I am having the same problem, unfortunately.
Restoration mod seems to be the problem. I uninstalled it for now. :(
I'm posting again in this thread. I've resolved the issue I was having. Killap's Fallout 2 Restoration Mod requires sfall to work, so manually removing it (like I tried since I posted in this thread) won't get you anywhere, you'll just get a "wmAreaInit: Error Loading Cities!" error message.
However, sfall won't work if 256 colors option is selected, which it most definitely is under the Fallout 2.exe properties tab, and grayed out to boot. I have no clue why, and neither did the No Mutants Allowed
denizens, but they recommended renaming the executable to something else. I did (renamed to F2.exe) and was able to uncheck 256 colors this time, and now it boots up like a charm. Marvelous. Maybe GOG did something to enforce generic "compatibility" with the executable, I don't know. Luckily NMA are ahead of the game and continue to tweak this game much the same why Gibberlings 3 or Spellhold Studios do with the Infinity Engine games.
After installing freshly installing Fallout 2 this is basically the only patch/mod file you really need
. It (version 2.1.2b) also inclues all bugfixes from previous patches, both official and unofficial, and it really adds a FMV vat-full of welcome additions and tweaks. After installation I recommend going into ddraw.ini and changing the Graphic Mode=0 to Graphic Mode=4 for best DirectX compatibility with most OS configurations out there.
Also, with Fallout 1, after freshly installing it and making sure it's official patched version 1.2 (GOG's version is), first apply the fan-made bugfixing 1.3.4 TeamX patch
. Now be sure to apply the Update Mod for Fallout 1 v1.2.5
(restores a few cut quests and NPCs that were on the drawing board in the original game), the Fallout NPC Mod v3.4
, which allows your henchmen to "level up" like it happens in F2, and the newest version of the Fallout 1 High Res Screen Patch
, which besides allowing true 16-bit color and higher resolutions also clears up the Timothy Leary LSD color effect I was getting with running Fallout under Windows 7.