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Tales From the Borderlands

Developer / Publisher: Telltale Games
25 November 2014
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Well, that's a surprise. I thought that it would be hard to fit Borderlands world into Telltale storytelling, yet it works almost perfectly in this game. This is the world that doesn't treat itself too serious, but is also not just a fun with simple, and sometimes goofy, villains and I would say that this game managed to portray it perfectly

There are two main protagonists, Hyperion employee Rhys whose hopes for a promotion are shattered by his enemy, so he is forced to begin the quest for revenge and power on Pandora, very dangerous and unfriendly planet. The other is Fiona, Pandorian con-artists. They meet and create an unlikely alliance.

This game is pretty funny and absurd at times, but when it gets serious, it could also be pretty emotional. I absolutely love the characters in this game, that are the caricatures, but paradoxically they are also very realistic, I believe in their motivations, I also have to praise the way relationships between them are build.

The games made by Telltale were famous (or infamous) for giving a players an illusion of choice, that the choices that players make don't really matter. I wouldn't say that it changed with this game, but it is possible for example to let some characters live and later they have some impact on the story. It doesn't change it significantly, but it influences some events.

Voice actors did pretty good job, especially the ones playing Vaughn, Rhys and Handsome Jack. They really managed to portray their emotions in a convincing way.

All in all this is a really good game. It's a one time experience (let's be real, choices affect the story, but they aren't changing it enough to make playing again a totally different experience which would be necessary when replaying this type of game), but it's good enough to absolutely not regret 10 hours of playing it.
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Tales was sort of a venture for Telltale because it was less focused on actual plot and deep story elements, and more on comedy and quirkiness. Borderlands is a very odd World full of dark humor and a sort of Mad Max vibe to it. This captures the spirit of the Borderlands universe and gives us a pretty funny adventure with likable enough characters. The plot itself isn't anything special but its the character interactions and relationships where this game shines. Sure some of the jokes are cringy and it does drag out at points, plus like all Telltale games there are no real choices, the end will pretty much always be the same no matter what choices you made throughout the game and there are a few plot convenience moments that occur. But its still a solid enough Walking Simulator and a good game to play with friends. It got a few laughs from me and I generally have a selective sense of humor.
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A new universe
I somehow ended up playing this one despite never have played anything Borderlands related before, thats how much i was into Telltale back then. I have got to admit that i wasnt convinced on it based on the first episode, but it really grew on me throughout the whole thing and ended on a high note.

The brand of borderland humour is not really enjoyable for me, but the character development and little toutches that Telltale do so well manages to make it a great adventure game. The gameplay sections are more linear than ever, and it feels even more like seeing a movie than playing a game. it feels at times that some of the input required is just to make sure that the player is still behind the screen.

Its still probably the less good out of all the telltale games i have played, and Life is Strange also beats it, but its still the sort of game i can recommend easily. Some of the moments in the game are definitly amongst the most memorable of the year.
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Some of the best video game story/characterization paired with the least amount of gameplay possible. You are buying a fun and great interactive TV series that happens to run in a game engine.

1) This is the best Telltale game yet, consolidating the storytelling ability from Walking Dead with Borderland's fun plotline and characterization. Tales of Borderlands succeeds in being fun and legitimately funny with no energy-dead spots, an issue I found with TWD games. The plot is always moving forward and the game is much better off for it.
2) Don't place expectations on the 2K games. I dislike Borderlands 1 and 2 and leave it to Telltale to make a far better story and more engaging world.
3) Any criticism lands at the fundamental nature of these games. You don't have gameplay so much as an interactive story with extremely easy puzzles between breaks of good-to-great cutscenes. That can make for tedious moments when you're waiting to be back in control, not sure if a scene ended yet, or want to make a choice not presented by the game. I have smaller notes on specific cutscenes that could've been better but the broad brushstrokes are great.
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  • PoisonYad 2017-10-11 20:21:44.794856+00
    Wait, is this really the highest rated Borderlands game?
    That's kinda funny
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  • szo 2018-09-04 20:27:11.792484+00
    Playing this rn and I'm constantly suprised how many familiar voices I hear. I've noticed some cool references too. Good stuff.
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  • PoisonYad 2019-03-22 18:08:19.233475+00
    second part never ;_;
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  • Cheating_Squid 2019-04-21 22:17:53.750683+00
    This is honestly one of the most hilarious, and simultaneously touching games I've ever played. Reminds me of Bojack Horseman in just how perfectly balanced the drama and comedy are.
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  • tphillips 2020-11-17 19:34:27.531437+00
    It's pretty shocking that something this well-written is Borderlands when the main series has some of the worst writing in games.
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  • nocturniquet 2021-10-15 19:56:27.652512+00
    without a doubt the best thing related to Borderlands
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  • nocturniquet 2021-10-15 19:56:36.840741+00
    SEASON TWO WHEN
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