Developer: Gearbox Software
Cost: 800MSP (or included in 2400MSP Season Pass)
Mr Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage Review (XBOX 360/PS3/PC)
Mr Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage landed its big, explosive boot in Pandora’s ass-crack today, making it the second DLC in a minimum of four planned DLCs for Borderlands 2. Center-stage for this DLC is Mr Torgue, the badass, guitar-solo loving CEO of Torgue. You know, the weapons manufacturer that sells explosive guns?
A mixture of all your favourite over the top WWE and WCW wrestlers, Mr Torgue is introduced while interrupting the news from Dr. Tannis that a new vault has been discovered. To celebrate this, Mr Torgue has set up a tournament to win access to the latest and possibly greatest Vault in his massive arena, located in The Badass Crater of Badassitude. To win you’ll have to become the Number 1 Badass and spill the blood of a coward in the arena, which means barreling your way from a lowly number 5 spot through a bunch of badass dudes (and one dudette) to the top of the leaderboard. I guess all that Jack-killing hasn’t reached these people yet.
These four badass warriors are willing to step over their own mothers to get to vault though, and soon you’ll find yourself on a mission through three new areas to clear your name after being betrayed by your sponsor, the loveable Piston.
Fans of the previous DLC should know that Mr Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage plays quite similarly but with far more oomph in a shorter space: The campaign is independent of the main story in Borderlands 2 and you can start as early as level 15 if the fancy takes you. You’ll also find a bunch of side-missions along the way to keep you busy in the new areas, of which there are three.
The main new area is The Badass Crater of Badassitude; a sandy crater overrun by bandits on motorbikes and the usual deadly wildlife out for your blood. You’ll also be sent off to Beatdown, a dilapidated city area, and The Forge, which is vaguely reminiscent of Hero’s Pass from the main game, but which is a serious contender for most badass area in the entire game. Each area also comes with it’s own mini-arena where you can fight waves of enemies for loot and/or glory. Not both. Never both.
Mr Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage also features new enemies with updated abilities. Every enemy you’ll find has been given the ol’ Torgue spit-shine so they’ll fit nicely into the backdrop of the Badass Crater of Badassitude. There’s been no recycling by the good folks of Gearbox.
During the campaign you’ll find old friends who are more than willing to help you on your rise to Number 1 badass, montage style. Among the familiar faces are Moxxi who will act as your new sponsor for the tournament and Tiny Tina makes a very welcome return as your trainer and quest-giver. As the story progresses you’ll come across more friends from your past, looking for your help in these new areas.
Mr Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage is exactly as the title says; absolute and utter carnage. This new DLC from Gearbox brings back everything that made Borderlands 2 what it was but ramps it up into a crazy explosive frenzy of guts and glory. The writing is, as ever, hilariously off the wall and sometimes makes you question the sanity of the developers and writers. If you loved Borderlands 2 you’ll not want to miss out on this DLC.
Mr Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage is out now on XBOX 360, PS3 and PC, available separately or as part of the Borderlands 2 Season Pass on your respective system.Mr Torgue's Campaign of Carnage Review (XBOX 360/PS3/PC),