Borderlands: Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot
What makes Mad Moxxie more than just a mindless experience is the way the demented host starts toying with the playing field after the first round
- Stylish arenas, super-difficult tournaments, weapon loots, hours of co-operative play
- No storyline, no experience, often unimpressive weapon drops, too difficult to conquer solo
Gearbox's second DLC content update for Borderlands is all about action: featuring the Underdome, a riotous arena where death and mayhem rule, it's a worthy download that brings a Gears of War Horde mode like experience to the world of Pandora. Unfortunately, there are a couple of issues that keep it from being a must-have purchase; however, it is still a fun and interesting diversion.
Gearbox’s latest content update for its massively rewarding title, Borderlands, offers anyone with a character level 10 and over one the toughest trials they've faced yet: the Underdome. Ruled by Mad Moxxie, a megaphone wielding vixen straight out of the rabbit hole, it houses three Riot Arenas where Smash TV-seque tournaments are held.
The “Riots” are pretty much Borderlands' take on Gears of War's Horde or Halo's Firefight modes, but it adds a twist to the classic onslaught of enemies. Instead of one group of enemies followed by another of the same type, the rounds consist of five distinctly named waves, like the psycho-filled Horde Wave or the aptly named Badass Wave, and each provides their own distinctive challenges.
Between each wave, you’re given a brief reprieve to restock on ammo and health that rain sporadically across the arena. If you manage to survive through the entire round, Moxxie rewards you with a weapon drop; unfortunately, the rewards are less than impressive, especially if you’re a high level character. And, as was the case with the previously released DLC pack, Zombie Island, you don't gain experience no matter how many hundreds of bandits you kill. But you do get a bank to store extra goods and the three arenas that compose the Underdome provide a great sense of challenge.
What makes Mad Moxxie more than just a mindless experience is the way the demented host starts toying with the playing field after the first round. She plays little tricks like altering your accuracy, reducing gravity or boosting the damage dealt by SMGs above all other weapon types. These combat modifiers inject a lot of variety into the otherwise straightforward action but you can get stuck with some very unlucky combos, leading to a decidedly unfair fight. I will also warn you that the Underdome is not meant to be tackled solo. Borderlands has a strong multiplayer focus to begin with and Mad Moxxie is clearly designed with teammates in mind; when you die, for instance, you’re tossed into a penalty box from which you can observe and take the occasional long-range pot shot. If you have teammates who are still in the fight, you can lend support fire, but if you're alone, landing in the box is the equivalent of a ‘Game Over’ screen. Without teammates to watch your back, the Underdome is nearly impossible to survive.
Of course, that’s nothing new with Borderlands, and Mad Moxxie is definitely a good deal for players looking for more co-op mayhem; it’s also a great challenge for gamers who’ve reached the level 50 cap. It would have been nice if Mad Moxxie lifted the level cap, but it still offers enough mayhem to make it worth the download for any Borderlands player looking for a little mindless killing.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Lexar® Portable SSD
Google Daydream VR headset
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Acer Swift 7
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Huawei Mate 9
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Surface Pro 4
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- You can download Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes for iOS and Android today
- Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes looks sharp, but will it survive the freemium transition?
- Nintendo's bringing Super Mario Run to Android in March, but Fire Emblem's coming first
- The Switch is a mix of Nintendo's past consoles
- Dead Rising 4 impressions: 'Tis the season to BBQ zombies with your flaming sword
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCFinance Analyst/ Project SpecialistVIC
- FTDatabase DeveloperACT
- FTLevel 3 EngineerNSW
- FTSenior Database AdministratorVIC
- FTData Conversion LeadNSW
- CCIT Procurement OfficerNSW
- FTSenior Security Sales SpecialistVIC
- CCSystem EngineerSA
- FTData AnalystQLD
- FTBusiness AnalystNSW
- CCSenior .NET DeveloperNSW
- TPAnalyst Programmer (Adabas)SA
- FTLevel 2 Technical Support OfficerQLD
- FTEnterprise Account ManagerNSW
- FTSAP BOBJ ConsultantACT
- CCSAP Billing & Invoicing ConsultantNSW
- FT.Net Azure DeveloperSA
- FTSenior Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)NSW
- FTFull Stack DeveloperQLD
- FTProject / Implementation Coordinator (Junior-Mid Level) Sunshine Coast LocationQLD
- CCTelecommunication Operations SpecialistTAS
- TPSolution Architect - Real-Time Tracking SystemVIC
- FTApplications DeveloperACT
- CCApplication Services Administrator (Linux)NSW
- CCProject / Portfolio SchedulerNSW