I’ve been working my way back into Fallout 4 and becoming aware of how much I’ve forgotten. I’ve also been hanging out on Reddit a bit, learning more about Mods and it looks like I might want to buy the Fallout 4 Game of the Year version (GOTY) because it apparently is more compatible with mods. The problem is, I’m at Level 62 (Difficulty: Very Hard) and I’ve built some amazing settlements that I don’t want to rebuild.
Reddit: A couple people on Reddit (Danielle, Bruh) have helped me understand that I should be able to install GOTY without wiping out my files. However, I’m nervous about this because I’m only playing with four mods right now and I want to add a whole lot more, like the Unofficial Bug fix mods.
DLCs: I’m currently running only three of the six DLCs I own; I’m doing this because I learned in the past that if I install Far Harbor early in the game, the Brotherhood of Steel might send me on missions there before I’m ready to open that quest line. That asshole Knight Rhys sent me to FH to clear out a drive-in, and so forth. I won’t go into this, but it turned out to really sour my first venture into FH. So, for this and other reasons, I don’t want to install the DLCs yet.
Mods: Then there’s the huge list of really cool Mods. Wow. I’m thrilled with the Mods I have but I got a mod once that gave me a nice home in the center of Concord. I loved it and stored all my cool stuff there, like all my Legendary Weapons, Power Armor, and everything. It was great until the developer released an update and literally wiped EVERYTHING out. Three months of gameplay lost. So I’m overly cautious about Mods, and as the Mod menu disclaimer says: Use at your own risk.
This leaves me facing a dilemma. Do I risk updating my Xbox One X with the GOTY version of FO4, or maybe I just go ahead and install the remaining DLCs? Either way is likely to cause some issues, but I’m preparing for a full restart if things go wrong. I suspect that several of the mods I want will require them to be installed early in the process. I need to do some more reading and study, but I really want those mods. The Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch alone is almost worth the restart in itself.
Before I make any mods I’m going to spend some time photographing each of the settlements I’ve built. Currently I have three major settlements with 22 settlers each (Sanctuary, Starlight Drive-In, The Castle) and three intermediate size with 16 settlers (Abernathy, Tenpines Bluff, Country Crossing). All of my settlements have concrete walls surrounding them and THAT takes a lot of buying, building and hours spent. I’ll try to capture the essence of each of the major settlements before risking their loss.