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Overview of recommended mods for New Vegas. For first timers, click here. (Protip: For vanilla playthroughs, avoid the Gameplay Changes and Quests/New Locations sections just to keep things more, well, "vanilla".)
Make sure your game is fully patched to 188.8.131.525
Usually mods are simply extracted to your Data\ directory (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Bethesda Softworks\Fallout New Vegas\Data).
After that the plugin files (*.esp, *.esm) have to be activated.
The recommended way to install is to use Mod Organizer 2.
Nexus Mod Manager (NMM) can be used if you're having trouble keeping track of which mod needs updating. Which you shouldn't since most of these mods stop being updated for about a year now.
You can only install one of these managers, otherwise it will conflict with each other.
New Vegas Script Extender (NVSE) is required for most mods to work.
After installation, use LOOT to setup the load order. It is important to setup the load order correctly to make them work properly. It will recognize most mods listed here, and list them correctly in order. If it doesn't, it's usually safe to leave that mod at the bottom it was placed at.
Some mods may install differently or require additional mods to work. Always check the Readme/Mod description before installing a mod.
List of Mods
|DarNified UI NV||Smaller fonts, fit much more text in barter/inventory boxes|
|Enhanced Blood Textures for NV||Hi-res texture replacer for blood decals|
|EVE - Essential Visual Enhancements||Improves weapon effects|
|NMC's Texture Pack for New Vegas||Hi-res texture replacer|
|A Familiar Friend - The Pip-Boy 2500 Pipboy||Replaces your wrist-mounted Pip-Boy with a handheld version with a Fallout 1 inspired look|
|Official Pipboy Readius - New Vegas Edition||Replaces the wrist-mounted Pip-Boy with a more modern looking handheld one|
|Pip-Boy 3500||A Readius Re-Texture (Requires Readius)|
|Pipboy Remover||Removes the wrist-mounted Pip-Boy|
|Shiloh DS - Clean Pipboy Screen||Cleans up your Pip-Boy screen by removing scanlines, glare, map tints, and gives options to set a brighter glow intensity|
|Shiloh DS - Colored Map and Icons||Adds a colored map and new optional icons and better zoom settings|
|Interface Mod - Revelation||Replaces several menus with Fallout Tactics textures.
NOTE: There is a Low Res Texture Replacer if it causes a delay
|Type3 Body and Armor replacer||Female (non-nude) body replacer, also fixes vanilla armor to fix the new body mesh better|
|Weapon Animation Replacers||Better animations for pistols and rifles. You can use this to turn it into a FOMOD giving you a nice menu for WAR's several options.|
|Ojo Bueno textures||Texture overhaul; makes tons of stuff look better|
|Weapon Retexture Project||Gives new higher res textures to all weapons|
|Vurt's Wasteland Flora Overhaul||Adds a huge variety of native plant life to the Mojave|
|Concept Art Menu and Load Screens||Concept Art for Loading Screens, Works with Vanilla, TTW, and RFCW|
|IWS-Increased Wasteland Spawns||More monsters in the Mojave, configurable in-game. Also introduces more guards/patrols and battles between factions.|
|J.E. Sawyer's Mod||A mod by NV's project director and lead designer Joshua Sawyer, consists of many small fixes and tweaks. Makes the game more challenging and also lowers the level cap to 35.|
|Project Nevada||General gameplay overhaul inspired by FWE, incorporates some community mods and is modular.|
|Ciro's Classic Overhaul||Mechanics overhaul to make your character choices more important and to rebalance things. Also adds perks inspired by fallout 1 and 2. Compatible with Project Nevada and most other mods.|
|FOOK - New Vegas||Gameplay/items/factions overhaul, compatible with Project Nevada (but will have a lot of overrides with the PN Equipment Module), incorporates many community mods and fixes|
|Metal Gear Solid Alert||Alerted enemies get an exclamation point on top of their head and the classic MGS sound plays|
|Tag Skills Improved||Increases the bonus for tagged skills, making tagging more useful|
|Weapon Mods Expanded - WMX||Add more weapon mods into the game|
|Imp's More Complex Needs||Increases nutritional and sleep needs complexity. You now require specific things in order to bolster your natural metabolism and thus health regeneration. Factors in specific nutritional needs (protein, fat, carb...etc.) and sleep dept into an array of perks that can positively or adversely affect you. Highly customizable.|
|New Vegas Stutter Remover||Removes the random graphics stutter when roaming the Wastelands|
|CASM with MCM||Adjustable automatic saver for those long sessions|
|Authentic Burned Man||Makes Joshua from Honest Hearts look actually burned.|
|Casino Exchange All||Adds a dialog option to the casino cashiers to exchange ALL of your Legion/NCR money.|
|Fake Fullscreen Mode Windowed - Alt Tab Fix||A simple hack that runs NV in windowed mode with all it's advantages but makes it appear fullscreen.|
|New Vegas Uncut (go to mods)||A series of tweaks and restored parts aiming to bring NV closer to Obsidian's intent. Freeside Open is especially recommended which also includes part 1,3 & 7|
|Mission Mojave||Community Bug Fixes for New Vegas|
|NVEC - New Vegas Enhanced Content||Community bug fixes similar to Mission Mojave (incorporate it, in fact). /vg/ recommends only using the Bugfixes + Reduced CTD to avoid the retarded shit it adds.|
|Reduced Load-Screen Fast Travel Markers||New/modified markers for fast-travel to reduce changing cells all the time.|
|New Vegas Extended Map Markers||A different Map marker update with more markers in Freeside and Camp McCarran|
|Fatigue Fix||Fixes KO weapons to actually cause KO damage. Included in the Yukichigai Unofficial Patch below.|
|Unarmed and Melee Perk Tweak||Changes unarmed and melee perk requirements so you don't have to boost unarmed on a melee char and vice versa.|
|Yukichigai Unofficial Patch||An unofficial patch that is nothing but bug fixes. According to the author, it fixes almost all the bugs, save for fixes requiring NVSE or "highly nuanced fixes that FNVEdit mangles."|
|Enhanced Camera||Look down - see your feet!|
|Immersive Karma||Removes Karma gain/loss messages|
|Nevada Skies - Weather Effects BETA and URWLified||Introduces weather effects (Rain, Sandstorms, etc) into the game|
|No Dialog Tags||Hides skill checks in dialog|
|F3NV Project Reality MkI||Makes the outside look more realistic, also includes weather effects|
|Roleplay-Start||Lets you start as a member of an in-game faction. BEWARE: fiend start is currently broken and it doesn't seem to be updated anymore.|
|ST Robot Race||Play as a robot, the mod includes custom perks, fitted armor, and new player sounds|
|Collectible Canteens||Adds refillable canteens with different themes spread all across the Mojave.|
|Colossus t49xv||A power armor similar to the classic Enclave armor|
|Leather backpack||A backpack with additional functions (portable bed, container, ...)|
|Six-String Samurai Sword||Ever wanted to role-play as Buddy? This is the mod for you|
|Satchels 'n' Stuff||A complement to Tailor Maid|
|Tailor Maid - NV||Makes single parts of vanilla armors available to wear individually|
|The Road Warrior Armor||A Mad Max inspired armor|
|The Armory||The Armory mod by Something Awful Users, all sorts of different guns, unzip "00_" files with SevenZip. Requires WAR|
|A Requiem for a Capital Wasteland||Adds a tunnel to travel to the Capital Wastelands. Includes all content Fallout 3 had to offer (quests and such). Requires Fallout 3 data files.|
|Tale of Two Wastelands||
This is the updated form of Requiem for a Capital Wasteland developed by same staff. This mod makes Requiem for a Capital Wasteland obsolete.
|BrotherhoodHouseAlliance||Restores a dialog option (with hefty speech check) that allows you to keep the BoS alive while siding with House. BEWARE: users report that the mod breaks ending slides.|
|A World Of Pain||Adds places with tons of enemies and loot|
|New Vegas Restoration - NVR||Ambitious mod to make the Strip a greater place. Cleans it up, adds casinos and removes the interior gates|
|Underground Hideout||Adds a Player Vault in the the Wasteland near Spring Mt. Ranch State Park with an armory, ammo Sorters, weapons wall etc.|
|RobCo Certified||With RobCo Certification, you too can turn a hunk of junk into a brand-new robot assistant with our five-part correspondence course- get RobCo Robot Company certified, today!|
|CONELRAD 640-1240 - Civil Defense Radio||New radio station with many Cold War themed songs and original Civil Defense PSAs|
|Radio New Vegas - The Secret Stash||Adds many songs referenced in quest titles to Radio New Vegas|
|Mysterious Broadcast - Extended||"...a radio expansion for the station that comes with the Old World Blues DLC. This mod is a little more complex, however, as it restructures the station internally so as to rename it to "Old World Blues," prevent repeat songs, and hopefully stomp out any of the bugs that the station had out of the box."|
|Mojave Music Radio - Extended||Adds more songs to Mojave Music Radio.|
|McElroy's Classix Radio||A radio station full of lore-friendly music, DJ'd by a robot with funny commentary.|
|Troll /v/, Fap material|
|Bouncing Natural Breasts||Nude body replacer with animated breasts and armor modifications|
|Body by Race - Bouncing Breasts Type3||Gives each race a slightly different body mesh, requires above mod|
|Sexout||Inspired by Oblivion's xLovers: get raped by wolves, work as a prostitute, etc.|
|Shojo Race Vegas 09s||Loli mod|
|Uterus Eater||Blame Japan|