Bethesda’s latest RPG epic Fallout 4 has seen strong sales with 12 million copies shipped. Although critical reception to the game was not as positive as Fallout 3, with many citing the game to be an insignificant evolution from past titles, dedicated fans are having fun running through the wasteland, sharing videos of their adventures, and creating mods to give the game even more lasting appeal.
Even though Fallout 4 mods are currently only available through mod sites like nexusmods.com and not the Steam Workshop like most titles, fans have created and shared dozens of popular mods like last month’s Star Wars lightsaber mod that gave players the ability to wield the iconic Jedi and Sith weapons in anticipation for Episode VII complete with visual and sound effects. The modding community continues to support Fallout 4 and kicks off 2016 with very funny Thomas the Tank and Macho Man mods that pay homage to popular fan-fave mods of Bethesda's last open-world RPG hit, The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim.
The first mod titled "Really Useful Fallout" created by Trainwiz replaces dozens of in-game objects such as Deathclaws and missiles with a model of Thomas the Tank. Trainwiz even put together a video (below) showcasing the horrifying train model attacking the player as a Deathclaw while also later being shot out of a rocket launcher in missile form. There’s even footage of an army of Thomas the Tank Engine trains rampaging through a city in an effort to attack the player. To compare, here are both the Fallout 4 and Skyrim versions:
More wacky and useful mods, like being able to increase the settlements budget or lowering your weapon in non-combat sequences, are sure to crop up as the Fallout 4 community awaits the game's DLC packs. Installation instructions for PC players who’d like to use the mod can be found here although you will need a hefty system to both run the game and have a smooth experience with dozens of massive train models rampaging the wasteland.
But that's not all. Another key Skyrim mod back by "popular demand" custom-tailored for Fallout 4 is of course, one based on"Macho Man" Randy Savage.
It will be interesting to see which mods Bethesda eventually officially allows on the consoles as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be getting mod support for Fallout 4 . Graphically intense mods might not make the cut as PC’s can be upgradable whereas consoles are stuck with their stock parts and are already having major performance with open-world games, Fallout 4 included, but most especially with Just Cause 3. There's also of course the issue over copyright and licensing which both of these mods may fall victim to.
Perhaps a more realistic expectation for console mods are things like organizational tweaks in terms of how the ugly and cumbersome inventory system works, how the game's settlement system is set up, or character model enhancements. This also raises the question on how the mods will be accessed since they are only available on Bethesda.net as previously mentioned. Both Sony and Microsoft might have to set up infrastructure to connect mods uploaded to the site to be available to download on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace respectively.
Fallout 4 released on November 10th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.