IGN’s Borderlands 2 Vita Review: Well-Written Disappointment

The Vita is a capable device, but just not capable enough for Borderlands 2.

The Vita is a capable device, but just not capable enough for Borderlands 2.

The newly revamped PlayStation Vita (lighter, thinner, longer battery life, LCD screen, rounded edges, etc.) is now available in the US. But for the time being, you can only get it by purchasing the Borderlands 2 bundle.

So, the game has to be worth it, right?

Unfortunately, despite the obvious capability of Sony’s portable device, it just doesn’t have the chops to flawlessly handle Gearbox’s ambitious co-op-oriented shooter.

Just ask IGN’s Vince Ingenito, who wrote up a great analysis of the handheld iteration. Perhaps most importantly, he explained specifically why this version falls short; it’s not merely general disappointment. By the end of the review, we get a clear picture of why this game falls shy and furthermore, why it likely won’t encourage anyone to pick up a Vita.

Congrats to Vince!

The developer was able to jam all that content into the Vita version, but...

The developer was able to jam all that content into the Vita version, but…

Why We Like It:

— The critic acknowledges the inherent accomplishment (getting all that content onto the Vita), but further explains that corners were cut to make this happen. That’s a very important distinction.

— Despite the analog sticks, portables just might not be the place for shooters. The reviewer focuses on the ungainly control scheme, which is a critical point because as always, gameplay tops the priority list.

— Just how different is Borderlands 2 on Vita as compared to consoles? This is the biggest question readers will have, and the critic answers that question with plenty of detail.

Read Vince Ingenito’s Borderlands 2 Vita Review Now

4 thoughts on “IGN’s Borderlands 2 Vita Review: Well-Written Disappointment”

I don’t have a Vita and I was thinking about getting the new one if Borderlands 2 turned out well (I missed it when it came out for consoles).

But I always had reservations about playing it on a handheld…and I see those reservations were well-founded. 🙁

You made a good decision. I was dumb enough to get that Borderlands 2 Vita bundle.

IGN’s review is actually somewhat lenient, as far as I’m concerned. The game barely functions.

I knew this would happen. I love Borderlands 2 and I could never imagine how it would work as well on the Vita.

As much as I believe in the Vita’s power, there was just no way this was going to fly.

Bah. Waste of time.

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