6. aesthetic changes
While largely useless in practical terms, these mods are undeniably charming =3
NMCs Texture Pack, by NeilMc_NMC
Aesthetic overhaul 101: A high-definition texture pack. There's little than can be said about this mod that is not patently obvious just by reading its name. It is worth to note that, besides the over-the-top default über-high-def texture pack, there are a number or alternatives for those of us with PCs that already struggle to get a decent framerate with the default graphics; and even the lowest quality version -which is, incidentally, the one I use- looks awesome.
GNR - More Where That Came From, by OldManMose76
If you're anything like me, not only you liked Fallout 3's soundtrack (meaning, the music played on Galaxy News Radio), but it actually became your first step into a brave new world of musical taste. Me, I can't believe I lived all this time without having paid more attention to Billie Holliday and The Andrews Sisters. The problem is, Three Dog doesn't have a lot of mp3's in his collection, and eventually even the greatest fan of The Ink Spots gets sick of hearing "I don’t want to set the world on fire" over and over again. Well, rejoice fans of the Disc-Jockey that doesn't know what a disc is, because this mod (and its associated files) adds between 20 and 100 new tracks to the repertoire, all of them carefully hand-picked to fit the spirit of the existing ones; many even by the same artists, and some that were unexplainably missing: "Atom And Evil" and "Pistol Packin' Mama", for instance, would seem to have been custom-made for this game. As an added bonus, the mod also includes a bunch of Vault-Tec advertisements and some other great Fallout-y stuff.
GNR - More Where That Came From and Broken Steel Fix, by SpaceOden
Fixes a bug that might affect Three Dog's behavior if the Broken Steel DLC is activated before completing the main quest.
CONELRAD 640-1240 - Civil Defense Radio, by Casum
A new radio station based on the CONELRAD initiative. Includes its own song collection -much in the style of GNR but all of them heavily WWW3-themed-, all those great Civil Defense ads, and Katrina, a fully-voiced DJ.
Darnified UI, by DarN
As a PC gamer you were probably shocked by the gigantic fonts used by Fallout 3, most likely a side effect related to the console versions. This mod fixes the size and style of the fonts as well as the position and distribution of several windows (dialogue menus, for instance) so they look more, say, reasonable on a PC monitor. Requires a small editing of the FALLOUT.INI file (found in \My Documents\My Games\Fallout3\). Look for the [Fonts] header and change the text below it to:
DarnUI brings up a number of customizable indicators
such as date and time, Karma level, experience points, Rads;
and there's even a plugin so you can monitor
your thirst, hunger and sleep, in case you're using FWE (see section 2)
Interface Mod - Revelation, by SGHi
Adds metallic textures to dialogue windows, inventory, and such.
DarNUI Revelation RTH fix, by Vomitus
A little fix to make DarnUI and Revelation work together.
Fellout, by Hattix
Alters the entire color palette of the game, getting rid of that greenish-brown tint that bathes everything in this f'ing wasteland. Welcome pretty colors!! =3
Advanced Vision Effects, by ZuluFoxtrot
Adds a number of visual effects that can be turned on and off at will via an in-game menu. Me, I only use the motion blur, because I'm a motion blur whore.
CINEMATECH, by Gopher and MGE
Gentlemen, I'm in love with a mod: Cinematech adds a menu to the PipBoy from which to configure a number of visual filters, either choosing from some predefined ones or putting it together ourselves. It just has to be seen in action.
One of Cinematech's visual configs.
Again, it HAS to be seen in action.
Black English PipBoy, by AHTuXPuCT
Black PipBoy with green buttons.
VaultGirlStatus, by masaharu
Changes the Vault Boy of the PipBoy's "Stats" screen for a girl.
The Stats screen according to DarnUI,
including the girl from Vault Girl Status.
Also, black PipBoy.
Vault-Tec Crosshair, by Ryuu.densetsu
Changes the default crosshair for a small Vault-Tec icon.
Fallout 3 Re-Animated, by alendor
Modifies the position of characters when holding weapons.
First Person Animations Tactical Holding, by Kenkuro
Similar to the previous one, for the first person view.
RH IronSights, by roguehallow
Changes the first person aiming animation so that you're not simply zooming in, but actually aiming down the weapon's ironsights.
Dynamic Crosshair, by ShadauxCat
Draws a circle around the crosshair (or a cross, you can customize the shape in the PipBoy) to illustrate current bullet spread for the selected weapon (just like in Deus Ex, remember?).
Holster animations and models, by Kenkuro
A leg pistol holster that you can find in a mailbox very near Vault 101's exit.
Rockopolis and Abandoned tent Mapmarker, by alexxander
A couple map markers that were left out in the game, even though they're relatively important locations.
Auto Gates, by WilliamSea
You might not even remember anymore, but the first time you approached Megaton its rather impressive metal gates opened up for you. Something similar happened with Rivet City's bridge, Little Lamplight's barrier and lots of others. The thing is, from that moment on all those carefully crafted protective gates stood wide open, so that any hungry Deathclaw that passed by could come in and just help himself. This mod fixes that alarming security issue.
Arwen VisionFX, by Arwen_Eve
The reading glasses make all the picture blurry for a couple seconds and sunglasses darken it slightly. The latter comes especially in handy for those days when the sun is unbearably shiny.
Hair Pack, by Yoshikinakota
Fallout 3 Saram Hair, by phreak256
A Good Hair Day, by Tony the Wookie
Dozens of new hairdos.
Hair Pack Retexture, by necKros
Better textures for Yoshikinakota's hair pack.
DIMONized Type3 Female Body, by dimon99
Slightly remodels the female bodies to make them look hawter. It also eliminates underwear. Vive la liberté! =D
Type3 Body Alternative, by M2daK
Puts underwear back on the stylized bodies of the previous mod, in case you're not that liberal.
Narrowed shoulder Type3 based Body meshes, by Backsteppo
A small fix for the shoulders of Type3 bodies.
Wearable Buckets, by lazureus
Allows wearing buckets as helmets.
Vault-Tec Underwear, by Vedren
Basic underwear retexes, by dimon99
Cheeky Vault Boy Undies, by Syntax1985
Different textures for female underwear.
School Uniforms for Type3, by Backsteppo
Schoolgirl uniforms. You can find them in a locker at the Springvale school (you'll have to search the place thoroughly).
Jessy and Kelsey (see section 4) wearing their schoolgirl uniforms
Father and Nun clothes, by Backsteppo
Nun clothes divided in several parts (so you can mix and match and have, say, a sexy nun with garter skirt) and a priest collar. They can be found in a box at the Dickerson Tabernacle Chapel.
Dictator Moustache, by Capncoolio
No self-respected evil character should leave home without his.
The Groovatron, by Drayk_Cannon
A "weapon" that puts the victim in a trance, forcing them to pose or dance; whichever the aggressor chooses from a wide range of possibilities. Includes lighting effects, a mirror ball and several other toys. Requires Umpa Animation (see below).
Umpa Animation, by umpa
Animation pack required to use the Groovatron.
Acknowledgements & appreciation: To Bethesda, of course, perplexing amount of screwups notwithstanding, noone can deny they made an incredibly kick ass game; to all those sick freaks that sacrificed their social lives so we could enjoy the programming marvels featured on this guide; and to KamioKachu, my lab molerat during the creation of the piece.
And remember: Don't feed the Yao Guai!
That is all.