I recently purchased Borderlands through Valve’s Steam Store and was quickly confronted with a problem based on the reason I purchased the game in the first place. While I admit I hadn’t conducted additional research right up until buying the game, I had been under the impression that it was playable in third person view. Personally; First Person view is fine. My girlfriend however, prefers to play games in third person. I desperately wanted to play the gameĀ multi player and cooperative, so I set about looking for a way to get third person view working. After plenty of searching and looking about the internet, I stopped hacking the configuration files and realised something, Borderlands already has the ability to be played in third person! It’s just ‘turned off’ rather than disabled.

To enable the keyboard shortcut, edit this file:

~SteamSteamAppscommonborderlandsWillowGameConfigDefaultInput.ini

Be sure to make a backup copy of this file first.

Look for these lines:

-Bindings=(Name="PageDown",Command="Camera ThirdPerson")

-Bindings=(Name="End",Command="Camera FirstPerson")

Edit the lines to look like these:

Bindings=(Name="PageDown",Command="Camera ThirdPerson")

Bindings=(Name="End",Command="Camera FirstPerson")

That’s right! Remove the the ‘-‘ sign from the beginning of the line, which (if you read the top part of the configuration file, this will all make sense) disables the keyboard shortcut that enables third person view. Save your configuration file and relaunch the game. Once you are in the game, hit the ‘Page Down’ key on your keyboard and you will now be in Third Person View. To switch back to First Person View, hit the ‘End’ key on your keyboard.

Now for the catch. Oh yes, there’s a catch! As I mentioned above, this is all in the name of multi player, and that’s where this little trick falls down a little. If you want to use Third Person View in multi player, you might be out of luck. Like I said, it’s a catch. If the person who wants to use Third Person View, hosts the game; that person will be able to enable the Third Person View on their computer. I haven’t tested this extensively, as there are only two of us playing multi player, but I did notice that only one of us was able to enable third person view, ie, the host.

It is possible to edit the camera position of the third person view. You will need to edit the following file:

~SteamSteamAppscommonborderlandsWillowGameConfigDefaultGame.ini

Be sure to make a backup copy of this file first.

There is a section of this configuration file called:

[WillowGame.WillowPawn]

You can edit the following values:

CameraScale=5.0
CameraScaleRight=2.0
CameraScaleUp=1.0

CameraScale: How close the camera is to your character. The higher the number, the greater the distance

CameraScaleRight: How much left or right the camera is offset from the middle of the character. Higher numbers move the camera to further right, negative values are accepted and move the camera to the left.

CameraScaleUp: How far up the camera is offset from the middle of the character. Higher numbers move the camera further up. Don’t use too negative a number, the camera will end up in the ground!

This forum link here has a number of example values and screen shots to give you an idea of how you can position the camera.

If you have any questions or additional information to add, please do leave your feedback in the comments!

Kudos go to my girlfriend for sussing this one out.

Recently, we came across a conundrum concerning the computer game Sacred 2 running under Windows 7. Long story short, it just wouldn’t work. It should be noted that the reason for this not working, has nothing to do with Nvidia / ATI Graphics cards, but it is related to Physx/Ageia. Make sure you have the latest version of Physx installed. Sacred 2 does come with the last version of Physx known as Ageia Physx (before nvidia bought it and rebranded it to just Physx). You can also obtain the latest stand alone Physx package from the nvidia website. Even if you have an ATI graphics card, you still need to have this installed to play Sacred 2 and any other games that require Physx. So long as your CPU supports it and it is powerful enough, you’ll get CPU powered physics, instead of physics powered by your graphics card. Some people call this “Software Physics” or “Software” mode. I’ve noticed no performance difference between a computer playing Sacred 2 with an Nvidia graphics card and a computer with an ATI graphics card.

This fix should work for owners of Sacred 2 under Windows 7, regardless of the versionĀ  you have (Steam, Impulse, Stand alone or whatever).

  1. Create a shortcut to the Sacred 2 executable. You’ll find it in the game directory, in another directory called ‘system’. For me, it is: D:GamesSteamSteamAppsCommonSacred 2SystemSacred2.exe
  2. Put the shortcut on your desktop, or somewhere handy.
  3. Right click the shortcut and select properties
  4. Click the Shortcut tab
  5. In the Target field, you need to add the following: -skipopenal -nocpubinding. The contents of my Target field look like this: "D:GamesSteamSteamAppscommonsacred 2systemsacred2.exe" -skipopenal -nocpubinding
  6. Click Apply and Click OK.
  7. Double click the shortcut and play Sacred 2!

Still can’t get it to work? Leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do to help you out. Further comments and suggestions are welcome. These are just simply the steps that worked for us. In case you are wondering, we are using the RTM (Release To Manfacture) version of Windows 7 (we are Microsoft Technet Partners). This is the same version that is available to consumers and end users as of mid October 2009.