Fallout 4 Beautification Project

by Tore Andersen

Version 3.44 is ready for download (LINK)

The Fallout 4 Beautification Project is an extensive modification & optimization guide for Bethesda's award-winning open-world action RPG from 2015. A complete step-by-step modding tutorial with a new unique graphical render, errors fixes, world enhancements, and optionally some new lore-friendly content. See screenshots below.

Brief info about the project
2: Before getting started
3: Screenshots

1 - Brief info about the project

The Fallout 4 Beautification Project (F4BP) is a unique graphics and visuals overhaul of Fallout 4 (Latest version with all DLCs). It comes with complete step-by-step installation instructions, no modding experience needed. You only need some patience and preferably a good internet connection.

Fallout 4 is one of the biggest and most demanding games to date (2017), which makes modding difficult in terms of keeping performance and stability in check. The community for Fallout 4 has made huge amounts of mods & enhancements, which can even be downloaded from within the game. However, it can be a very time consuming process to figure out which mods to use. Which mods will work together, which mods are lore-friendly, and which mods are 100% stable. It takes a lot of research, downloading and testing, but with this guide, you can narrow it down to a few hours instead. Without any modding experience.
The new graphical render, the ENB, have been fine-tuned to give the game more vibrant colors and effects. This, combined with new flora and weather system, gives the game a new and much more appealing look. Less depressing. You might argue that this takes away from the atmosphere of a post apocalyptic wasteland, at least as intended by the creators of the game. However, you might also argue, that without any vegetation at all, there would be no breathable air. The guide has different options, so you can choose weather you want green flora in the game or not. In real life, looking at Hiroshima 70 years after the atomic bomb, the area has growing vegetation. (LINK) Also, Chernobyl only 40 years after the reactor meltdown, which was actually more damaging than an atomic bomb, due to the size of the plant, also has growing green flora today. (LINK) Fallout 4 takes place 200 years after a nuclear war, which is of course more devastating than one bomb or a reactor meltdown, but I'm still pretty sure that vegetation would have come back after 200 years. This is of course all speculation, so as earlier stated, the added vegetation is optional.
Either way, the Fallout 4 Beautification Project will make the game look much better than the original version, and bring lots of new lore-friendly content. Options and suggestions are given throughout the guide for different systems, as Fallout 4 is very hardware demanding. I strongly recommend having Fallout 4 installed on an SSD drive, and having 6GB+ video memory and 32GB+ RAM for a 100% steady frame-rate with maximum graphical settings.




2 - Before getting started

Before the new graphical render settings can be installed, some modifications need to be done and some settings need to be changed. The F4BP ENB settings are based upon the weather and environment mods in this guide, and will not look as intended if installed on different weather/lighting setups. If you only plan to use the ENB, and not the entire modding guide, please check the weather & lighting mods first.

1 - Make sure that Fallout 4 is updated to the latest version ( and that you have all DLCs installed as well. (The Steam version comes pre-updated)

2 - Make sure that you have 200GB of free space, if you want to install all recommended mods.

3 - Sign up at the Nexus. (LINK) - It's free and it takes 2 minutes. The Nexus site is the main source of mods used in this guide.

4 - Follow ALL 4 section of the guide.
The F4BP guide has 4 main sections. Mod installation, ENB settings, Tweaking and File cleaning. They ALL need to be followed one by one in listed order for everything to work properly.


Proceed to Mods


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3 - F.4.B.P. ENB 3.23 Screenshots













Brief info about Fallout 4

Fallout 4 is the 5th game in the popular post-apocalyptic 1950's American retro-futuristic game series, and Bethesda's 3rd Fallout game. As the previous Bethesda releases (Fallout 3 & Fallout: New Vegas), Fallout 4 is a 1st person action RPG (Role Playing Game) set in the near future of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, approximately 210 years after a nuclear war. The story starts in 2287, about 10 years after the events of Fallout 3, and revolves around a sole survivor from Vault 111.

Fallout 4 is an open-world game where the character is free to roam as he/she pleases. The game has a main story-line and several side quests that can lead to multiple endings, depending on the players choices. The game experience is pretty much up to the player. The character will evolve skills based on the playing style, which can be used to handle situations in different ways. This system is called "S.P.E.C.I.A.L.", and has several in-game memes. The name is made up by the seven skills: Strength, perception, endurance, charisma, intelligence, agility, and luck. There are 275 abilities/strengths to gain and the game has no level cap. Besides skills, the player can also craft items for various uses. Things like shelter, robots, supply generators, weapon customization, armor, medics and much much much more. This opens a whole new level of freedom and creativity to deal with problems and progress in the world. What's very unique to the Fallout games is the Power Armor. A heavily armored mechanical exoskeleton with jet-packs that come in many forms and paints. This power Armor can only be modified with very high levels of engineering, and it's not cheap on resources.

Fallout 4 has a unique targeting system called: V.A.T.S. (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System) which scans enemies and gives the player info about their condition and weaknesses. This is kind of a left-over from Fallout 1 & 2, which were turn-based strategy games. In difficult situation this system can be very helpful and convenient. However, to me personally, it feels a bit like cheating to use it, as the time slows down when activated. Acting fast and sometimes panicking is part of real-time action combat. In my opinion, the V.A.T.S. system was more fitting in the strategy games.

Throughout the game, the player meets many different people, and is ably to team up with some of them. Most noticeable a dog, Codsworth, Preston Garvey, Piper Wright, Nick Valentine, John Hancock, Cait, Curie, MacCready, Paladin Danse, and Deacon. Those have plenty of personality, and the player interaction with them can lead to lasting relations. They player can use companions for different tasks, like hacking a terminal if their skill is higher, or assist in combat and even lock-picking. The player will also be able to have adult relations to some of the companions, regardless of gender. Not in the same meaningful way as in the Witcher games, but still in an immersive and very toned-down fashion.

The most noticeable new feature in Fallout 4, is the crafting and deconstructing of buildings, machines and items. It opens a lot of opportunity, especially with added mods, which literally makes any imaginable object possible. The player can build and completely customize settlements, and help fellow survivors find a home where they can protect themselves against the many dangers of the wasteland. The post-apocalyptic world has vicious zombie-like ghouls, mutated wild animals & insects, super mutants and raiders who will kill and steal whatever they can. The player can join several different factions, which will lead to very different quests and end-game outcome..