Borderlands 2 - Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage DLC Review
Developer: Gearbox Software
Publisher: 2K Games
North American Release Date: November 20, 2012
European Release Date: November 20, 2012
Trophies: | 0 | 1 | 1| 1 |
The Borderlands 2 content keeps on coming. The second DLC, Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage, has arrived and Borderlands 2 fans can once again dip their toes into the extraordinary game. Outrageously over-the-top, the new add-on content fully encompasses "Badassitude," but is it worth your purchase?
Still all about shooting and looting, Borderlands 2's gameplay is always fun and never grows stale. I've put over 100 hours into the main game and I've had a blast doing so. With a DLC, my eyes aren't glued to how well the overall gameplay is done however. Instead, I care about what kind of additions are added, and how great they are.
For this reason I was left utterly disappointed by Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage. There simply aren't any worthwhile additions in this DLC, which makes the downloadable content boring. It's unable to separate itself from the main game.
Basically all that's added are a few new wave-based arenas. However, because Borderlands 2 already contained two arenas, these bring nothing new to the table and become repetitive quickly. The only reason I could even fathom someone wanting to put a lot of time into these arenas would be to collect Torgue Tokens - the new in-game currency. Tokens are collected through natural questing and progression, but you can farm them by taking part in the arenas.
Pyrocaustic Pete isn't very invincible after all.
However, the currency is poorly executed. The Tokens can be redeemed at Torgue vending machines that are litered throughout the new areas, but there's nothing worth getting from them. For a hefty amount of Tokens, you can purchase a random 'high-end' Torgue weapon, but they're really no different than the ones you can pick up from random loot locations. To sweeten the deal, if you collect an obscene amount of Tokens, you can buy a Legendary Torgue-grade weapon. However, the amount of time it would take to farm for the Tokens mirrors that of which it would take to farm for the weapon from the enemy it drops from anyway. It's a pointless feature.
Ultimately, the DLC adds nothing exciting and fresh in terms of gameplay. While the core aspects of Borderlands 2 are still great, the DLC itself is bland.
Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage is an over-the-top roller coaster ride about another vault discovered on Pandora. You (the Vault Hunter) are in search of it, but with the location of the vault being buried in the Badass Crater of Badassitude, you're going to have to apease Mr. Torgue and become the ultimate champion of Pandora in order to gain access to its riches.
The story is just plain stupid, as is the writing. Gearbox kept caps lock on for the majority of the script, and the word "badass" is overused to smithereens. While initially perhaps charmingly funny due to Torgue's delivery, the writing soon becomes annoying. To quote Sir Hammerlock, I felt my brain cells committing suicide while attempting to endure this.
The Badass Badassasaurus of Badassitude... Badass.
Missions are extremely repetitive and get boring from the get-go. Most of the 4 hour-long DLC is spent climbing your way up to the top of totem pole by killing off random bosses that offer little challenge. Side missions are equally uninspired.
Even the new Invincible boss, Pyrocaustic Pete, is a let down due to the fight being considerably easy, especially when compared to other Invincibles.
It's boring, it's unenjoyable, it's repetitive, it's uninspired, and it's annoying.
Borderlands 2 is always better with a friend along - and that holds true here - but there just isn't much to do here that makes co-op worthwhile. Pyrocaustic Pete can be felled pretty easily by yourself, so co-op isn't required like it was with the Hyperious and Master Gee boss battles from the previous DLC. Additionally, because the content is uninspired, it's hard to add that much extra enjoyment to it by playing with some pals anyway.
That said, what's here is still solid. Drop-in and drop-out co-op still works well, making transitions between cooperative and solo seamless. It's a shame that the multiplayer portion of the game relies so heavily on the quality of what's offered in terms of missions. Not even the multiplayer can save this boat from sinking.
Borderlands 2 looks crisp and unique - it always has. The new environments once again carry an uninspired color palette, similar to Captain Scarlett's, but it isn't as bad this time around due to some extra variation in terms of volcanic and town-like vistas, and detailed in-door environments.
Gray, meet Gray. Thankfully this isn't all there is.
Voice acting is superb once again, bringing characters to life. Mr. Torgue, while annoyingly over-the-top, still delivers his poorly written script with power. Piston, the main antagonist, is also rightfully menacing, and the rest of the returning and new cast of characters are done well.
The game is clean as well, with no noticeable bugs it's a step up from the previous DLC's sloppiness. It's still not fun, but the experience at least holds up well.
While fairly simple, the DLC's three-trophy suite is hindered by one of them because it involves collectibles. Bad collectibles at that. While the other two trophies encourage players to complete all story and side missions offered in the downloadable content, the third trophy involves picking up ten collectibles that will randomly drop from enemies at any given time. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not how you do collectibles, and it's a shame they tacked on a trophy for such a poorly done gameplay mechanic.
Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage is bad. Really, really bad. There's nothing new that was added here to spice up the gameplay, the missions and writing are unusually awful, and there's nothing that can save the DLC from its flaws. Unless you have the season pass and need more Borderlands 2 in your life, I cannot suggest you play this one. It's horrible enough to make you not want to play the game again for months.
The core of the game is still fun, but there's nothing new here worth tearing into.
As bad as it gets, a serious disappointment from Gearbox.
It's better with friends, but it's still lackluster at best.
Looks, sounds, and performs well.