How to Improve Borderlands 2 with .ini File Tweaks

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Published by Phil Hornshaw 9 years ago , last updated 3 years ago

Gearbox has put together a pretty robust PC version of Borderlands 2, complete with a ton of adjustable options in its menus that mean you won’t have to go digging through config files just to make the game play the way you want.

Of course, you can still go through the config files and make the play better, should you so desire.

We’ve scoured the Internet and poured through Borderlands 2′s .ini config files in order to find a few tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Borderlands 2 experience. A number of these fixes might help you out if you’re finding your older system is struggling to handling the game; a few others are for general convenience; and a few might make the whole game a little prettier, especially if you’ve got hardware to handle it.

You’ll find your .ini files here: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands 2\WillowGame\Config\

Once you’ve located that folder, you’ll want to back it up completely before you start messing with anything. That way, you can pull back the default files should something get screwed up. You’ll also want to back up your saved game as well, if you have it. Find that at C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Documents\My Games\Borderlands 2\WillowGame\SaveData\

All set? Okay, with the Config folder opened inside the WillowGame folder, you’ll find a series of .ini files that handle different things. Each tweak will call out the appropriate file, which you’ll want to edit in a text editor such as Notepad. You’ll need to use the Find function (ctrl+F) to locate the appropriate lines for each tweak.

Don’t forget to check out our other Borderlands 2 cheat/tweak/trick/Easter Egg/Walkthrough goodness.

Disable Startup Movies

This will allow you to turn off the various logos when the game starts up. They’re already skippable with a quick click, but this allows you to deactivate all of them.

In WillowEngine.ini, find these lines:


Then, add a ; in front of each “StartupMovie” line. The result will be this:


And you’re done — none of the usual logos will load when you start up Borderlands 2, and you’ll get into the game quicker.

Disable Framerate Smoothing

This might help you get better performance if you’re having some graphical issues.

In WillowEngine.ini, find this line:


If it’s set to TRUE, you can disable it by setting it to FALSE, like this:


Disable Black Outline Shader

You know that big black outline that surrounds most objects and gives them a more cartoonish look? It’s cool, but removing it is another way you can tone down the graphical requirements of Borderlands 2 to get it to run better.

In WillowEngine.ini, find this line:


To turn off the shader, you need to make adjustments to the line — namely, remove both instances of the word “Willow,” so it looks like this:


Disable Cel Shading

In WillowEngine.ini, find the same line as above:


and change it to:


That will remove the black outline shader as above, and also disable the cel shading effect to make the graphics slightly more realistic and add more contrast on surfaces. You’ll also get a pretty marked performance boost, because these shaders take a fair amount of processing power.

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