Oh, more “Borderlands 2” DLC? Don’t mind if I do.

You know, I went into this DLC fully expecting to love it. Even though I knew it offered no substantial additions to the game, I thought, “‘Captain Scarlett’ was fun and it didn’t have anything new!” Plus, it’s more “Borderlands 2” and how could that possibly be a bad thing?

Okay, I think you know where I’m going with this but “Mr. Torgue” isn’t bad. It just isn’t good, either.

The premise of this newest DLC is that the machismo-driven, steroid-fueled founder of the Torgue brand of weapons, Mr. Torgue himself, has opened a new arena. This arena is designed to find the biggest badass on Pandora, and only that badass can open a new vault that has been discovered. You want to be that badass.

There you have it. That’s it. There is nothing more to this new adventure. You’ll fight your way through the arena ranks and kill bosses. This means it shares some similarities to the worst DLC from the original “Borderlands”, “Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot”. The biggest of which is that it’s just boring.

Now, I’m not going to try to write some huge detailed description for this DLC entry. You’ve already played the hell out of the game, you know what is in store for you here. I’m simply going to do a list of pros and cons and then most likely suggest that it’s not worth purchasing. But who knows, maybe I’ll change my own mind by the end of things…

I won’t.

Pros:

  • Mr. Torgue himself is the most redeeming part of the DLC. He is a fantastic character. He shouts all of the time, loves to blow stuff up, has no qualms about sending his employees to certain death, makes guitar noises with his mouth, and has a glorious moustache. The only downside is that you only experience him through your Echo. Actually taking missions from him in person would’ve enhanced his presence.
  • Torgue Tokens are a new currency you can obtain. You get them from completing missions and picking them up off defeated enemies and from looting stuff. You can use these tokens in new slot machines or new vending machines. The vending machines are especially nice because their Item of the Day is always a random Orange. Convenient if you just can’t get a certain boss to drop a weapon you desire.
  • Some of the boss fights are actually kind of interesting!
  • EXPLOSIONS!!!
  • Tiny Tina is back!

Cons:

  • Tiny Tina is back…

    Haters gonna hate.

  • This DLC offers no increase in the level cap, no increased storage, and no significant new loot.
  • About those heavenly vending machines you can buy Legendaries from…yeah, for some reason, those Orange weapons max out at level 48. Hopefully this is a glitch that will be patched but these weapons aren’t worth the 613 Torgue Tokens you need for them.
  • The new area, Badass Crater of Badassitude, is the exact same kind of stuff you’re used to seeing in the main game. “Captain Scarlett” had a unique feel to its world, especially that underground oasis, but “Mr. Torgue” just falls short.
  • Arenas are the main focus of this DLC. The main questline features an arena and many sidequests feature arenas. Yay…
  • You’re heavily outgunned when exploring the world. Bikers will come and completely demolish your vehicle in seconds if you try to fight them. Not worth it. Also…
  • Why don’t you get a motorcycle to drive around?!

Yeah, I’m still going to go ahead and say, “Skip it.”

I mean, if you’re REALLY starving for more “Borderlands” (and who isn’t?), this may scratch that itch. However, you’re much better off just starting a new game with another class. Even if you’ve already maxed all of the classes, then you’re STILL going to be struggling to find anything that makes “Mr. Torgue” worth playing. There just isn’t much meat to pick off this bone.

EXPLOSION NOISE!!! SQUIBBLYBAMBLYMEEDLYMEEEEEEMOWWWWWWWW!!!

I wish Mr. Torgue were a character in the main game. He really does just about make the DLC worth it.

Almost.