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