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« Reply #80 on: October 29, 2008, 02:08:21 PM »

Quote from: lex on October 29, 2008, 01:34:03 PM

Quote from: JSL on October 28, 2008, 06:33:47 PM

If anyone with an older PC (Athlon 64 3500+) gets this I'd love to know how it runs.

I've got an Athlon64 3200+/7600GT/2 gigs RAM and running the game at 1024/786 with medium settings (shadows off)

It runs pretty smoothly and looks fine for what I'm used to.  There is a little bit of slow down when there are a lot of characters on the screen, but nothing too jarring

If there's any chance you could take and post a screenshot I would enormously appreciate it.  My old PC is about the same as your and JSL's old PCs and I'm curious how it'll look compared to my 360 version.
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« Reply #81 on: October 29, 2008, 02:13:43 PM »

Quote from: Turtle on October 29, 2008, 08:37:49 AM

I'm getting crash to desktops though, not often, but once a long play session.  Thankfully the game's auto saves work well, as does the quick save.

I played...for like 7 hours straight yesterday. Wow. Uh...anyway... I never crashed once (well, technically I did, but it was after I hit the Quit button). It's FAR more stable than Oblivion ever was, and it loads nearly instantly. The devs did an outstanding work on the technical side as far as I'm concerned.

EDIT: Where do you get a permanent bed in Megaton? I know of the one 'hooker' you can sleep with, but I want something I don't have to pay for.
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« Reply #82 on: October 29, 2008, 02:33:01 PM »

Quote from: Destructor on October 29, 2008, 02:13:43 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 29, 2008, 08:37:49 AM

I'm getting crash to desktops though, not often, but once a long play session.  Thankfully the game's auto saves work well, as does the quick save.

I played...for like 7 hours straight yesterday. Wow. Uh...anyway... I never crashed once (well, technically I did, but it was after I hit the Quit button). It's FAR more stable than Oblivion ever was, and it loads nearly instantly. The devs did an outstanding work on the technical side as far as I'm concerned.

EDIT: Where do you get a permanent bed in Megaton? I know of the one 'hooker' you can sleep with, but I want something I don't have to pay for.

I was able to get ownership of the empty house by:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Disarming the bomb in the middle of town.  It is nice get some storage, your own butler robot who can dispense purified water and then can buy all sorts of things for it from the supply chick.
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« Reply #83 on: October 29, 2008, 02:33:34 PM »

Quote from: kratz on October 29, 2008, 05:49:44 AM

I think I over-murdered on my way out of the vault.  Someone is *pissed*.

This statement has me concerned. I pretty much killed all the guards on my way out... with the baseball bat.  icon_twisted
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« Reply #84 on: October 29, 2008, 02:36:07 PM »

Quote from: Destructor on October 29, 2008, 02:13:43 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 29, 2008, 08:37:49 AM

I'm getting crash to desktops though, not often, but once a long play session.  Thankfully the game's auto saves work well, as does the quick save.

I played...for like 7 hours straight yesterday. Wow. Uh...anyway... I never crashed once (well, technically I did, but it was after I hit the Quit button). It's FAR more stable than Oblivion ever was, and it loads nearly instantly. The devs did an outstanding work on the technical side as far as I'm concerned.

EDIT: Where do you get a permanent bed in Megaton? I know of the one 'hooker' you can sleep with, but I want something I don't have to pay for.

(I'm playing the 360 version..but this should hold true). 
Spoiler for Hiden:
I feel kind of bad..but I'm sleeping in Lucy West's house in Arefu.
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« Reply #85 on: October 29, 2008, 02:52:10 PM »

well, it hasn't sucked me in yet but that's mainly Fable 2's fault.  I've made it to Megaton, talked to the Sheriff and played around with some lockpicking for practice, reloading the game when I ran out of pins.  I think I got the idea down now, you just have to take it slow.
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« Reply #86 on: October 29, 2008, 03:36:48 PM »

Quote from: Dreamshadow on October 29, 2008, 02:36:07 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 29, 2008, 02:13:43 PM

EDIT: Where do you get a permanent bed in Megaton? I know of the one 'hooker' you can sleep with, but I want something I don't have to pay for.
(I'm playing the 360 version..but this should hold true). 
Spoiler for Hiden:
I feel kind of bad..but I'm sleeping in Lucy West's house in Arefu.

That's just wrong, dude. Personal preferences make it so I won't sleep in a bed currently occupied by a corpse. Freak. Tongue

I guess I'll have to work on my Science skills then for the other idea.
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« Reply #87 on: October 29, 2008, 03:57:01 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on October 29, 2008, 02:52:10 PM

well, it hasn't sucked me in yet but that's mainly Fable 2's fault.  I've made it to Megaton, talked to the Sheriff and played around with some lockpicking for practice, reloading the game when I ran out of pins.  I think I got the idea down now, you just have to take it slow.

Do you keep working on one direction until it opens? Or when you see the pick moving in the lock to you go to another letter?(W A S D)
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« Reply #88 on: October 29, 2008, 04:03:13 PM »

Quote from: coopasonic on October 29, 2008, 02:33:34 PM

Quote from: kratz on October 29, 2008, 05:49:44 AM

I think I over-murdered on my way out of the vault.  Someone is *pissed*.

This statement has me concerned. I pretty much killed all the guards on my way out... with the baseball bat.  icon_twisted

Spoiler for Hiden:
I killed the chick's dad. She yelled at me.  Whatever.  I'm going to get all sorts of mutant, 6 boob poontang where I'm going.

On another note... the game does a great job of engaging you with the world and the characters, I think...  When I exited the vault I had this 'oh shit' moment... the world is just so huge and scary looking, and you really feel vulnerable and out of your element.  Cool stuff.
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« Reply #89 on: October 29, 2008, 04:04:18 PM »

Quote from: Arclight on October 29, 2008, 03:57:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 29, 2008, 02:52:10 PM

well, it hasn't sucked me in yet but that's mainly Fable 2's fault.  I've made it to Megaton, talked to the Sheriff and played around with some lockpicking for practice, reloading the game when I ran out of pins.  I think I got the idea down now, you just have to take it slow.

Do you keep working on one direction until it opens? Or when you see the pick moving in the lock to you go to another letter?(W A S D)

You just have to be gentle about pressing the WASD buttons. I very rarely break my pins. Touch the A button until you see it doesn't go any further, then release it and move the pin a little bit. Touch A again and see if it goes further now, if not, move the pin in other direction. Eventually you will find the position the pin is supposed to be in, press A and it will go all the way.
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« Reply #90 on: October 29, 2008, 04:09:41 PM »

Quote from: Destructor on October 29, 2008, 03:36:48 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on October 29, 2008, 02:36:07 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 29, 2008, 02:13:43 PM

EDIT: Where do you get a permanent bed in Megaton? I know of the one 'hooker' you can sleep with, but I want something I don't have to pay for.
(I'm playing the 360 version..but this should hold true). 
Spoiler for Hiden:
I feel kind of bad..but I'm sleeping in Lucy West's house in Arefu.

That's just wrong, dude. Personal preferences make it so I won't sleep in a bed currently occupied by a corpse. Freak. Tongue

I guess I'll have to work on my Science skills then for the other idea.

Explosive skills actually, only need 25 skill to do it.
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« Reply #91 on: October 29, 2008, 04:52:49 PM »

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« Reply #92 on: October 29, 2008, 05:28:05 PM »

Bought the PC edition, but I have the dreaded "New Game" bug so I can't play it  crybaby

So I went back and bought the xbox version. 
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« Reply #93 on: October 29, 2008, 05:30:30 PM »

Ok my thoughts after 1 1/2 hours and getting to Megaton.

The manual..and hence myself...are wrong about holstering a weapon. Its actually the R key..and now my middle mouse button.

The mouse seems a little slow/floaty. I heard that turning off Vsync fixed that. I cant find that setting though. Is it outside the game in the config utility? If so Ill find it next log in because....

I am running at the setting it chose for me..medium 1680x1050..but its smooth as can be. I plan to crank it up and see how she does. After my first 1 1/2 hours and getting to Megaton i had zero crashes or glitches. It did give me an error when i exited the game. Seems a common problem. Funny that got past Bethesda.

Anyways im having fun with it so far. I also killed a few people including that certain someone so we'll see what happens about that later on..if anything.
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« Reply #94 on: October 29, 2008, 05:34:25 PM »

Quote from: Daehawk on October 29, 2008, 05:30:30 PM

It did give me an error when i exited the game. Seems a common problem. Funny that got past Bethesda.
Same here. Oblivion flashbacks.
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« Reply #95 on: October 29, 2008, 05:43:44 PM »

vsync is under the options button that appears on the launch menu before the actual game loads.

My first thought after exiting the Vault?  'crap, I'm gonna have to do alot of walking.'
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« Reply #96 on: October 29, 2008, 05:48:16 PM »

Ok I tried a couple different settings. Ultra high with shadows and vsync off = fine in Megaton but slowed down outside town. didn't like how much it slowed me. Setting it to high 1680x1050, turning vsync and shadows off = perfect inside and outside town. nice and smooth.

Hardware is AMD FX-53, 2 gigs ram, 7800GS.

My first thought after exiting the vault was "this is probably just what it would look like outside a vault" hehe.

EDIT: I have to add that I have overclocked my cpu from 2.4ghz to 2.5ghz and my vid card from 400/600 to 457/800
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« Reply #97 on: October 29, 2008, 05:54:41 PM »

Question...I cannot get the intro movie to play smoothly. It jerks around and is silent except the occasional burst of sound. It has a burst of sound then nothing then a burst...choopy video. I have the same problem with Warhammer Online. The Logos are supposed to have sound and music as they pass by but I just get a burst on each one then silence.
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« Reply #98 on: October 29, 2008, 06:07:20 PM »

I'm having a lot of microstuttering that is driving me nuts.  It's not a framerate problem- or at least not in the conventional sense because I'm pushing 60 FPS almost continuously but I suspect it may have to do with constant small variations in the framerate.  Searching Bethesda's forums shows some others with this issue but no good fix.  I'd happily lock the framerate at 30 fps if it would solve the issue but the config command that would seem to do that, ifpsclip, doesn't seem to work.  Hell, their Vsynch setting doesn't work for me at all- the framerate was capped at 60 fps no matter what I checked until I forced Vsynch off with the Nvidia control panel but while that seemed to improve the stutters, the tearing was so bad the game is unplayable.

I hope this can be fixed somehow otherwise I'm going to have to sell it because this is just unplayable for me. 
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« Reply #99 on: October 29, 2008, 06:09:03 PM »

Quote from: kathode on October 29, 2008, 04:52:49 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 29, 2008, 06:25:19 AM

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Ahahaha, I am shocked someone actually found this.

Well I AM a Vermonter you know.  Tipping over cows is our Friday night pastime.  slywink
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« Reply #100 on: October 29, 2008, 06:11:39 PM »

Quote from: lex on October 29, 2008, 01:34:03 PM

Quote from: JSL on October 28, 2008, 06:33:47 PM

If anyone with an older PC (Athlon 64 3500+) gets this I'd love to know how it runs.

I've got an Athlon64 3200+/7600GT/2 gigs RAM and running the game at 1024/786 with medium settings (shadows off)

It runs pretty smoothly and looks fine for what I'm used to.  There is a little bit of slow down when there are a lot of characters on the screen, but nothing too jarring

That's great news. I may have to pick this up now, but I will wait for a sale because I'm cheap and have no time.
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« Reply #101 on: October 29, 2008, 06:17:55 PM »

Anyone getting some weird graphical glich where the right side of your screen flickers and you can see your desktop background? It happened a few times and I have no idea what is causing it or how to fix it.

I am running on Vista 64, 8800GTX in SLI, and 4 GB RAM. I have v-sync off and custom settings, but mostly in the high area. I'm using 1920x1200 resolution.
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« Reply #102 on: October 29, 2008, 06:21:02 PM »

Quote from: Daehawk on October 29, 2008, 05:54:41 PM

Question...I cannot get the intro movie to play smoothly. It jerks around and is silent except the occasional burst of sound. It has a burst of sound then nothing then a burst...choopy video. I have the same problem with Warhammer Online. The Logos are supposed to have sound and music as they pass by but I just get a burst on each one then silence.

Sounds like a codec issue. Hit here (I use it all the time) and grab the Standard pack. You'll also get Media Player Classic in the process, and you'll never have to touch Windows Media Exploder ever again.

As far as the microstuttering goes - I don't know what to tell you. Sounds like some background process is stealing away resources that your PC needs. You have a virus scanner running in the background or something? I just know that it works great for me (Vista 32, Quad 2.4 OCed to 3.0, 8800GTX, 4GB RAM).
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« Reply #103 on: October 29, 2008, 06:21:25 PM »

Quote from: namatoki on October 29, 2008, 06:17:55 PM

Anyone getting some weird graphical glich where the right side of your screen flickers and you can see your desktop background? It happened a few times and I have no idea what is causing it or how to fix it.

I think Lee reported having this issue over on OO, he thought it was related to the Windows Sidebar. Are you using sidebar? If you turn it off does the problem go away?
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« Reply #104 on: October 29, 2008, 06:22:30 PM »

That happens to me if I have Trillion or Skype open.  Could try closing them.


Does anyone have a solution to the bug with a left handed mouse not being able to use VATS?  You can queue up actions but your character wont fire.  If I switch my control panel settings on my computer itself its fine but it’s annoying to use anything else outside of the game.
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« Reply #105 on: October 29, 2008, 06:26:49 PM »

Quote from: coopasonic on October 29, 2008, 06:21:25 PM

Quote from: namatoki on October 29, 2008, 06:17:55 PM

Anyone getting some weird graphical glich where the right side of your screen flickers and you can see your desktop background? It happened a few times and I have no idea what is causing it or how to fix it.

I think Lee reported having this issue over on OO, he thought it was related to the Windows Sidebar. Are you using sidebar? If you turn it off does the problem go away?

That's probably it. I haven't turned off the sidebar, but it's the exact dimensions of the sidebar that flickers in game.
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« Reply #106 on: October 29, 2008, 06:27:20 PM »

First Impressions (cross posted from Wanderers forum)

Warning: I am going to be a poopoohead on this, so don't read if you are a crazed fanboy. Also note I have barely scratched the surface of the game, this is truly FIRST impressions after only an hour (maybe 2) of gameplay.

As some of you know, I wasn't extremely excited with F3 to begin with, but after getting absorbed in all the hype and glowing reviews and "game of the year" talk, I felt I owed it to myself as a longtime gamer (and big Fallout fan back in the day) to try it out. By the time I had assembled my bobble-head while waiting for the long install to complete, I was pretty damn excited to see what all the fuss was about.

Opening cinematic.... meh. I've seen better, I've seen worse. Pretty much it brings you into the opening sequence, but I was not impressed. I thought it might be funnier, or edgier, or... something-er. Anyway, I did enjoy the character creation sequence and readily admit this was one of the most clever and engaging versions of character creation I've seen. I enjoyed how they moved you through at a fairly even pace as the years passed.

However, this is immediately where my problems with the game began as well. Without meaning to, I immediately started having Oblivion flashbacks. The NPCs, while improved, had that same kind of creepy, soulless feel, even the kids. The voice acting was uneven, some of it good and some of it pretty standard and some just... not. Understanding I was in the opening sequence, I had a mixed feeling as to whether I should be rushing through it to get to the "real" game, or trying to absorb as much of it as possible to dive into the world and characters. I ended up somewhere in between and all in all it just felt kind of weird. There was one storyline involving a bully which I thought started with potential, but ultimately felt rushed and mis-handled. As things started to advance, I couldn't help but think about the opening of Oblivion in the cave, and it just felt like deja vu - particularly when I finally made it out. That's not necessarily bad, per se, since I did enjoy Oblivion at the time - but I was hoping for something that transcended what I played a couple years ago.

Now for the most part, I'd say the Vault 101 opening was fairly well handled. I liked that there were clearly a few different "paths" you could go on, even in the opening sequence. I ended up killing someone I shouldn't have while "roleplaying", not sure that was the greatest of moves but whatever. The problem for me was the constant feeling like I was playing with an old engine, more like a "total conversion" mod than a true major release. I realize most people will say this is unfair, but I'm just conveying impressions. As much as I loved Oblivion, it's a 2 year old game with a core engine that's probably much older. Even the combat felt Oblivion-clunky. I like to play Fallout by roleplaying a Buffy the Vampire Slayer-like melee character named... Buffy lol. Wielding a bat and/or my fists and angling down to whop bugs felt awkward at best, and often I couldn't tell if I was hitting them or not. Similarly hitting guards I didn't feel the "connection" - unless I switched to VATS mode to do the Matrix-like moves which were admittedly cool and a nice addition. I tried shifting to third person to see if combat would "connect" with me better, but it didn't. I suppose this is how many people felt towards Guild Wars combat, that it just didn't feel right to them.

In any event, this is not meant to bash the game. I can tell it was made with lots of care/love and tons of hours of replayability and depth in mind. I bought the guide book (the expensive one) and it's just gorgeous and very clear there's a huge world to explore and dive into. Fans of "deep" RPGs with tons of content and side stories and quests will no doubt be satisfied with all there is going on.

That said, I will say I was mildly disappointed that I wasn't just "sucked in" to the game somehow, as I thought/hoped I might be. Maybe that's too demanding a desire, but in a game where it's been touted the main storyline can be completed in 10 hours (no idea if this is true), I sort of just expected to be really drawn in one way or another after the first hour. Instead, I kind of just felt almost exactly like I did when I first emerged from the cave in Oblivion. I do feel like there's a huge world out there to explore and somewhere along the line I should probably search for my father. I just don't personally feel an impending sense of immediacy to get back to the game to find out what happens.

And finally, what I do question is why it is a game like this (reminiscent of how Bioshock was received last year) is immediately given such adoring attention by critics and forum-goers, with GOTY being thrown out again and again, while many other games seem to get nitpicked to death. This game is no doubt good, and of high quality - but game of the year? What has it added to the genre? What makes it special (no pun intended) and/or unique? Thus far, I'm not seeing it.
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« Reply #107 on: October 29, 2008, 06:45:16 PM »

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Quote from: Daehawk on October 29, 2008, 05:54:41 PM

Question...I cannot get the intro movie to play smoothly. It jerks around and is silent except the occasional burst of sound. It has a burst of sound then nothing then a burst...choopy video. I have the same problem with Warhammer Online. The Logos are supposed to have sound and music as they pass by but I just get a burst on each one then silence.

Sounds like a codec issue. Hit here (I use it all the time) and grab the Standard pack. You'll also get Media Player Classic in the process, and you'll never have to touch Windows Media Exploder ever again.

As far as the microstuttering goes - I don't know what to tell you. Sounds like some background process is stealing away resources that your PC needs. You have a virus scanner running in the background or something? I just know that it works great for me (Vista 32, Quad 2.4 OCed to 3.0, 8800GTX, 4GB RAM).

Tried your suggestion. upon install it said I had a Combined Community codec pack installed and it needed to uninstall it. i allowed it and then it installed the k-lite standard pack. But it didn't help either game frown
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« Reply #108 on: October 29, 2008, 06:47:28 PM »

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As far as the microstuttering goes - I don't know what to tell you. Sounds like some background process is stealing away resources that your PC needs. You have a virus scanner running in the background or something? I just know that it works great for me (Vista 32, Quad 2.4 OCed to 3.0, 8800GTX, 4GB RAM).

Well, I see that a user on Neogaf has the *exact* same issue I'm having but fixed it by setting ifpsclip to 60 in .ini.  Which I've tried but didn't fix it for me but I guess I'll try it again later. 

The only thing that confuses me is that all references I've seen mention it being in fallout3.ini.  I don't have that file but I do have fallout_default.ini (and the ifpsclip setting is in it) so I assumd that's what I should change.  Should I have a fallout.ini file? 
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« Reply #109 on: October 29, 2008, 06:53:10 PM »

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I'm having a lot of microstuttering that is driving me nuts.  It's not a framerate problem- or at least not in the conventional sense because I'm pushing 60 FPS almost continuously but I suspect it may have to do with constant small variations in the framerate.  Searching Bethesda's forums shows some others with this issue but no good fix.  I'd happily lock the framerate at 30 fps if it would solve the issue but the config command that would seem to do that, ifpsclip, doesn't seem to work.  Hell, their Vsynch setting doesn't work for me at all- the framerate was capped at 60 fps no matter what I checked until I forced Vsynch off with the Nvidia control panel but while that seemed to improve the stutters, the tearing was so bad the game is unplayable.

I hope this can be fixed somehow otherwise I'm going to have to sell it because this is just unplayable for me. 

I'm seeing the same problem. Its not enough to kill the experience for me, but it is highly annoying.

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« Reply #110 on: October 29, 2008, 06:56:32 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 29, 2008, 06:47:28 PM

The only thing that confuses me is that all references I've seen mention it being in fallout3.ini.  I don't have that file but I do have fallout_default.ini (and the ifpsclip setting is in it) so I assumd that's what I should change.  Should I have a fallout.ini file? 

might be the one that gets copied into your profile specific settings... I'm just guessing here. Have you checked in "My Documents" for something. Or maybe search the whole freakin HD for fallout3.ini?
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« Reply #111 on: October 29, 2008, 07:39:33 PM »

Quote from: StriderGG on October 29, 2008, 01:17:27 PM

Quote from: jersoc on October 29, 2008, 12:54:38 PM

holy crap, i cant believe its 8am rofl. this game is so freakin addicting. the hunter's rifle totally destroys super mutants btw. if you're lucky you can 1 shot them in the head. hold r mouse and crouch to increase your aim, helps a lot with those head shots. man im so strapped for cash. 3 of my weapons are broke and i cant afford to fix them. hopefully jsut find a replacement soon.

oh yeah i like how bethesda just can't get away
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putting vampires in their games. seriously? a vampire cult in fallout 3. i couldnt help but laugh a bit.

You played all night?!! You, sir, are my hero! smile

I am also loving the game so far, totally awesome atmosphere. I actually feel sad seeing all that destroyed world.

Yes, hunting rifle is great... sometimes. Other times (like when killing those stinky radscorpions in the underground cave) I prefer an assault rifle or a shotgun. It's actually great that different weapons are better in different situations.

Well tues/wed is my weekend. so yeah. I actually played all day lol. I didnt think the game would be this addicting. was trying to get somewhere and ran into a bug where
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the brotherhood didnt spawn like they should've, i guess
so it took me forever to clear a school full of super mutants.

oh yeah, does night time kill anyone else's FPS? I dunno what it is but if I play with 4X AA at night they just dropped. I kicked it down to 2A and up to 12AF and that seems to work. You'd think night time would be the quickest FPS w/o rendering all those shadows.
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« Reply #112 on: October 29, 2008, 08:36:59 PM »

I'm trying to get the option for screen resolution and all the other "display options" you get when you first start the game. I can't seem to find out where that is now.
I get the option to adjust some sliders for graphical stuff, but not the initial, resolution, degree of detail etc...

Anyone know where you access this once you've started the game?
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« Reply #113 on: October 29, 2008, 08:41:32 PM »

Quote from: Arclight on October 29, 2008, 08:36:59 PM

I'm trying to get the option for screen resolution and all the other "display options" you get when you first start the game. I can't seem to find out where that is now.
I get the option to adjust some sliders for graphical stuff, but not the initial, resolution, degree of detail etc...

Anyone know where you access this once you've started the game?
Hit Esc, then click 'Options'
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« Reply #114 on: October 29, 2008, 08:44:51 PM »

Quote from: Arclight on October 29, 2008, 08:36:59 PM

I'm trying to get the option for screen resolution and all the other "display options" you get when you first start the game. I can't seem to find out where that is now.
I get the option to adjust some sliders for graphical stuff, but not the initial, resolution, degree of detail etc...

Anyone know where you access this once you've started the game?

It's in a separate launcher outside of the game that you should get from the disc autoplay. 
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« Reply #115 on: October 29, 2008, 09:38:33 PM »

Quote from: Arclight on October 29, 2008, 08:36:59 PM

I'm trying to get the option for screen resolution and all the other "display options" you get when you first start the game. I can't seem to find out where that is now.
I get the option to adjust some sliders for graphical stuff, but not the initial, resolution, degree of detail etc...

Anyone know where you access this once you've started the game?

When you launch the game you should get a small (not fullscreen) menu where one of the choices is "Options."  That's where you can change resolution and other settings.  Once you are in the game you can't change that stuff.

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« Reply #116 on: October 29, 2008, 10:41:35 PM »

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If there's any chance you could take and post a screenshot I would enormously appreciate it.  My old PC is about the same as your and JSL's old PCs and I'm curious how it'll look compared to my 360 version.

OK....so let's try this (I've kept them the original size, so apologies for messing up anyone's screens)

This is running at 1024x768 at whatever the "Medium" settings with the shadows off.





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« Reply #117 on: October 29, 2008, 11:00:05 PM »

Quote from: coopasonic on October 29, 2008, 06:56:32 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 29, 2008, 06:47:28 PM

The only thing that confuses me is that all references I've seen mention it being in fallout3.ini.  I don't have that file but I do have fallout_default.ini (and the ifpsclip setting is in it) so I assumd that's what I should change.  Should I have a fallout.ini file? 

might be the one that gets copied into your profile specific settings... I'm just guessing here. Have you checked in "My Documents" for something. Or maybe search the whole freakin HD for fallout3.ini?

Yep that was the problem- I should have used the file in "My Documents" instead of the one in "Program Files". Setting ifpsclip to 60 fixed the problem for me and now everything is smooth. 
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« Reply #118 on: October 30, 2008, 01:10:27 AM »

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and the aftermath.  it's nice to know a level 2 guy can handle things well against 2 super mutants and a centaur:




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« Reply #119 on: October 30, 2008, 01:36:42 AM »

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And finally, what I do question is why it is a game like this (reminiscent of how Bioshock was received last year) is immediately given such adoring attention by critics and forum-goers, with GOTY being thrown out again and again, while many other games seem to get nitpicked to death. This game is no doubt good, and of high quality - but game of the year? What has it added to the genre? What makes it special (no pun intended) and/or unique? Thus far, I'm not seeing it.

And "thus far" is somewhere between 1 and 2 hours? smile Besides, you said a few days ago that you don't have patience for singleplayer games anymore, maybe that's the reason you are not seeing it. smile

At the moment, I am not in the mood to dissect Fallout 3, I am playing it and enjoying it too much. I don't even want to read about it on the forums (still do though, since I am addicted to forums it seems smile).

It's just a very well done game with a lot of atmosphere and a huge world. Not being a fantasy game is a big plus nowadays too. After playing it for about 20 hours (I really don't see being able to finish the main quest in 10 hours btw), I can't pinpoint one major design flaw, which is rare. I also haven't encountered a single bug, which is also a rarity. Having said that and thinking about the games released this year so far, yeah, it's a GOTY for sure. IMO.

Yes, there are minor nitpicks - "NPCs are stiff", "too much loot", "feels like Oblivion" - I wouldn't notice any of them if I haven't read the forum. smile

This Oblivion thing is messing up people me thinks. Luckily for me, I hated Oblivion and played it for maybe 5 hours only, if that. So even if there are similarities, I don't see them (since Oblivion was so forgettable to me) and they don't bother me. FO3 is a different (and much better IMO) game than Oblivion and the fact that they share engine doesn't mean anything, just like when The Witcher uses the same engine as NWN.

[edit] One more thing. My GOTY doesn't have to add anything to the genre. It has to be the game I enjoyed the most, the most memorable gaming experience of the year and so far - yep! - it's Fallout 3. smile
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