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Modding Fallout 4 for Image Quality & Immersive Gameplay

Fallout 4 has been out for several months and it is possible that you might find the image quality lacking overall. We take some of the most popular and highly downloaded image quality mods and find out how we can improve the environment in Fallout 4. We modify for visual improvements to give you more immersive gameplay.


Fallout 4 is a post-apocalyptic role-playing game and was released on November 10th, 2015 developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Fallout 4 is the fifth installment in the series and takes places a decade after Fallout 3 and in the location of Boston, Massachusetts.

You will be very familiar with Fallout 4 in terms of gameplay mechanics and its modification ability since this game was made on the same engine and developer as games such as The Elder Scrolls Series, notably Skyrim and even Fallout 3. In fact, many game players have noted this game's striking similarities to Skyrim particular in terms of graphics, game mechanics, and gameplay.

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Fallout 4 is based on Bethesda Softwork's Creation Engine. This is the same engine that powers Skyrim. Fallout 4 actually uses an updated version of this engine that does improve upon graphics capabilities and features. These are the notable improvements: increased texture resolution, volumetric lighting, physically-based rendering (PBR) shaders, weapon and armor and settlement modification, improved character creation system.

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Third Party Image Quality Mods

Today we are going to show you something different than we usually do for new games. In light of Fallout 4's extensive ability to support third party modifications we wanted to explore this fun aspect of modifying the game for better image quality.

Our goal is thus, we want to show you the best third party modifications related to improving the image quality of Fallout 4 of which it so desperately needs. The game engine allows a plethora of modification to pretty much anything in the game. This game definitely needs improvement in its visuals, and the game engine has that potential. One way to instantly improve the experience of Fallout 4 is to improve the visual quality and push your GPU as hard as you can. There are several aspects of image quality such as textures, lighting, and re-shades which can drastically improve the game.

We are going to focus on a particular modification website that combines the best mods for this game. We will be utilizing Nexus mods. Nexus mods is a community of modders who upload their work so you can enjoy what they have to offer. On each modder's page you will find details about the mod, screenshots, sometimes videos, and instructions on how to use it. You will also find discussion threads on each mod.

The full Fallout 4 mod site is at this link. As of this writing there are a total of 7,154 Fallout 4 mods available. We are only going to focus on the mods that affect image quality and push GPUs harder. The mod categories we are drawing most of our mods from come from: Visuals and Graphics and Models and Textures.

How We Sorted the Mods

Since there are still so many mods in each category to look through, we sorted the mods and looked through each and every one in those categories. Our decision to use a mod stems from several factors. We looked at the popularity of the mod, the number of downloads of the mod, how easy or difficult it is to apply the mod and how much of a visual change it makes during gameplay.

We have selected mods from a few categories. We have several mods that we are going to show under a textures category. This is a collection of mods that improve texture quality, probably the best way to improve visuals in the game. Then we are going to show you a way to improve lighting in the game. We are also going to show you a mod that creates seasons in the game and the good thing about that is much better wasteland graphics. We are also going to show you one that makes weather much better and finally we will talk about re-shades and the impact on the game.