Borderlands: Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot

This piece of Borderlands DLC is a repetitive, boring-as-shit arena grind. You see, it’s a co-op expansion where you’re placed in one of three areas to fight different foes, under conditions such as slowly draining health, low gravity, or only your pistols being effective.

Each section has between five and 25 rounds. Each round is made up of five waves, which take between two and five minutes. Said waves are always a normal wave, a ‘gun’ wave (full of gunners), a horde wave (lots of melee enemies), a badass wave (a selection of super-powerful foes) and a boss wave.

Mad Moxxi’s is an overly-long, samey and furiously frustrating mess. All you do is kill the same kind of enemies in the same kind of arenas for hours at a time, and any death sends you back to the beginning of a round. And there’s no loot or experience from each kill (removing loot from Borderlands is as stupid as not breathing), and you’ve seen almost the whole expansion in the first hour.

With no save points throughout matches that can take two hours to complete, the entire thing feels like a hopeless, boring slog. At best, this DLC is thoughtless, unoriginal and for those who simply must have two extra skill points. At worst, it’s a waste of time and money, and poor form by Gearbox.

Feb 9, 2010


  • Pocotron - February 11, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    @NanoElite666 There is most certainly a Bank in this add-on. The catch is that you always travel there to use it, you have to buy upgrades to increase space, and some third reason. Here's to the third DLC being better than even Zombie Island with it expanding the level cap! And tougher challenges blah, blah, blah...
  • NanoElite666 - February 10, 2010 11:02 p.m.

    If I remember correctly I think an ad I saw on Steam for this mentioned the addition of a stash box for your extra loot, but yet there's no mention of it here. So is there a stash box with this DLC or no?
  • CreeplyTuna - February 10, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    i fell bad cauz i bought this a long time ago and it sucked, and i think this review should have gone up sooner recaptcha: mold squirt
  • Corsair89 - February 10, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    Not to mention, it's insanely difficult. I played against level 25 enemies and I only beat everything because I played with a friend who was level 45 and we still had a hard time beating it. God, the only reason I went through this torture was for achievements.

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