Fallout: New Vegas Mods You May Have Missed
This week marked the release of the Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition, Obsidian and Bethesda’s DLC-bundling omnibus. PC buyers will get the original game, plus add-ons “Dead Money,” “Honest Hearts,” “Old World Blues,” Lonesome Road,” “Courier’s Stash,” and “Gun Runners’ Arsenal” for the bargain price of just $39.99. This is an especially sweet deal for those patient folks who waited until now to pick up the game.
Whether you’re just playing New Vegas for the first time or you’re an old hand, the Ultimate Edition presents a great opportunity to try out one or two of the hundreds of New Vegas mods out there. Keep reading for a list of the useful, diverting, and bizarre — the Fallout: New Vegas mods you might have missed.
10. Fallout Mod Manager
Before you pass go, or collect $200, download and install Fallout Mod Manager. Modding can be a confusing business, and this handy tool enables you to keep track of active and inactive mods, delete malfunctioning clunkers, and download updated versions of your favorites. The fact that it works for both Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 3 is just icing on the cake.
9. Underground Hideout
Check out those plush carpets! Success in New Vegas will get you access to all sorts of exclusive Mojave locales, but it’s hard to beat having your very own vault. The fact that it’s equipped with an ammo sorter, and armory, and a weapons wall makes it that much more ideal as a post-apocalyptic bachelor/bachelorette pad. Invite your favorite NPC over for an authentic nuclear-paranoia-era cocktail!
Throughout your many hours in the Wasteland, one thing will be constant. No, not balletic violence — scrolling through menus. Bethesda’s UI design is hardly the developer’s strongest feature, and New Vegas’ Pip-Boy based display fares terribly at high resolutions. MTUI redesigns the system to take better advantage of the available screen space, presenting more information at once, while simultaneously making it much easier to read.
7. Light Step ED-E
Everybody loves ED-E, New Vegas’ flying robot sidekick. No one likes to see him damaged, least of all by landmines, tripwires, and bear traps. After all — he’s flying. How could he possibly set off a landmine? The Light Step ED-E mod corrects this logical fallacy, ensuring that ED-E stays shiny and new, or, at least, attractively used.
6. Centered 3rd-Person Camera
Bethesda introduced a third-person camera in Fallout 3 to stay true to the series’ isometric roots. Unfortunately, they set it to a weird over-the-shoulder angle designed to facilitate playing the game as a third-person shooter. As anyone who’s played either next-gen Fallout game for more than five minutes will tell you, that’s not how you want to play. This mod sets the camera to a more useful centered perspective, enabling you to take in all that irradiated natural beauty. The addition of an unlimited zoom feature will also transform the way you view Fallout: New Vegas.