Sometimes a simple perspective change can be everything a game needs to help breath new life into it. Whether through official means or modding on behalf of the community, fundamental shifts to a game’s form can make for some entertaining experiences. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is the most recent game to have received this treatment, as a recent mod gives players the ability to change the perspective they play from.
Despite making a name for itself through first-person iterations of the series, a community-created mod for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel allows players to play the game from a third-person point of view. While the game may have received a lukewarm reception (check out our review), this could be the tiny push that series fans need to take another stab at the Moon-based shooter.
The mod was created by YouTube user TFXLive who, having dabbled in third-person modding for Borderlands 2 in the past, has managed to find a more streamlined method of providing the mod in standalone form. Rather than requiring the use of external scripts, TFXLive’s latest is a standalone mod, making the process easier than ever. By accessing a camera that is locked behind the characters in Unreal Engine 3, this whole mod is made a reality.
While Borderlands may not seem like the ideal game to play in third-person, the wealth of different skins and detailed character models that populate the game are just begging to be looked at. With a new perspective, players are finally able to see their personal Claptrap avatar up close and personal. There are still some bugs in regards to melee weapons showing up, but the mod improves on its past iterations by making the transition from third-person to aiming down the sights much more smooth.
One can only hope that this is only the beginning of what the community manages to do to spice up the latest Borderlands title. While it may not be the significant jump that fans would expect from the series’ mainline titles, The Pre-Sequel still has a story to tell and retains the series’ trademark charm and humor. Gamers will just have to make do with this perspective change as they wait for the announcement of the next installation of the franchise.
Will you be giving Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel‘s third-person mod a try? What other mods would you like to see developed for the game?
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is out now for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
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