Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Dec 14, 2018
    Borderlands 2 VR is most certainly a highlight of this year’s VR releases and one of the best titles yet to hit PlayStation VR. Its still Borderlands 2, sure, but you’ve never played Borderlands 2 like this before.
  2. Dec 19, 2018
    In the end, the parts that work well, even the driving mechanic allows for a first-person view, all add to a very engaging VR experience. Getting to explore Pandora and interact with all the various characters and creatures in scale is a helluva lot of fun. Hopefully, the rumors of forthcoming DLC and Aim support will materialize down the road. In the meantime, it’s time to lock, load, loot, and explore Pandora!
  3. Dec 18, 2018
    Borderlands 2 was always a phenomenal game, but having the option to play through the entire VR game with plenty of customisation to help with motion sickness helps out a lot.
  4. Feb 4, 2019
    As a sum of its parts, Borderlands 2 VR is a good and fun game even though it shows its age in the level design. Its VR implementation is impressive but not perfect. The lack of DLC content, co-op or AIM support may turn off players, especially given the game's high price point, but it's truly a solid and long VR experience that will keep you entertained for at least 30 hours. If you cannot wait for Borderlands 3 or have never played Borderlands 2, Borderlands 2 VR is perhaps the best excuse in a while to immerse yourself and return to vault-hunting on Pandora.
  5. 80
    Borderlands 2 VR takes a beloved classic game and gives it new life in VR and does so in a way that doesn't feel gratuitous. With a level of user controls that should be standard for all VR games, Gearbox has taken great care to provide a unique experience for those prone to motion sickness as well as seasoned VR users. Despite lacking Aim controller support, DLC content, and co-op, Borderlands 2 VR is one of the most enjoyable shooters on the PSVR.
  6. Dec 25, 2018
    Borderlands 2 VR is what we loved in the original game plus the VR gameplay with the hands recognition. It is one of the longer games playable in VR and the only major default is that you cannot play it in co-op.
  7. Dec 19, 2018
    The exceptionally witty writing that regularly knocks on the fourth wall is a bonus that’s somehow brought to life by feeling as though you’re actually there on Pandora with its cast of mock-savage weirdos. If you’re a PlayStation VR owner and enjoy first person shooters you may be seeing less of your family than planned this Christmas.
  8. Dec 18, 2018
    Borderlands 2 holds up pretty well, and in VR it feels like almost a brand new experience. The gunplay changes quite a lot, and being in Pandora is really, really cool.
  9. Dec 17, 2018
    Borderlands 2 VR is a game that is nearly perfectly translated into virtual reality. It contains everything you want from your Borderlands 2 experience, plus a bit more to make you feel like you’re a part of the game. Gearbox and 2K didn’t simply offer up a small piece of the pie, they offered up the whole pie. Just remember, too much of a good thing can make you sick.
  10. Dec 18, 2018
    A gigantic and amusing game, whose adrenaline and multifaceted gameplay unexpectedly marries well with the rules of VR.
  11. Feb 11, 2019
    Borderlands 2 VR is a good game in VR, which increases a lot the immersive potential of the game. On the other hand, this version is sold without any of the previous DLCs and does not support multiplayer. A shame for a game that's a must on coop.
  12. Dec 18, 2018
    The complete Borderlands 2 experience arrives on PSVR, which means it is a huge FPS with lots of RPG elements and an impressive weapon collection. Sadly, the adaptation is rough and sometimes it feels uncomfortable.
  13. Jan 28, 2019
    It’s not something I’d classify as an essential PSVR title, but the sheer charm of the world and its characters make exploring Pandora and experience I enjoyed far more than I first expected.
  14. Dec 17, 2018
    Quotation forthcoming.
  15. Dec 19, 2018
    The beloved qualities of Borderlands 2 are still there, but the fun suffers from an unoptimized VR experience.
  16. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jan 27, 2019
    What we have here is a beloved, fun game battling an ill-advised move into virtual reality. [Issue#158, p.96]
  17. Jan 2, 2019
    It could have been a fantastic VR porting but this version of Borderlands 2 lacks any previously released DLCs and PlayStation Aim controller support. Too Bad.
  18. Dec 20, 2018
    We cannot fathom why Gearbox neglected to include the DLCs of the original game and decided not to support the Aim Controller (that would have been absolutely ideal for this game), but that doesn't mean Borderlands 2 VR is a bad game. On the contrary, Pandora in VR looks wonderful, the superb gunplay is present and the "shoot n' loot" design will, once again, keep you going for over 25 hours.
  19. 70
    Borderlands 2 VR continues the trend of enjoyable but flawed ports of larger, traditionally designed games. Few additions make the cut to enhance the experience, but the simple fact of existing in virtual reality adds significantly to the overall gameplay.
  20. 70
    The VR port of Borderlands 2 (a game from 2012) falls short of what could have been a fantastic release. This is due to a lack of polish and the glaring omission of co-op.
  21. Dec 18, 2018
    Borderlands 2 VR is a very good game that can still be enjoyed in VR, but it lacks some alternative controls and its multiplayer to fulfill its potential.
  22. Dec 18, 2018
    Borderlands 2 VR is a flawed port of one of the best shooter FPS of the past generation of consoles.
  23. Dec 13, 2018
    The small gameplay tweaks aren’t enough to rewrite a game that was designed around four-player co-op, but the core of the experience is so strong, rewarding, and entertaining that it serves as a feature-rich and exciting VR shooter in its own right despite its flaws. If you’re looking for a PSVR game to really sink your teeth into with dozens of hours of content, then Borderlands 2 VR is still an easy recommendation.
  24. Dec 20, 2018
    Borderlands 2 VR sacrifices co-op, but returning to Pandora from this closer perspective is still a largely fun shoot and loot experience when played with the DualShock 4.
  25. Dec 25, 2018
    This porting fails to address many aspects that required VR-focused re-work. In additions, content cuts like the absence of co-op mode essentially make this version of Borderlands 2 sub-par to the original game.
  26. Dec 19, 2018
    Borderlands 2 VR is exactly what you think the original would be like in the early days of virtual reality. It never does anything to separate itself from the pack of decent VR adaptions, but, can provide a fun point and shoot experience once you get accommodated with your preferred controls and comfortability settings.
  27. Dec 21, 2018
    Despite a growing industry-wide acceptance that open-world games developed for the screen do not adapt well to VR – Gearbox bowled on ahead with their, years too late, adaptation of Borderlands 2. A port with unsurprisingly fails to fix the inherent problems with this transition – with gammy controls and gameplay not well adjusted for the VR medium.
  28. 60
    Odd control schemes, lack of core gameplay features from previous installments, and unfortunate legacy design decisions make this holistically feel like an inferior experience.
  29. Dec 17, 2018
    There’s clearly a lot of effort been invested into bringing Borderlands 2 to PSVR, and that’s appreciated. The gameplay does feel dated these days – and the lack of DLC and co-op is a real shame – but there’s still fun to be had with the loot-shootin’ loop, and Pandora scales well to virtual reality. The PS Move control scheme is cumbersome but the game plays fine with a DualShock 4 in hand, and an array of comfort options mean that you can tailor the experience to your exact needs.
  30. Dec 16, 2018
    Borderlands 2 VR technically works in VR but hasn't managed to escape the feeling of being an outright port. There's not much to the game which really feels like it's making good use of VR, and more than a handful of players are likely to find the game uncomfortable without cranking up the comfort settings. By the time you add up all the cons of playing the game in VR—no co-op, no DLC, no VR-specific interactions, poor graphics, gamepad-first design, and necessary immersion-reducing comfort settings—you might start to wonder why you aren't just playing the original Borderlands 2 in PSVR's 'game theater' mode—if not on your TV without the bother of the headset.
  31. Dec 18, 2018
    A great game awfully translated to VR due to its bad control schemes.
  32. Dec 28, 2018
    Borderlands 2 VR is a stripped down version of a six year old game which has simply nothing to share with virtual reality. And at a full price, too.
  33. 50
    Despite the original PlayStation 3 version of Borderlands 2 ending up with an aggregate score of 91 per cent on Metacritic. It’s hard to recommend this PlayStation VR release. It does contain all of what made Borderlands 2 a delightful game, but it's the inferior version, trading comfortable controls, co-op and DLC for the marginal thrill of having a 360-degree perspective on the world.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 52
  2. Negative: 10 out of 52
  1. Dec 14, 2018
    Welcome again to the badass lands of serial killers and maniacs. Graphics are normal and enough for vr. Gameplay is awesome. Some new skillsWelcome again to the badass lands of serial killers and maniacs. Graphics are normal and enough for vr. Gameplay is awesome. Some new skills and polished game. You’ll take the wheel in first-person and actually drive vehicles like you would in real life if using the ps move controllers. Drive like a mad man. %100 fun and adrenaline. A+! Full Review »
  2. Dec 15, 2018
    This is amazing,me being lazy always use dualshock to play,skyrim ect.
    And like skyrm THIS IS AMAZING,if you loved skyrim your love this,its
    This is amazing,me being lazy always use dualshock to play,skyrim ect.
    And like skyrm THIS IS AMAZING,if you loved skyrim your love this,its skyrim with guns lol.
    ALOT reviews are pc snobs,who carnt get there heads round,why all cool stuff comeing to ps4,
    But rather than be cool about it they **** all come to each others in the end,so lose the pc snobbery.
    Quick note,i have been playing games since wizardry 1 on pc 1982,i love games ,and the best game i have EVER played,and ive played alot. Resident evil vr, then skyrim vr,now boaderlands,i find it really anal to mark a game down,because 10 yearold move controllers dont work?
    Get the dual shock and be blown away,i dont get why people want to teleport about,becuase of ??god get out more,i am sitting on a couch with dualshock and boarderlands is AMAZING,move controllers?what idiots try to use them?unless like the crap way to play .wow rant over,muppet giveing this 2 ,go get a gf you miserable git.
    Full Review »
  3. Dec 14, 2018
    One of the best looking game in PS VR. Despite it's a 6 year old game, it have a beautiful visual style and high resolution on fat console.One of the best looking game in PS VR. Despite it's a 6 year old game, it have a beautiful visual style and high resolution on fat console. Move support is not perfect. In combat it's too hard to move, evade, strafe, turn, shoot, reload at same time. No Aim support, but developers promise add it with patches. No DLC, this disappointing, but maybe them will be added later. Full Review »