How to Mod Fallout 4 and Which Are the Best?

Update 12/12/2015:

NMM has fixed the mod problem.

Fallout 4 already looks pretty good, and it is incredible what Bethesda has managed to push out of what is nearly a ten year old engine. Bethesda has to make their games work without setting consoles on fire, as well as give the ability to lower-end PC’s to play their games. This causes them to make certain decisions during development to optimize the game for everyone, rather than a small subset of ‘hardcore’ users. These decisions led to graphic options and textures that led to some people commenting that the engine was truly showing it’s age.

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(Good, but not great)

However, since the same engine was used for this game as previous Bethesda titles, the mod tools were able to be converted and used on Fallout 4 fairly easily and quickly, before Bethesda has even released their ‘official G.E.C.K toolset’ that is due out late 2015/early 2016. Modders have not hesitated to port their tools and in just under a month they have been able to make some truly astounding additions to the game.

From the integration of advanced lighting (ENB and ReShade), updated textures, and animation improvements to changes to how crafting/settlements work. Most of the textures add little to no overhead, or even reduce VRAM usage with ‘optimized’ packages; the optimized packages are actually designed for lower end machines and add anywhere from 5-10 fps. If you are looking for something to really make Fallout look ‘next-gen’ though, then you’ve come to the right place.

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Getting Started With Mods:

To most people modding can be scary as it usually requires copying files and folders, overwriting things and so on. To combat this Nexus Mods has produced a tool that can be used to easily enable and disable mods on any of their supported titles, from Fallout 3, to the Witcher, to Fallout 4.

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To get started, you’ll have to do a few things:

  1. Head to http://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4
  2. Sign up, it’s totally free
  3. Click on ‘Install NMM’ at the top.
  4. Install and Run, it will search for all games it supports. Once it finds Fallout 4, select it and head into the manager.
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After that’s done, you have to make two small edits to two ‘ini’ files on your computer.

  1. Head to your ‘My Documents’ folder, then ‘My Games’, then ‘Fallout 4’.

    Open Fallout4.ini in a text editor and add the following:

    Replace sResourceDataDirsFinal=STRINGS\ with:
    sResourceDataDirsFinal=STRINGS\, TEXTURES\, MUSIC\, SOUND\, INTERFACE\, MESHES\, PROGRAMS\, MATERIALS\, LODSETTINGS\, VIS\, MISC\, SCRIPTS\, SHADERSFX\

    Open Fallout4Prefs.ini in a text editor and add the following:

    If [Launcher] does not exist, add it at the bottom of the file. If it does, make it look like this:

    [Launcher]
    bEnableFileSelection=1

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The Rig and Performance:

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I have the game set to 2K@Ultra settings and as you can see, it’s not required to have a 980 or a Titan to produce graphics that are much better than what comes by default. With all the mods on, including ENB and advanced shaders, I average 40-60FPS walking around the wasteland, with occasional dips to 30-35FPS.

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The Mod List:

These are suggestions, as people might like things to look and feel differently. Feel free to experiment, there are a ton of options both in textures to apply and lighting presets.

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Audio

Environmental Mods

Models and Textures

Crafting

User Interface

Visuals and Graphics

Weapons

Installing Mods

This is the cakewalk. Just click any of the links I posted, and then click on the download (NMM). This will automatically download the mod to your computer, and then you go into the Nexus Mod Manager, and select it, then hit the green check mark on the upper-left.

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Once you select the mods you want, launch Fallout from NMM launcher, do not use other methods. This will guarantee everything loads properly.

ENB Shaders

I use Clean Light ENB Settings I would just follow the directions on that page. These are the performance hit, enabling this mod will lower your FPS but greatly increase your quality.

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Gallery

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New Pip Boy

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Not drive-able unfortunately

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