One rather industrious Fallout 4 fan delves into the coding of Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic RPG with a mod that applies cel-shaded graphics to the game.
Modder, Redditor, and Fallout 4 fan “Reddit_is_wrong” has crafted a mod that may satisfy those with graphics complaints about the title by incorporating visuals reminiscent of the Borderlands series’ cel-shaded stylings. In order to achieve the effect, the user altered the SweetFX/Reshade ENB injector file and combined a few other mods for the game such as “Darker Nights”, “Fr4nssons Light Tweak”, and “Fallout 4 Enhanced Color Correction”.
Reddit_is_wrong’s graphics modification is definitely striking to say the least, and the modder would argue that Fallout 4 may have been better off utilizing the cel-shaded style to begin with, as opposed to Bethesda’s decision to attempt more naturalistic designs for the Wasteland and its characters. Nevertheless, it’s reasonable to say that should the studio have actually included cel-shading in the final product, the parallels between its action-RPG and the Borderlands franchise would have been too similar – resulting in fans crying foul of Bethesda blatantly ripping off the artwork for Gearbox Software’s shooter.
Interestingly enough, Reddit_is_wrong clarifies that rendering the cel-shaded effects were not necessarily created by a mod per se, but rather by tinkering with the aforementioned injector file. Regarding the actual workings of the alteration itself, the user wrote:
“Its not actually a Nexus mod, I started off with a SweetFX preset for Fallout 4 and then tweaked the .ini file to turn on the ‘cartoon’ cell shader. You can customize the .ini file to your liking, how strong the border is…etc.”
Fallout 4 fans who wish to apply these settings too can download the file at ZippyShare, set “>#define CartoonPower” to 10.0 and “>#define CartoonEdgeSlope” to 1.0. However, it’s imperative to note results may vary, and that text on-screen could become harder to read due to its design being in accordance with Bethesda’s original graphical presets.
Should there be gamers out there that agree with Reddit_is_wrong’s assertion that Fallout 4‘s visuals need a boost, there are plenty of other mods available. For instance, the game’s first PC mod introduced improved graphics by increasing color saturation while also correcting visual contrast. Then there are fans who may wish to retain some of the title’s native settings, but receive an enhanced environment, so Pinkerkop’s better Boston landscape mod should be right up their alley.
Of course, a release’s artwork isn’t everything as far as visuals go, especially when the game is lagging at glacial speeds due to cheaper hardware being used. Thankfully, though, for those PC fans who have no other choice but to play Fallout 4 with low-end graphics cards, Torcher’s Texture Optimization Project is a frame rate mod with the potential to provide a more fluid gaming experience.
With so many Fallout 4 mods being accessible for PC users at this point in time, console fans may feel like they’re getting the short end of the stick. Be that as it may, once Bethesda makes the game’s official Creation Kit mod tools available for all platforms, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will surely become more engrossed with the title than ever before.
Fallout 4 is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.