That’s right folks, it’s Borderlands 2 DLC time again. This time Gearbox is treating us to Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, featuring the obnoxious and hilarious Mr. Torgue himself. Here you’ll need to hit up that quick travel to head over to a location Mr. Torgue lovingly refers to as The Badass Crater of Badassitude (protip – it’s pretty badass).
The story in Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage follows a convention that the previous DLC set by being completely separated from the main game’s storyline. This means you won’t be seeing any of the cast from the original title. You do, however, get the opportunity of working with a few NPCs from the main storyline including Mad Moxxi and Tiny Tina, while Tannis makes a small appearance at the start of the DLC.
This DLC has you striving to achieve something completely and utterly unique, something you’re not used to doing within the Borderlands franchise. Yep, you guessed it, you have to kill a whole bunch of people and open a secret vault that contains phat lewt. Innovative right?
In all seriousness, the DLC does mix up the format a little. Mr. Torgue is offering the grand prize to whoever can conquer his battle arena and become the number one contender. The story has a pretty interesting progression. You start out by proving yourself to Mr. Torgue that you’re even competent enough to compete in the tournament. You’re then tasked with finding a sponsor and a trainer.
You’re initially ranked as the fifth contender in the tournament upon completion of the initial arena battle. This initial battle is a little different from the battle arenas that you’re used to in the main storyline. This time you’re thrown into more of a qualifier match where NPCs fight eachother. It’s possible to just not engage enemies at all and instead defend yourself when enemies specifically target you.
After this battle you’ll need to consult your sponsor and trainer, from here you’ll be going toe to toe with the other contenders. Your next main objective is to fight one on one with the fourth place contender. This continues until you’ve eliminated all the contenders and must duel with the reigning champ, Piston.
One aspect I’m happy to see return in the DLC is the fantastic writing and dialogue, Borderlands continues to be one of the best written and comedic video games and this DLC only adds to it. Mr. Torgue isn’t your typical businessman, instead he’s a loud mouthed, opinionated and downright ruffneck scoundral who enjoys peppering his sentence with the F word at every opportunity.
Here’s a taste of some of the zany thins you’ll hear leave his mouth:
- “DID YOU KNOW THAT OVER 97% OF ALL LIVING THINGS ON PANDORA AREN’T EXPLODING RIGHT NOW? THAT’S BULLSHIT! BUY TORGUE!”
- “IF YOU DON’T BUY TORGUE GUNS YOU’RE F***ING RETARDED!”
- “IS IT JUST ME OR DOES IT SEEM LIKE HE’S GONNA BETRAY THE F*CK OUTA YOU!?”
Charismatic right? To compliment Torgue, you have the sassy Mad Moxxi and the ever lovable scamp Tiny Tina, both play great roles and are welcomed additions to the DLC character line-up.
The gameplay hasn’t changed all too much from the chaos we’re used to in the Borderlands franchise. There was, however, the addition of a pure racing mission. This didn’t add anything overly special to the DLC but was nice to see that Gearbox are branching out a little and trying new things. The overall premise and storyline employed in the DLC meant that Gearbox could’ve really explored new gameplay mechanics but instead we saw very few fresh gameplay additions. It seems like the Borderlands 2 DLC packs are staying true to their name in that they’re only providing new content in the form of storyline.
I also had a niggling issue while playing the game in true vault hunter mode playing as Axton. The game didn’t seem to scale very well to my level and as such it was extremely difficult in parts. I was essentially fighting the enemies by throwing in grenades and launching my turret then immediately backing off. Any attempts at fighting enemies in a straight up fight would quickly end in death.
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