Borderlands 2 is the second game of the franchise and thanks to its awesome DLCs and replayability, it is still being played this day. If you ever want to go back and visit the good old memories of Borderlands 2 on PC though, you have another choice other than DLCs: Borderlands 2 mods. Even though not as big as Skyrim or Fallout series, Borderlands still has a modest modding community on PC. From simple graphical updates to overhauls and gameplay additions, here are the best Borderlands 2 mods.
11 Borderlands 2 Mods
1. Third-Person Mod
Third-Person Mod lets you experience Borderlands 2 from a third-person view angle and it feels like a different game altogether. Although the shooting mechanics are still there, it feels like more of an open-world RPG without the FPS elements. Great for another playthrough. With a single button, you can swap between first person and third person view, so you do not have to stay committed to third person the whole time if you do not want to. It even adjusts your aim based on whether or not you are fine-aiming. If you are fine-aiming it will change to first person camera and will return back to third person camera once you are no longer fine-aiming.
2. Sam’s Borderlands2 SweetFX
Sam’s Borderlands2 SweetFX is a graphical mod that mainly deepens the colors and fixes some anti-aliasing issues. It fine-tunes FXAA anti-aliasing, adds HDR and high-quality Gaussian Bloom and makes the colors more vibrant. There are some screenshot comparisons on the mod page that lets you see the differences with the mods preset and without the preset. Other features in this mod include Customized Lift Gamma Gain targets, Luma contrast curves, and Dither. Along with all the elements in this mod preset, the developer has also included his own personal custom Nvidia Inspector profile, which will give you the optimal settings for the best looking graphics that this game can deliver. A great mod to make your game more beautiful.
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3. Borderlands 2 Tweaker
This useful small mod adds even more graphical options to the game by allowing you to change some of the smaller settings that are only found within the ini files of the game. You can turn off god rays, distortion, adjust dynamic lighting and shadow resolution and choose the time the corpses take to despawn. If you do not have a performance issue, though, it can turn off texture fade-in which is the slow texture streaming to objects when a container is opened. The mod also enables the console which will allow you to use the Tilde key (~) to be able to type in commands. Also included is a handy installation guide to make your transition as smooth as possible. The developer has even updated the original code to make the program more efficient and optimized, which for such a small program is quite impressive. Overall, a good mod to upgrade a lot of the little things in Borderlands 2.
4. Borderlands Profile Editor
If you want to change certain aspects of your character and would rather not take all the extra time to grind for it, Borderlands Profile Editor lets you do that. It can edit Badass Ranks, Badass Tokens, Golden Keys, max health, shield capacity, shield recharge delay, shield recharge rate, melee damage, customizations, and other gameplay experiences. These are all stats and items that can take a long time to get even for the most dedicated players, and with this mod, you can save yourself a ton of time. Also included on the mod page is a simple to understand installation guide that will get you into the game quicker! This will make your Borderlands 2 gameplay less about grinding, and more about the playing. Give it a try!
5. Borderlands 2 Unofficial Community Patch
Borderlands 2 Unofficial Community Patch is a patch made by the players to fix and rebalance some of the rough edges of the game. It features bug fixes, cosmetic changes, unique features, gear/skill changes etc. Community patches are usually hit or miss and the comments to this mod are pretty mixed, so you are going to have to try it out for yourself to actually see whether you like it or not. In our opinion, it is one of the best Borderlands 2 mods out there.
This is one of the largest patches in the modding community, as it includes over 450 changes and fixes. It completely overhauls the game and makes it better for the player. It includes quest and enemy changes as well to spice up the game a little, especially during second playthroughs when you most likely do not want to play the exact same game again. With an installation guide and video, it makes your transition smooth and easy. The modding community has put together a large collection of changes here, it is definitely worth giving a try!
6. Difficulty Mod
Is the Borderlands 2 getting too easy for you? This bl2 mod uses a simple memory hack to change the number of players Borderlands sees and tricks the game into thinking there are more players in it. Of course, more players mean more and tougher enemies. But also, better loot! This is a good way to test out the strength of your weapons and your build! You can change the difficulty all the way up to the max, 4 player difficulty. This will be the hardest gameplay you can have for solo missions and the best way to farm those legendary items. There is also a youtube video in the description of the mod to see any gameplay tests if you want. A great way to make Borderlands 2 more challenging and more rewarding at the same time!
7. Texture Modding Tool
What if I told you that you can edit those colorful textures in Borderlands 2 into whatever you like? If you have the time, the ability and the creativity, you can create anything with this BL2 graphics mod. You can edit the whole world into something realistic, beautiful or horrifying. With this, the power is in your hands.
Included on the mod page, there is a ‘how to’ video detailing exactly how to extract textures from the game, edit them, and use them in your playthroughs. It uses a well known and safe program called texmod which has been popular before and used on other games such as Arkham City and Tomb Raider, so you do not have to worry about any sketchy downloads. One of the main ways you can use this mod is to make the game more realistic and gritty instead of the classic art style in Borderlands 2, which is much more cartoonish. If you are interested in changing the art style of Borderlands 2, this is the way to do it!
8. Borderlands 2 All Level 72 Character Game Saves
This Borderlands 2 add-on includes all of the level 72 character game saves. We do not recommend using it if you haven’t reached that level by legit means, but if you are a seasoned Borderlands 2 veteran and do not want to use glitches/exploits to power level one character for 2-3 hours, this mod just does it for you.
9. Fight For Your Life Lands 2
Fight For Your Life Lands 2 is a huge Borderlands 2 overhaul mod which makes the game harder, but more rewarding. It changes almost everything in the game: Guns, Items, Skills, Enemies, Slot Machines, etc. The full list of changes is just huge; it even changes the animation speed of some enemies. It is recommended that you play this with a fresh new game and with 2-3 players.
10. Ultra Low Config for Borderlands 2
If you have a really low-end PC or just want to play the game on your small laptop wherever you go, Ultra Low Config mod for Borderlands 2 just goes beyond the lowest possible graphical settings and makes the game look decades old, but increases the performance significantly in the process.
11. Borderlands 2 Game Mules
Do you want all the rare items in the game? We do not blame you since farming for these items can get tedious at times. This borderlands 2 nexus mod package has 3 game saves that have all the rare items in the game. You need both Ultimate Vault Hunter Packs for it to work properly, though.
Whatever we do, there is just some magic to the Borderlands series that makes us go back to it again and again. Fun co-op, witty humor, great loot, original weapons, classes and skills, and awesome gameplay combine to create one of the best franchises ever made. But if you want to experience Borderlands 2 again with great mods, be it with graphical updates, small patches or complete overhauls, we hope our list of best Borderlands mods helped you decide which ones to install. If you enjoyed any of the mods listed here, let us know below!