I have played the boxed version of Fallout 3 without expansions at the beginning of 2009.

Now I have bought the GOTY on Steam and I would like to known if it is possible import my old savegames.

  • have you had any luck with this? i'm considering doing the same myself!
    – erik
    Sep 28, 2010 at 10:55
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    i am still downloading Fallout 3 GOTY from steam, it takes some time :)
    – Drake
    Sep 28, 2010 at 12:14

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That's exactly the situation I was in. Yes, you can use Fallout 3 savegames (boxed) with Fallout 3 GOTY (steam) (if you had any mods installed in your original install, it will tell you "Some features of this savegame are no longer available. These features will be disabled." - my savegames still worked perfectly though)

I had to move the save files to a slightly different location, though. My original saves were stored in

C:\Users\BlueRaja\Documents\My Games\Fallout3\Saves\

(The XP-equivalent of that would be C:\Documents and Settings\BlueRaja\My Documents\My Games\Fallout3\Saves\)

My new saves were stored in (and thus my old saves had to be moved to):

C:\Users\BlueRaja\Documents\My Games\Fallout3\Saves\BlueRaja\

I would recommend installing and starting the new copy and, if it doesn't recognize your old saves, create a new game and save it real quick to let it create the save-directory, then move your save files to the new directory.

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    I believe the difference you see here is not from different versions of Fallout3 but whether you are connected to Games for Windows Live or not. If you are connected while playing, your savegames are placed in a sub-directory (with the same name as your Games for Windows Live profile) in the normal save folder. Otherwise they are placed directly in the save folder. Oct 20, 2010 at 14:17

They use the same folder and are compatible, even if they use different dlc's or similar. However, save-locations will be different whether you are logged in to Games for Windows live or not so make sure you use the same profile (if you did in your old game). If you do change profiles you can always copy the files to the "current" save directory and they will still work.


According to some articles, the save games are stored here for both the Seam and non-steam versions of the game: My Documents/My Games/Fallout3/Saves

A quick glance on my box confirms my Steam F3 GOTY saves are there.

You may only need to install the game (but I'd back them up elsewhere first).

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