Top 10 Fallout 3 mods

One of the great things about Bethesda is that the developer allows for open modding of its games (sorry 360 and PS3 people, this is for the PC crowd only). This takes your $50 game and turns it into its own little virtual play set. If you’ve never delved into the arcane arts of modding or mod installation we recommend you browse on over to the Bethesda forums and take a look around.

Now that the game has been out for some months, the range of mods available is getting pretty big. From total conversions to new weapons all the way to custom houses and mini-adventures, there’s a gamut of free content just waiting to be sucked through the intertubes straight into your brain. It’s almost like your own private Tranquility Lane pod…

Let’s get on with it shall we?

Ghoul Massacre

Essentially this mod magically transports you to a two-story building somewhere in the wasteland with four A.I. buddies. All you have to do is hold out. Sounds simple enough right? You start out with limited ammo and a few landmines to place at key choke points. Once those are in place, you simply go to sleep. You’ll be awoken at midnight and face down the ghoul horde. While it’s easy at first, we found ourselves quickly overwhelmed after one or two rounds. The good news is you’ll build up cash as you kill ghouls which you can then use to buy more ammo, mines, airstrikes and upgrade your AI helpers. Tip: only your own kills count towards cash, so make sure you get your hands dirty.

Really, this mod is not as polished or complete as some, but we’ve included it here because it’s a change of pace from the various Companions, Total Conversions and Super Items that most mods provide. It’s probably something you might only play for a couple of hours before you get bored, but hey, it’s free right?

J3X Drivable Motorcycles

One thing Fallout 3 doesn’t have that Oblivion did is an alternate mode of transportation. While there are a plethora of fast-travel points in Fallout 3, in our experience you miss a lot by just loading up new locations. Besides, we don’t know anyone that would say no to a badass Gatling gun motorcycle. And if anyone did say no, they’d be dead wrong.

Once installed, you’ll find that there are broken motorcycles outside of the major towns. Repair them by getting the right parts, and you’re on your way. We’ll be straight up: this is not a very polished mod, but what can you expect from adding a completely new way to travel around D.C.? The sounds are… annoying at times and the guns you can upgrade to are a little cheesy. But they sure beat huffing it around on foot. You can get across the entire map in just a couple minutes and you’re bound to discover a lot more of it that way.


If you’re like us and you found that vanilla F3 was a little too easy, that guns didn’t seem to feel “real,” (honestly, who can take an entire mag of 7.62 and still run at you with a sledgehammer?) and enemies were just a little too dull: this is the mod for you. Here’s a short list of what this mod adds: 120 new weapons (new models/textures too), backpacks, a ton of new armor, makes guns more lethal, enemies will throw more grenades, repairing is more versatile and the list goes on. Stimpacks are actually useful now that you’re taking more damage and the game feels a lot more “real.”

The main thing we can say about this mod is that it really makes the game feel more “post apocalyptic.” Ammo costs more, and different guns use different ammo. You will need several types of weapons at any given time because you only have, say, 57 rounds for your AK-47. The weapons just “feel” more deadly and the sounds have been completely revamped. 50 caliber sniper rifle anyone? Power armor is now trainable in more locations, with helmets now having night vision built in.

If you feel like starting another character from scratch, we highly recommend this mod. Just be wary, if you’re used to playing on expert, expect to be humbled by this mod. We started at Very-Easy and it was not a walk in the park. This mod is Fallout 3 hardcore mode, and it’s fun.


  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 28, 2012 7:51 a.m.

    Wow, so you guys just didn't want to, you know, link to any of these?
  • Mike1st - May 3, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    Wow, so you just didn't want to, you know, stop being a lazy fuck and Google them?
  • Arvelan - September 10, 2011 10:40 p.m.

    *sigh* wish I bought fallout for the pc instead of xbox...would be cool if you could use mods on the xbox...*hint hint microsoft*
  • thochaos - July 8, 2009 5:28 a.m.

    Mods are what made Oblivion my favourite PC game. As soon as I get a new PC I'll be getting Fallout 3 and modding the crap out of it. As good as it is on 360, it could be so much more.
  • RedOutlive10 - July 5, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    "Burn the Heretic, Kill the Mutant, Purge the Unclean", indeed Warhammer 40,000 universe adds a lot of spice to any game.
  • Rollin - July 3, 2009 11:30 p.m.

  • joshdaman123 - July 3, 2009 11:18 p.m.

    being a avid fallout mod gammer (vanilla fallout gets boring) fook is amazing but the standalone nightvision works better than the fook one for those of you who have the fellout mod and i couldnt get the motorcycle to work *sobs* got to try ghoul massacre!
  • Gamedude-9 - July 3, 2009 2:53 p.m.

    I think that the Space Marine mod was cool because the Ripper in Fallout 3 resembles a chainsword and it kinda fits
  • Craza - July 2, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    Ehhh, I don't know, I still can't get over the Randy Savage mod for Left 4 Dead. XD "SNAP INTO A SLIM JIM!"
  • caboose4400 - July 2, 2009 7:30 p.m.

    if i had of known about this stuff i would have gotten it for PC....i mean freaking warhammer thats sick!!!
  • oryandymackie - July 2, 2009 9:32 a.m.

    I agree with ELpork
  • oryandymackie - July 2, 2009 9:27 a.m.

    Nice. Wish I had it on PC. Can anybody bring modding to the 360?!
  • 4fromK - July 2, 2009 8:59 a.m.

    cube mod is FTW, can't wait to get my hands on english version. Is there a sandbox mod?
  • 4fromK - July 2, 2009 8:57 a.m.

    cube mod is FTW, can't wait to get my hands on english version. Is there a sandbox mod?
  • Darthwaluigi - July 2, 2009 8:20 a.m.

    but the beauty i believe is in the absolute desolation of the landscape... its not the most uplifting game to be sure but its beautiful nonetheless. green sounds nice every once in a while... here's where i wish i had a better PC lol
  • ELpork - July 2, 2009 4:08 a.m.

    I like the Greener World mod. I loved the artistic focus on Fallout... But all I wanted was some swaying GREEN grass now and again.
  • w40kfanatic - July 2, 2009 2:52 a.m.

    again i would like to correct myself. it seems that every dlc is coming out for the ps3. just in time too. i was almost bored of fallout.
  • Silvermech - July 2, 2009 1:09 a.m.

    A guy over at Rooster Teeth is panning on doing some things with the GECK. And is even made this creepy place for a mission. But I'm fuzzy on the details.
  • Airhead - July 1, 2009 11:40 p.m.

    If you ask me, night vision like that is just wrong. It is cheating, and not in a "haha let's see YOU blow up the entire world" kind of way but in a dirty not good kind of way. Those levels are meant to be hard as hell because they were dark.
  • key0blade - July 1, 2009 9:45 p.m.

    My PC is some shit anyway lol, it barely plays The Orange Box

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