Fallout 4 is a great game, especially when it comes to modding. Although at the time of release the game didn’t appeal to many fans of the series, thanks to a huge number of mods you can now customize the game and make it more suitable for you. There is no doubt that post-apocalyptic Boston has its own charm, however, many fans of Metro and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games wish that Fallout 4 had more of that east European radioactive flavor. In this guide we’ll show you the best mods to turn Fallout 4 into a post-Soviet radioactive wasteland.
If you played any of Metro or S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games before, then you already know that these games are slightly different compared to Fallout games, or any other post-apocalyptic Western RPG. Like other post-nuclear war dystopias, these games also have monsters, radioactive swamps, and old lousy guns, however, there is a great amount of melancholy in these games.
Worlds of Metro and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games feel utterly doomed. There is no glimpse of hope, only survival. In these games you can often encounter miserable NPCs playing balalaika, fellow soldiers patching their gasmasks with duct tape, and babushkas cooking radioactive stews for their grandchildren who are playing in the tunnels of Metro. If this is the kind of world you would like to recreate in Fallout 4, then scroll down below to find out the best mods to turn this game into a gloomy east European RPG.
1. Fallout 2287 – Gas Masks of the Wasteland
If you are looking to turn Fallout 4 into a S.T.A.L.K.E.R./Metro inspired game, than getting this mod is a must. Being inspired by the Metro 2033 itself, this mod adds equippable gas masks and filters to the Fallout 4. It also makes wearing masks mandatory in exterior areas, and gas masks consume filters that keep out of harmful radiation attached to air particles. The mod also makes other NPCs wear gasmasks outside, which is really cool. You can download the mod from here.
2. Polluted Climate
Polluted Climate is simply an amazing mod for Fallout 4. It makes the game much more immersive, as it transforms its overly vibrant and colorful world into a more harsh and unforgiving wasteland. This mod adds new types of weather, including rainy radiation storms and dust storms that deal higher radiation damage. It also tweaks lighting, bloom, and colors to make the environment more bleak, rotten, and decayed. The mod can be download from Nexus Mods.
3. Post Apocalyptic Commonwealth
Post Apocalyptic Commonwealth is a huge mod. It adds a ton of new objects into Fallout 4’s environment, including trees, bushes, and other vegetation, props, debris, scrap, old cars, and so on. This mods helps a lot turning Fallout 4 into a S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-like game, however, it is very taxing on the system, so be sure that you have a powerful enough GPU to run Fallout 4 at a stable framerate with this mod installed. The mod can be download from this Discord channel.
4. Winter Overhaul
If you want to add a touch of freezing Siberian blizzard to your Fallout 4 experience, then be sure to download and install the Winter Overhaul mod created by MassShep. This mod turns Commonwealth into a frozen arctic wasteland, as it adds new snow textures to plants, roads, buildings, vehicles, and terrain. The mod also adds full LOD for all the trees, and it requires no DLC. In short, it is a perfect mod if you are searching for Metro-like experience.
5. Subway Runner
Subway Runner is a super cool mod if you like spending hours and hours in dark subway tunnels. By default, subway tunnels in Fallout 4 usually have dead ends, and there is really just not much use for them. Most of the time you have go back the same way you came in through, which makes the whole adventure of raiding the tunnels tedious. This mods fixes this problem, as it connects 90% of subway tunnels in the game into a single subway network, which pretty much resembles to the Soviet Metro system.
6. Pip-Boy Flashlight
Although Pip-Boy Flashlight is in sixth place on our list, it is one of our all-time favorite mods for converting Fallout 4 into a post-Soviet nuclear apocalypse. Similar to flashlights in Metro or S.T.A.L.K.E.R., the Pip-Boy Flashlight mod adds the dynamic flashlight beam which emanates from your Pip-Boy. This helps tremendously elevate the gameplay experience, not only because it makes the in-game flashlight look more realistic, but also become it limits you vision cone, thus creating more suspenseful gameplay.
7. Reverb and Ambiance Overhaul
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Metro can at times be very haunting games thanks to their incredibly eerie soundtrack and ambient sounds. The Reverb and Ambiance Overhaul mod tries to do exactly that with Fallout 4. It makes weapons sound more realistic, and improves ambience and reverb to be more lively. This mod also increases the diversity and dynamics of in-game sound, which is why it is one of the most essential mods to have installed.
8. 4estGimp – Lost World and STALKER merged music
You know what’s the best way to turn Fallout 4 into S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game? Add S.T.A.L.K.E.R. soundtrack! That’s right, with this mod you can add S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl soundtrack to Fallout 4, and make your roaming around Commonwealth more immersive, depressive, and haunting than ever. This mod also contains Lost World ambience scores, which are great addition to the already iconic S.T.A.L.K.E.R. soundtrack.
9. Derzhis’ Podal’she Stalker (Radiation Rebalance)
Unlike Fallout 4, in which you can hop around radioactive ponds without too much problems, drinking water from radioactive Volga in Metro Exodus, or collecting irradiate scrap around Pripyat in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. can be quite lethal. If you want to add to your Fallout 4 experience a little bit more realism, and make your walks around Commonwealth equally exciting as taking a stroll in the Red Forest, then this is a mod for you. The Derhis’s Podal’she Stalker mod raises radiation levels for the vanilla Fallout 4 by 35% to 65%, making roaming around its world more exciting and deadly.
10. Combined Arms – Modern Weapon Pack
Every stalker knows that for surviving in the Zone he needs proper equipment. So what better tools are there besides good old buddies AKM, SV-98 and TT-33 Tokarev to send radioactive monsters to hell? The Combined Arms – Modern Weapon Pack adds all of these legendary weapon to Fallout 4, alongside 14 other different weapons, including .50 Cal Barrett sniper rifle, M249 light machine gun, and SPAS-12 shotgun. All weapons have customizable sights and reticles, and are compatible with other scope mods. Overall, this is a fantastic mod, and you should definitely give it a try if you want to enhance your Fallout 4 experience.
11. The Metro
If Subway Runner mod is not enough for you, then you should check it out the Metro mod for Fallout 4. Just like its name suggests, this mod adds a network of Metro tunnels and an underground town for players to explore. It also adds an additional questline which involves helping underground settlers fight monsters in the dark depths of subway in order to make living safe again.
12. Senescence – An ENB Preset for Polluted Climate
In our opinion, the Senescence is one of the best, if not the best ENB preset for Fallout 4. This ENB preset works perfectly in a combination with with the Polluted Climate mod, however you can use it even without that mod. The Senescence preset adds a lot of brown, yellow and pale blue color tones to Fallout 4, making the whole gameplay experience appear more melancholic and elegiac. The preset also appears to be heavily influenced by Metro and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games which is a big plus.
13. Endless Warfare
The world of vanilla Fallout 4 can get a pretty dull at times. If you want to spice things up, and turn the Commonwealth into a Pripyat-like zone infested with hordes of radioactive monsters, then be sure to install the Endless Warfare mod. This mod adds a whooping 1475 scripted Spawn markers throughout Commonwealth along with an easy to use in-game interface that allows you to configure which NPCs you want to spawn and how many. You also have the option of over 100 companions to command and conquer with.
14. Modular AN94 Abakan
This is another weapon mod on our list of the mods that turn Fallout 4 into a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. inspired game. As the name suggests, this mod adds a fully functional AN-94 Abakan assault rifle to Fallout 4. Used by Spetsnaz, this rifle can boast with extremely high fire rate, as well as uber cool design. The rifle is fully modular, meaning you can change its skins, attachments and perks. The 3D model itself is extremely detailed, and it helps you feel like Artyom from Metro series, as it helps a lot with immersion.
15. Metro Inspired Fallout 4 Main Menu Theme
If you got fed up of seeing the same main menu theme in Fallout 4, and wish to changes things a bit, then check out this Metro Inspired Fallout 4 Main Menu Theme. This mod adds a new main menu to Fallout 4 that is heavily inspired by Metro games, and it even adds original music from Metro games.