Fast setup guide, not a substitute for docs.
Many major mods that work fine alone may conflict with others.
In Skyrim or Oblivion you can load 100 random mods, but not here.
I use all of these mods well together, but adding other major mods might affect stability.
Mods that only change textures or meshes are relatively safe.
Note: Clickable Mod Titles BelowUpdated Unofficial Fallout Patch [www.nexusmods.com]
LOTS of bug fixes. including crashing bugs. Strongly recommended.
Newly updated by Fallout bug fixing legend Tommy, adding his error corrections mod
and many, many other community fixes.
New: I recently added a version for use with FOMM & NMM.CASM[www.nexusmods.com]
(automated save manager)
It is likely that you will eventually get a corrupted save game in Fallout 3.
CASM automatically creates new saves periodically, avoiding much frustration.
Simply add and activate with your mod manager.
Tweak by selecting "CASM options" in the "Items & Aid" section of pipboy.
I choose to automatically save every 3 minutes. NMC Texture Packs[www.nexusmods.com]
Amazing graphics improvements!
Enable 4GB ram access on 64 bit windows (see step 3 of prior section).
Most people should use "Performance Pack".
If you have a gaming GPU with 64 bit OS & game on SSD, try Maximum pack.
I use the Max pack on a laptop Nvidia 660m GPU with SSD.FWE (Fallout Wanderers Edition)[fallout3.nexusmods.com]
This mod is so good that I can't imagine playing without it.
Mega mod with huge list of features. Increases challenge, adds weapons, sprinting...
Manually download: part 1,2 & hotfix.
FOMM ONLY: installs automatically!
NMM ONLY: Must turn these 3 archives into 1 Before adding & activating:
Extract all 3 into a new folder called Data, being careful with overwriting order (hotfix last).
Right click folder to create an archive from it, and add via NMM clicking "add mod from file".
Activating the mod brings up a menu of checkboxes.
I don't check "Followers Enhanced" because it makes them invincible.
I like Alternate Travel(motorcycle), Restore Tracers (choose one or none not both),
Vats Halftime (adds difficulty: vats doesn't speed you up as much relative to enemies)
Tweak by selecting "FWE control panel" in the pipboy apparel menu.
Don't mix FWE with the "F0Ok" mod.
A popular alternative to FWE is "Arwen's Tweaks", but I haven't tried it yet.MMM (Martigen's Mutant Mod)[fallout3.nexusmods.com]
New varieties of existing creatures, several new species too. Adds challenge and mystery.
2 Files: "Marts Mutant Mod 1-RC61 FOMOD Ready
" & "MMM-6_2-update
Don't activate Zones Respawn.esp, Tougher Traders.esp, or Natural Selection.esp, since you can activate their features from pipboy without them.EVE (Energy Visuals Enhanced)[fallout3.nexusmods.com]
Spectacular new energy effects, critical kills, weapons, impacts, sounds, everything!
Easy install, just download and activate.Blackened[fallout3.nexusmods.com] (better than foip)
YOU NEED THIS if you mix FWE, MMM, EVE, or PB.
You don't need this if you only run one of those mods.
Geeky experts have painstakingly analyzed and resolved all conflicts between FWE, EVE, MMM, and PB. This means you can run these big mods together in peace, knowing they will work well together. This is a great leap forward in the stability and quality of modded setups!
Special instruction for using MMM with Blackened:
ONLY activate MMM.esm, MMM.esp, and the 5 MMM-DLC plugins.
ALL other MMM plugins are built into Blackened or activated via pipboy. (even main menu.esp)Project Reality[fallout3.nexusmods.com]
Stunning sky & scenery improvement, weather.
Outstanding for ease of install, visuals, stability. Significant performance (fps) cost though.
In your mod manager, manually force its plugin to load absolutely last (overruling BOSS).
Not compatible with other weather mods and some lighting mods.
Options are in the pipboy apparel menu, but don't activate the buggy radiation storms.
Can disable effects in the DLC with this mod[www.nexusmods.com]
A great lighting-only alternative to this mod is "D.C. Moods."GNR Enhanced (Galaxy News Radio)[fallout3.nexusmods.com]
Adds 100 GREAT songs that fit theme perfectly. Many enhancements and fixes, including better coordination of 3-dog news reports with quest progress.Fallout Reanimated[fallout3.nexusmods.com]
Better humanoid stances and poses with weapons.
-- smaller HUD elements for a cleaner, less obstructed view.
FOMM ONLY (easier) http://ui.darnified.net/wip/F3/dui_f3a11.zip
NMM ONLY http://ui.darnified.net/wip/F3/dui_f3a11.7z
BOTH also need this hotfix: http://ui.darnified.net/wip/F3/dui_f3a11_HF.7z
ONLY IF USING NMM: Replace Font section of Fallout.INI with text below: (copy & paste)
* must be the FALLOUT.ini in C:\Users\<yourname>\Documents\my games\Fallout3
DO NOT edit fallout_default.ini in your steam fallout program folder!
Mistakes editing this font section will lock your game on start.
* view&modify DarnUI options by pushing escape while playing and selecting "DUI F3".Install order is critical for UI Mods!
- If using FWE(Fallout Wanderers Edition), activate DarnUI support for FWE[fallout3.nexusmods.com] right after DarnUI.
- If using "Immersive Hud" mod, activate it next.
- If using "Better High Detail Maps" mod, activate it anytime after DarnUI.
- I use all of these together and it's great! Add Faster Pipboy & Smoothlight mods too.
Hides HUD til relevant or toggled with "i" key. Long hold "i" for options.Better High Detail Map and Icons[fallout3.nexusmods.com]
Activate after DarnUI Mod. Leave "custom icons" unchecked (they're too small).
Author recommends changing uPipboyColor value to 2930678016 in:
My Documents\My Games\Fallout3\FalloutPrefs.ini