This article has been archived and may have some errors due to a previous design of MGL. None of the review has been altered however. Its time for the second Telltale review this week!

Tales from Borderlands which was created in association with the Borderlands creators Gearbox. Its the first time ever that Telltale have tried to give another gaming franchise the Telltale makeover and I have been very eager to see how this will work.

With Borderlands being one of the best series out there at the moment I do have high expectations so lets see how they did.

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Story

Tales from Borderlands takes place after the events of Borderlands 2, you are given the usual introduction and backstory like the previous Borderland games.

Here you take control of two characters, Rhys (voices by the extremely talented Troy Baker) works for the evil Hyperion company which is going through some turmoil after the end of the previous game. Rhys is looking to climb the ladder but unfortunately Hugo Vasquez his nemesis beats him to the punch and promotes him to vice-president Janitor. Rhys does not take this lying down and teams up with his partner Vaughan to hijack a deal for a Vault Key that  Vasquez has set up. What could possibly go wrong?

Enter Fiona the second playable character I don’t want to give away any spoilers but she is a Con-Woman working with her sister to try and survive on Pandora. Both characters are very enjoyable to play as and both have different styles, Fiona being able to talk her way out or into most situations(including being able to speak Psycho which is brilliant) where as Rhys tends to get into a lot of trouble and is pretty much out of his depth on Pandora. The script is phenomenal and you encounter some series favourites along the way.

The story is hilarious packed full on references to media such as Mortal Kombat, Top Gun and a brilliant Shaun of the Dead moment just after the opening credits. This is one of the funniest games I have ever played on, the jokes are delivered to perfection and I cant wait to see what jokes I missed out on in my second play through.

One of the most interesting things about this game that the main characters seem to meet the wrong people at the wrong time, it is hard to explain without any spoilers but fans of the Borderlands series will be thrilled. There is tons of bad language and a lot of gore but its all used to comedic effect and is done in a intelligent way.

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Gameplay

Tales from Borderlands is one of the most diverse Telltale games I have ever played on. You get a fair mix of dialogue and action scenes throughout making this one more of the quicker paced Telltale games, I really had fun playing this.

If you have played a Telltale game before you should know what to expect, but in this one you do get to build your own robot, as well as collecting money to buy certain items and the way the two main characters tell the story is hilarious especially when you select a comical answer, although the other character will correct them and get them to tell it the truthful way this does show you some pretty awesome cut scenes and although your choices in these moments wont effect the story line they are well worth selecting.

Presentation

The Telltale and Gearbox styles have gone together perfectly, its almost as if they were made for each other. Characters look like they were plucked from the Borderlands games rather then created by Telltale and the returning characters still look exactly the same such as Zero.

The voice cast again from Telltale is again PERFECT whoever their casting staff are they need to keep them as they are the best in the business.

Characters sound and look just like you think they would and they all seem to work very well together. Even the music from the Borderlands games is present it really is a treat for fans of the series.

 

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Lifespan

This episode took me 2 hours to complete and has tons of replay value. There are 10 different major choices to make this time round and with you playing as two characters it will add variety to the outcome of the game.

Overall

This was the most fun I have ever had on a Telltale game. With the very serious Game of Thrones game out this week, Tales from Borderlands could not be anymore different with its dark humour. I loved it and honestly think any fan of Borderlands should not hesitate and buy this game now.

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