Tales From The Borderlands
Developed by Telltale Games & Gearbox Software
Published by Telltale Games & 2K Games
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*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 4 Version of the game*
Tales From the Borderlands follows the story of 2 unlikely vault hunters as they tell their story to a mysterious stranger holding them hostage at gun point on the planet of Pandora. Rhys is a worker for the evil Hyperion company with the hopes of getting a well earned promotion and taking over from the recently deceased; Handsome Jack however Rhys’ boss instead demotes him to janitorial duty. In a fit of rage, Rhys remembers a conversation he overheard about a vault key on Pandora and decides to pose as his boss and steal the vault key himself along with his friend; Vaughn. While on Pandora, the 2 stumble across a couple of local cons called Fiona and Sasha who try to sell them a fake vault key.
Sure enough things get off to a shaky start but as soon as Fiona and Sasha are betrayed by someone close to them; they decide to team up with the 2 Hyperion workers to find the vault before the traitor does. Shortly after by accident; they uncover a hidden Atlas base that contains the remnants of an abandoned project called Gortys which would find the vault and take care of the traveler inside however they also find something more sinister in the base as Handsome Jack makes his return in spirit form. With an army of bad people after them including Vault Hunters, Hyperion, Bandits, Psycho’s and more; The group must find the pieces of the Gortys Project and find the vault in just another glorious day on Pandora.
All in all, Tales From The Borderlands has an interesting story that while not the best Telltale has offered has certainly been one of the most fun Telltale Stories I’ve played.
Tales From the Borderlands is a point and click adventure like many Telltale games that came before it however it does have some slightly different features which I will go into detail about shortly. So basically if you have not played any Telltale games in the past, the basic idea is that the gameplay is very very simplistic and pretty much consists of moving your character around and moving a cursor over objects in your environment for the characters to interact with plus the occasional quick time events. While this gameplay is fun and vital for how Telltale tell their story; it can at times feel a little bit linear.
As I mentioned there are some other features in the game with each character being in charge of a specific skill. Since Fiona is of course the con of the group; her ability is to steal and with that skill also comes the task of being in control of all the money in the game and deciding what items you should purchase throughout the game. In addition to this, Fiona also gets another skill later into the game when she gets training on how to become a Vault Hunter in which she can plan out her attacks to create a chain of events. Rhys on the other hand utilizes his cybernetic enhancements and can use his robot eye to examine nearly everything in the environment for more research into the creatures and objects scattered around Pandora. Unfortunately however, Rhys’ skill is really underutilized and Fiona’s first skill is barely used however her vault hunter abilities are one of the most interesting and unique things about Tales From The Borderlands.
All in all, The gameplay is enjoyable and fun but at times can feel linear and the skills feel underutilized.
The Sound section in Tales From The Borderlands is phenomenal and is truly my favorite part about the game although this was to be expected as the Borderlands series is well known for their use of good music. The songs at the beginning of each episode are great and include songs such as Kiss the Sky, To The Top and Pieces of the People We Love which are all songs that fit with the music style of the previous Borderlands games. In addition to this, the voice cast is top notch with the lead stars being Troy Baker (The Last of Us) as Rhys and Laura Bailey (Street Fighter IV) as Fiona. Joining them is a star studded support cast including Erin Yvette Ashe, Chris Hardwick, Nolan North, Patrick Warburton, Dave Fennoy, Ashley Johnson and of course; Dameon Clarke reprising his role as Handsome Jack.
All in all, the songs and cast of Tales From the Borderlands are great and one of the best sound sections put together by Telltale.
The visuals on Tales From The Borderlands are superb and completely suit the type of game it wants to be. Telltale have already become pretty distinct for their use with cel shaded characters however Borderlands has also become well known for this aswell and so both the franchise and the developer suit each other perfectly. Every animation and character looks smoothed out and Telltale have perfectly captured the environments of the Borderlands series (With the help of Gearbox and 2K) since the likes of Pandora and Helios look as they do in the games.
As with most Telltale games, Borderlands relies heavily on the choices that you make throughout the game and upon getting your final ending you could always go back and make different decisions to alter what happens throughout the game however other than that there is no real replay value.
All in all, Tales From the Borderlands is definitely one of the most fun games that Telltale has produced with it having plenty of comedic elements from cheesy one liners, to pop culture references and the works. It has some amazing songs and visuals aswell as a phenomenal cast and the story can be fun however the story wasn’t on par with previous Telltale works (The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us) and I just felt like it could have been a bit more than what it was.
The gameplay is fun and familiar but as I said in the gameplay section it felt very linear at times with no real difference between previous telltale games and the personal skills were pretty much useless and therefore very underutilized however the vault hunter abilities that Fiona acquires are great and were certainly one of the more interesting game aspects.
My Score = 8.5/10
- Fun Story
- Great Visuals that suit the style of Borderlands
- Fantastic Voice Cast
- Songs fit perfectly with Borderlands
- Fiona’s Vault Hunter Abilities
- Fun Familiar Telltale Gameplay
- Enjoyable Characters
- Pop Culture References
- Story not on par with previous Telltale games
- Gameplay felt very linear at times
- Skills for Rhys and Fiona were heavily underutilized
- No Real Replay Value
Tales From The Borderlands Episodes 1-5 are available now digitally for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. Thanks go out to Telltale Games for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.