Since the release of Borderlands 2, my site has been slammed with traffic from users searching “Borderlands 2 third person” and all variations of that query. It seems like a lot of you want to know if/how to play Borderlands 2 from this particular camera angle, and coincidentally, my blog is called In Third Person. Though I appreciate all of the extra traffic to my site, I really hope Google isn’t driving people here that will ultimately be disappointed when my posts don’t answer the question. With that in mind, I’ll answer this seemingly burning question:
“Can you play Borderlands 2 from a third person perspective?
If you are playing on an XBOX 360 or Playstation 3, then the definitive answer is no. It’s a first person shooter through and through. Despite all of the marketing that hardly shows any first person action, the entirety of the game is played in first person.
If you’re on PC, you may be able to make it work with a mod. The original game had a mod that let you play the game from a third person perspective, though its performance isn’t optimal, as the original game wasn’t designed to be played that way. I’m not sure where the community is at regarding workable mods that allow you to do this in the sequel, though I’m sure someone will figure something out eventually.
OCTOBER 11, 2012 UPDATE: If my explanation isn’t enough for you, please refer to this thread on the official Gearbox forums.
APRIL 2, 2015 UPDATE: Noticed the above link no longer works. Can’t validate this, but I found this on Nexus Mods for those still looking for a way to play this game from a third person view.