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Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage
Score: 95%
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Gearbox Software
Media: Download/1
Players: 1 - 4
Genre: First Person Shooter/RPG/Online


I completed all of the endgame content from the original Borderlands with a single assault rifle: the Torgue Corporation's Iron Bastard. I loved this weapon: it was just plain brutal. But what really endeared me to it was its vendor description: "TORGUE! BASTARD GUNS FOR BASTARD PEOPLE!" I had always hoped to meet the guy at the top of this company, and apparently Gearbox wanted to, as well. Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage is Borderlands 2 at its best: it's exciting and gut-bustingly hilarious.


So the ending of Borderlands 2 revealed that there are Vaults all over the known universe. It also turns out that yet another one has been found on Pandora. Enter Mr. Torgue, a man whose six-inch voice is as loud as an airhorn. He pounces on the Vault, declares the surrounding area the "Badass Crater of Badassitude," and hosts a series of deathmatches to determine who is Pandora's Ultimate Badass.

With Mr. Torgue, Gearbox has gone all out. Here is a character who is incapable of not flipping out at literally everything that happens around him. He's so outrageously over-the-top that his company actually installed profanity-censoring hardware in him, rendering him impossible to drop any four-letter words without being bleeped over. All of this makes him one of the funniest characters in the Borderlands universe, and I so hope he returns in later installments.


Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage is proof that Gearbox learned some lessons from Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot, the weakest link in the Borderlands DLC cycle. They delivered a series of arena challenges with only the flimsiest of pretenses and ended up being very weak because of that. Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage features a handful of arena challenges, but it gives you legitimate reasons to participate in them. Furthermore, as the title implies, it's a full-fledged campaign. There are new environments to explore, new enemies to kill, new quests to complete, and of course, new loot to snatch.


As of this writing, Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage is the best Borderlands expansion since The Secret Armory of General Knoxx. The writing and humor is utterly sublime, and that classic Borderlands action has not yet lost its pull. If you've still got that itch, Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage is your Calamine.

-FenixDown, GameVortex Communications
AKA Jon Carlos

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