While modders get creative with Night City, a new Cyberpunk 2077 mod created a Borderlands crossover that even Telltale Games would be proud of.
As Cyberpunk 2077 players wait patiently (again) for CD Projekt Red to deliver the first of the game's delayed DLCs, some have taken it upon themselves to add their own entertainment to the sprawling sci-fi backdrop of Night City. Modern games have become known for their modding capabilities, and just like how the Fallout games are a haven for those who want to stretch their coding muscles, Cyberpunk 2077 is a blank canvas that can easily become a programmer's playground.
While Cyberpunk 2077 had a stuttering start when it hit consoles and PC last year, CD Projekt Red is trying to move on from a pretty disastrous launch and chart a new era for the game. Even if the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions were plagued by problems, most agree the PC version was running pretty well. Returning to PC, it's also here that the community has found its own creativity and installed a whole host of fan-favourite mods.
From a practical third-person mod to visually turning the game into a noir thriller, there's also the downright crazy mods that add Blade (yes, the vampire) to this wide world, or one that copies Billie Eilish's signature hair colour. Most Cyberpunk 2077 mods are there to actually improve gameplay, but just like the Blade mod there is just there for visual fun, this Borderlands-inspired mod makes you feel like you've swapped Night City for Pandora.
How does the Cyberpunk 2077 mod create a Borderlands crossover?
Over on Nexus Mods, you can download the "Borderlandfy2077" mod. Using the popular Reshade tool, creator Salmonella123 has given Night City a facelift by simply adding a border to everything with the depth buffer, then adjusted the contrast to give everything that distinctly Borderlands look.
Salmonella1123 points out that their mod is actually a mod of another mod (SuperVision), but with even more of a Borderlands feel. If you have the latest version of Reshade installed on your computer, go ahead and try out the Cyberpunk 2077 Borderlands mod for yourselves. All the instructions are on Nexus Mods and are pretty easy to follow. Salmonella123 warns that while performance shouldn't be greatly impacted, things might look a little darker when using "Borderlandfy2077".
Sticking a Borderlands filter on Cyberpunk 2077 shows just how similar the two games really are. While you run through the rusted ruins of Night City's shanty towns, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd been dropped onto Pandora and one of the first Borderlands games. Also, there's something particularly Borderlands 3 about the whole thing. After waiting seven years from the release of Borderlands 2, the long-awaited third main series entry took the action in a new direction.
As Borderlands 3 explored a more urban setting, we had the odd neon splash that wouldn't look out of place in Night City. It's unclear whether developer Gearbox Software will be back for an official Borderlands 4, but with Borderlands 3 being a massive hit, there's plenty going for the idea. With CD Projekt Red also continuing to dish out the Cyberpunk 2077 content in terms of DLC, it's clear that both Pandora and Night City have more of a story to tell.
While we wait for the inevitable Borderlands 4, at least you can imagine what it might play like with the Cyberpunk 2077 mod that adds some cartoony chaos to V's bloody world.
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