When Tales from the Borderlands was announced, this writer couldn’t help but feel pessimistic. He liked Borderlands fine enough, but the story never really hooked him. He ignored Tales last year despite the overwhelming critical response, having feeling scored from the Game of Thrones episodes. Despite all this he decided to finally check out Tales from the Borderlands now that the entire collection was on a disc.
To be blunt: wow. It’s not only the greatest Borderlands game, but it’s the best Telltale game to date. Okay, well, funniest to date, but still really good. The voice cast is great, the gameplay is a clever twist on Telltale’s style, it features some of the best intros to any episodic game, and it actually runs well on the PS4 while retaining that awesome cel-shaded look.
Dialing back a bit, the story is essentially about a heist gone wrong and the whacky hijinks that follow. Rhys, an employee of Hyperion, is swindled out of his promotion so he teams up with his best friend to steal a deal from under his boss’ nose. Fiona, a con artist, assembles a team for the con of a lifetime i.e. Rhys’. What happens next is usual caper stuff of new alliances, love, smarmy humor, and good old action. It actually has one of the funniest and most epic battles in recent memory. In a Telltale game no less!
Part of the joy of TftB is discovery so no more discussion on the matter. Yet to further alleviate hesitators, know that the constant ramming of memes Borderlands is known for is absent. Telltale’s writers are far more clever and well, less annoying. This is one of the best games ever made. Believe it, bro!
Score: 5/5 Stars
Special Notes: This article was originally published on May 24, 2016 via my Examiner account before the website shut down. Check out the supporting video review on the accompanying YouTube Channel, ReActionExaminer.