NV Rebuilt [5/10] - Gameplay+

NV Rebuilt [5/10] - Gameplay+

Part of the New Vegas: Rebuilt modding guide. This Collection extends several gameplay systems whilst maintaining a vanilla-like feel with optional difficulty and realism enhancers.

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Please not that upon installing this Collection, you may receive a warning about my game version being different to yours. You can ignore this because it was caused by me accidentally generating LOD to the wrong folder which made Vortex recognise my NV install as a new game version. I haven't gotten around to fixing this yet since I'm still working on the guide and don't want to risk breaking my New Vegas install by wiping the LOD folder.

New Vegas Rebuilt is a huge modding guide for Fallout New Vegas I've been writing since 2020. It's written from a complete beginner perspective as I wrote the guide whilst delving into New Vegas for the first time optimising the final selection after 200+ hours of playing. I referenced several other mod guides during the process.

Its designed to fix bugs, improve stability, restore as much cut content as possible, refine vanilla gameplay, further expand it with gameplay additions that tonally fit the original and finally remaster every conceivable graphical aspect. The final mod list totals around 400 mods.

These Collections are being released before the guide for testing. Each Collection represents a specific overhaul area category with 11 overall. You should be able to modularly mix-and-match the Collections to your own preferences if you wish to do so.

By trying out this Collection before the guide release, you're essentially testing the Collections for me. I'm all ears to feedback and encourage you to comment letting me know if the Collection worked as expected. I'm open to further suggestions that suit the category this particular Collection overhauls. Once the guide is released it should be fully read on release before installing any Collections as it explains what each mod does in detail.


If you installed Collection 4 - Gameplay HD, reinstall Brave New World so it adds compatibility patches for Mojave Raiders and JSawyer Ultimate Edition.

If you installed Collection 4 - Gameplay HD, reinstall DiDisaan's Mod Emporium and make sure the installer selects the following additional patches when downloading this Collection (it should automatically select the relevant mods):

Legion Quests Expanded

  • JSawyer Ultimate Edition

First Time Players Suggestion

If you're looking for a vanilla experience on your first playthrough of Fallout New Vegas, I'd recommend installing only Collections 1-4 and 7 alongside Gopher's Stable New Vegas and Gopher's Darnified UI Collections. This combination will optimise performance, restore cut content, improve vanilla gameplay without radically changing it's original feel and overhaul lighting. Collections 8a and 8b will improve your graphics as well, but it will require LOD generation too via Collection 10b which may be daunting for someone who has never done it before.

I'd recommend disabling JSawyer Ultimate Edition and its relevant patches for your first playthrough so you experience the vanilla gameplay balance.

Collection Testing

This snippet is taken from the guide:

I’ve grouped my mod recommendations into categorised sections. I’d highly recommend starting a new game with zero mods, saving in Doc Mitchell’s house immediately after using the Vigor Tester (stat creation) before you go outside and loading it up after each mod section to test if everything works as expected. Saving there lets you test interior loading, exterior loading when you exit the house, NPC interaction and combat quickly.

Please be aware that due to the huge number of mods New Vegas may still crash unpredictably. Autosaving is also known to cause problems. Turn off autosaves in Settings and manually save regularly to avoid crashes causing any save corruption.

Collection Overview

This Collection extends several gameplay systems whilst maintaining a vanilla-like feel. You can download the optional mods as you wish to boost the overall difficulty significantly. I personally play with all the optional mods enabled.

I would suggest disabling JSawyer Ultimate Edition and all it's related patches/mods if you're using these Collections for your first playthrough of New Vegas. That way you can experience the original difficulty balance.

Misc. Gameplay Tweaks - My Settings

You can set these up however you like, but this is what I recommend:

  • Bullet Impact Increased LOD
  • Deadlier Fall Damage
  • Faster Dialogue Zoom
  • Faster Holster Speed
  • Faster Pip-Boy Light
  • Increased Sitting FOV
  • No Auto-Aim
  • Repair Rebalance
  • Shorter Death Cam Duration
  • Weapons Follow Crosshair In First Person

Plugin Merging Steps

Due to the large number of mods all these Collections add, you are likely to hit the 255 plugin limit. If you do you can follow these steps to resolve it. Don't do this if your plugin number is below 255 as plugin mergers can be tricky to get working right. Vortex will give you an error and not let you start New Vegas if you hit the 255 limit.

Follow this plugin merging video from GamerPoets, just select FalloutNV instead of Skyrim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ1mdOGosdc

These are the plugin mergers I did related to mods in this Collection. It will replace the selected .esp plugins with a new merged one, then disable the .esp plugins you selected since your merger will make them redundant. I tested the mergers and they work as expected. You should only merge as much as you need to get your plugin number below 255 to avoid mod problems.

FNV Weapons Rebalanced Patches.esp

  • FNVWR Nerf
  • FNVWR Unofficial Patch Plus NVSE Patch
  • FNVWR WMIM Patch

SFX Merge.esp

  • Footsteps Volume Fixes
  • Project Reality Footsteps
  • Immersive Pickup Sounds Patched
  • Power Armor Movement Sounds (PAMS) Light
  • AWSOME Sounds Overhaul
  • Aim Down Sounds - Backpack - Jump Impact Effects

Mechanics Merge.esp (includes mods from Gameplay HD Collection and Lighting Collection you can ignore if you didn't install those Collections)

  • Walking Inertia
  • 360 Movement
  • Diagonal Movement
  • 360 Movement - Diagonal Movement Patch
  • B42 Inertia
  • Cateye Effects
  • FPS Leaning
  • Immersive Four Eye Visuals
  • Laser Weapon Iron Sights
  • Plasma Weapon Iron Sights
  • Weapon Blur Effects
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