Fallout 4 is an enormous game. It’s ridiculous, really. You could spend hundreds of hours traversing the Boston Commonwealth, killing rad-scorpions, building settlements, and finding bobbleheads, and you still wouldn’t have done everything in the game. And let’s not even talk about the DLC. In short, you’ll probably spend a lot of time in the game, so wouldn’t it be great if you could tailor the experience to your liking? Thanks to the ever-expanding world of Fallout 4 mods, you can.
Mods let players change Fallout 4 in nearly any way imaginable, by adding new quests, dialog, environments, weapons, gear, you name it. Just like in other games that feature user-generated content, mods can make Fallout 4 a much more dynamic game. Unlike Bethesda’s developers, modders aren’t beholden to the brand; they don’t have to keep the game balanced or even respect the tenants of game design. Modders — especially the makers of unofficial mods you won’t find on the official in-game mod list — answer to no one.
While they’ve previously been exclusive to PC, Bethesda is bringing Fallout 4 mods to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game starting in June. That’s a huge move, as it will open up modding to more players than ever before.
If you want to make mods of your own, just download the official Fallout 4 mod Creation Kit here. The Creation Kit is actually the same tool the makers of the game use to, well, make the game.
Below are some of the most useful mods you can find right now.
Fallout 4 mods
1. Full Dialogue Interface
One of the biggest complaints longtime Fallout fans had about this installment is that the dialog options that appear onscreen are overly vague. Whereas in previous games, they laid out exactly what your character would say when you made your choice, Fallout 4 only gives you a hint about what your character will say. With this mod, the full text of every reply is printed on the screen, so you can be sure your character will react exactly how you want.
2. Fallout Seasons
If the unchanging environments in the game bother you, or you’d just like a change of scenery, this Fallout 4 mod lets you select what season you’d like it to be in the game.
3. Any Mod Any Weapon
This mod gives you far more weapon modding options than you get in the core game. If you tinker with it, you can build tools of massive destruction.
4. Improved Map with Visible Roads
True to its name, this mod makes the shoddy Pip-Boy map much more readable.
5. Value Per Weight Indicator
This Fallout 4 mod is a boon for anyone who enjoys a good looting spree. It displays the monetary value of each item compared to its weight, which helps you decide whether to pick up or leave the loot you find.
6. Vendor Caps
It’s pretty frustrating, when you return from a loot run, to try to sell loot to a vendor only to find that they don’t have enough caps to pay for it all. This mod stuffs vendors’ pockets with caps so they can take it all.
7. Enhanced Blood Textures
Don’t you wish the blood in Fallout 4 looked better? This mod does that, while also increasing the amount that spurts from the enemy wounds you inflict. Nice.
8. Vivid Fallout Landscapes
If you look closely, the textures on the ground in Fallout 4 leave a little something to be desired. This mod amps up the textures, making them look cleaner, crisper, and more realistic. Better yet, it uses less VRAM than the standard texture pack. That’s a win-win.
9. True Storms — Wasteland Edition
The weather effects already look nice, but this Fallout 4 mod makes them look even better. It also increases the instances of bad weather, making each trek through the Commonwealth more dynamic.
Which of these unofficial mods will end up in the official offering remains to be seen, but PC gamers can use them now, and the rest of us will likely have access to at least some of them on consoles come June.