Make the Mojave Bloom With These 35 Fallout: New Vegas Mods

Fallout: New Vegas has the distinction of being the only Fallout game developed by Obsidian Entertainment, and it shows. While the initial release was plagued by game breaking bugs and horrific stability issues, Fallout: New Vegas is widely considered to be one of the best Fallout games ever made.

August 29, 2019

With that said, Fallout: New Vegas was released almost a decade ago, and it shows. The graphics were never considered cutting edge, even at the time of release, and a decade of texture mapping, lighting effects, and other graphical changes, has further aged the already dated graphics and game engine. Even at its prime, New Vegas was host to countless bugs and broken quests. Luckily, if you plan to delve into the blasted wasteland of post-apocalyptic Nevada, there is a host of mods that can really bring out the lustre of the well-rusted Fallout frame.

Like my previous Mod list, I will be breaking this list into sub-categories. There are quite a few mods for Fallout: NV (though admittedly far less than Skyrim), and putting them into a giant list with no organization would just be chaos. The categories of these mods will be:

  • Vital Mods.
  • Complete Overhaul and Additional Content Mods.
  • Visual Mods.
  • Audio Mods.
  • Gameplay Mods.

As a side note, like last time this article will not be focusing on Adult Content mods. While some complete overhaul mods may offer nudity settings, the focus of this article is not to provide a list of mods focused on nudity or sexual activity. If that is what you were hoping to find here, you will be disappointed. I am also not going to focus on rapid levelling mods, item spawning mods, or teleportation mods.

How To Install Mods

Fallout Mod Manager

Where to Download: Download Link

The first program you are going to need to install is the Fallout Mod Manager. What this program will do is help you install and uninstall the wide array of mods that I will be mentioning later in the video. While it is entirely possible for you to manually install each mod, the Mod Manager will make your life much more convenient. Seriously consider this program if you are planning on heavily modifying Fallout: New Vegas.

If you decide not to go this route, you will be downloading the files for each mod individually. They will usually come in a zip file. Simply use windows explorer to find your New Vegas “data” folder and make a backup. Then extract the mod file into your data folder and click yes when it prompts you to overwrite existing files. You will almost certainly run into mod compatibility issues. If you are installing more than a few mods, this route will only lead you to sadness.

Essential Mods

1 NEW VEGAS SCRIPT EXTENDER

Created ByIan Patterson, Stephen Abel, Paul Connelly, and Hugues LE PORS
Download LinkSilverlock

Much like in our Skyrim Mod article, this is a necessary program that is required for many mods to function correctly. What it does is extend the scripting capabilities of Fallout: New Vegas so that mods can be active together without crashing your game (probably). I would consider this to be an absolutely essential mod. If you do not install it, I would highly recommend not adding many mods to your game, because it is not going to go well.

2 NEW VEGAS ANTI-CRASH

Created ByQueue
Download LinkNexus Mods

This is one of the most important mods to install before playing through New Vegas. It would be generous to simply label New Vegas as unstable. The reality is vanilla New Vegas is a ticking time bomb of exception errors that will crash your game. New Vegas Anti-Crash helps to minimize the chance of those errors occurring as well as generally improving the stability of the game.

3 NEW VEGAS STUTTER REMOVER

Created BySkyRanger-1
Download LinkNexus Mods

While New Vegas Anti-Crash does improve the stability of the game, New Vegas Stutter Remover improves it even further. Game stutter can, and does, cause game crashes. This mod helps prevent this from happening. Vital for a relatively stable playthrough.

4 4 GB FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS

Created By Roy Batty - LuthienAnarion
Download LinkNexus Mods

This handy little mod extends the amount of virtual memory allocated for Fallout: New Vegas to 4 GB. If you are planning on playing with any visual mods, overhaul mods, or significant added content mods, the initial allocation of memory for Fallout will not be sufficient. Save yourself a whole lot of frustration and game crashing, get this mod.

5 MISSION MOJAVE

Created ByMMUE Team
Download LinkNexus Mods

Mission Mojave is perhaps one of the most important mods you can add to your New Vegas experience. Like several other mods that fall under the “Essential” heading, this mod fixes a truly breathtaking number of bugs, scripts, quests, meshes, and thousands of other things. As of 2015, when the last iteration of the mod was finalized, there were more than 27,000 fixes performed by this mod. Get it and save yourself some frustration down the road.

6 CASM WITH MCM

Created ByCipscis with MCM support added by Gribbleshnibit8
Download LinkNexus Mods

In short, the autosave feature in New Vegas is unstable. There is a fairly common error that occurs with the standard autosave feature which will cause your game file to become corrupted and crash the game on load. Quite simply, this mod fixes that problem, adds more autosave slots, different save types, and even allows you to save your settings to an ini file for future characters or play throughs.

7 MOD CONFIGURATION MENU (MCM)

Created ByPelinor
Download LinkNexus Mods

This mod adds a button to the pause menu that allows you to adjust supported mods in game. This can be very helpful if you want to fiddle around with mod settings without having to exit or tab out out of the game and use the desktop mod manager.

Overhaul and Additional Content Mods

These Mods range from adding a small area or a few quests to changing a significant amount of the fundamental world, and in some cases, are essentially an independent game in their own right. With that in mind, here are some mods that can add-to or completely change your experience in New Vegas.

8 Project Nevada

Created ByPN Team
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout new vegas mod project nevada

Image Source: Nexus Mods

Before we get too into this mod, I am aware that some people have stability concerns regarding Project Nevada. It will not work perfectly for everyone, and some troubleshooting might be required to get it to work properly. It is worth it. Project Nevada adds a significant amount of content to the game including but not limited to: Core gameplay features, cyberware, gameplay rebalancing, and new and modified equipment. These changes generally make the game more challenging, although you can tweak the settings to your own specifications.

9 New Vegas Enhanced Content

Created ByBdogs
Download LinkNexus Mods

This mod is a little more intensive to install, but there is a handy guide in the description of its Nexus page. This mod could be considered to be an unofficial patch for the game. It adds quite a bit of new content and helps to fix up some of the broken things in the game. It can be used in concert with Project Nevada as well. If you aren’t planning on using any total conversion mods, you should grab this.

10 World of Pain

Created By Dj Mystro
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout mod world of pain

Image Source: Nexus

World of Pain is a challenge mod that adds 159 new areas to the game. There are new quests, vendors, and a lot of extremely powerful enemies. I would recommend going to these new locations if you already have decent equipment. In addition this mod adds Mark 2 weapons and armor to the game in order to help you cope with the difficulty spike.

11 The Inheritance

Created By Someguy
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout mod inheritance

Image Source: Nexus

This mod adds a new primary questline, as well as several sidequests to the game. You are already well established as a courier, and it makes sense that others would contact you for that role. To that end you are hired to deliver a mysterious package. What comes next is up to you to discover. This questline will only start after level 10.

12 Fallout: New California

Created ByRadian-Helix Media
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout mod new california

Image Source: Nexus

Formerly known as Project Brazil, Fallout: New California is an entire campaign, independent from anything going on in New Vegas. You take on the role of an entirely different protagonist from Vault 18 and your journeys will take you into the lands of the New California Republic. This is both a complete overhaul, and essentially an independent game. Follow the instructions for installation carefully so that it runs properly.

13 The Frontier (Unreleased)

Created ByFrontier Team
Download LinkFallout The Frontier
fallout mods the frontier

Image Source: Fallout The Frontier

This is a mod I have been following for a while. It is still in development but it looks extremely promising. This independent campaign takes place in the northern frontier, far from the warm, blasted deserts of the Mojave or New California. This mod adds cold weather to the game, requiring you to battle nature as well as the Legion forces that are after you. As the mod gets closer to release more details will follow.

14 New Vegas Bounties

Created By Someguy2000
Download LinkPart 1, Part 2, Part 3
fallout mod new vegas bounties

Image Source: Nexus Mods

New Vegas Bounties adds a new questline for you to discover and a lot of murder for you to perform. Luckily most of the individuals you will be hunting are baddies with hefty bounties waiting for those who take them down. I wouldn’t expect them to go easily however. Make sure you grab the latest verisons of this mod, and you might need to pick up a special patch if you have other mods active, such as the inheritance.

15 More Perks

Created ByKyung-Bum Lee
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout mods more perks

Image Source: Nexus Mods

This mod adds a ton of additional perks and traits to customize your character. Some of them are overpowered, some are flavour perks, and some are terrible, but all of them will impact the way you play the game. I recommend picking this up to maximize your ability to customize and role-play your character.

16 Weapon Mods Expanded

Created ByAntistar
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout mods weapon mods expanded

Image Source: Nexus Mods

This Mod adds an absolute ton of customization to your favorite weapons. It grants you the ability to add three applicable weapon mods to each weapon in the game, allowing you a nearly unprecedented ability to modify your loadout.

Visual Mods

17 User Interface Organizer

Created By jazzisparis
Download LinkNexus Mods

This Mod does not change the visuals of the game so much as it is a requirement for managing and maintaining the few UI and HUD mods that will follow. It functions in concert with OneHUD, the aforementioned Mod Configuration Menu (MCM), and MTUI.

18 OneHUD

Created ByGopher
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout mods onehud

Image Source: Nexus Mods

One HUD, also known as oHUD, adds a more immersive and informative HUD to the game. There isn’t much to say about it really. It offers a highly customizable, clean, and well-organized UI for your trek across the desert.

19 MTUI

Created ByMax Tael
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout new vegas mod mtui

Image Source: Nexus Mods

MTUI fixes up some of the user interface concerns present in older games. It adds smaller fonts, larger item selection areas, better menus… think of it as Fallout: New Vegas’s verison of SkyrimUI.

20 NMC’s Texture Pack

Created ByNeilMc_NMC
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout new vegas mods nmc texture pack

Image Source: Nexus Mods

NMC Texture Pack changes most of the game’s graphics and textures. It changes roads, landscapes, trees, vehicles, buildings, interiors, and a lot of in-game objects. While it does not retexture the sky, NPCs, Clothing, etc. It is still a pretty vital facelift to the aged graphics of New Vegas.

21 Nevada Skies – Weather Effects

Created By Yossarian
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout new vegas mods skies

Image Source: Nexus Mods

From Sandstorms to RADstorms, Nevada Skies modifies the types, significance, and aesthetics of weather effects in the game. It also changes environmental lighting to enhance the atmosphere of storms. It makes nights darker, sunrises more glamorous, and sunsets more beautiful. If you want a mod to help you get immersed into a living and changing world, pick this one up.

22 Electro-City: Relighting the Wasteland

Created ByMyGoodEye
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout new vegas mod light

Image Source: Nexus Mods

I don’t think anyone can deny that the lighting system in Nevada needed a little bit of work. Electro-City adds a ton of new light sources to the game. This mod works well in concert with other weather mods (like Nevada Skies) which darken the night.

23 Essential Visual Enhancements

Created Byweijiesen and jonnyeah
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout new vegas mod visual enhancements

Image Source: Nexus Mods

This mod focuses on improving the aesthetics of bullets, blood, explosions, etc. Basically, all of the visceral parts of combat in the game are overhauled, making them more realistic, violent, and spectacular.

24 Wasteland Flora Overhaul

Created Byvurt and printerkop
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout mods new vegas wasteland flora

Image Source: Nexus Mods

The plant life in vanilla New Vegas, is a little lackluster. This mod adds 101 new trees and plants to the wasteland, giving it a more realistic and immersive experience. You can customize how fertile the desert is, but in all honesty more plants are always better in my mind.

25 New Vegas Redesigned 3

Created ByQwinn and Dracomies
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout new vegas mod redesigned

Image Source: Nexus Mods

The character models in New Vegas, like Fallout 3, are pretty old. Even at the time of release they were not great. This mod attempts to fix the facial structure, hair, and other features of NPCs throughout the wasteland. In addition it adds significant wound graphics, and changes the aesthetic of corpses so that they no longer look like normal NPCs taking a nap.

26 Fellout New Vegas

Created ByHattix
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout new vegas mods fellout

Image Source: Nexus Mods

This mod is pretty simple, it removes the orange filter from the game. This creates a realistic environment for your trek through the desert.

27 FNV Realistic Wasteland Lighting

Created BySal203 and Camo
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout vegas mods realistic wasteland

Image Source: Nexus Mods

This mod changes the lighting effects throughout the Mojave Desert. It is less intensive than Nevada Skies and doesn’t add as many storm effects, however, it does help improve the game’s lighting system to be more realistic and immersive. It should be used in concert with ENB of the Apocalypse, which is coming up next on this list.

28 ENB of the Apocalypse

Created ByShrutesh
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout new vegas end of apocalypse

Image Source: Nexus Mods

This mod requires the FNV Realistic Wasteland Lighting mod to function properly. It changes the graphics of the world to be both bleak and yet more beautiful. Like all Enhanced Natural Beauty Mods, this tries to bring a touch of photorealism into Fallout New Vegas and I feel it breathes some life into this aging game.

29 Oxide ENB

Created By tru3th
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout new vegas mods oxide

Image Source: Nexus Mods

This ENB mod changes a lot of the game’s contrast and color scheme. The outcome, much like ENB of the Apocalypse, is a bleak, but beautiful landscape. I do find that this particular ENB can look a little washed out at times, but it still improves the game significantly.

30 Impact

Created Byweijiesen
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout new vegas mods impact

Image Source: Nexus Mods

A problem plaguing a lot of shooters, is that guns sound and feel far less impressive than their real-life counterparts. For anyone who has been to a gun range, firearms are loud and most have some serious kick when shooting. Impact seeks to improve the look and feel of firearms in New Vegas, adding better damage decals and shooting effects.

31 New Vegas Enhanced Camera

Created ByLogicDragon
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout new vegas mods enhanced camera

Image Source: Nexus Mods

This mod really helps with immersion, as your player now has a body presence when in first-person mode. In addition it changes the camera angle from forced third person, during events where you are knocked down, etc. to first person, making it appear like it is actually happening to you.

Audio Mods

32 Radio Active Channel Extender

Created Bytortured Tomato
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout new vegas mods radio

Image Source: Nexus Mods

This mod lets you create your own radio station with up to a 500 song capacity. In addition it is required in order to use other custom radio stations that you can find on nexus.

33 Spooky Vegas Radio

Created ByThe Flummox
Download LinkNexus Mods
fallout mod new vegas spooky radio

Image Source: Nexus Mods

This audio pack is chalk full of creepy broadcasts if you want to really immerse yourself in the horrors of both the real world, and the world of New Vegas. It adds a pretty spooky atmosphere to the game, when listened to intermittently.

34 All Weapon Sounds Overhaul

Created ByFalloutKid14 AKA Suspect from GTA5 Mods
Download LinkNexus Mods

This mod replaces the vanilla gun sounds with significantly better sounding ones. Most games suffer under the fact that their guns sound weak and dull. With this mod you will be blasting away with the audio fidelity you deserve.

35 Digital Nightmare Music Mod

Created ByNeptuneUK
Download LinkNexus Mods

This mod adds five hours of dark music to New Vegas. It immerses you in the true dangers of the desert and puts you on edge as you journey into danger.

Conclusion

This concludes the list of our favorite Fallout: New Vegas mods. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t make it clear that there are hundreds of other mods out there. If you are looking to further mod your game swing over to Nexus Mods where you can find the most popular and downloaded mods for Fallout: New Vegas. Also make sure you backup your game files before modding and check for any compatibility concerns for the mods you choose. Good hunting.

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