Thanks to the reliable Unreal Engine 3, Borderlands 2 runs smooth as butter on most PCs that are up to modern standards. However, that’s not to say that there aren’t exceptions.
Some unlucky folks have experienced delayed texture spawning, and many others have complained about limited options for their needs.
Thankfully, the Unreal engine offers a large amount of options through the unorthodox method of tweaking ini files.
Note: Tweaking the setting files of the game can be risky, and may make the game malfunction. Thus, perform these tweaks at your own risk. Make sure you make a back up of whatever you will tweak!
The main files for the stored settings in Borderlands 2 are called WillowXXXX, and are ini files.
The path to the files is: My Documents/My Games/Borderlands 2/Willow Games/Config/
Note that there is an additional Willow Game folder in the directory of the main installed game. However, this one has ini files with names as ‘Defaultxxxx.ini’. These are the default settings for the game, and should not be meddled with.
The WillowGame.ini and other ini files have variables which are categorized under headings.
Make sure to back up the entire WillowGame folder, and also your save game files. Save game files are located in:
My Documents/My Games/Borderlands 2/Willow Games/SaveData
Deactivating Starting Videos:
If you’re sick of seeing the initial videos and don’t want to bother clicking again and again to skip them, you can choose to completely disable them from the ini file. This can be done by observing the variables under the [FullScreenMovie] in the WillowEngine.ini and changing them.
Framerate smoothing is a variable that attempts to sort of improve the change in frame-rates in the game. This however can actually cause some performance drop. If you have variable fram-rates in the game along with stuttering, you might want to disable it.
Search for the following in the WillowEngine.ini file:
Set this to FALSE if it is on, to make it look like:
Disabling Cel Shading:
If you want to get rid of the black outlines and make the visuals more realistic, and also perhaps to increase the performance, you can try and disable Cel Shading.
This can be done by altering the following command:
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