Borderlands 2 now free for PlayStation Plus subscribers

Pick up a copy of Gearbox Software's 2012 hit shooter now for PlayStation 3.

Gearbox Software's 2012 acclaimed shoot-and-loot game Borderlands 2 is now free for PlayStation Plus subscribers, Sony has announced. The game is available today from the Instant Game Collection for PlayStation 3, but not PlayStation 4.

PlayStation Plus is Sony's subscription service for accessing a library of free and discounted games each month. The service is $9/month or $50 for the year, and one membership works across PS3, PS4, and PlayStation Vita.

This week also marks Week Two of the PlayStation Store Holiday Sale. Various digital games are on sale (with even greater discounts for PS Plus subscribers), including the Tomb Raider Bundle ($15), MLB 13 The Show ($20), and NHL 14 ($30).

Time is also running out for PS Plus subscribers to get Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball (PS3 and PlayStation Vita) for free, as the downloadable game leaves the Instant Game Collection on December 17.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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CallousIW
CallousIW

hi guys i just bought a ps3 n i was wondering whether can anyone tell me sthg...i realised after playing 1 full game (killzone 3) n 1 demo (payday) on ps3 (both fps), the default button for shooting seems to be always R1 which i tot was weird cos i prefer using the trigger button to shoot...fortunately for killzone they allowed R1 n R2 to be swapped but tat was not the case for payday. So i was wondering is this default button layout common among ps3 version of fps games? cos bascially i wouldnt wanna play COD or battlefield or any other fps using right shoulder button to shoot..it's just weird for me..appreciate if anyone can tell me..thanks!    

tightwad34
tightwad34

Wow. Borderlands 2 for free. Not bad, not bad at all. I gotta say I won't be mad about having to pay for PSN when I get my PS4. PS+ will pay for itself and then some.

Drew Turnbull
Drew Turnbull

Gears of War is on there because alot people suggested it on the xbox twitter page. Its good that they are listening to what their userbase wants.

Gblazer01
Gblazer01

Just downloaded this yesterday! PS+ is so amazing! :D 

garyhove
garyhove

Nice to see Europe being screwed over

Jordan Brooks
Jordan Brooks

Meanwhile, microsoft are still choosing to bless xbox live gold members with free games from the last decade. This is how to reward your paying customers, sony yet again topping microsoft.

John Hankin
John Hankin

Aha, does that include content as usual?

Ramon Terrell
Ramon Terrell

And right after I bought it two weeks ago. lol.

themc_7
themc_7

We're getting screwed on XBL. Games for gold gives away shit games. I haven't downloaded a single game yet, because all they give away is crap. Meanwhile, PS+ is giving away AAA games like Borderlands and GRID. Dafuq?

Steve HòBó Campbell
Steve HòBó Campbell

It's a tiny but cheaper than Xbox live and we get a lot more than shits of war, tbh I hated that saga of games and we get games for free too

Anthony Moite
Anthony Moite

Who cares if goes away after plus ends. We get the game free for the whole period. We all have to pay for plus for multiplayer on ps4 anyways. And it goes on ps4, ps3 and vita. Meaning games across all platforms. While xbox live gets what? Halo 3, and gears of war. Games that came out when Xbox came out lol ps plus is way better. Its cheaper than live and we get more out if it.

Cpt_Cosmonaut
Cpt_Cosmonaut

Can SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME where to find these FREE GAMES? Because when I do a search I only find like DC Universe and some other crap... No sign of Borderlands or GRID2 etc. WHERE ARE THEY?

Simon Corbett Bsc
Simon Corbett Bsc

Don't you mean extended trial? Because once you stop paying for PS Plus it becomes useless. ;)

carolino
carolino

Problem:

some folks say its not updates in US

here and in the site they say " ps plus members " ( not only US or only EU ) 

Cany any one 100% confirm thats only for US ?

natalieyan
natalieyan

this game is cool but i hate Unreal Engine

coaltango
coaltango

its really worth spending money for PS plus u get all these freebies

Daz Sams
Daz Sams

Sorry but it's not in my instant game collection

Garrett J. Wagner
Garrett J. Wagner

Hey at least we get to keep our game. Besides i have borderlands 2 and most of its DLC on steam, got it all under the price of GOTY :P

wasakawaka
wasakawaka

That was close, I almost bought this game last week.

Tevin Copper
Tevin Copper

Lol at the person who says gears is better while knowing only good gears is 2

Matthew Carroll
Matthew Carroll

Jacob Sony spies on your account and hands it to the NSA or any federal agency in your Country if deemed a threat. There is no such thing as privacy. Although your innocence and ignorance is cute :3

Jacob Swoger
Jacob Swoger

Why do people insist on saying that Playstation Network gets hacked all the time because they got hacked ONCE 2 years ago and it took down the network for several months? Are you that ignorant? At least the NSA isn't spying on my PSN account. That's how secure your XBLA account is...

burningwarsword
burningwarsword

BL2 was great!  I hope they make it available for PS3/PS4 cross-play.

Melvin Vicente
Melvin Vicente

Xbox Gold has free games too right? Let's see, 2006 games right? Hahaha!

Jamie Boomhour
Jamie Boomhour

Gears of War is a great game still and it's one of the main franchises that actually tested the 360 hardware's limits. I still enjoy the trilogy but I DO NOT consider Judgement a part of the series...If anything it should have been DLC for GoW 3. Having said that, Borderlands 2 is a way better deal as a free game

Ryan Goins
Ryan Goins

This. This is why PS+ is better than Xbox Gold.

obsequies
obsequies

@CallousIW your the first person I've ever heard of that does that. The triggers are more like pedals and work better in racing games. If you must, I'm sure it's not extremely difficult to re-solder the traces in the dual shock 3 with average soldering skills. I've seen people put ds3 guts in 360 controllers and the other way around. Seen the playstations dpad on lots of 360 pads and some other oddities that I don't want to talk about. I don't know how much you know about electronics or if you are even remotely interested in them but you could learn something and have fun doing it. I know I do, going to do the ram upgrade to my modded original xbox soon so I can turn it into a diy debugging unit then I can play virtua cop 3 on a real console. 
  There could also be other methods of forcing the controls to change if there are no options in select games such as hardware that say goes in between the controller and the system that switches it...or I imagine a person could run it into a pc through usb, translate the signal so that you can change it with software then route it back out through usb into the ps3. I'm pretty sure you can do this with a mouse..its kinda cheating online. If you need help or care send me line or 12.
  The final option would be to get a dual shock 4. It can connect via usb and does exactly what you want. lol. I don't think they work wirelessly but I imagine the modding community and small companies are working on micro usb bluetooth adapters. I'm almost sure the ds4 switches the controls around when its on the ps3 but I could be wrong, don't ever take my advice before confirming. peace


Undertaker575
Undertaker575

Happened to me for Infamous and Sleeping dogs hahah

garyhove
garyhove

They are only available in the US not Europe

carolino
carolino

1- must be a member of psn plus ( 50$ a year or lesser $ for less $ )

2- login playstation store

 3- scroll down the list until you find PS plus ( 3 clicks down i think )

4 - In the Ps plus menus find " instant game colection "

5 - chose the free game from the list

6-  Enter the download menu and there you go

BoozerX
BoozerX

Only for US.

I d/l it yesterday.

themc_7
themc_7

@maniacalpoet jesus christ you bitch about everything. I see you trolling on a sorts of pages. Trolling about PC master race on Xbox/PS3 pages, Digital download costs on XBL, etc. And now you're here starting shit about free games. Are you bored? Get the f*ck out of here.

Vexov
Vexov

@burningwarsword Yah, it sure was great fighting over weapons because the game gives you a ton of crap. The scaling on gear was so crazy that it didn't help either, that few pieces of decent gear that whom ever was quicker to grab was near crap after just a few lvls.

I also love how it covers my targets is blobs of colors and numbers, im sure kids fking loved it.


BL was a better game, BL2 brought some nice stuff, but also some bad. BL2 really didn't bring much new, I havn't seen much of what fans been asking for to make the game far more entertaining. Stuff that Destiny is doing is what fans wanted and asked for, instead all we get is pricey DLC and skins. The content in the DLC's do measure to what they ask for compared to the price of the game(the game is cheaper thoe now).


BL2 is decent on normal play, great characters, but still the fighting for loot was terrible...BL2 is so 1/2 assed that it didn't even put a roll system in the game. After normal mode the game really seems more 1/2 assed, just no balancing at all.


Gotta say, Gearbox seemed more interested in delivering a shinny experience and hustle to a ton of DLC's.

CallousIW
CallousIW

@obsequies hi thnks for the suggestions tho im nt looking for any mods, unfortunately..i just wanted to find out whether it is the norm for most ps3 fps games to use shoulder button as default shoot ...well im sure im nt the first person that likes to use trigger button as shoot cos it is the default shoot button on any xb360 fps game...im more used to it i guess, after years playing on xb360...but anyway thnks for the tips but i guess im just gonna buy the xb360 version of fps games...

timtolo
timtolo

@Vexov @burningwarsword Im going to have to disagree with you. I rather enjoyed BL2 over BL1.  Granted I haven't taking my Zero up to 72 but he is at 61. I have other one that are lvl 38-55. I found the second edition to have much more replay appeal 

obsequies
obsequies

@CallousIW @obsequies no prob man have a good day :). It's nice to have a somewhat productive and non argumentative conversation in these comments

CallousIW
CallousIW

@obsequies @CallousIW ah i see ..well i guess the next best thing is that hopefully they allow us to change button layout in options, at least for some games *fingers cross*.... well thnks again for the info!! much appreciated !!

obsequies
obsequies

@CallousIW @obsequies the early ps3 games actually used the r2 and l2 buttons as you mentioned. Games like bioshock do that, its actually a good port. you can turn off the vsync and 30fps cap in the options. I bet theres a list of games that do what you want somewhere

obsequies
obsequies

@CallousIW @obsequies Yeah sorry I couldn't help. Most fps on ps3 never use the triggers and I've just gotten used to it. As a dev I can't stand to not have the option to remap controls. It just blows my mind that out of all the years of hard and extremely complicated work that these teams put into a game they can't even put simple options. I know it would have taken them a couple hours to add it in. *shakes head*. Nothing is more frustrating than poor controller support. My god the pc is even worse, end up having like 3 programs open to emulate a mouse and garbage. The future is blue though. The best we can do is complain lol. I know I sure do for pc games because developers should know better. It's extremely lazy.