With the launch of Fallout 76 and the mostly tepid response following it, I’ve seen a fair number of folks express interest in revisting some of the older titles in the Fallout series. Fallout: New Vegas in particular is the one I’ve seen most amount of interest in. It’s been several years since I played NV and I, like I imagine a lot of people, are curious as to how it holds up. It’s often praised as being the good one of the first-person Fallout games and the recent Fallout discourse has left me keen to return to it.
Though there are plenty of valid reasons for wanting to experience a game again in its original form, over the years I’ve grown quite attached to the modding scene around the Bethesda/Obsidian Fallout games (and similarly the Elder Scrolls series). There’s an immense volume of fantastic mods available that range from anywhere between minor adjustments/tweaks to full-blown expansions. That said, there are so many mods out there that it can be difficult knowing which are worth trying, and the lack of steam workshop support for New Vegas means the process of installing mods successfully can be a little tricky for newcomers. That is why I thought it might be helpful to put together a thread for folks to share recommendations on the mods they have had the best experiences with, and to offer information to those new to the process of installing mods.
Finally, I’d like to make a point of saying that if you happen to try and enjoy any mods as part of replaying New Vegas (or any game for that matter) please consider supporting the creators. In the absence of any paid mod structure for these games, most creators are doing all this hard work for very little recompense. If you can afford to give something back I’m sure they’d greatly appreciate the thought.
Installing mods for Fallout: New Vegas
First and foremost, if you are completely new to modding and/or installing mods I’d recommend taking a look at https://www.nexusmods.com/. Outside of Steam Workshop, which isn’t available for New Vegas, it is probably the best resource for finding & hosting mods for a variety of different games. Making an account on there is a good way of keeping track of the mods you might want to try out at a later date, although I should mention that there is nsfw content on the site (which I believe is hidden by default). Nexus also has easy links to allow for direct donations towards mod creators (as well as a patreon that claims to give all its earnings towards creators).
Nexus also offer a mod manager tool that makes the process of installing mods & keeping them updated far simpler. I’m most familiar with the older app called Nexus Mod Manager (NMM) however they have recently put out a new tool called Vortex which seems to serve a very similar purpose albeit with a cleaner interface. For the purpose of this post I’m going to assume that you will be using one of those apps to help install/manage the mods you want to add to New Vegas.
Some folks have pointed out that Nexus Mod Manager has caused issues in the past while using it for New Vegas, so I’ve added in some tutorials for the Fallout Mod Mananger (FOMM). It’s a pretty similar tool but used exclusively for handling mods for FO3 & F:NW.
Another great resource I would recommend are the variety of mod showcases/tutorials that Gopher has created over the past several years. I can’t speak to his whole channel but his modding videos were what initially helped me become accustomed with the process. They are some of the most clear & well-presented out there. I’ve included below some links to particular videos to help folks get started with installing mods.
Nexus Mod Manager Tutorial
Fallout Mod Manager Tutorial
Modding Fallout: New Vegas
PC Gamer’s “The best mods for Fallout New Vegas”
Recommended Fallout: New Vegas Mods
It probably won’t be until the new year before I have the time to replay New Vegas however I’ve thrown together a google doc for keeping track of the recommendations y’all share as well whatever mods I may find. Ideally it can grow to be a useful resource for curating the best the mod community has to offer. Included also are links to the aforementioned mod managers and a couple of other tools that I’ve found useful in the past.
(link to skill calculator/character builder: http://www.rpg-gaming.com/fnv.html)
As with anything on these forums, please be mindful of our rules around explicit/harmful content, making sure to use the appropriate content warnings when necessary. I look forward to seeing what everyone recommends for modding Fallout: New Vegas!