At some point we have to wonder if the frenetically-paced Borderlands 2 hasn’t been embodied a little too much by its developers at Gearbox Software. The breakneck, loot-loaded first-person shooter released to sterling reviews late this September, and already, evocative of the spoils of war its gameplay trades on, fans have been treated to a wealth of post-launch content through the class-adding Mechromancer Pack and Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, a full-fledged campaign expansion for the game.
Now — just in time for Thanksgiving — Gearbox has released their second singleplayer expansion for Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage. A new trailer is out today showcasing the content, and it goes without saying that Torgue Enterprises hasn’t lost its bias for badasses.
Available on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage can be downloaded for $9.99 (800 Microsoft Points), although expenses are covered for anyone who purchased the Borderlands 2 Season Pass. We were teased with details of the campaign back in October — a Borderlands 2 trophy update slipped in snippets about its mission content — but in officially announcing the add-on’s existence just recently, publisher 2K Games provided a more extensive preview.
Set within the Badass Crater of Badassitude (like we said: badasses here) where a new Vault has been discovered, players are informed that Torgue is commemorating the event with a tournament to find Pandora’s biggest badass. Gearbox has gone all-in on the theme — introducing new weapons, like the Pocket Rocket and Cobra sniper rifle; new bosses, including Pyro Pete, Motor Momma and Badassaurus Rex; and new NPC’s, such as sponsor/trainer Piston, to mesh alongside returning favorites Tiny Tina, Mad Moxxi. Players can also anticipate additional loot drops and appearance options designed around the campaign, and a special currency specific to Torgue weapons.
2K is promising “unforgettable battles” and, as the trailer above reveals, plenty of exploration options within The Crater, The Beatdown and The Forge. Similar to the storytelling style of Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, the exposition of the campaign sheds a deeper focus around the incendiary firebrand that is Mr. Torgue, all the while casting players onto an exciting, but also narratively resonant thrill-ride.
That’s the goal, anyway. A late-summer hit when it debuted, Borderlands 2 offered, as we detailed in our review, an enormous 60 hours of fun in its core experience alone. Laden with more loot and adventure and, most importantly, explosions, we don’t see Gearbox’s gem imploding any time soon.
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Borderlands 2 – Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage is available now for $9.99 (or 800 Microsoft Points) on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Source: 2K Games