Tales From The Borderlands – A Tale Of Cosmic Proportions

4.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 4.5/5
Design: 5/5
Duration: 4/5

Engrossing adventure | Great storyline | Good use of setting | More action, and length

Doesn't change up the formula much | Can't judge the full game yet, but episode one sure is worth it


Borderlands is a first person shooter that first launched in 2009, saw a sequel in 2012, and a pre-sequel in 2014. The creators, Gearbox Software, have teamed up with TellTale to create Tales from the Borderlands, which is sourced from the storylines of the console games. Tales from the Borderlands delivers the familiar point and click adventure style from TellTale set in the world following the events of Borderlands 2. The best thing is that you don’t need to be familiar with Borderlands to jump into the TellTale game, but if you are you will appreciate the humor, setting, and storyline ideas. There’s a bunch of terms thrown around, but they’re easily explained, and you’re playing with characters unique to the TellTale game.
Tales from the Borderlands is set on Pandora, a world filled with bandits, maniacs, and murderers. Living on Pandora is tough, but working on the space station up above is pretty tough too as it’s a company founded on death, and destruction where the best back stabbers get ahead. The story revolves around striking it rich by finding fabled alien vault keys, and you get to to play as two different characters who end up colliding in un expected circumstances. First up is Rhys, a Hyperion ‘suit’, attempting to get a vault key out from under his boss. Then there’s Fiona, a Pandoran con-artist, who is in on trying to sell a fake vault key. TellTale has done a great job in creating entertaining multi-episode storylines in The Walking Dead, and The Wolf Among Us, and Tales from the Borderlands follows in the same footsteps, but takes it up a notch.

Tales from the Borderlands is TellTale’s best game yet as they continue to enhance their storytelling with timely dialogue decisions which have choices that will have an impact later on. The method continues to be optimized, and the Borderlands edition does a great job of pulling you into the storyline whether you’re familiar with the franchise, or not. It’s an enthralling tale throughout, as TellTale has really out done themselves with the dialogue, scene positioning, and story flow. There are twists, and turns with great character development, and interaction, and this is all just episode one. TellTale has also done a great job of giving you two distinct personalities to control, and deal with the world. It’s like an interactive movie that you get to subtly direct, and the Borderlands world is a juicy place to build off of with the dichotomy of advanced technology, and barbaric tendencies. You will appreciate every minute of all that’s included, and you will be ready for episode two as soon as you reach the finish.
One of the most noticeable changes with Tales from the Borderlands is that there’s more action sequences than in previous TellTale games. A lot more can happen in Borderlands, and it sure does giving you those quick timing scenes of swipes, and taps to deal with gangsters, bandit lords, demolition derbies, and vault hunters. There are also some new abilities at your disposal that fit into the Borderlands world. This is also the smoothest rendering of any TellTale game to date even with the familiar gritty 3D art style. It’s a fun roller coaster to ride with great timing of the dialogue choices, action sequences, and the engaging cut scenes. Borderland also delivers the longest first episode of any of the recent TellTale games clocking in closer to three hours, than the two hours of the past few TellTale games. One of the only problems is that if you want any true changes to the formula, they’re not present, but that doesn’t take away from how entertaining this game is.

Tales from the Borderlands ($4.99, Universal) is simply an exquisite experience to partake in that is a must have. It’s non-stop entertainment that comes in multiple forms, and the only real drawback is that we have to wait for episodes 2-5, and may have a different opinion when the full game is released.

$4.99, Universal


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