Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. May 14, 2014
    100
    Borderlands 2 is instantly one of the best games the Vita has to offer, and a sign that maybe, just maybe, those initial promises of it being a portable console in your pocket weren't that far from reality.
  2. 95
    As amazingly as this game was done, not only is Borderlands 2 an excellent portable version of the console game, I would argue that it is simply one of the best games on the Vita to date.
  3. Jun 6, 2014
    90
    Borderlands 2 is an essential purchase. It's as simple as that.
  4. Jun 30, 2014
    80
    Borderlands 2 is a great game to play in bursts, and the handheld format lends itself to this type of game perfectly.
  5. May 15, 2014
    80
    While Borderlands 2 for Vita is a neutered version of the original console title, with the toughest costs coming to the multiplayer and technical execution, it's still one of the best games for the handheld system.
  6. Jul 13, 2014
    75
    As soon as you are used to the somewhat clumsy controls, Borderlands 2 on PS Vita is again a great adventure that keeps you engaged for more than 50 hours.
  7. Jul 2, 2014
    75
    It definitely has problems, but Borderlands 2 is still mighty fun on Vita.
  8. Jun 6, 2014
    70
    Audio and video in Borderlands 2 seem to push the limits of what the Vita can handle, but the system merely strains and does not break (though the game did crash once or twice in my dozen or so hours with it).
  9. May 26, 2014
    70
    A not so good PS Vita port of one of the best FPS available. Inconsistent frame rate ruins part of the fun.
  10. May 22, 2014
    70
    Borderlands 2 gets packed into a "lite" version limited by the portable console more than we could have expected; graphics, AI and coop reduction included. They affect the experience drastically, blocking this PS Vita port from the glory it achieved on previous systems.
  11. May 20, 2014
    70
    If you’re itching to return to Pandora, then this will give you another way to play, but you’ll need to play it on a console to get the full experience.
  12. May 17, 2014
    70
    The Vita is a great home for many games, but this is not one of them. As a standalone product, this version of Borderlands 2 has little value, living in the shadows of its superior iterations. It gives dedicated vault hunters even more ways to spend time on Pandora – but if you love the core gameplay that much, its implementation on Vita is bound to disappoint you.
  13. May 13, 2014
    70
    Borderlands 2 might have its issues on the PlayStation Vita, but underneath those issues lies the same game you know and love. If you can get used to the controls and visual dip, then you might just find a solid title waiting for you.
  14. Jun 5, 2014
    68
    Although it maintains most of its qualities, Borderlands 2 on PS Vita is not the best version of the game, mostly because of the technical limitations of the console.
  15. Jun 6, 2014
    66
    Iron Galaxy's bet is not what you would say 'successful'. It's not a hardware issue, it's a suboptimization issue. It's hard to believe that patches will fix it, so it's not a recommended product nowadays. If you want to play a good RPG and FPS mix, play it on PS3.
  16. Jul 8, 2014
    65
    Not so nice to watch, hard to handle and full of glitches, this new entry isn't really what we were waiting for.
  17. Jun 2, 2014
    65
    While it is amazing that all of this content has been squeezed down to a portable version on the Vita, it has lost a lot of its luster in the transition. There is still a ton of fun to be had here, but this is far from what has come to be expected from a Borderlands experience and nothing near the quality on either the consoles or the PC.
  18. 65
    The dipping frame rate and the formatting miscues keep this game from bumping elbows with the best that the PS Vita has to offer. Though it's still missing a great deal of content, at least gamers can transfer their saves and still play this with one friend.
  19. Borderlands 2 has been a really bad port.
  20. 60
    Framerate issues and miniature texts bordering on the unreadable indicates that this is (sadly) just a quick and cheap port that’s a far cry from the majesty of the full-fledged versions of the game.
  21. Jun 26, 2014
    60
    The PS Vita port of Borderlands 2 surely is not perfect because of its rough technical aspect, but if you want to fight in Pandora while being away from your home console it can be a good option.
  22. 60
    Borderlands 2 is serious fun, but has serious problems.
  23. This has all the content you'd expect. But, technically, this production is more troubled than Crazy Earl. It's not watchu want. [July 2014, p82]
  24. May 12, 2014
    54
    Very little of what’s made it a blast to play over the last couple of years hasn’t been poisoned by this version’s technical issues. Its compromised visuals rob it of much of its bombastic charm, while its erratic performance and unreliable touch controls keep the gameplay from shining like it has in the past.
  25. Jun 25, 2014
    50
    Frame rate issues, lag, poor graphics and an excessively complicated control scheme, will make this trip back to Pandora one you will want to forget.
  26. Jun 5, 2014
    50
    It was certainly hard to transfer the Borderlands 2 experience on PS Vita. The developers succeeded in terms of content, but the frame-rate issues makes it really hard to enjoy.
  27. Jun 3, 2014
    50
    Though Borderlands 2 is a pretty good game, with a solid gameplay, a ton of content and an astounding style, this PSVita version is the worst edition of the series. The major graphical downgrade is acceptable but the amount of bugs, glitches, frame rate drops and freezes, make the game hard to play.
  28. May 12, 2014
    50
    That Borderlands 2 has been squeezed onto the PS Vita with all of its extra content is commendable. That it had to become a far worse game in the process is not.
  29. May 14, 2014
    40
    Borderlands 2 remains an excellent game--unfortunately the Vita port makes too many concessions. Frequent frame dips, sluggish response, and OK controls make it hard to recommend.
  30. May 14, 2014
    40
    Borderlands 2 for the Vita is a case study in how a great game can get lost in a really bad port. There's just no getting around this version's raft of technical issues, nor the fact that the Vita doesn't have enough buttons to make it really work. Given more time, Iron Galaxy might have made it work. But as it is, even hardcore fans of the series should stay far away.
  31. Jun 25, 2014
    20
    Released and patched, but still not ready for release - Borderlands and the Vita deserve better.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 284 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 122
  1. May 6, 2014
    10
    Excellent, a little dub down but it s a must buy for the Vita. Lots of replay value. The game playable and decent frame rate. Very happy, with this purchase. Sony keep them coming!!! Full Review »
  2. May 7, 2014
    9
    I own BL2 on PC and I had middle-of-the-road expectations upon purchasing this game in the Vita bundle (I traded mine in). If you're worried about frame rate, too little players, drastic graphical differences...don't. Here's a quick synapsis of my thoughts on the game.

    Graphics:
    This game looks fantastic for a Vita game, up there with Killzone Mercenary and Uncharted. It's honestly too hard to notice graphical differences on a handheld with a tiny screen as compared to a home console or PC monitor.

    Framerate:
    There will be drops here and there, but nothing game breaking or annoying. With the naked eye I would say it sits comfortably around 25-30fps depending on the action or how quick you're moving.

    Enemy Population:
    I've seen some gripes about this, I honestly don't notice a huge difference. I've had a vita since launch, I've logged over 100 hours on shooters like KZ Mercenary, but let's face it, the analog sticks can be difficult for twitch shooters. In the case of Borderlands 2, having a decreased enemy amount keeps it from being too overwhelming. I feel like it's just right due to the limitations of the vita controls.

    Controls:
    Great, in respect to the vita and touch screen and touch back. The controls are fully customizable, so if you don't like them you can change them to your heart's content. Hell, if you don't like the controls on this game you probably shouldn't own a vita, because the vita controls aren't the same as playing on a console controller.

    Co-op:
    Playing with 1 other player instead of 3 friendlies isn't really a big deal. If you're like me, you know a lot of people that own home consoles or PC's, but maybe 2 that own a vita. So, playing with one other buddy online with the vita party chat is really cool. I didn't notice much lag (my home connection is 30-40MBps).

    Overall:
    This is up there with it's console/PC counterparts in terms of replayability and action. Some of the changes made don't effect the experience too much, especially for a handheld device. I highly recommend anyone with a vita pick this game up, you won't be disappointed.

    My score: 9/10
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  3. May 10, 2014
    10
    I know you've been waiting for it...THIS IS FINALLY THE GAME YOU SHOULD BUY A VITA! If you don't know, Borderlands 2 takes the open-world elements and wasteland exploring of Fallout, mixes it with the Space Sci-Fi Story elements of Mass Effect, and LARGELY plays off a sense of humor reminiscent of a Tarantino film (violence and cheap humor). Wow, Iron Galaxy and Sony knocked this one out of the park. As someone who's played both PS3 and Vita versions, I have to say this version is great. A true example of how a port should be done. Graphics are close to the PS3 Versions, great framerate, and no missing content. This IS the console Borderlands 2, but it is better because it can be picked up and played wherever you want. $39.99 gets you 6 DLC packs and a brand new game that looks beautiful. Run, don't walk, out to your nearest store and buy this immediately if you already have a Vita. If not, the $199.99 Vita Slim bundle INCLUDES the game and is a perfect gateway into the glorious product that is a portable Borderlands 2. Full Review »