Games modding #3: Fallout New Vegas

How to make Fallout New Vegas (2010, Obsidian Entertainment) more awesome than ever through a few number of mods.
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First thing: get the Nexus Mod Manager to facilitate the installations process.

The Nexus Mod Manager (NMM) is a free and open source piece of software that allows you to download, install, update and manage your files through an easy to use interface. It integrates with the Nexus sites to provide you with a fast, efficient and much less hassled modding experience.

Once the game is downloaded and updated, save it (in Steam > right-clic > Save the files), because, well, you never now what could go wrong. It will save you another 7GB download. Launch the game a first time to create the INI config file, exit, and launch NexusMM.

Now, let’s begin with some new textures. Search by name on NMM website and, from the mod pages, click ‘Download (NMM)‘. The mod file will be downloaded through NMM software and added to your mods list. Then double click it to install/activate.

  • Poco Bueno (lightweight but good quality textures for most of the game assets)
  • NMCS Texture Pack (high res textures for rocks, roads and most of the major game’s assets). The single texture pack works great and does not impact the game’s performances. The higher res packs are heavier, of course. When installing, accept overwriting Poco’s pack.

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Then, let’s polish the HUD and game content. Install these mods in this exact order, and accept each ‘overwrite’ popup:

  • NVSE (New Vegas Script Extender) get it here : nvse.silverlock.org. This mod add some advanced scripting ability, that will be used by the followin mods.
  • MTUI, for a nicer display of dialogues.
  • The Pip-Boy 2500, for an improved Pip-Boy !
  • Project Nevada (don’t forget to activate the 4 .esp after install): this will add some huge improvement to the game experience. Quests, abilities, bullet time, interface and such.
  • Mod Configuration Menu (MCM), to get a screen unifying the new available options.

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Final step, improve the game’s performances through a new launcher that will authorize it to run with 4GB virtual memory (twice as natively).

  • 4GB FNV (its last version will autodetect NVSE)

Let’s now see how to add ENB support to improve the visual experience. What is ENB would you ask ? ENB is a graphic mod that enhances post processing effects to make games look better graphically [src].

  • Download ENB263 for Fallout New Vegas: http://enbdev.com/mod_falloutnv_v0263.htm
  • Copy /Wrapper in FNV folder ( for instance C:\Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout New Vegas\)
  • For the AsusRog with NVidia Optimus technologye: from the /Injector folder copy the following three files: enbseries.dll, enbinjector.exe and enbinjector.ini to the FNV folder. You must then RUN enbinjector.exe before launching Fallout New Vegas in order for the mod to work; you may close it ater your game has started. Delete the d3d9.dll file, you won’t need it.
  • Choose your ENB. I went for the beautiful Rudy pack. Unpack and copy all the files into the Fallout New Vegas directory.

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Resources

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