XBA Review: Borderlands 2 Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre DLC
Written Tuesday, February 11, 2014 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Debuting for Halloween with TK Baha's Bloody Harvest, Borderlands 2's Headhunter DLC series has provided a neat excuse to go back to Pandora for a couple of bite-size missions and the promise of a new head and skin for your Vault Hunter as a reward. Subsequent Headhunter episodes have been seasonal tie-ins, themed around Halloween, Thanksgiving (The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler) and Christmas (How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day), and Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre keeps up the trend, providing some Valentine's Day themed fun. Hooray!
The premise is straightforward enough, picking up where the Clan Wars: Zafords vs. Hodunks mission from the main portion of Borderlands 2 left off, tasking you, the intrepid Vault Hunter with helping Moxxi in forming peace between the two warring families. She hopes to achieve this by getting the heads of the two families hitched, uniting the two Goliaths in matrimony. Like previous Headhunter instalments, you'll visit a single location – in this case 'Rotgut Distillery' – made up of smaller areas to discover, where you'll once again complete a pair of simplistic and undemanding fetch quests. This time around, you're searching for the ingredients for a love potion at the behest of Moxxi and her Innuendobot 5000 (“my hat looks like a penis”), here serving as the reverend at his own ramshackle rectory in Rotgut.
Moxxi acts as your guide throughout the slender duration of the DLC, with the rotund Ellie occasionally chiming in via your communicator to offer some sage advice, usually along the lines of 'throw the baby in the love potion' or 'kill 'em all!' Borderlands 2's dark humour is still in abundance in Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre, which is always comforting. Even the components required for the love potion are wilfully daft, with 'something new', 'something old', 'something borrowed', 'something gold' required to brew the heady concoction. When a Goliath baby is the first ingredient you need to collect, you know you're back playing Borderlands.
Various objectives arise during Wedding Massacre's main quest, like reuniting a robot couple or fighting a solid gold 'BLNG' loader that keep things mildly interesting, but like previous Headhunter add-ons, it's all over far too quickly. Again, for the price there's an intrinsic value of sorts to each Headhunter episode, with your outlay of three dollars or whatever giving you the core quest and an ensuing side quest to round things out. Like any Borderlands quest or DLC, there's fun to be had, if you don't mind another dose of running to and fro in an effort to collect whatever item Moxxi throws at you. It's lightweight, throwaway stuff.
This being a Headhunter DLC, there are no achievements to be had, but if you're picking this up, it's presumably because you want the additional head and skin to use in the main game and its four proper expansions. Two new missions in a new environment is part and parcel, of course, and if nothing else, a perfectly valid reason to accumulate some additional XP for your Vault Hunter. That trademark Borderlands 2 charm obviously helps, being endearing enough to see you sit and play with a stupid smirk on your face throughout, but ultimately, we can't help but feel that Wedding Day Massacre is another slight and somewhat pointless add-on.
Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre is the perfect antidote to Valentine's Day schmaltz, and if you don't think about it too much, it's a perfectly enjoyable and distracting slice of tongue-in-cheek entertainment, if only for about an hour. You also get to witness the unholy union between a male and female Goliath, which ends in exactly the way you'd expect it to. It's a nice day for a Red Wedding.