Fallout 4 is an excellent game. Whilst it largely stuck to the series roots thematically and mechanically (well, it’s 3D roots for that part), it managed to deliver a memorable experience set in an interesting world. Like Skyrim before it, Fallout 4 is a game that was begging for VR treatment, and in December 2017, it got it.
Unfortunately, as is often the case with any title released by Bethesda, the game was far from perfect. It was practically unplayable. Not only did it not have any of the VR features one would expect at the time, five years later, but the lack of proper VR integration is also even more obvious. Thankfully, modders have come to the rescue to turn Fallout 4 VR into something worth playing.
11 Fallout Script Extender
This is probably the most technically important, yet functionally uninteresting mod on this list – hence why we are getting it out of the way first. Fallout Script Extender does so much, but you won’t notice any of it.
That’s because it is a mod that makes everything else work. It is a mod for mods. It is an addition that you build upon to create a better experience. It’s not fancy, but you simply must have it if you want to mod Fallout 4 VR. Heck, most mods simply won’t function without it, so it's in your best interest to slap this into your load order as soon as possible.
10 Fall UI HUD VR
FallUI is not one mod, it is a series of mods that alter the UI of Fallout 4. The creator of FallUI went on to create a VR version of this excellent series of mods, and as is to be expected, it’s just as fantastic – we would go as far as saying it is vital.
FallUI just makes playing Fallout 4 VR more pleasant. The default UI has not been optimised for VR use at all by Bethesda, making it unpleasant to play at best. This new UI has been tailor-made to make understanding what is going on that much easier.
9 Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch
Base Fallout 4 was a mess at launch – which is to be expected since Bethesda struggle to release completed games. The Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch fixes hundreds of bugs – literally hundreds. This mod makes playing Fallout 4 possible.
Despite having “Unofficial” in the title, this mod is created by the authors of the Unofficial Oblivion AND Skyrim Patch mods. In short, they have as much experience fixing Bethesda games as Bethesda has releasing broken ones. Truly essential if you want to play Fallout 4.
8 Unofficial Fallout 4 VR Fix
As good as the Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch is, it doesn’t fully fix every issue that exists within Fallout 4 – and it does some background things that mess with the VR release. Thankfully, there is a mod that fixes that too.
Of course, we are talking about the Unofficial Fallout 4 VR Fix. It restores some scripting that was overwritten by the Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch – and that’s it. Another simple mod that helps make Fallout 4 VR stable – what’s not to like?
7 Fallout 4 VR Optimization Project
Surprise, surprise, Fallout 4 VR doesn’t run very well. The game stutters like no tomorrow and playing the game will probably make you rather ill – even if you have an iron stomach. Thankfully, there is a fix for it.
The Fallout 4 VR Optimization Project makes it so Fallout 4 VR runs smoothly. How does it do it? We have no idea. Do we like the results? Absolutely. The game doesn’t look any worse – it simply runs better.
This is the first mod on this list that improves Skyrim on a mechanical level, and it is one of the best. FRIK gives you a body – which is something base Fallout 4 VR does not have. This means you are no longer just a floating pair of controllers in the wasteland – you have arms, a skeleton, and a body.
This makes Fallout 4 so much more immersive – especially once you start including some of the other things this mod does – like showing your Pipboy on your arm (a shockingly absent feature in the original). The mod is still in alpha, so bugs are a thing, but this mod is far too good to pass up.
5 Virtual Chems
One of the coolest features of any VR title is holstering items and weapons on your body for easy access. This is an incredibly common feature nowadays and is included in everything from Resident Evil 4, to The Walking Dead. Now it's in Fallout 4 VR, and we can’t go back.
Chems allows you to slot various chem into different parts of your body. This allows you to reach down your hip, pull out some handy-dandy curatives, and chug them without having to fiddle about in your Pipboy interface.
4 Virtual Holsters
Following on from Chems, Virtual Holters works much in the same way – only for weapons. There is nothing quite like having a pistol on your hip, a shotgun strapped to one shoulder, a fatman on the other, and heck, why not a knife on your chest?
Not only does it feel awesome to do, but it also makes gameplay much smoother. Again, it simply removes the need to constantly mess with the Pipboy and seamlessly allows you to swap weapons on the fly. It is so much more immersive and we can’t go back to Fallout 4 VR without these features.
3 Start Me Up & Start Me Up Redux
The start of Fallout 4 is pretty awesome. The thing is, you don’t want to sit through it more than once. It’s pretty lengthy and the emotional kicks don’t hit as hard when you are banging your head against a wall trying to speed through the game’s nonsense.
As if by magic, modders once again come to the rescue. Start Me Up and Start Me Up Redux are two mods that allow you to start the game without having to mess with the intro. There are hundreds of lines of new dialogue along with a bunch of starting parameters. You never have to pretend that you care about your demon-baby again.
We thought it was about time we included some mods that tart the game up a bit since we’ve spent so much time fixing Fallout 4 VR. Grasslands is one of our favourites because it makes everything look so much better. Grasslands is a complete overhaul of Fallout 4’s grass.
The mod goes in and makes just about every location in the game better, and heck, if you don’t like all that vibrant green, you can even swap to a more unhealthy-looking colour. It looks great, it has options, and we get to run through radroach-infested meadows in VR.
1 Whispering Hills
We’ll end our list with a full overhaul for good measure. Whispering Hills is a very ambitious overhaul that drapes the wasteland in Silent Hill-themed horror vibes. On a base level, this means there is a lot of fog.
Dig deeper, and this mod has legs. It changes ambient sounds and music, adds new enemies and quests, and even drags you into a nightmare realm from time to time. This is not a mod you would install if you want to experience Fallout 4 VR – this is something you install to experience Fallout 4 VR in a whole new way.
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