Fallout 4's perk system is one of the more divisive features in the game. Some enjoy its simplicity and the sheer number of perks available. Others - typically fans of Fallout 1, 2 and New Vegas - lament the lack of traits, cool modifiers that would change your characters statistics in meaningful ways in previous Fallout games.
Now, a new mod for Fallout 4 adds traits into the game. The Traits and More mod, from Cirosan (maker of the cool Full Dialogue interface mod for Fallout 4), adds a number of new traits and a few new perks into the game.
Here's Cirosan's description of a trait:
Essentially, Traits are something that add both a valuable advantage AND a great disadvantage to your character, making them even more unique. They're unlike Perks, because Perks can only help your character and are always something good, whereas Traits contain something good AND something bad.
Whether a Trait is worth the trade-off is up to your own judgement and playstyle, but experimenting with new Traits can reinvigorate an existing playthrough or add a lot of variety to a second playthrough.
Because Fallout 4 does not allow the addition of perks or traits into the standard perk menu (the Vault Boy chart), Cirosan decided to make them items you construct at a Chemistry Station. Clever!
Many of the traits are directly inspired by those seen in previous Fallout titles, but there are some original creations.
Here's an example:
The mod also adds new perks, such as this:
The Traits and More mod should go some way to satisfying Fallout fans who prefer the perk system from the non-Bethesda developed Fallout games.
Usefully, the mod adds an item that removes all perks and traits, thus letting you re-spec your character build. Nice!
You can grab The Traits and More mod from NexusMods.