The world you knew has gone mad. Not the guns, though; they're just as you remember them.
Well... it would be nice to say that, but Fallout 4 features firearms that are mostly made-up; not based on real-world weapons. "Fantasy Firearms", I call them. I generally like the way they look aesthetically... but they don't make much sense as actual firearms. Many are comically over-sized. Some have lots of excess junk on them that doesn't do anything, while others lack the detail required to convince as weapons rather than toys. In short, I prefer the approach Obsidian took to firearms in Fallout New Vegas: they're mostly based on real-world weapons.
Weapon Addition and Replacement Suite (WARS) adds a range of new real-world weapons to Fallout 4. Some of them replace those vanilla fantasy firearms, while others are purely new additions and meant to complement the somewhat sparse arsenal of firearms in the base game. Not all vanilla firearms are replaced. Only some of the "Guns" - no Energy weapons are replaced.
However the lacklustre firearms are just the most obvious, most visible face on a deeper issue in Fallout 4. Its combat mechanics overall are somewhat simplistic; more "arcade-shooter video-game" than "immersive sim". It seems like Borderlands was a strong influence on combat design in Fallout 4 - and I like Borderlands too! However I prefer STALKER... and Fallout New Vegas.
So while WARS starts by replacing existing weapons and adding new ones, it doesn't end there. It also overhauls weapon behaviour and combat mechanics generally, aiming to create a more interesting, believable, consistent and immersive combat and survival experience in Fallout 4. See the Mod Features section below for more details on exactly what WARS does.
Just to be up-front, however; WARS is an overhaul, and I don't use that term lightly. It's designed to make far-reaching changes to weapons and combat in FO4. Existing mods that add new weapons will usually require a compatibility patch to play nicely with WARS.
Note that WARS has a sister mod in Project Extend And Change Everything (PEACE). WAR(S) and PEACE, you see? Where WARS is an overhaul targeting Fallout 4's weaponry and combat mechanics, PEACE is an overhaul targeting everything else that I think needed attention. The two mods can be used separately, but they are designed to be used together.
WARS is built on the hard work of a number of people (i.e. it uses several modder's resources), but with additional work on these assets to hopefully maintain a high level of quality and consistency across the mod. I'm also incorporating my own from-scratch assets into WARS as needed. Additionally, Hitman47101 is kindly contributing animations for the weapons in this mod, which I'm pretty excited about.
Here's the all-important list of weapons I'm aiming to include in WARS:
Rough Weapon List
(More detail in second post)
Thompson SMG Replacer
Download: Thompson SMG Replacer
WARS itself may not be available yet, but TSR features the Thompson SMG as a replacer for the vanilla SMG, split off into a standalone mod.
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Edited by antistar, 22 August 2020 - 07:20 AM.