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Fallout 4 mod reveals all of the game's dialogue, before you say it

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Barely a week into its launch and Fallout 4 already has plenty of mods on PC, though many of these first efforts are mainly comical novelties. Here's one that is quite useful, especially for someone invested in really role-playing his or her character.

It's called "Full Dialogue Interface," by modders Shadwar and Cirosan, and it reveals the lines the main character will say when presented with a dialogue choice, the same as in Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas.

The previous two games showed the entirety of the player's reply options because the character was not voiced. With the player character now speaking in Fallout 4, Bethesda Game Studios adopted an approach somewhat like Mass Effect's dialogue wheel, in that a player chooses the tone of a response and then the spoken line is fully revealed.

While that eliminates the redundancy of reading four lines, choosing one and then hearing it spoken, it can still lead to some apprehensive moments. I've come to call the B/Circle button the "asshole button" because that's the one always serving the pissiest, most combative reply.

Here, however, we see that in the opening cinematic it presents an interesting little canonical tidbit: Boston's baseball team was playing in the World Series on the day the world was annihilated. (Given the time that the mother is suggesting everyone go down to the park, we can conclude they were still playing World Series day games in 2077. In reality the last one was in 1987.)

I didn't pick the option that triggered that dialogue because I didn't want to be an asshole to my wife or a bad father, but come on, a championship sports event makes it a little more understandable, right? Likewise, the X response (usually "sarcastic") produces a reply that sounds a little romantic.

Full Dialogue Interface still leaves the text colored to indicate its level of persuasion difficulty (green for no difficulty, yellow for harder, red for tough/impossible). It will even display the text in a list form similar to Fallout 3 and New Vegas or in the diamond arrangement used by Fallout 4. It works with all dialogue except the commands to dismiss companions, and it's available from Nexus Mods now.

Eventually, both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will support mods created for the PC edition of Fallout 4. The feature will be added into the game in 2016, though Bethesda hasn't said described yet how these mods will be uploaded and shared around.

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