Launched in 2007, Microsoft’s Video games For Home windows Dwell was a maligned recreation launcher designed to unite PC and Xbox Dwell customers. That meant Xbox achievements on PC, Xbox social options on PC, however extra pertinently, coping with a horrible and poorly maintained person interface. Amusingly, Microsoft even toyed with the thought of imposing a subscription price for PC customers, ala Xbox Dwell Gold on consoles. That was shortly deserted.
PC customers by no means warmed to the service, and it was discontinued in 2014. Since then, droves of publishers and builders have moved to detach GFWL dependencies from their video games. Notably, even Darkish Souls: Put together To Die Version obtained the GFWL torn out of it, regardless of being among the many final high-profile video games to launch on the service.
For some cause, Bethesda by no means obtained round to doing that with Fallout 3, which has made working the sport via Steam a proper ache within the arse. Mainly, you’d want to leap via hoops to be able to get GFWL working on Home windows 10, or else you’d want to make use of a mod to take away its dependencies. That is fairly a little bit of legwork for one of the widespread RPGs of all time.
That is all previously, now: A brand new replace for Fallout 3 and its GOTY variant fully excises GFWL’s perfidious stays, leaving a recreation that you need to now have the ability to merely boot up, problem free.
“Fallout 3: Recreation of the 12 months Version has been up to date and not installs Video games for Home windows Dwell dependencies,” so reads the patch notes for Fallout 3: Recreation of the 12 months. “If Fallout 3 was beforehand put in on Steam, we recommend uninstalling and reinstalling the title. The title not requires Video games for Home windows Dwell and can now launch.”
Excellent news, after all, however GFWL nonetheless manages to taunt us from the grave. Final yr Rockstar eliminated GTA 4 from Steam because of its dependency on the service: it was not in a position to generate keys for redemption on GFWL, with the factor being lifeless and all.
Given Microsoft now owns Bethesda, there’s each chance that relationship could have prompted the sudden—and admittedly, too late—excision. Regardless of the case, Fallout 3 is now an entire lot simpler to take pleasure in.