It has been over a year since our monitors were blessed with Fallout 4. During this time, much has changed. Through multiple DLCs and hundreds of mods, Fallout has taken on a whole new life. But, just how different does it make the game feel playing with these additions? Well, it would appear quite different. We all know the modding community exists to add things to a game that perhaps the developers couldn’t. Or wouldn’t. Where would we be without mods nowadays? But, Fallout 4 seems to be one of those games that pretty much needs mods. And, I’m going to explain why.
For me, and many other people, settlement building is a chore. One of the key elements of the game is to build great structures that your settlements can enjoy. However, it is also the most tedious element of the game. First of all, there is the fact that there is limited space to build in most of the settlements you come across. Forcing you to build tall, box buildings that ultimately look hideous. Then there is the aggravating and time-consuming effort of trying to place objects which snap to everything but the thing you want it to snap to. And, finally, all the resources that are required to build half the stuff.
Fear not though my intrepid Wastelanders! Mods are here to save the day. There are a multitude of mods that can help with settlement building. From allowing you to scrap more items to even expanding the perimeters of the settlement itself. I’ll list a few of the ones I think are the best but there are hundreds. One of my favourites is more of a decorating mod called “Do It Yourshelf”. It adds a bunch of miscellaneous items to the workshop. Combined with the shelves the author provides, they make excellent and more realistic feeling interiors.
I think that the settlement building has definitely benefited from the modding community. There are so many different types that the choice can be a little overwhelming. However, this is a nice segway into the next thing I wanted to talk about.
Personalising and Customisation
I think this is a pretty obvious feature of mods. They do indeed make your game more personal to you and how you like to play. But, the reason I bring this up in terms of Fallout 4 is because it suits this type of game. I mentioned in a previous post that one of the elements I think that let Fallout 4 down was the lack of role play. I believe that mods have helped to change this. If you decided to join up with the Institute, there are mods that suit this. Equally, there are mods that have been crafted for those of you who perhaps decided to join the Brotherhood, or the Minutemen. You get the idea.
Fallout 4 is not a bad game but I strongly believe that it works much better with mods. They simply add more gameplay styles to enhance your experience. And, the great thing about this is, it therefore makes your play time more unique to you.
As promised, here are a list of a few of the mods that I think are worth a download all of which can be found on Nexus Mod Manager:
Place Everywhere Mod – Can place objects anywhere
Manufacturing extended – Adds more to Contraptions Workshop stuff like hoppers, forges, etc.
Swimming Pools and Working Showers – Build your own swimming pools.
OCDecorator – Can decorate with loot from workbench inventory. Does not get knocked over. There is also a Far Harbor add-on for this.
Do It Yourshelf – More filled shelves
Scrap Dead Things – You can scrap corpses to get rid of them more easily
Spring Cleaning – Allows you to scrap trash and other rubbish you wouldn’t normally be able to scrap.
Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch – Fixes a bunch of bugs especially with settlements and NPCs
These are just a few you can find a lot more on the Nexus Mods website. I also recommend checking out this list made by the Youtuber Oxhorn. He lists all the mods that he uses in his gameplay on this google doc: Oxhorn’s Mod List. I got a lot of inspiration for my mods from this list. That’s the beauty of mods, you can try them out and see what suits your play style best! Happy modding Wastelanders!