Borderlands 2: ‘Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage’ DLC Review

What happens when you combine the concept of No More Heroes with elements of Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot DLC from the first Borderlands game, but turn it to 11 and make it miles more badass using Borderlands 2’s fantastic gameplay, design and sense of humour? You get this, the latest downloadable add-on for Borderlands 2, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage.

The second of the DLC add-on packs released for the fantastic Borderlands 2, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage continues the same sense of humour and brilliant gameplay from the main game and the previous DLC, Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty. Opening with a cut-scene noting the discovery of another mysterious Vault full of treasure, we are instantly introduced to yet another over-the-top storyline concept by the latest character introduced into the series: Mr. Torgue.

Mr. Torgue is the CEO of the weapons manufacturer of the same name in the world of Borderlands, and he has created a tournament for all-comers to partake in while in pursuit of the riches that lie in wait inside the Vault below them. With the Vault requiring the blood of a coward to be spilt, and the player brought into a No More Heroes-esque climbing of the ranks, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage is a well-paced instalment in the franchise.

Players will probably get a good 6-8 hours initial playtime with this DLC, but that is without considering the replay value that comes with all things Borderlands. There are many side-missions and legendary weapons to find and earn that will stretch out the playtime, as well as players being able to go through it multiple times using some or all of the five playable characters should one wish to do so.

While the DLC has elements of arena-style gameplay, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage does well not to just focus on one sort of gameplay hook throughout. Much like the rest of Borderlands 2, this DLC also takes advantage of the different sorts of missions one can play in Borderlands, all the while offering that brilliant sense of humour. The add-on doesn’t lose any of the steam of the main game, offering many a humorous mission with some brilliantly hilarious dialogue running throughout – the majority of which comes from the censored profanity laden hyperbole from the titular Mr. Torgue.

The add-on is also generous in the design, creating several new areas to traverse through in the quest for riches, including the gloriously named Badass Crater of Badassitude. While there are not many new character types you’ll come across, many enemies have been given a facelift to fit in the world of the add-on, not to mention some enemies given the vehicle upgrade of riding a sweet motorbike and side-car, a vehicle annoyingly not controllable by players. Players will also be glad to see a few familiar faces making their way down to this new Vault, all the more ready to offer new quests and support for your character.

Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage is definitely a worthy add-on for Borderlands 2, but it is a bit of a step backward when compared to the brilliant Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty DLC. The characters are not as engaging or hilarious, nor are there any new vehicles added in this instalment (while Captain Scarlett gave us the Return of the Jedi-esque sand skiff), and it does feel shorter and easier than its predecessor. Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage certainly offers a challenge to players, even at level 50, but one wishes that the DLC offered a little more for its price.

This is nit-picking really, because if one looked at it independently of being a Borderlands 2 DLC and just looked at it as a DLC add-on, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage offers more than enough content. It is admirable that this is the second DLC add-on in two months that has offered a 6+ hour experience with a turnover of quality to one’s satisfaction. Not many other games could produce such fast returns on the investment of a game like Borderlands 2, delivering a constantly fresh and funny experience with no signs of stopping.

Overall it is a very enjoyable experience. Not as brilliant as Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, but Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage is still nothing to be sniffed at. You’ll laugh, your enemies will die, it’s well worth checking out.

Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage is DLC available for Borderlands 2. It can be downloaded now for PC, PS3 or Xbox 360 versions of the game. The version reviewed was on the Xbox 360.

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