Tales from the Borderlands Review
Less than two years ago Tales from the Borderlands was announced, and less than a year ago the games’ final episode came out, and less than three weeks ago I played it for the first time. Telltale games are known for their incredible stories, perhaps most notably for the Walking Dead which was nominated for many game of the year awards, and one quite a few as well. That said in recent years their games have been noted for being formulaic and often times their janky and old engine has many fans calling for something new. That said Tales from the Borderlands, though not considered something you would expect from the company was added to the list of game of the year for 2015 for many outlets, and I decided to take a look.
From the very beginning you can tell the game is Telltale, but it is very different from the games that Telltale tend to make. First off it is much funnier, secondly all the death and gore of the other franchises is very toned down, which is interesting considering Borderlands being one of the most notable first person shooter franchises of recent years. While not fully invested in the Borderlands franchise I have a slight knowledge of some Borderlands characters such as Handsome Jack. Tales from the Borderlands continues the Telltale tradition of making quality games out of know franchises such as Game of Thrones, or the Walking Dead, but making a game that to understand you do not critically need to know the franchise it is based off. Understanding of the game may be enhanced, but it is not needed to enjoy the game.
The game plays like you would expect a Telltale game. It is basically a decision based point and click adventure, and it shows. Telltale has not changed the way it makes games, they have found a formula and for the most part it has been successful. That said hopefully they do manage to make a less lumbering game sometime soon, because often the great stories they make can be slogged down by everything going on in the game, such as slow play and sometimes odd moments.
My favorite part of the game was the finger gun shooting scene. Instead of fighting each other in classic combat the people of Hyperion fight it out with finger gun battles, that are reminiscent of what you might see in any video game you come across. Over the top deaths, and everyone springs back to life just seconds after they are shot in the game. It is one of the most hilarious moments of the game, and definitely made my experience.
This games choices were honestly not that memorable, with only the big getting the band back together choice really that interesting. The final episode was perhaps the greatest as you used the many characters moves to defeat the bad guy. The game as a whole was much better than I expected and in the pantheon of Telltale games I put it only below Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead Season one as one of my favorite of the franchise.
For those interested in trophies out there the game is a continuation of season one Telltale franchise trophies. Each chapter you get a trophy, ultimately leading to an easy platinum at the end. Maybe not the most exciting, or fun, or challenging way to get a platinum trophy, but my 11th platinum was achieved in this game.
Overall I liked the game and would suggest that Borderlands fans, and fans of Telltale games try the game out, give it a chance, and hopefully have some fun. 8.2 out of 10.