Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot

The second piece of Borderlands DLC is now available. Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot introduces a new “riot” mode, in which you face “endless hordes of menacing antagonists, thirsting for carnage in tournaments where the rules of warfare are constantly changing.” It seems that the add-on provides a series of tournament matches in the new “Underdome” arena, which is presided over by the titular Moxxi, a sarcastic lady. The battles will drop lots of high spec weapons, but not allow you to grind XP.

You can get the DLC for $10 at the Gearbox Store, or on Steam, but I can’t say I’m that interested in this one. Trailer below.


  1. Glove says:

    $10 for Challenge Mode?

  2. Nick says:

    I’m contemplating buying it for the loot stash box it gives, something which should have gone into the original game. Much like Dragon Age’s loot storage actually. I think they break the DLC commandments on this point.

    • damien says:

      even though i own the warden’s keep, i’ve never used the chest there in two complete play-throughs.

      the mods that put one (or more) in camp are much more convenient. (one is actually very well made, as it allows you to sort your kit with tabs like the merchant interface)

    • CMaster says:

      If you need to keep more loot, then just mod your save file to have a couple of hundred spaces.
      It’s not as convenient as a storage box, but that + using page down to sort weapons by type makes it fairly easy to keep your hands on the nice stuff, provided you are still ruthless enough to sell things you’ve levelled past.

    • Vinraith says:


      Normally in a game like Borderlands I’d agree that the lack of storage is disgraceful and tyring to sell it to us moreso. However, with the backpack SDU’s and the way loot progresses, I’ve seen absolutely no need for a storage container in the game thus far (and I’m level 35, at this point). In fact, the further along I go, the less I pine for one.

      It’s funny, if I really wanted a storage box and was considering buying this DLC to get one, I wouldn’t buy it on principle. Essential features (which I’d presumably feel a storage box was if I wanted one) shouldn’t be withheld as DLC. Since I don’t care about the storage box, I’m half tempted, because I do enjoy challenge modes. I’m not sure it’s really going to be meaty enough to justify its price tag, though.

      Eh, on Borderlands I always end up deferring to my friends that play it anyway, so we’ll see.

    • Dave says:

      Backpack SDU or not, I wanted a storage box for organizational purposes, so I could sell off everything when I hit the vending machines without having to think “do I want to keep this one or not?”

      At this point I am playing Torchlight and L4D2, so it may be too late for me for a Borderlands DLC. We’ll see.

    • CMaster says:

      I didn’t have any real trouble with storage space throughout playing the game. Sure, I had to drop vendor trash fairly often, but that isn’t really a problem.
      However, once you get to doing playthrough 2.5 at level 50, you find a lot more orange and interesting blue/purple weapons that you’d be pretty reluctant to sell. As you are no longer levelling up, you aren’t levelling past weapons any more. So it was at this point that I modded my save to let me keep a few more guns – a storage where I could stash the less useful, but genuinely interesting guns would be nice.

    • Vinraith says:


      I can see how a storage box would be helpful under those circumstances, yes. I hadn’t considered further playthroughs and the “no longer levelling past loot” issue.

      Out of curiosity, what is there in the game to really motivate a second (or third etc) play through? If your level is maxed and you’ve already seen the entire game, is incrementally better loot the only incentive to keep playing?

    • CMaster says:

      First play through is, with the exception of a couple of moments really quite easy. If you’ve to to level 35 and not yet finished it I’m surprised you haven’t found that. Second playthrough is harder, at least at first. I’d advise just mainlining it straight through the storyline – you can do this fairly quickly.
      Playthrough 2.5 as it is known is actually where I like the game the best. You can go back and do any mission you like, all bosses etc respawn for you, so provided you have a teammate with you most things are pretty fun. Near enough all enemies are level 50, with bosses and Superbads being 51, so the game is a fairly consistent challenge (though it would be nice to be a little harder – it’s what intrigues me most about this DLC). Also, all loot that drops is level 48, meaning you get a lot less junk loot than the rest of the time.

      It does come down to how much you enjoy the core shooty-bangs of the main game. I found the firefights pretty fun, so I get plenty out of doing more. Me and my friends don’t play it as often now, but it’s fun to go back to for an hour or two and run a couple of missions, hope for some nice loot.

      A DLC I’d love is one with repeatable, intense under fire missions (think Old Haven, final section of Krom’s canyon) and including some kind of new human (or at least gun using) enemy. Also one without activation limits and accompanied by a patch fixing the remaining interface issues would be great.

    • Vinraith says:


      I’d noticed the game was getting (frustratingly) easier as I did more side missions, yes. The problem is, just making the game more challenging isn’t incentive enough for me to replay it. It’s really about seeing new things, gaining new abilities, and things of that nature for me. Incrementally better loot and some fun firefights just don’t cut it, I’d be more inclined to simply move on to another game. Clearly it’s all a matter of what motivates you as a gamer, I’m just a little disappointed there’s nothing “new” in a replay of the game.

  3. Dan says:

    $10 is a bit steep for something that sends waves of enemies at you…

  4. damien says:

    i have no problems admitting that i bought it for moxxi herself.

    i’m a sucker for buxom, sharp tongued and unsympathetic women dressed as circus ringmasters. always have been. always will be.

    • qrter says:

      Young men like yourself are one of the main pillars the games industry is built on.

    • RogB says:

      for some reason when i heard the american accent I was disappointed. If shes supposed to be sarcastic then a brit accent probably would have worked better. And extra points would have been awarded for being ‘prim and proper’ although this might be bordering (da-ding-!) on valve’s TF2 announcer a bit much.

  5. robrob says:

    Miss Moxxi is apparently a dedicated fan of Trespasser.

  6. Shrewsbury says:

    More activation limits!

  7. Miles of the Machination says:

    I’m starting to get the impression that they have, and are going to continue to make us pay for things that they forgot to put in, in the first place. For a game like Borderlands, an arena is too obvious.

    • Matt W says:

      So obvious in fact that they included it in the original game. Twice.

    • Morph says:

      The second arena in the original was rather good as well, a challenge just when the game was becoming a bit easy.

      So anything that might be difficult for level 50 characters who otherwise have it rather easy… well that sounds good, right?

  8. Egoh Rtut says:

    I would own Borderlands and the DLC but just like Crysis during the sales on Steam, the developer has lost a sale due to the asinine restrictions they’re placing on their games.

  9. Popular Energy Drink says:

    Oh 2K and Gearbox, charging for things that should’ve been in the original game!

    Oh Securom! Oh the humanity!

  10. Dzamir says:

    I can’t understand why no one boycotts this!

    • damien says:

      “boycotts are so 2009…”

    • yutt says:

      No one cares enough to make a fuss about it. I’m not boycotting Borderlands, even though their DLC seems mostly like things they should have included in the original game. I just don’t ever plan on buying the game.

    • Matt says:

      Somebody on this website (I forgot who) put it the best: Whatever happened to just not buying the game and shutting up about it? (I’m paraphrasing.) It’s now one of my philosophies to live by.

    • Thants says:

      If we’re not allowed to talk about what we think of this DLC, what are we supposed to talk about here?

  11. Heliosicle says:

    I heard that its pretty much impossible unless theres 4 of you at level 50, plus it takes like 15 hours, plus you dont gain profficiencies.

  12. TotalBiscuit says:

    This thing is basically garbage, a horribly lazy piece of content that does not allow for proper development of your character. Just listen to the Giant Bomb guys slate it, it’s enough to put you off for life. Gearbox isn’t getting any more of my money.

    • archonsod says:

      Character development in Borderlands boils down to “which four guns am I carrying today”. Experience is just an interesting sideshow.

  13. CMaster says:

    Well, I’m potnetially interested. I’m not sure if it’s worth £6.50, but some good waves of bashing through would be good for me and my 1 or 2 friends who also have level 50 characters. After all, intense combat is where the game shines.

    However. We still have no fixes for some of the daft interface issues in borderlands (keyboard/mouse disconnect, certain menu items only selectable by keyboard, weapons in scroll wheel being out of order, etc).

    And it would once again mean adding a 5-install limit to my copy of Borderlands (got the original over steam). I’m not entirley resistant to buying games with annoying DRM, mostly if they are cheap enough (also, I got a few games as presents (Bioshock, FO3) without knowing about their DRM) but I’m definitley not going to add it to a game that cost me £20.

    The thing that confuses me most is how Gearbox seem dead silent on both the “adding DRM to my game” and the “PC version just needs some love” complaints…

    • The Dark One says:

      If you’re at level 50, you won’t miss the XP, but you’ll still stagnate in weapon proficiency and hardly get any loot. Doesn’t seem like a deal bargain to me.

    • Blather Bob says:

      Don’t worry about getting DLC vs. adding DRM to Borderlands; Gearbox already made that decision for you. It doesn’t have install limits, but the base Borderlands game now includes Securom DRM on Steam copies. It probably didn’t when you bought it, but it was added with an automatic update when DLC1 started being sold. They haven’t updated the store page to mention it, but you have it.

      Steam version of Borderlands + no DLC + any blacklisted program = Securom error messages instead of a game.

    • CMaster says:

      There’s a world of difference between vaugley annoying DRM and DRM with activation limits that will later prevent me from installing the game. And that difference would be something I have to pay for to make it worse, so I WILL worry about it.

    • Blather Blob says:

      @CMaster: Fair enough, it’s the install limits that bug you not the Securom. But Fallout 3 doesn’t deserve to be on your list of games unworthy of full price. It’s only got the same vaguely annoying-level of DRM as Borderlands (Securom without online activation). Also Bioshock doesn’t have an install counter active on their servers anymore, though the servers do need to be running for the installer to work.

    • Optimaximal says:

      Anyone who was fooled by Fallout 3’s SecuROM protection needs to give up on PC Gaming now…

      (hint – the disc check was just on the launcher – going to the installation directory and running the main exe didn’t require a disc)

  14. checkers says:

    Considering anyone buying this is probably pretty close to the level cap (50), it seems a little pointless to prevent XP grind in the arena. I guess it’s to prevent powerlevelling alts?

    • Dave says:

      “Close” to the level cap?

      My friend, at the time the first DLC was released I had three characters at the level cap and another one close to it, and I am not a hardcore gamer.

  15. The Sombrero Kid says:

    i’m not far away from declaring a ‘DLC Total Boycott’ i’m so underwhelmed by what’s has been offered so far, i’d gladly pay nearly full price for decent sized dlc, but micro dlc just doesn’t seem to offer what i wanted from games like borderlands and dragon age, nice big long stories or monster grinding ad infinitum.

  16. Subject 706 says:

    Not to start a flamewar or anything, but since the general consensus seems to be that this game is good; Am I the only one who thinks Borderlands is hideously boring?

    • JimmyJames says:

      Nope. I regret purchasing it.

    • Psychopomp says:

      I found it quite boring as well. No clue why I continue to click on the articles.

    • Chris R says:

      Do you like FPS games? Do you like collecting loot in Diablo 2 and TorchLight style games? If you answered No to either of those questions, you will find Borderlands boring.

      I think more games should do what Borderlands did, a fusion of first person shootery with RPG leveling and LOOT is the future. Because sometimes watching numbers slowly increase and searching for better loot is all you need. (See Diablo 2, Torchlight, and Borderlands).

    • Optimaximal says:

      I’m a FPS fan and adore Torchlight/FATE & Titan Quest. Yet I found Borderlands to be a sterile half-baked mess of a game.


    • Thants says:

      If anything, Torchlight is the sterile half-baked game (That’s right, I said it).

  17. ChaosSmurf says:

    Judging by the trailer, worth it for Moxxi’s VA.

  18. tekDragon says:

    I find it completely baffling that the Steam version of Borderlands has no DRM but that both DLCs have SecuRom bundled activation limits.

    Will not buy. Sorry.

  19. Patrick says:

    I like her boobies. They have a little heart on them.

  20. Fat Guy in Apropriately Sized Atire says:

    Hang on a minute, isn’t Borderlands that terrible shooter/RPG with cardboard cutouts for characters and a gimmicky weapon drop system? Isn’t it that same game that was so poorly ported to the PC that fans of the game had to release their own fixes to the awkward and unintuitive control schemes?

    And if I remember correctly didn’t Randy “The Douchebag” Pitchford accuse some other developer of releasing sloppy ports?

    I knew there was a reason I normally stayed away from Gearbox games, I feel like such a dipshit for getting sucked into the hype for this mediocre game.

  21. FernandoDANTE says:

    Still reminds me of BOXXI

  22. Dave says:

    I keep reading it as “Mad Moxxi’s Underdone Riot” and think a liberal dose of Hellfire could fix that. Or maybe it’s a comment on the quality of the DLC.

    After reading that review, I think I will pass; I have been playing single-player and this one doesn’t sound SP-friendly.

  23. Chris R says:

    Borderlands is easily my 2009 Game of the Year (maybe even for 2010 as well), and I snatched up the first DLC without question, but this DLC is…. lacking I feel. I’ll wait for it to go on sale down to $5 or so before getting this.

  24. Matt W says:

    I have decided that, henceforth, I shall boycott all games and DLCs that I don’t want to buy.

    It’s going to be difficult, but I think I have the fortitude to manage it. Down with people selling things that I’m not interested in!

  25. SirBob says:

    SecuRom and activation limits are why I’m pocket-vetoing Borderlands DLC.

  26. Serenegoose says:

    I’m still wondering where developers, or indeed, trading standards, got the idea that -limited installs- were even legal, never mind acceptable. I mean advertising it initially with limited installs might provide some defense, but I’m fairly sure that if I bought a car, the dealership can’t come up to me later, tell me that I may have put £15,000 down on it, but now I’m only entitled to 500 miles before I need to buy a new one. I’m not even kidding, or exagerrating. This cannot be legal. It’s certainly not ethical. (though the two are often distinct.)

    • madned says:

      installation limits are _probably_ covered by the EULA.
      I wonder what would happen if someone bought this, didn’t install it, determined they didn’t agree with the EULA and attempted to return it :)
      I think there was a case over diablo on this sort of thing. physical good that case, DLC may have a stronger argument against.
      software is riding an odd line between service and good. personally I think they’re better served by getting classed as a good, but being in the gray area has served them oh so well, as evidenced by the convoluted licensing, pricing schemes and extended into DRM.

  27. Serenegoose says:

    Anonymous Coward said:
    Somebody on this website (I forgot who) put it the best: Whatever happened to just not buying the game and shutting up about it? (I’m paraphrasing.) It’s now one of my philosophies to live by.

    Forfeit your right to complain about anything? Amazing sacrifice. Pointless though, save to be amusing that such a viewpoint is espoused without irony on a forum (and site) run by a gaggle of game reviewers, -professional critics-.

  28. Vinraith says:

    I’m actually quite impressed by the Zombie Island DLC for Borderlands. It’s meaty enough to be worth it’s price tag, genuinely fun to play, and in a lot of ways actually superior to the base game. I’m not sure about this one, but they accrued enough goodwill from the first one to at least warrant consideration.

  29. Timespike says:

    I actually went ahead and bought this, despite being somewhat disappointed with the first DLC and its zombies, and have actually been glad I did. The arenas in this DLC are larger and more well thought out than the base game, and there are some other interesting elements that get added to various matches. The music and color commentary don’t hurt, either.