- Publisher: 2K Games
- Developer: Gearbox Software
- ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- Pros: Non-Stop Action, Hours of Gameplay at Low Price
- Cons: Waves of Arena Battles Get Repetitive
After installing "Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage," you can find some friends to play co-op (or go it alone), visit any Fast Travel station, and travel to the wonderfully-named "The Badass Crater of Badassitude." In "Pirate's Booty," you fast-travelled to "Oasis." Just the initial location names should clarify the differences for you. A new vault has opened and Mr. Torgue is looking for the most badass vault haunter in Pandora. Could that be you? Mr. Torgue is not going to take your word for it. It's time for a tournament.
At first, I was concerned that "Campaign of Carnage" would be nothing more than arena battles with waves of enemies to defeat to finish the mission. I've become accustomed to being disappointed by DLC, especially for games that promise new multiplayer modes but merely present the depressingly simple concept of survival. You, enemies, don't die. I was worried that was what we would get here when I found out that a maniac named Torgue wanted me to compete in a tournament. And there are some arena-esque missions, although even those are more creatively designed than most survival modes. More importantly, "Campaign of Carnage" is no mere arena challenge. It is a complete story with new characters, a few old ones (Tiny Tina is back!), and new worlds to explore.
The key word for this DLC is carnage. I travelled to the Badass Crater, spawned a vehicle, and was almost immediately blown up by a crazed group of "Mad Max"-esque lunatics that I think had strapped explosives to their cars and bikes. You will die over and over again in "Campaign of Carnage" as you battle a diverse array of enemies from traditional psychos to explosive robots to those damn Skags. It's non-stop action that's intensfied by a notable lack of new weaponry. You purchase weapons in this part of Pandora not traditionally but through token earns by defeating tournament contestants. It was hours before I had enough to even consider buying a new boom stick. So be careful what you bring to the Badass Crater in terms of firepower because it could be all you have for some time.
To be fair, there are some chunks of "Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage" that get remarkably repetitive but that's kind of the only common complaint about "Borderlands 2" in general. If you're not up for killing the same enemy type over and over and over again then you're not really up for a trip to "Borderlands 2" in the first place. "Carnage" turns up the repetitive enemies simply due to its increased difficulty over most of the game proper or "Captain Scarlett." The faint of heart need not apply for this tournament. Bring your PECS!