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Tales from the Borderlands Episode 5 review

As ever, we’ll be keeping this spoiler free, and franlky quite short….

Nearly a year after I started playing it, Tales from the Borderlands finally came to an end last week. In typical Telltale style they have wrapped up the story in a brilliant manner and managed to leave us wanting another season.

After the fairly disappointing Episode 4 I wasn’t sure how things were going to end so I was hoping that Telltale had something awesome up their sleeves. Episode 5, titled The Vault of the Traveller, gives us all the details on Handsome Jack’s plans as well as many of the other story arcs involving Fiona, Sacha and Gortis. There are moments in this episode that put a huge smile on face, as well as leaving me a little sad. Mix this up with some of the best QTEs in the series and you’ll begin to understand why I had such a great time playing the finale (power Rangers fans will be in their element!).

I only have one wish for the future, the engine behind the game gets tidied up, it’s becoming a pain having to put up with the awkward pauses in the game, especially during moments that can define the series, whether this will happen is anyone’s guess. As you would expect, the graphics are excellent as are the cast and their voiceovers. Extra kudos goes to the brilliant choices of music.

Tales from the Borderlands has been an excellent ride, I’ll admit to not being so sure how much I would enjoy it at first, but apart from the predictable way Telltale struggle with mid series episodes they have finished on a high again.

TiX paid for our own copy of the game

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Tales from the Borderlands finale announced – grab episode 1 for free!

The excellent Tales from the Borderlands concludes on October 21st! Even if you’ve never played Borderlands, Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands is an excellent game that needs no prior knowledge of Gearbox’s series… you can even read Dave’s reviews of the previous episodes here, here, here and… here.

Still not convinced? Then why not try the first episode for yourself, Telltale have made it free for all to play.

Happy Friday everyone!

Tales from the Borderlands Episode 4 review

Tales from the Borderlands has been an excellent addition to the Telltale series of games, and at the end of Episode 3 I was left excitedly wanting to get my hands on episode 4. We are nearly at the end of the Tales journey and I’d have to say it’s up there with the first season of the Walking Dead in terms of Telltale games.

The penultimate episode, titled Escape Plan Bravo sees Ryhs, Fiona and the rest of the gang attempting to infiltrate Hyperion’s headquarters in a good old fashion heist as they try to collect the parts necessary to complete the Gortys Project, getting the final pieces will allow them to gain access to the Vault of the Traveler and the treasures that it holds within, which will help everyone.

Unfortunately, apart from a couple of moments this was probably my least favourite episode of the series.

The story never really felt like it moved on at any point, with the decisions you had to make not really feeling like they had an bearing on the story. Episode 4 lasts around 90 minutes and left me asking more questions than getting answers. As I mentioned there are some brilliant moments, including one moment that will bring a tear to your eye and quite possibly change the Borderlands universe forever. The other is a brilliant exchange between Rhys and his former colleagues that really did have me laughing. It such a shame that there was more to keep me smiling.

There are some great characters in the series and the barely get a look in this episode which is a real shame as it could have given the episode a much needed boost. It’s been interesting watching the relationship between Rhys and Flynn, and how it’s changed from the beginning as well as how Rhys has come to terms with having Handsome Jack in his life. Yet again some of Jack’s one liners have been brilliant in this episode.

Episode 4 comes to a rather abrupt end, which as well as being frustrating just shows to me how Telltale struggle with certain episodes in their different series, If you look back through their games, episodes 2 and 4 always seem to end up a bit disappointing, it might just be me but that is certainly how it feels.

Here’s hoping that Telltale have some mega up their sleeves for the final episode, I think they have and I’m still really excited by it, let’s hope it isn’t wasted.

TiX purchased their own copy of the game for review.

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Penultimate episode of Tales from the Borderlands arrives next week

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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Tales from the Borderlands from Telltales Games, although the wait between episodes is rather too long for my liking – thankfully the next episode is almost upon us, releasing on Xbox One and Xbox 360 sometime during August 19th.

Currently the gang find themselves in the company of Vallory and her goons, who also want the Vault beacon – their destination is the moon base Helios. Telltale like to tease, and while they haven’t given us a trailer (yet), apparently in episode 4  “sacrifices will need to be made”.

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Tales from the Borderlands Ep.3 review

After the fairly mediocre Episode 2 I was hoping the story would begin to pick up its pace and leave me wanting more, thankfully Telltale have done the job.

It seems fairly standard from Telltale to have a mid-season dip where they try not to give too much away storywise and try to develop the characters, as you play through the third episode you appreciate a bit more what the second episode was trying to do.

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At the end of the second episode you were left with a choice, and the third episode starts off just after that point, and it’s not long before the action begins. I had more fun in this episode, there were plenty of QTEs and for the first time some caught me off guard resulting me actually seeing the ‘game over’ screen a few times.

New characters enter the fold again and it really helps open up the story, different relationships are explored which I really enjoyed taking part in. The humour also felt more natural, which is good because the game felt like it was constantly trying to prove that Borderlands was funny, we all know the series is but it felt like they were trying to throw the laughs down our throats.

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Tales from the Borderlands has always been a great looking game and episode three actually looks even better, there are some beautiful scenes with some wonderful use of colour. This was the first episode I remember that didn’t suffer from any freezing too.

I’ll admit that when I first started playing tales I wasn’t expecting too much from it, but after this episode I’ve realised just how good it is. This episode alone is probably one of my favourite from all of the Telltale Games, which is saying something as I never thought some of the final episodes of the Walking Dead could ever be bettered.

Telltale have set the bar now for the rest of this season, the snippet of episode four looks excellent, so hopefully they dont make us way too long to play again.

TiX purchased Tales from the Borderlands to review

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Catch a Ride with episode 3 of Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands

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If you’ve been clambering for more Tales of the Borderlands goodness, then good news! Telltale Games have lifted the lid on the next episode, Catch a Ride, which is due to arrive the week of June 23.

After a dizzying escape from a very-near-almost-certain-death scenario (involving statuesque buttocks), Rhys and Fiona find themselves looking for another piece of the puzzle that will lead them to the untold riches of Vault key ownership. Lost in the mysterious jungle of an Atlas terraforming facility, Fiona finds help from an unexpected mentor, Rhys continues to share brain-space with the disembodied mind of a dead dictator, and love is in the air. Pursued by the ruthless criminal ‘Queenpin’ Vallory, and with very little help from Vaughn’s accountancy skills (or stellar abs), getting anywhere near the Vault will be entirely up to you.

By the looks of the artwork, Athena looks to have quite the role in episode 3!

Tales from the Borderlands – Episode 2 review

If you haven’t played Episode one of Tales from the Borderlands, you had better go play that first, don’t want to spoil anything for you!

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The end of Episode one saw Rhys and the gang literally see the money they had explode before their eyes. After coming to terms with their loss, the four regroup, find a secret chamber in the Atlas base, in which they find a strange device that displays a map to a new Vault on Pandora. As they look, a mysterious voice speaks to Rhys, telling him this is part of the “Gortys Project”. As he turns around, he is surprised at the sight of a hologram of Handsome Jack. Which leads us to episode 2, Atlus mugged.

Second episodes are always difficult to balance, Telltale don’t want to give to much of the story away, but they need to keep the fans interested. Thankfully they have managed to do this and kept me laughing along the way, there is a great piece of dialogue between Rhys and Vaughn. Handsome Jack is a great character, it’s fun to watch him interact with Rhys without anyone else being able to see him. There aren’t as many action sequences in the episode, my favourite was leading into the opening credits, there is also far too much bashing a single button to achieve a certain tasks, hopefully they will improve that later into the game.

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I like all the characters for the most part. Sasha annoys me, I feel she is the weakest character of the foursome, at the same time I’m enjoying watching the relationships develop and look forward to seeing how the story will take them. Vaughn is starting to become my favourite, I can’t wait to see how he develops over the next few episodes.

Something that seems like it is never going to change is the technical problems that all the Telltale games see on to suffer from, the game freezes at really annoying moments and spoils the immersion, it always seems to be at critical moments of the game, it also seems to repeat the first couple of words of certain sentences, like some sort of lag. I’m so used to it now that it passes me by but it’s worth pointing out that these problems haven’t been fixed.

Episode 2 has done more than enough to keep me entrained while maintaining my excitement for Episode 3 the cliffhanger at the end of the episode is excellent. We’ve had to wait a long while for the second episode to arrive, let’s hope the third doesn’t take as long, I’m getting hooked.

TiX purchased our own copy of the game to review

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An unlockable treat for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!

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Have you been playing the excellent Telltale Games Tales from the Borderlands? Are you a Season Pass owner? Then there’s good news if you plan on picking up a copy of The Handsome Jack Collection – BONUS UNLOCKS!

By using your SHiFT account, you can get some sweet unlocks that include exclusive weapons, heads, and skins to use in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!

How’s that for a ‘handsome’ set of unlocks!