Obsidian’s Fallout: New Vegas, despite being five years old, is still enjoying a booming modding scene. But what are the best Fallout: New Vegas mods? We’ve rounded them all up in this useful list, picking out the finest new quests, the fanciest texture upgrades, and the most useful fixes.
If you’re planning on revisiting the nuclear-scorched earth of the Mojave Wasteland before the Fallout 4 release date, then these are the mods we recommend bringing along for the ride.
How do I install Fallout: New Vegas mods?
Installing a single mod into Fallout: New Vegas is easy. All you need to do is place the new files you’ve downloaded into the ‘Data’ folder of your Fallout: New Vegas installation. If you have the Steam version, typically this will be:
C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\Common\Fallout New Vegas\Data
Windows will alert you that you’re overwriting files, so press ‘OK’ to accept the changes. It’s best to make a backup of your Data folder before you start modding in case you need to return Fallout: New Vegas to its original form.
You’re probably going to want lots of mods installed though, so it’s best to use the Fallout Mod Manager. This installs and uninstalls mods for you with a lot more ease than doing it manually. To set it up, first download and install the program. It’s then useful to create a folder on your hard drive called ‘Fallout New Vegas mods’ or something similar. Downloaded mods come in .zip files, so use something like WinRAR to extract the mod files into your new ‘Fallout New Vegas mods’ folder.
In Fallout Mod Manager, open the ‘Package Manager’ using the button to the right hand side of the window. The new window will have a button labelled ‘Add FOMod’. Click this, and then use the file browser to find your mod folder and select the mod you wish to install. The mod will now be displayed in the Package Manager window, with a tick box next to it. If the checkbox is ticked, the mod will be active in your game. Simply untick if you want to remove the mod.
Essential Fallout: New Vegas mods
Fallout Mod Manager
WIthout the Steam Workshop to make things smooth and easy, you’ll need a Mod Manager to help you get all your mods installed with the correct load orders.
New Vegas Script Extender
Adding lots of mods to the game may require an extension of Fallout: New Vegas’s scripting capabilities. This tiny New Vegas Script Extender mod will make sure the game’s script is sufficiently extended to allow hundreds of mods to work simultaneously.
Mod Configuration Menu
Generally with mods if you feel the need to change something you have to close the game and alter some files. The Mod Configuration Menu adds a management page to the pause menu, allowing you to make some alterations without ever leaving the game.
New Vegas Anti-Crash
Fallout: New Vegas is a little on the buggy side unfortunately, and can be quite susceptible to crashing to desktop. NVAC is a simple mod that helps reduce the chances of crashing.
4GB Fallout New Vegas
When using lots of big mods like textures, you may find that Fallout: New Vegas begins to struggle with its small allocation of virtual memory. FNV4GB is a tool to load Fallout New Vegas with the Large Address Aware executable flag set so the entire 4GB Virtual Memory Address Space can be used by the game.
Bethesda and Obsidian are renowned for publishing games riddled with glitches and other breaks. Despite numerous post-release patches, Fallout: New Vegas has never been completely fixed. Thanks to the mod community though, things are significantly better these days. Mission Mojave has 27,000 fixes for various bugs throughout New Vegas and its DLC packs.