The 7 Best Early Fallout 4 Mods

The 7 Best Early Fallout 4 Mods

The Fallout 4 mod community is already buzzing along. Try out the best of the first wave of performance-enhancing downloads!

It took no time at all for the Fallout 4 community to start modding Bethesda's highly-anticipated wasteland adventure.

Some of these early mods make graphical enhancements, while others clean up some of Bethesda's bugs and oversights. If you have a specific problem with Fallout 4, fans may have already supplied you with a way to fix it. Take a look, Vault dweller.

Fallout 4 Configuration Tool

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The most popular entry amongst the selection of early Fallout 4 mods isn't full of big noises and shiny things, but for some people, it vaults the game from "unplayable" to "ahh, much better."

The Fallout 4 Configuration Tool lets you tone and tweak dozens of game settings that are otherwise inaccessible, like resolution and mouse sensitivity. You can also change the color displays for Pip-Boy and VATS, potentially making the action far easier to see for people with vision problems.

The Configuration Tool addresses problems that Bethesda may fix itself over the coming weeks -- or maybe not. Either way, if you need to go in-depth with the game's settings, don't delay on this download.

Enhanced Wasteland Mod

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Fallout 4's wasteland is already looking much more vibrant than the grey plains of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, but the Enhanced Wasteland mod kicks up Nature's (remaining) glory by another notch. Who says Hell has to be ugly?

Wasteland Grit Mod

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On the flipside, should a post-apocalyptic battleground really look like a daycare playground? If you're the kind of person who loves the desolation of an overcast wasteland steeped in grey, the Gritty Wasteland mod turns reds into rust. Certainly a must-have for anyone who's nostalgic for the bones and ruins of Fallout 3.

Water Enhancement Texture (WET) Mod

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This water-enhancing mod is a small add-on, but a compelling one if you're fond of the way Fallout 4 emphasizes Nature's struggle to return to some kind of normality. Improved textures and physics cause the game's water to realistically lap and shimmer at the remnants of human civilization. It looks good enough to drink -- though that's still not recommended without first performing the proper purification methods.

Enhanced Blood Textures Mod

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This mod delivers what it promises: Realistic and varied blood spatter, with optional (and subtle) flecks of screen-blood. Sure, it's fluff -- fluff of the runniest, reddest kind -- but if you plan to travel down a brutal road in Fallout 4, this mod is a perfect accompaniment.

Batch File All the Junk

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This batch file gives you immediate access to 1000 pieces of each junk item you can find scattered throughout Fallout 4. In other words, you can start crafting some pretty wicked stuff from the word "go."

Does using the file count as cheating? Technically yes, but think of it this way: Crafting is a new feature in the Fallout universe, and you might want to get a head start in the "How To" of the process. If you use this batch file, use it responsibly. Pip-Boy is watching you.

Ultra Low Graphics Mod

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Finally, if your desktop computer or laptop is on the "crummy" side but you don't want to play Fallout 4 on a console, the Ultra Low Graphics Mod may be what you need to let you access the game. Fewer shadows, reduced draw distance, and other tweaks lighten up performance requirements without making major sacrifices to visual quality. Definitely consider it if your computer is chunkin' along despite making standard setting adjustments.

Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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