Weapon modifications in Fallout 4 are extensive, to say the least. Fallout 4 will ship with over 50 base weapons in the game and over 700 modifications for those weapons. This advanced customization engine begins with the scrapping system. If you played any of the previous Fallout titles, you surely noticed the wide array of pre-war “junk” scattered throughout the wasteland’s many explorable areas. Items like wrenches, tires, toy cars, globes, radios – anything you can think of – all serve a purpose in Fallout 4. These items can now be broken down into scrap, which allows the useful leftover components like fasteners and adhesives to be put to better use in the construction of weapon and armor modifications (like a scope shown in the E3 demonstration) and to a larger extent, settlement building, which we’ll dive into deeper at a later date.
The base weapon that you start with will determine the types of modifications you can do to it. For example, if you start with a Laser Rifle, you’ll be able to filter down into some different categories like:
- Capacitor type
- Barrel length
- Stock type
- Muzzle type
Each of these components has a variety of customization options you can choose from. Depending on the mods you choose, your base weapon could turn into something else entirely. Add a long barrel and a scope and you might just turn that pea shooter into a sniper rifle! Your weapon modifications in Fallout 4 will ultimately be dictated by personal preference and play-style. You’re free to customize as much or as little as you like (depending on your resources of course), so it’s nice to have plenty of choices.
Scrap doesn’t start and stop strictly with modifications. As with other Fallout games, you will be able to fully construct your own useful items from objects found in the world. An example of this is the Pipe Pistol, shown below. This is a complete, functioning pistol built from rusty metal pipes, springs, and other random items. Using the modification system outlined above, it can be upgraded into a full-fledged rifle.
We’ll discuss settlement building in a future article. Until then, stay tuned to VaultGuides.com for all your Fallout 4 guides, videos, news and more.