Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage DLC for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
If there is any company which single handily justifies DLC it’s Gearbox. I thoroughly enjoyed the Captain Scarlett DLC for Borderlands 2, and so had high expectations for Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage. This DLC manages to exceed its arena based structure to deliver something really quite surprising and different.
Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage doesn’t quite make the good first impression that Captain Scarlett did. The actual environs in which this DLC aren’t exactly particularly inspired. The ‘Badass Crater of Badassitude’ doesn’t live up to its name, with the only interesting location being the hellish industrial site known as the Forge. Considering the beautiful and unique vistas of the previous DLC it’s a shame that this isn’t on display here, but Mr. Torgue exceeds Captain Scarlett in other ways.
The eponymous Mr. Torgue is an excitable arms dealer who has decided to stage a tournament on top of the opening to a Vault, to answer a prophecy which states that the Vault will open when the champion of Pandora spills the blood of the ultimate coward. Piston, the current reigning Champion, tries everything in his power to sabotage the Vault Hunter’s rise through the ranks.
The actual plot of this DLC isn’t up to much, and is certainly weaker than that in the Captain Scarlett DLC, but it makes up for it by being incredibly funny. This DLC was absolutely hysterical from start to finish, particularly in the ebullient shouty delivery from Mr. Torgue, a wonderful character who I hope appears in further releases from Gearbox. The return of the brilliant Tiny Tina in the role of the Vault Hunter’s trainer was extremely welcome. Although I couldn’t have cared less about the story, with Piston being a rather weak villain, never as compellingly hateable as Handsome Jack, I thoroughly enjoyed the relentless hilarity of this release.
There’s really nothing new gameplay wise in this DLC, with the exception of the requisite hordes of new loot. There are some fun and interesting boss battles, but they were all disappointingly easy at my current level of play (mid 30s). I reached this level in one playthrough, and little effort put into grinding, so this easiness was rather disappointing. That said, the basic gameplay is as fun as ever, and I certainly appreciated the effort Gearbox put into the boss fights, easy as they were.
The presentation, from the visuals to the voice acting, was as top notch as we’ve come to expect from Gearbox. It’s so great that there are companies out there who don’t treat DLC as an onerous obligation (*cough* Vigil *cough*) but instead work hard to create something that genuinely stands alone and provides good value for money.
There’s really not a lot to say here; if you liked Borderlands 2, you’ll enjoy Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, another excellent release from Gearbox. Here’s hoping that the next DLC, Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt, lives up to the high standard set by it’s two predecessors.