Fallout 4 guides: settlements, console commands, mods, companions and more

Fallout 4 tips

It's here! After our release date countdown, Bethesda's epic wasteland wander has arrived. We've gone vault-deep into each aspect of the game, so here's a rundown of everything you might need to know to make the most of your time in the Commonwealth.

Fallout 4 settlements, mods, tweaks and tips

First up in the game is character creation, so here's a handy list of every name that Codsworth will say.

The first few hours are tough, so get up to speed and save your fleshy bits from being scattered across the wasteland with our Fallout 4 beginner's guide.

Or you could just get a bit creative with our list of Fallout 4 console commands and cheats.

Fallen foul of Bethesda's love of bugs? You need our list of known crashes and fixes.

Perhaps you just want a wider field of view? Here's how to tweak Fallout 4's FOV, unlock the frame rate and more.

Looking to make more sweeping changes to your game? Here are the best Fallout 4 mods out there.

Feeling lonely? That's an easy fix with our companion guide.

Get some creative inspiration - here are the best Fallout 4 settlements we've found so far.

Fallout 4 review

We locked Matt away for a full week with the game. He came out squinting a bit, but also with this Fallout 4 review into which he poured his heart, soul, and a small chunk of his sanity.

Fallout 4 driver

Be sure you've got everything you need for your journey - Nvidia GPU users in search of optimisation might want to download and install the new Game Ready GeForce driver. 

Check out the details here.

Fallout 4 system requirements

Here's the minimum specs:

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 30 GB free HDD space
  • NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent

And recommended:

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 30 GB free HDD space
  • NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent

Some more details on these in our dedicated Fallout 4 system requirements post.

Fallout 4 won't have a lock on frame rate or resolution when playing on PC. There was initially some confusion, but this handy tweet from Bethesda confirmed that any restrictions will only come from your hardware, so feel free to crank things up until your rig starts bellowing smoke.

Time to upgrade? After all, graphics do matter - the game's creator himself says so.

Fallout 4 script 

Courtenay Taylor, who also voiced Jack in the Mass Effect games and has been doing videogame voice work since 2002, says Fallout 4 is the longest project she's worked on. 

"The writing is great," she told IGN. "It is exactly what you would expect from a Fallout game, but better - it’s more immersive. They’ve taken it to a new level. There’s no stone that’s been unturned.

"I went to Pixar, in Emeryville once. And they were talking about the movie Cars, and the level of detail in Cars. In every car, they would know what was in the glove box, even if the glove box is never opened, these creators would know exactly what was inside. You couldn’t just say “oh, I have no idea”. Detail is fleshed out completely. And it rung the same for me on Fallout 4. Even if the camera never goes there, we know it’s there. And the effect of that level of detail is going to be apparent."

Fallout 4 mods

Too soon for a mods scene? Not a bit of it. In fact, we've put together a list of the best Fallout 4 mods already out there, plus those that we'd like to see in future. And given that Fallout 3's mod community is still going strong, as you can see from our guide to the best Fallout 3 mods, you should expect this one to run and run.

Fallout 4 radio

Fallout 4's soundtrack hopes to prove there’s life after Three Dog with three times as much music as Fallout 3 - and offers more than just the familiar acoustic crooning of the Ink Spots. In fact, if you want to be immersed in the experience at all times then why not buy the original soundtrack now, and fill your ears with the sounds of a deadly, dreadful wasteland full of mutants and radiation. 

The studio's audio department have pulled not only from the ‘40s and ‘50s but also, oddly enough, Lynda Carter. The former Wonder Woman plays a singer in the town of Goodneighbor, and has written and performed five original songs.

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Carter’s tracks are in rotation on Diamond City Radio, the successor to Three Dog’s Galaxy News, which is hosted by what Bethesda call a “charmingly quirky” DJ. The studio say about a third of the music in the game is instantly recognisable, like Crosby’s hits, while another third digs into the obscure corners of, say, Nat King Cole’s catalogue. The final third will be long-forgotten fare with ludicrous lyrics and memorable hooks.

There’s a dedicated classical station, and yep, an Ink Spots song - It’s All Over But the Crying, from the announcement trailer. But Bethesda reckon it has a more hopeful vibe befitting Fallout 4’s relatively optimistic themes. Period pop awaits.

Fallout 4 season pass

Bethesda don't yet know precisely how much Fallout 4 DLC they're going to develop - only that it'll be "a lot". Rather than split it confusingly between multiple season passes, they're planning to charge $30 for everything.

For that, you'll be entitled to every bit of extra Fallout the developers squeeze into Boston and its environs, beginning early in 2016.

That's a lot of Fallout 4! How have you been finding it? Let us know in the comments below.

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QDP2(1 day 3 hours played)
2 Years ago

I'm glad they didn't turn Fallout into another massive franchise, similar to Assassin's Creed :) If they had just reeled out games annually, it would have burned the franchise to the ground by now.

I hope they push new territory with the franchise, make something revolutionary, rather than just place a clone to the previous titles, even if that means the game is still another 2, even 3 years away, make it the Fallout game of many of our (and you - the developers) dreams :)

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WizardlyWolf Avatar
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2 Years ago

Agreed, it's nice that they're taking their time with it I'm sure it'll be awesome

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1N07 Avatar
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1 Year ago

That's because building an AC game is basically building with glorified legos. Most of their game worlds are build from re-skinned old assets.

And that isn't necessarily an insult. When done right and not too excessively, re-using assets isn't a bad thing. Whether or not AC does it right is arguable to say the least though.

Personally though, I happen to like AC (Even if I do hate Ubisoft. Yeah I know sounds a bit contradictory doesn't it? It's complicated...)

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QDP2(1 day 3 hours played)
1 Year ago

I don't think I could have worded this as well. I completely agree with you, my friend! Ubisoft have attempted to rekindle the AC series many times by making the games from scratch, not copying any of the original assets but instead they always end up re-typing the code they have already done.

It's a shame as I loved the original Trilogy (or Quintilogy if you prefer) but they have been slowly spacing me out with a lack of new gameplay and less attachment to the story (I note this is a personal view, I get that many loved AC4 and Unity but they just didn't hit it for me the same way Desmond's arc did).

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Tovias Avatar
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1 Year ago

Oh wait, this shit is old.

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QDP2(1 day 3 hours played)
1 Year ago

6 month lag on your first reply, 5 month gap until a second comment

"Bethesda is slow as fuck"

:P

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Xerkics Avatar
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1 Year ago

Um Fallout IS a franchise , just because its not released every year doesnt make it any less of.

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QDP2(1 day 3 hours played)
1 Year ago

Focus on the word massive, not franchise. Glad they didn't spam the franchise into 10 games already, but instead made Fallout 4 a much better game (based off the reviews so far).

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Tovias Avatar
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2 Years ago

That's because Bethesda is slow as fuck, not because some quality reason.

Also, FO3 was practically a whole new world in the franchise compared with older games.

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2 Years ago

Boston? Shame, I was really hoping for Fallout - Skegness.

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MrAptronym(28 days 8 hours played)
2 Years ago

I hope they are working on Fallout 4, and I hope they learn from what Obsidian did with New Vegas while also growing a bit in the gameplay department.

I think they have something good with the fallout series so far though, they just need to not mess up. Evolution is the key here, not revolution.

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Htorne Avatar
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2 Years ago

Half-Life 3 confirmed - I KNEW IT

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Kinth! Avatar
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1 Year ago

Played it by VPN'ing to AUS and unlocking. The most surprising element is how good the gunplay feels.

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1 Year ago

The system requirements are very odd for this game. The minimum ones especially. The game runs "great" on low settings on a dual core(e8400), with 5gb ram and a 7870. Indoors fps 35-60, outdoor 25-60. I did not expect these results, not a single crash so far, which is odd considering a bunch of those complains in the steam reviews.

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Kablooie Avatar
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2 Years ago

Fallout 3 was really the last video game I became keenly excited about. I saw a demo of the gameplay, I think it was on G4TV, and was blown away, in particular by the VATS and slowmo explosions of gooey bits. As well as the exploration of what was, for it's time, a HUGE sandbox full of all kinds of interesting vignettes.

I can only hope Bethesda has taken up the gauntlet and decided to forge F4. They have a formidable task ahead, creating a new Fallout that had the impact F3 did.

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[PWNY] Fluttersnipe(3 days 11 hours played)
1 Year ago

Title: Fallout 4 system requirements, release date and storyline: Everything we know

Results: We don't know what the system requirements are

Why include it in the title then?

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1 Year ago

We know a couple of bits and pieces so far that people are interested in, and once more is revealed the story will be updated.

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1 Year ago

I just got to watch the trailer. I had an injury that hospitalised me so I wasn't able to get around to it until now.

"Even if your fellow man is a synth?"

I WAS RIGHT. From the first launch release videos! I said it from the very first day! Woo. It's WEIRD that I was right, I'm used to actually being wrong because more often than not people are boring and making the player a robot seems like it would push bad buttons in a huge audience of xenophobic people.

Sure, you still look human, but you're not. Not at all. Not even remotely. There's no blood under that fake skin. So I didn't expect them to do it because people can be so xenophobic when confronted with new experiences, especially in a new Fallout game. I just expected that I would be having a bit of fun and really it would have just been stasis or something.

You know?

I was of two minds.

a.) They're actually doing this and every new bloody thing they release is a hint that this is actually true and it's making me act like The Question.

b.) I'm reading stuff into it that isn't there and it's going to be a stasis thing because people are boring and xenophobic.

I'm actually a little bit excited about this, now. I still have my doubts, but I am at least a LITTLE bit excited about it. Don't take that away from me, eh?

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1 Year ago

I cant say im surprised at Game screwing this up, they are notorious at screwing shit up. Brick and Mortar Franchises like Game need to stop being arrogant pricks and get their shit together they already lost a lot of customers for trying to screw players by manipulating local releases by bullying publishers . I stopped pre ordering from them long ago its just another nail in their coffin and driven more players to order from online retailers.

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TsunamiWombat(3 days 14 hours played)
2 Years ago

That trailer was god awful, the very epitome of underwhelming. I don't clearly understand HOW people are excited for it. It's like they literally repackaged Fallout 3 with 2008 MMO's graphics for us. And I LIKE color and cartoony aesthetic! But that showed us NOTHING but really poor visuals, told us nothing about the game except the setting, and if the 2013 Kotaku leak was correct (and things are starting to match up) then we are screwed.

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2 Years ago

I Feel the need to point out that that wasn't a trailer. It wasn't meant to show us anything but the fact they were making the game. The June 14th E3 Showcase is where we're getting all the things you want.

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huldu Avatar
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1 Year ago

It feels and plays like skyrim, except you're using ranged weapons. It's a shame the world is fallout, not as interesting or lush as skyrim, but that's fallout for you.

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TsunamiWombat(3 days 14 hours played)
1 Year ago

I will say their E3 Showcase was MUCHMUCHMUCH better and salvaged my opinion of the project. I'm not super hyped, but I will definitely pick it up, assuming my computer will run it. Old girl is getting... old. And all the upgraded SFX cards in the world won't make up for it's aging CPU bottleneck, poor ventilation, or the fact it still runs Vista 64

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1 Year ago

Hard to have less music than Fallout 3. One station you only properly unlock several hours into the main quest (static is fun?), and another acoustic station attached to a hidden side quest if you know where to look.

Compared to NV - two stations straight out the door and a third limited to a certain area.

I ended up listening to podcasts to fill the dead air.

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2 Years ago

I hope it is true that they are working on a new Fallout... If they are take as long as they need, the longer they are working on it the better it will be!!!

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1 Year ago

Oops..sorry this is like a year old article almost. My bad :(

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