With more than 600 hours invested into Fallout 4, I've found more than one way to spice up playing -- be it some truly in-depth character roleplaying or mods set to crank up the difficulty. When it boils down to it, I'm an immersion kind of guy. I really enjoy getting into character and thinking about things from a different perspective.
So with that in mind, let's take a look at some of the mods I feel boost immersion the most in Fallout 4 -- and are close to always in my load order.
Immersive Vendors by Xgrufijury
Ever thought that the vanilla vendor stalls just felt empty or lacking? I mean, aside from slight visual differences, they all felt samey. Immersive vendors fixes that by adding variety to the vendor stalls you can build at your settlements. It also populates the higher-end stalls with higher quality items to reflect its store level.
It's a minor mod but to me, it's all about those little details, especially since I really enjoy the settlement building aspect of Fallout 4. I also tend to spend a lot of time with setting up my settlements to look busier and more populated, so this mod is a big plus for me.
Eliminate Stupid Lines by Anbeegod
This is a gem of a mod that helps reduce the number of annoying generic dialog lines from generic NPCs. It's really immersion breaking, and kinda' stupid, to walk into a settlement that you own and have a random farmer say something like, "Oh, you have a dangerous look about you. Hope you're not here for me.."
No, I'm not here for you -- I own this place. I'm the general of the Minutemen -- a defender of the common man of the wastes -- not some scummy raider. This mod helps to regulate some of those annoying lines based on your game progression choices and standings with various factions.
Rain of Brass by XLSJ
This is a really simple mod that extends the life of spent bullet casings and increases the area in which you can see them. Now, that might not seem like much of a mod, but don't knock it until you try it.
It makes the aftermath of a shootout look glorious. Spent casings litter the ground -- some still rolling down uneven terrain. It shows you just how awesome the battles are by being able to see all of the spent casings surrounding all the bodies you just stacked like a boss. Now, if only there was a mod so that you could smell that sweet gunpowder odor after going cyclic with the minigun...
Long Range Bullet Holes by SLXJ
A companion mod of sorts to SLXJ's Rain of Brass mod, the Long Range Bullet Holes mod is another nice (albeit small) touch mod that does exactly what the name implies. In addition, it also makes it take longer for bullet holes to "heal" and disappear.
These two mods together just make battles look glorious -- and like an actual fight went down. It's the little details that matter.
Automatically Lower Weapons by Pauderek
This is a different version than the first Lower Weapon mod that came out shortly following the release of Fallout 4. This mod adds increased time delay and checks for certain actions before raising/lowering your weapon.
If you're someone who has never held a weapon for a long time, you might not know that you're only ever pointing your weapon forward (or at your target for generally as long as you're firing in that direction). Guns are heavy blokes and your arms wouldn't be able to maintain a "fire-ready" position for long. So this makes things a lot more realistic.
Lone Wanderer Fast Travel by LoneRaptor
A more recent addition to the game, this fast travel mod adds in a repairable motorcycle that you can use primarily for fast travel. It also has some storage ability and houses some camping gear, which is greatly useful with survival mode's save system.
It makes sense that there would be some of these smaller vehicles that could be repaired or at least made somewhat functional for quicker travel. The added benefits help out in survival mode, where you have more needs and your carrying capacity is limited.
Worthless Mod by Paddygarcia
Ever notice how even the most useless scraps of stuff in Fallout 4 had some sort of use? This mod adds in junk that is truly junk -- it is actually worthless in every sense of the word.
Isn't it weird that, after all these years following the great fallout, there's all this stuff and none of it is totally busted? You mean to tell me that this toaster, that has sat here for over 200 years, is still functional? Well, this mod fixes that.
A small immersion builder, Worthless Mod makes me enjoy the game that much more by realistically making things worthless.
So there we have it -- seven immersion mods that make Fallout 4 a more enjoyable experience for me -- and probably everyone else. Hopefully, some of these mods are new to you and you can enjoy them for the first time, seeing how they really change up the game, if only a little bit.
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