the controller a matter of life and death and that you'll just get use to it. Plus you get to sit on a couch instead of at a computer. So don't do it! Save the PC for Left 4 Dead.

#2 WholeFnShow Nov 7, 2008 07:29pm

If it makes you feel any better, I've been hearing the PC version is bug central, as most lauches are until patches arrive, and lots of freezing at all different stages of the game keeps occuring. From attempting to load games to pausing and all kinds of stuff. So if you don't want to be frustrated a bunch with freezing and then digging around for potential fixes, don't buy it.

#3 hobbie Nov 9, 2008 11:03am

Like Show said, there are plenty of bugs on the PC version. I know someone who has seen more BSoDs since installing fallout3 than in the past 2-3 years.

#4 Ross Nov 10, 2008 10:11am

Ah, I too find aiming without VATS to be rather difficult. But 10 hours of progress is a lot to throw away in a time of year so heavily populated with new must-play "ZOMG" caliber releases.

You can change the green text! Start -> Options -> Display (or HUD..) -> Pip Boy colour / HUD colour. There's green, red, I personally like amber.

#5 D. Riley Nov 10, 2008 11:03am

Thanks for all the heads ups, especially about the computer screen color. I actually found the grey-ish one they used in the computer simulation to be pretty soothing. Just in time. I was getting sick of scooting up to the foot of my bed every time I had to hack a computer. Amber, here I come!

Also, I hit my first glitch yesterday trying to escort the freed slaves to the Lincoln Memorial. Sad. :(

#6 Arrogance Nov 10, 2008 11:17am

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#7 D. Riley Nov 11, 2008 10:38am

So it turns out changing the color of your pipboy/HUD has nothing to do with the color of the computer monitors. Curses!

Also, all I experienced of Oblivion mods were ways that it made the game not retarded and broken (non-psychic guards, for example).

#8 taraxgoat Nov 12, 2008 04:03pm

I wouldn't bother buying it on PC.

Playing on the PC, I find that aiming isn't all that accurate with the mouse. The whole thing feels quite sluggish outside of VATS. Of course not having played it on a console it's hard to tell how much worse it is with a controller.

On the PC/bugs issue, I've been playing for 60+ hours now and I haven't run into many bugs. The game's frozen on exiting three times and that's it.

#9 TS Nov 16, 2008 12:45pm

It is glitchy, and I bought a 360 just so I could play Fallout 3.

At least on a PC I wouldn't be wondering if a RROD is coming after a few hours of play.

#10 The Joel Nov 17, 2008 10:19am

If you bought the 360 recently you should be pretty safe from the red ring.

#11 SPIKE Nov 18, 2008 11:19pm

Do the PC I saw an awsome Mod where they were playing L4D on a TF2 map.


#12 Anonymous Nov 19, 2008 12:10am

I would do it if I were you just about everything is way better on PC than on console if you can run it well enough, plus 10 hours is nothing in Fallout 3, I've played over 52 hours so far and still have A LOT left to do.

#13 Anonymous Jan 10, 2009 11:19am

The PC version is better by far. Mods, the G.E.C.K and better aiming. I've played the 360 and the PC version, and both aren't "bug centrals" at all. The PC version doesn't feel sluggish, and buying a 360 just to play fallout 3 is a waste of good money

#14 Mucka Feb 4, 2009 07:04pm

I like the pc version, wiimote mod ftw. Makes for great aiming. I've never played the console versions tough.

#15 CJ0435 Jul 22, 2009 02:49am

It is a waste to buy a 360 Just for fallout3, but if your going to play other games besides fallout than the 360 has much more to offer. Ive been playing fallout all through the night for a couple days and it only froze once... on the PC version it froze maybe once or twice an hour. Also Ive only encountered the RROD once in the two years ive had a 360 and It only ended up to be a power issue. Over all the xbox version runs great and freezes less. And dont even think of buying it for PS3 ITs a COMPLETE PILE OF SHIT It freezes and has more bugs ALSO NO EXPANSIONS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 09!!!

#16 Anonymous Jul 23, 2009 03:51am

Currently I've got fallout 3 on the PS3 and it's not glitchy or anything but i'm tempted to get it on the PC because of the mods. Should I?