Oh, video games. The first-person shooter genre has changed so much since its early days. In some small ways, however, it has changed very little. There’s still a gleeful abandon in the violence taking place on screen, a safety in the knowledge that it’s not only fictional, it’s sensationalized to the point of being unrealistic. Some series have capitalized on this disconnect, crafting absurd gameplay element and comedic gold from the standards that we hold for the genre. The Borderlands series is a shining example of this. The first game in the series was decent, well-received and original when examined against the competition, but Borderlands 2 cranked the fun of the first up to 11 and added a host of new gameplay elements that made it more engrossing, more fun, and more sensational. It’s currently available on a plethora of consoles, too—the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PS Vita. What makes it even better? The addition of mods.
Though we’ve heaps of praise that we can shovel onto Borderlands 2, we’re mostly here to talk about the best mods that you can use to enhance your experience. And, on top of that, what mods are available on your platform of choice.
The best thing about Borderlands 2 is that it doesn’t take itself seriously. Because of that, neither should you. The entire game is concocted to be full of ridiculous characters operating under a ridiculous premise, and that’s a good thing. It has helped Borderlands 2 to be a breath of fresh air to an otherwise stagnating first-person shooter genre, full of military-minded multiplayer games that were all trying way too damn hard to be “important.” The stories told in Borderlands 2 aren’t important. They’re absurd. But the gameplay is stellar, and it builds upon all of the things that people liked about the first game.
As is often the case with games like this on PCs, however, players have taken their own initiative, and have begun crafting mods and add-ons that enhance or reshape the base game as they see fit. We’ve seen it time and again in titles like Skyrim or Grand Theft Auto V. But since Borderlands 2 is comparatively a much more “old school” affair (in a good way) we can certainly appreciate that the mods gamers are designing are uniquely appropriate for the Borderlands universe.
The Best Borderlands 2 Mods
Below, we’re going to link to a plethora of mods, downloads, and other tweaks for Borderlands 2 that you can use at your own leisure. However, there are a few things that you should know, going in, before you get yourself into trouble.
First, the game is practically meant to be modded. There’s no harm in it, and since we go out of our way to never link to (or even recommend) activity that is questionable in its legality, there’s nothing to sweat on that end of things. However, you should definitely be aware that not all of these mods are going to play well together. In most circumstances, popular mods will tell you, in their documentation, what they will or won’t work with. Not all of them do this, however.
What do we recommend? Try out one mod at a time. If you like it, try implementing another one, but never attach anything to your game that you don’t know how to remove.
Are you looking for a way to fast-track your gameplay, getting all of your characters to the highest level, with the strongest kit, as quickly as possible? This quick and easy download will do just that. It essentially “breaks the game,” so if you’re expecting much of any challenge after implementing this, you’ll be out of luck. But if you want the freedom to explore Borderlands 2 at its maximum level, this will get you there, and swiftly.
It’s essentially just a collection of save data information that you’ll copy into your own installation of the game. This makes it much easier to use than other “mods,” since all it involves is dragging and dropping the downloaded files into a specific folder.
Okay, this is undoubtedly one of the most impressive mods that you’re going to find on this list. We can only wish for something this comprehensive on other games.
You’ll have to make sure that your system is set up with all of the necessary requirements (including .NET framework and a compressed file app like .7zip) but once you have, this is the ultimate way to unlock and manipulate your Borderlands 2 experience. It will allow you to modify your save files in any specific way that you want to. Alter things like inventory, skins, weapons, money…just about anything that’s tied to your particular save can be changed with this add-on.
If you don’t believe in such a thing as “too much” freedom, give this one a shot; perhaps before any other available add-on.
Sometimes, you don’t want to opt for a game save editor, and that’s okay! For instances where you’d rather work a cheat table, this mod is right up your alley, and once you overcome a brief learning curve, it’s fairly easy to use.
You’ll need to have Cheat Engine installed in order to use it, but since that’s a fairly prolific little mod loader, there’s a good chance that you already have it! If that’s not the case, and you don’t find yourself particularly excited about learning more of this aspect of the modding community, you might want to opt for the option featured above.
There’s always been something a bit appealing about playing games from a third-person perspective, especially when you’re playing as a memorable character. As useful as that first-person view can be for shooters, it’s reassuring and fun to be able to see your character while you’re playing a game. Sometimes, that can be more immersive than seeing from their eyes!
If you want that kind of experience for Borderlands 2, look no further than this third-person mod. It’s easy to implement, and once you have it installed, the ‘G’ key will allow you to toggle between first and third-person perspectives, in the middle of while you’re playing the game!
Similar to the other “ultimate” mod that we’ve featured above, this particular beauty will unlock a plethora of different features in your Borderlands 2 game. In addition to that, it takes several steps that might help your game to load more swiftly.
How many times have you been annoyed by the splash screens that precede a game, each time you started up? Usually, you have to run the gamut of the publisher, developer, distributor, game engine, and occasionally more before you even make it to the starting screen of your game! Now, don’t get us wrong; we’re all for game developers receiving their proper credit. They deserve it, for their tireless work. But after the fiftieth time of seeing those splash screens, you just want your game to start.
That’s one of the things this particular mod will handle for you. It also gives you simple command toggles, which toggle other helpful modifications. Check out the notes for the mod by clicking the link above, but trust us when we say that this is one of the better add-ons you can use for Borderlands 2.
Look, we’re not all playing on top-of-the-line gaming PCs. That’s an expensive hobby, and some of us just don’t have the spare cash laying around to build a massive gaming rig. Hell, some of us only have a laptop to carry around, and one without a dedicated GPU, at that.
If that describes you, then check out this mod. It tweaks down the graphics settings beyond what you’d be allowed to in the core game, all with the intention of increasing your performance. This is even useful for those who just want Borderlands 2 to run better than it currently does on their computer, and it’s fairly easy to use. If you’re trying to game on an underpowered computer, or even if you just want to put less processing strain on your big rig, give this mod a shot.
Are you already a modder? Then you’ve probably heard of SweetFX, the DirectX wrapper that allows you to manipulate color hues from within your games. It’s useful in all kinds of different titles and doesn’t actually do all that much to change the way that your games operate.
It just makes them prettier.
That’s exactly what the above mod does, but you’ll have greater luck if you already know your way around the SweetFX addon. In truth, it’s hard to even call this a mod, but we like it, so it’s going on the list. It’s just a SweetFX color preset that will truly help your Borderlands 2 game to pop.
Many of the “mods” that you’ll find for Borderlands 2 are just game saves that you can take advantage of. There’s nothing inherently wrong with those, but we wanted to make a list that’s a little more interesting, and with the above mods, we feel that we’ve done just that! Click through the provided links to check out a few of them. You won’t have much luck if you’re on the PS4 or Xbox One—these consoles don’t currently support mods for the versions of Borderlands 2 that play on them. But if you’re a PC gamer that’s become enamored to the Borderlands universe, you owe it to yourself to give our personal “best” mods a shot!