Fallout Free For Forty-Eight Fours Hours

By Alec Meer on April 5th, 2012 at 7:30 pm.

You might want to slap the high res patch http://www.nma-fallout.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=42386 onto Fallout

We interrupt our regularly-scheduled (no, really – we’re actually semi-organised about that stuff these days) posting to bring you news that the newly de-olded GoG.com is currently offering the original Fallout for the princely sum of zero for the next 48 hours. Until 23.59 GMT on 8 April, specifically. Here! It’s here! Rather good timing, what with the current Wasteland fever. It’s like post-nuclear RPGs never went 3D all of a sudden.

They’ve also got Botanicula pre-orders up if you’re after that, and special editions of relative (to previous GoG standards) newbies Assassin’s Creed and HoMM V, newly fatted with assorted DVD-style extra features so you can augment their gameplay with musiclisten and artlook. It’s also buy one get t’other free on those Ubi titles, apparently.

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  1. Buemba says:

    I imagine most gog.com users already have it, but it’s still pretty nice of them.

    • Khemm says:

      It’s a chance for many to find out what a proper Fallout game should be.

      • They Call Me E says:

        Oh, is this one of those sites where I’m a pariah for loving the hell out of Fallout 3 and NV?

        • LionsPhil says:

          It contains people who have played the first game, yes.

        • Havok9120 says:

          I loved the first 2 and New Vegas. 3 was okay. New Vegas is brought to the level of classic when properly modded up, and even 3 is made really, really good by it.

        • killias2 says:

          There’s a lot of hardcore RPG fans that love New Vegas. It helps that it was made by basically the same staff as were working on the original Van Buren Fallout 3 and with many of the same story elements and locations. It helps even more that it’s a damn good game.

        • Metonymy says:

          FO3 was possibly the best game of the decade, NV is a “a massive, high quality expansion pack, but more like the original fallout games.”

          Both are good, and the individuals who prefer NV are just as right as I am, but to argue that Fallout 3 was not a juggernaut, equivalent to wow, or doom1, or street fighter 2, or super metroid, , or ultima4, or megaman2, or any other genre-crushing super-game, is letting their preferences color their perception of reality.

          NV fans, we get it. You’re over 30. Those dos games were amazing. You’re still embarrassingly wrong about FO3.

          • LionsPhil says:

            >That list.

            We get it. You’re primarily a console gamer. You’ve starved for good games.

            You probably thought the first Red Faction was a groundbreaking, genre-defining FPS, too.

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            ffordesoon says:

            Fallout 3 was a good game that did a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong. It wasn’t as good as any of those games.

            Sincerely,
            Someone who self-identifies as a console gamer

          • Jim Reaper says:

            Fallout 3 is a juggernaut? I have a friend who feels the same. He’d never played an RPG and expected Fallout 3 to be just another FPS. He just couldn’t believe that I was very unimpressed with it…and being a big fan of the originals, I really, really wanted to like it.

          • Sorth_31 says:

            “to argue that Fallout 3 was not a juggernaut, equivalent to wow, or doom1, or street fighter 2, or super metroid, , or ultima4, or megaman2, or any other genre-crushing super-game, is letting their preferences color their perception of reality.”

            I did not get into workplace debates about fallout 3, nor did I hear absolute glowing praise for it pushing any form of boundary. A great game? Yes. A juggernaught? No.

            That said I personally don’t beleive all of the other games on your list are juggernaughts either. But that probably IS down to preference.

        • Alexander Norris says:

          Fo3′s shit, but NV is a proper sequel and excellent except for the fact that the DLC doesn’t slot into the main story too well.

          That said, this is a nice plus for people on GOG already who don’t own it, and a great way to get randoms to create an account and buy stuff (exactly like Steam sales).

          Fallout 2 is the best of the three good ones, though.

          • Gira says:

            Incorrect. Fallout 1 is the greatest RPG ever; Fallout 2 adds more content but is altogether inferior to and far more inconsistent than the first game.

            It kind of amazes me that you have a site like this, dedicated to PC games, filled mostly with people who are passionate about them, and yet so many of them scoff at the prospect of playing this game. Actually, it sickens me.

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            ffordesoon says:

            @Gira:

            Yes, how dare people have a different opinion from yours! It’s almost as if they possess agency!

      • kiwlosad says:

        Me, until now. No excuse really, except that I’m poor and that I’m like a kid in a sweet shop when I start to shop on GOG – so many games that I very much want to get into, displayed and marketed well by a service I trust, and I can’t buy them all.
        http://aox.me/ss44

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      Rikard Peterson says:

      I don’t have it. Is it worth it?

      • Andrigaar says:

        If you can adapt to the aged UI, it’s still extremely fun to play.

        • Khemm says:

          What’s wrong with the UI? It’s so simple even monkeys wouldn’t have any troubles figuring out what all those five or six buttons do.

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            ffordesoon says:

            The inventory.

            THE INVENTORYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

            Also, that you have to go through an animation before any of your skills take effect, which would be fine if DOGMEAT WOULD STAY GODDAMN STILL AAAAAAAAAA

          • Lukasz says:

            The UI is not bad. it is not good either. It just works. It is simple but also in its simplicity it is annoying as making it a bit more complex would smooth the whole interaction.
            so I do not believe it is hard to get use to it but at the same time it can be frustrating for first few hours of the game.

        • LionsPhil says:

          The UI isn’t really that badly aged. Mostly you point at things and click on them, and almost all of the buttons are labelled because they had enough pixels to do that (a real problem for games of the 320×200 age). The only real irk I remember is that using an inventory item on something can be a bit odd, whether you put it in hand then try to ‘attack’ with it, or use the funny context menu version.

        • Janto says:

          No, it’s awful. Not Warcraft II awful, but still bad.

          • Gira says:

            The UI is fine. There is actually nothing wrong with it on any mechanical level – you click on buttons and buttons do things.

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        Chevy says:

        Is it worth grabbing a free game? Yes, yes it is. You don’t even need to download it now, just add it to your account and it’s yours forever to download at a future date.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Buy it, slip the FIXIT Mod into it, and have a good time. FIXIT does a combination of modernizing and restoration of cut content.

        http://falloutmods.wikia.com/wiki/Fallout_FIXT

        If you prefer to look through mods yourself, just head over to No Mutants Allowed.

        • LionsPhil says:

          Alternatively, just play the game as-is, rather than after it’s been grubbily pawed at by the cheeto-stained mitts of an overobsessive fanbase.

          There aren’t too many serious bugs. Just some nasty quest misfires around a late-game town. Nothing near Troika/Obsidian’s level.

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            ffordesoon says:

            I agree in principle, but man, I’d've killed for some of that stuff.

          • Gira says:

            I agree with LionsPhil entirely.

          • LionsPhil says:

            (I should point out, though, since this has become general Fallout discussion, that the second game was much buggier. Especially the car.)

      • povu says:

        Is it worth spending 5 minutes setting up a GOG account that you’ll probably want to use in the future anyway? Yes.

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          Rikard Peterson says:

          Oh, I already have a GoG-account (and I went and got the game right after I wrote my comment). The real question is if it’s worth playing, but I guess I can only answer that one myself.

      • RegisteredUser says:

        You’d be hard pressed to find a better game that’s more worth it if you’re into either the setting or the RPGishness in general. Its excellent for what it is.

    • JFS says:

      What the FUCKING FUCK, I bought this last week after contemplating a purchase for quite a while, the same evening Steam puts up the three first games for not much more than the price I paid for Fallout 1, and now *this*! What have I done to deserve this.

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    RedViv says:

    Who uses that site, does like RPGs, and does not have Fallout yet?

    • Kaira- says:

      Me actually, since I already had it on a budget DVD alongside with FO2 and Tactics.

    • Moni says:

      Me, I remember playing it when I was a young’un having borrowed it from a friend and not really enjoying it.

      It’s probably been enough time now to have another look at it.

    • Was Neurotic says:

      There’s nothing wrong with having a free digital copy for safety and convenience, to go with your umpteen rolled-on-the-thigh-of-a-virgin mother-of-all-collectors editions gilt-edged box set.

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        RedViv says:

        Was not implying that this would be a bad thing. Just curious about the kind of people this offer would reach.

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          Lamb Chop says:

          my original copy doesn’t work anymore. I’ve bought baldur’s gate at least 3 times to have it in the right medium/the right place. This will be lovely.

    • Timthos says:

      Actually, I didn’t have it on GoG because I already had it on Steam. Now I have it on both because why not?

    • Wizardry says:

      I could say the same about Realms of Arkania, but only a small amount own that.

    • Xocrates says:

      I didn’t own it because I only got into RPG’s in the last couple years and hadn’t decided to go into the older stuff yet.

    • Jeremy says:

      It reaches me! I’ve been on a mission to complete my bulbous, fat backlog of games. Now that it’s free, I might as well add it’s paunch to the collection.

    • fish99 says:

      People who didn’t have a PC when Fallout launched maybe? Like me. I guess it’s really about getting new customers for GoG.

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      Joshua says:

      I did, due to spending my money on a lot of newer games, and not having the money to spare to buy an older one.

    • tungstenHead says:

      I didn’t have it. Maybe I’m not the biggest fan of RPGs on the planet, but I generally like them. Fallout just didn’t really appeal to me much. I’m pretty much guaranteed to play a female character and I’m a bit afraid of the game hating me because of that. It’s a fear founded on rumours and it’s probably an unjustifiably dire reaction, but I think that was my biggest hangup. I guess I need to keep in mind that it’s a game meant to be beaten and that it’s only going to ignominiously murder me at the end of a bunch of dice rolls because I was playing the protagonist rather than do anything particularly nasty that I can’t avoid simply because I’m playing a woman. I hadn’t confronted that until now.

      Excuse the personal crisis. I’ll go play Fallout now.

      • LionsPhil says:

        …eh?

        FO doesn’t do D&D’s -4STR. There are differences in genders in it but only in terms of relatively rare conversation branch differences that are, generally speaking, minor or alternate solutions.

        • Alexander Norris says:

          D&D doesn’t do “-4 STR” either. That’s a 4chan meme.

          (Back in the bad old days of AD&D, you did have some races where the males and females had different stat blocks, but they were -1/+1 to two different sets of things, not a penalty for being female.)

          • Malawi Frontier Guard says:

            Strength cap for females was lower in first edition AD&D.

          • Wizardry says:

            This is completely false. First edition AD&D does have different caps for female characters with absolutely no bonuses to make up for it. In fact, strength is the only statistic that differs between male and female characters.

            A female gnome, for example, can only get 15 strength while a male gnome can get 18. Similarly, a female halfling can only get 14 strength while a male can get 17. The other races don’t differ by as much as those, with half-orc females even being able to get 18 strength.

      • Havok9120 says:

        There’s no gameplay difference at all aside from a few conversations. And most of them are beneficial for the female.

        Soooo….no need to worry at all.

      • Wizardry says:

        This is the most bizarre post I’ve ever seen.

      • killias2 says:

        I have no idea what you’ve heard about Fallout. Go play it.

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        ffordesoon says:

        I play as female characters. I played Fallout as one. It affects basically nothing.

      • Kleppy says:

        1. What kinda weird ass games are you playing that cripple you for playing as a female?
        2. How come you’re so opposed to playing as a male? It just seems like you’re angry about something.

        • mocky says:

          I can get why someone might be opposed to playing a male because when I was younger I was opposed to playing a female. In fact I was opposed to playing any avatar who was not like me, because I had trouble identifying and immersing myself in the character if they looked too different. The character couldn’t be fatter, more muscular, or too different in skin colour. He could be older, but not bald, bearded or gray-haired. I was in luck of course: it was very easy to find characters who were slim-bodied, clean-shaven caucasian men in their mid 20s. Still is.

          But this identification thing is why it’s terrific that there are female avatars in so many RPG-style games. I wish they used the Mass Effect/Dragon Age 2 model with one avatar and voice actor for each gender more often in AAA games – female gamers would feel so much more welcome, and the macho guy players still wouldn’t be missing their macho guy lead.

      • Malawi Frontier Guard says:

        Oh no, sounds like you played FATAL.

      • Janto says:

        Well, you CAN get a nice discount on Trader Vic as a woman in Fallout 2, which puts a lot more emphasis on the whole ‘world’s most basic profession’. You can probably completely degrade the female protagonist there, but it’s through your own choice to take those options.

      • caddyB says:

        I think it was in Fallout 2 that you could sleep with men for favors. Which is probably incredibly sexist for some people, but I suppose after the civilization as we know it is gone, I’ll take what I can get, however I can.

      • Gira says:

        It’s funny you mention this, because I was just musing the other day on why there aren’t more RPGs that actually realistically address, on a mechanical level, some of the disadvantages on a social level that playing a woman might entail, especially in a medieval context.

        I have no idea why anyone would be opposed to such a thing – do you really want the gameplay for males and females to be exactly the same? What’s the point of that?

        • mocky says:

          Many women like to play games as an escapist fantasy, where they get to be the badass hero who’s recognized for their competence and entrusted with glorious and perilous tasks. Most women in the world have to deal with misoginy in real life ALL the time, in small details or larger matters both in their professional and social lives. Surely you can see that a girl might not want deal with misoginy in her escapist fantasy too?

    • Skabooga says:

      I didn’t have it before, never really being a huge fan of a post-apocalyptic theme, but I can’t say no to the price and its reputation.

    • pertusaria says:

      Me, until now. No excuse really, except that I’m poor and that I’m like a kid in a sweet shop when I start to shop on GOG – so many games that I very much want to get into, displayed and marketed well by a service I trust, and I can’t buy them all.

    • Berzee says:

      Me. I was never sure just precisely how quote-unquote-adult it would be, and I didn’t want to spend money to find out. Now I will take a look at it and see wot I think. =)

    • daggerbite says:

      I didn’t have it. I do now. Will park it for a chance to play after completing ME3..

    • Etherion says:

      Me too, I have 20-something games in the GOG catalogue, but still didn’t have Fallout 1, so it’s quite nice to receive it for free

  3. Flint says:

    I’ve had the itch to play Fallout 1 for a while now but because my old copy is a sea away, I’ve not been able to do so. The itch got too big however and I decided to re-buy the game from GOG just this very morning.

    TIMING.

    • LionsPhil says:

      Are they not doing the thing they’ve done a few times before where if you already owned the game/bought it recently they offer you a different thing?

      • Prokroustis says:

        Unfortunately not, neither with this, nor the previous ToEE gift..

        • LionsPhil says:

          I missed a chance to snap up ToEE? Dang and snaps.

          • Wizardry says:

            I think he/she is talking about that time when you could get a free copy of ToEE if you bought another D&D game. It wasn’t a free game deal like this one.

  4. Bhazor says:

    Also
    http://www.gog.com/page/premium_promo

    Ubisoft? DRM free? Say wha-aa-a-a-ttt?!?!

    • Xocrates says:

      Those games are from before they went mad.

      • Bhazor says:

        Dang, thought HOMM 5 was the one from last year.

        Still, maybe there is light at the end of Ubisoft’s shite pipe.

      • Khemm says:

        Which publisher releases DRM free games these days? Besides, Ubi switched their model to a simple one-time activation, how is this any worse compared to what others are doing?

        • Phantoon says:

          Pretty sure they’re still doing ridiculous things.

          I’m still boycotting them, which means I don’t pay attention to news about them, which means I’m probably wrong at this point.

        • Delusibeta says:

          AFAIK it’s still activate-every-time-you-play-and-you-can’t-legally-opt-out (unlike Steam).

        • rustybroomhandle says:

          “Which publisher releases DRM free games these days?”

          I bet you are about to get a list shouted at you by some random poster, but anyway, I just picked up a DRM-free Trine 2, which I see is published by Atlus, so I guess I can answer “Atlus”.

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          ffordesoon says:

          Ah, Khemm. What would we do without your obsessive and bizarre need to defend a multinational corporation from the slings and arrows of outrageous fact?

        • marlin says:

          Once again, here’s Khemm – Ubi good, Steam bad….

          It’s soooooooooooooo strange.

  5. CaspianRoach says:

    But your screenshot is from Klamath and it’s Fallout 2, not 1!

  6. LionsPhil says:

    Got a budget DVD release which doesn’t demand said DVD in the drive, but yoink!

    You. Yes you. Play the first one. Do it now.

  7. D-e-f- says:

    Fantastic!

    I already own the Fallout Collection on disc but having a downloadable version with extras is nice!

  8. Drinking with Skeletons says:

    Wake me when they offer games that have had awful DRM stripped out of them.

    NOTE: What I mean is that these titles didn’t have draconian DRM, so I’m not terribly impressed at Ubisoft for putting them out there. The retail version of the HoMMV bundle has no authentication or even a disc check! When Assassin’s Creed 2 or HoMMVI are release on GOG I’ll sit up and pay attention.

    • Khemm says:

      Umm… AC2 or HoMMVI don’t have any “draconian” DRM either. Merely a one-time activation, which is standard these games.
      What I’d love Ubi to do is patch always-online from Settlers 7. I LOVE this game, best in the series imo, so it’s a shame it’s pretty much the only game Ubi decided to keep protected.

      • Phantoon says:

        And until they remove that from all of their games, there’s no reason to say they’re not completely awful. Because what the hell.

      • Tokamak says:

        Last time I played they still have the stupid Uplay thing that you needed to be connected with at all time to get the bonuses in single player for Heroes VI (and I’ve heard of a similar system for Anno 2070). What especially annoyed me about this is that when you get disconnected for whatever reason, the game actually kicks you out to the main menu. That is just completely unacceptable.

      • Drinking with Skeletons says:

        I had AC2 on Steam back when I actually had a decent internet connection, and it most definitely wasn’t just an activation.

        And didn’t HoMMVI have some kind of awful social network integration which locked out certain items if you weren’t online? I’m not going to buy a crippled game any more than a locked-down one.

      • Shooop says:

        Yes they did you pathological liar.

        No online connection, no starting the game even after activation.

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    Smashbox says:

    The change in GOG’s mission reminds me of the kind of “mission creep” that has reduced the History Channel, Discovery and the Sci Fi channel to Fallout-esque slag heaps and wastelands of reality garbage. I fear.

  10. Curry the Great says:

    I just know this game is going to be too fast-paced. AKA people running sideways without inertia swinging swords at eachother. That sucks. I don’t know how, but I’d love a game where it feels your swings carry weight and it isn’t about dodging other swings rather than parrying or absorbing them. Lag will make hitting someone suck like in Age of Chivalry.

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      Smashbox says:

      I can only assume you meant to put that elsewhere

      • Phantoon says:

        It’s those damned comment-teleporting Gnomes.

        He probably was talking about War of the Roses.

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        jrodman says:

        For a while I assumed it was an elusive parody of something, but now I’m with you.

      • Janto says:

        It’s actually still a bit relevant, considering the point-blank slap fight RPG combat can sometimes degrade to, everyone ineffectually chipping away at hit points with no sense of weight or movement to most attacks. Until Ian shoots your entire squad in the back with an Uzi, anyway.

  11. Khemm says:

    Botanicula!!! Will pre-order as soon as the site stops being hammered.
    By the way, all people who bought Witcher 2 will get the GOG version for FREE as a backup.
    http://gog.com/witcherbackup

    GOG is officially my favorite digital distribution site now, it’s great they’re accepting brand new indie games now.

  12. Was Neurotic says:

    I’ve just been and claimed mine, and I have to say it felt like old GOG was feeling the strain somewhat. :D

  13. Grayvern says:

    I’m a big fan of laziness and Fallout so maybe ill install this after I finish playing through 2 with killaps restoration project.

    • Havok9120 says:

      I’m actually doing that as well at the moment. I played through the first one with FIXIT before that.

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    Keymonk says:

    For those who are frustrated you can’t copy-paste the link to the high-res thing: http://www.nma-fallout.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=42386

    Here you go.

  15. Dominic White says:

    So… err.. why was the high-res patch link hidden in the image alt-text?

    Here it is.
    http://www.nma-fallout.com/forum/dload.php?action=file&file_id=1370

  16. Max.I.Candy says:

    talking about GoG and things to do with GoG whay havent RPS reported on “ProjectRPG” yet?
    (Dark Souls inspired RPG by witcher2 producer)

  17. Paul says:

    I love that concept art.

    Also, CDProjekt/GOG is the best company in gaming industry.

    • RegisteredUser says:

      Especially where they openly promote clogging the legal system by suing P2P users with pay up or else lawyer attacks as the best way of doing business.

      Yay for assholes!

      • Khemm says:

        Yes, who needs the police? Let’s allow thieves to steal in piece!

  18. Pemptus says:

    Disregard the high-res patch. Use Fallout FIXT instead, which includes said patch: http://www.nma-fallout.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=57362&start=0 – an acclaimed compilation of mods and fixes to be installed on a freshly installed Fallout. Works great and with minimum of fuss.

  19. Lokik says:

    Nice that GOG gave me Beneath a Steel Sky + other games for free as I registered there just now. Have to play Fallout through again, it’s been too long.

    A bit disappointed that GOG doesn’t have Ecstatica. I really want a version with full voice acting. :(

  20. sinister agent says:

    Anyone who hasn’t played it but is about to: I first came to fallout when it was already pretty old.

    But it is damn good. Just grit your teeth and put up with the terrible opening sequence, the slightly awkward UI, and the overwhelming brownness of it all. It’s well worth it. Especially for nary a doubloon.

    • LionsPhil says:

      At least it isn’t FO2′s beginning!

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        RedViv says:

        Did anyone from the production team ever confirm that this was just massive trolling due to the executive meddling? “Okay, we’ll give them an introduction level with tutorial bits! Oh how we will give them one! *snickergigglesnort* “

  21. Klaus says:

    I’m pretty sure I’ve played every Fallout except the first one. Why? I don’t know.

    • Volrath says:

      That’s odd seeing that the first one is without a doubt the best in the series. The sortest one too :(

    • Khemm says:

      Every Fallout? You mean one out of the total of two of Fallout games?

  22. buzzmong says:

    Yes, more people to play F1!

    I already have F1 (on Steam, also on a CD!), and I heartily recommend everyone to play it, with one caveat:

    Please install the latest fan patches from No Mutants Allowed. They’ve fixed and improved upon so much since the last official patch (in 2002?) that it’s criminal not to, plus even the last official patch still left the game pretty buggy.

    The level of awesomeness in the fanpatches is on par with Vampire:Masquerade, you must use them to get the best from it.

  23. Havok9120 says:

    Forget the Hi-Rez patch; use FIXIT people. It includes the Hi-Rez patch, all cut content, and a couple other mods as well.

    http://falloutmods.wikia.com/wiki/Fallout_FIXT

  24. Dizzard says:

    Shame I already have it….

  25. Kleppy says:

    I can play this game from start to finish in my head. Still grabbing it just to add to the bookshelf on GoG, but I will never play it again.

  26. Yog-Sothoth says:

    In Warhammer 40,000 knights kick space marine butt. I mean they’re giant freaking robots!

  27. psyk says:

    The fallout bible looks like it will be a good read

  28. Minsc_N_Boo says:

    I already own 2 copies of Fallout, and yet I am really excited about this…. I think you guys broke GOG. It took ages to sign up for an account!

  29. fart says:

    I just want all the bonus material that didn’t come in the Fallout Trilogy repack from a few years ago but I can’t login to GOG :(

  30. Gasmask Hero says:

    Servers are being hammered pretty hard right now…

  31. Davie says:

    Awesome! Now I can finally see what all you grumbly old men are on about!

  32. MrBillwulf says:

    I hope I can see the ending cut scene now. On the Mac version, it was fersnookered.

  33. VeNT666 says:

    looks like this has ended a day early! showing as $5.99 again.