Fallout 4 Mods of the Week: Nuclear babies and Deathclaw pals
The Fallout 4 modding community is already well on their way to giving players complete control over their Fallout experience. Even without an official modding resource they've manage to tweak and wiggle their way through .ini files, textures, and Fallout 4's settings to create a variety of tweaks and variants on the original game that are often as hilarious as they are useful.
Atom Bomb Baby
One of the more disturbing mods making a stir around the net is Trainwiz's Atom Bomb Baby mod. As the name implies, this mod allows you to swap your favorite nuclear ammunition with a life-size replica of your baby Shaun, allowing you to bid sweet goodbye to your long lost child as he flies gracefully through the air to bring nuclear doom upon your enemies.
You'll find any reference to a mini nuke texture has now been swapped for Shaun, meaning that you'll find the occasional sighting of your character's child hidden in ancient pre-war bunkers, flying out of a Fat Man no matter who's at the helm, and occasionally clasped in the meaty palm of a charging Super Mutant Suicider. He just wants to give you back your baby! WHY ARE YOU RUNNING?
We like to think that this mod is just a hallucination your character experiences after the frightful circumstances that catapulted him or her through time, but based on Trainwiz's description it's hard to tell if it goes deeper than that:
“Have you ever sat and thought, "man, I want to launch my baby out of a catapult?". I know I have.
In retrospect, this is why my wife left me.”
Deathclaws are as iconic as Fallout itself, striking fear in the hearts of players right up until you cripple both of their legs with a gun made from a toy car, some surgical tubing, and some carefully harvested poison.
Fallout 4's Deathclaws are significantly more terrifying than they have been in previous games, but the point stands that the creatures of the Wasteland need cuddles, not nuclear fire, which is exactly what BOTLANNER and DumDogsWorld's mod Creature Follower aims to do.
Creature Follower allows you to choose a follower from a selection of the game's creatures and synths, at which point it'll follow you around, carry gear for you, and rip your enemies limb from limb. Except the cat, of course. The cat isn't helpful.
Just like real life.
Full Dialogue Interface
Bethesda put a lot of work into improving their dialogue system to make it a more cinematic experience. Unfortunately part of that involved minimizing the dialogue options to simple one word summarys of what your character will say, which can lead to some unfortunate screw-ups when your character says something you didn't intend.
Modders Cirosan and Shadwar felt that there had to be another alternative, and with some careful tweaking they created a mod that replaces Fallout 4's default dialogue system with something veteran Fallout players are much more familiar with.
Full Dialogue Interface allows you to see exactly what your character is about to say in a simple list rather than terse one-word summaries crammed onto a tiny dialog wheel. They also remapped the dialogue options to the number keys so you don't have to fumble around trying to click the right option or let go of your mouse to use the arrows. All in all it makes navigating conversations much easier and leads to fewer embarrassing mishaps involving the “sarcastic” dialogue option.
Configurable Power Armor Fusion Core Drain
Fallout 4's new take on Power Armor is one of the most useful bits of kit in the game, but a limited number of fusion cores can do a lot to bring your mobile tank to a grinding halt. If you want to tweak the game to make Power Armor more of a second skin than a one-shot pony, or if you want to make it feel like your Power Armor is the kind of thing that should only be used in dire circumstances because it burns through fusion cores like a ripper through radroaches, then RAWberry4000's Configurable Power Armor Fusion Core Drain mod is right up your alley.
Right now the mod focuses on reducing the speed your fusion cores drain, but with future updates we'll likely see it evolve into a crucial tool for combat rebalance overhauls, as well as a handy way for modders to control how players use whatever insane sets of power armor the community produces in the coming year.
More Armor Slots
Fallout 4 is chock full of some pretty cool looking sets of armor, from beaten down sets of Wasteland leathers to sleek and suave tuxedos, and the layers of modular armor do a lot to give players choices when it comes to how they charge into battle. Unfortunately there are very few pieces of gear that can be worn under your modular sets, which can prove to be a serious problem when roleplay demands that Bond wear the aforementioned tuxedo, but only a crazy person would face down a super mutant with a minigun without some kind armored protection.
The solution is a fairly straightforward mod from Abbalovesyou that aims to unlock the huge library of gear that Fallout 4 has to offer so you can strap whatever combat armor seems appropriate to your tender limbs while looking fit and sexy in your favorite evening gown. Be aware that one of the reasons Bethesda locked some of this gear is because the number of clipping issues between some sets can be absolutely mad, so wear with care if that kind of thing bothers you.
Check out all of our past Fallout 4 mod coverage.