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  • Summary: Set following the events seen in Borderlands 2, Tales from the Borderlands focuses on Rhys, a Hyperion company man who wants to become the next Handsome Jack, and it’s also about Fiona, a Pandoran con artist intending to score the biggest of all swindles. Baited into danger by a Vault keySet following the events seen in Borderlands 2, Tales from the Borderlands focuses on Rhys, a Hyperion company man who wants to become the next Handsome Jack, and it’s also about Fiona, a Pandoran con artist intending to score the biggest of all swindles. Baited into danger by a Vault key and all it promises, the unlikely pair are thrown together with a common purpose and a great amount of mistrust. Who is speaking the truth, and why is it important? That is for you to decide. It’s important to remember that there *are* two sides to every story, and you will tell this tale, or…tales, through the choices that you make. Your every decision as both Rhys and Fiona will affect the people and environment around you: this is a game where YOU are the final author in a brand new Borderlands story set on the unforgiving world of Pandora. [Telltale Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 9, 2015
    90
    Telltale's take on normal people trying to be Vault Hunters is off to a great start. [Issue#257, p.74]
  2. Jan 21, 2015
    90
    With Tales from the Borderlands, Telltale proves that they are not merely masters of drama; they can also write comedy. [Jan 2015]
  3. Nov 28, 2014
    89
    Telltale proves they can adapt their narrative skills to almost any franchise, and brings us one of the best first episodes we've seen in any of their series.
  4. Still, Tales from the Borderlands is off to a great start in its plot and personalities. If Telltale can focus more on our heroes’ banter and comical interactions in coming episodes, it will only get better.
  5. 80
    You know and recognize the Telltalte template, sure, but the funny Tales from the Borderlands draws a lot of entertainment value from removing itself from the more dramatic Wolf among Us and The Walking Dead.
  6. Jan 26, 2015
    78
    A surprisingly valid and entertaining story, capable of casting a new light on Borderlands' world. Too bad for its technical problems like huge stutters and the complete absence of an Italian localization, even in subtitles.
  7. Jan 31, 2015
    70
    A good effort at bringing the OTT planet of Pandora down to earth for a game that's less about guns and more about characters and conversion. [Issue#120, p.74]

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  1. Jan 25, 2015
    9
    TellTale games have outdone themselves with this video game.

    PROS -Amazing graphics - Intriguing story -Smooth Combat CONS -Slow
    TellTale games have outdone themselves with this video game.

    PROS
    -Amazing graphics
    - Intriguing story
    -Smooth Combat

    CONS
    -Slow Gameplay .
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  2. Nov 27, 2014
    9
    It's nice to see TTG move away from the drama genre, and teaming up with the weirdos over at Gearbox, they've made something truly fun andIt's nice to see TTG move away from the drama genre, and teaming up with the weirdos over at Gearbox, they've made something truly fun and memorable. I didn't think they could make a first person shooter into a story driven tale, but every moment feels like a truly authentic Borderlands experience. Oh, and those loads times are still not great. Expand
  3. Dec 2, 2014
    9
    I'm not a big Borderlands fan, so when this was released on Live I decided to give it a shot solely on it being TTG, and boy am I satisfied.I'm not a big Borderlands fan, so when this was released on Live I decided to give it a shot solely on it being TTG, and boy am I satisfied. As far as gameplay goes, it's still the same old TT style of choosing conversations to steer the story, plus the unfortunately still occasionally clumsy Interactive gameplay segments that are essentially the bulk of all combat. But there isn't too much, so it's acceptable.

    Where the games strength lies is in its writing. I enjoyed TTs writing in previous series' like TWD and TWAO. But I'd personally say this games writing is a step above. The inclusion of a lot more humor feels appropriate despite the rather harsh and brutal setting, which I guess has always been Borderlands style. But it's executed well here. I wouldn't call the writing perfect exactly, there's some cliches and odd writing moments. But all in all I enjoy it, and I'm relatively hard to please normally with writing.

    The one negative thing I'd say is that if I had one big negative on TT games it's that, despite choices that do occasionally carry weight, most of the time you realistically always end up in the exact same spot. I get and understand why this is (having a hundred different endings would be insane) but at the same time occasionally it gets shoehorned in when your straying a bit off the eventual end result. This is actually kept to a relative minimum this time around. Granted its only part 1, so it's still just branching out, well see how it goes from here. That being said, there is one big moment near the end where your presented with a few different options. But it's obvious no matter what you choose, if you go A,B,C or D, X will always happen.

    Side notes. Loading times are a bug, plus it has the almost traditional TT occasional running issues. I'd say about a Third of all the scenes started with weird bugging, including having the audio play to a blank screen, only for the video and audio to replay seconds later. Weird and unfortunate but never game breaking. Although I had one part where it felt like the game crashed, but eventually worked itself out.

    The length is VERY satisfying. I felt myself wondering if they had released the whole thing at once at a point.

    TLDR: Good writing and VO. Cool characters that do need some inevitable development but a good start, technical issues are buggy but not terrible, should have been ironed out at this point in TTs existence i feel, gameplay is the same from TWD season 2 and TWAU both good and bad, great length for its value. Is enjoyable for non-borderlands fans. Worth buying.
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  4. Dec 28, 2014
    8
    A good opening chapter for the Tales from the Borderlands. Telltale really did a wonderful job conveying the overall general tone from theA good opening chapter for the Tales from the Borderlands. Telltale really did a wonderful job conveying the overall general tone from the regular borderlands games into a story-driven piece. Plus the stellar voice acting by the awesome group, including Patrick Warburton of Family Guy and Venture Brothers fame, really do a great job of selling you that this world, while extremely violent and and brutal, is still very fun and extremely hilarious. I love the Borderlands subject matter, not so much the gameplay. This was a way to experience a story from the universe without having to slog through the tedious gameplay. There are some major technical issues here, including quite a number of lag points, audio glitches, and where the audio and the video don't meet up. I was almost about to give up on the game because of technical issues but I"m glad I didn't. Everything here is super fun and anyone who likes what the world of Borderlands can bring, needs to give this a shot as it's a really good first episode. The technical issues however, need to be straightened out for the remaining episodes. Expand
  5. Jan 12, 2015
    8
    Big borderlands fan and big telltale fan... so biased totally. Not plagued with frame drops like wolf within. Good plot, fun characters.Big borderlands fan and big telltale fan... so biased totally. Not plagued with frame drops like wolf within. Good plot, fun characters. Better than the game of thrones game. Expand
  6. Feb 10, 2015
    7
    I love Telltale for all that they do, I just don't see this first episode as anything incredible or worth high praise. The core characters areI love Telltale for all that they do, I just don't see this first episode as anything incredible or worth high praise. The core characters are fun and likable to a degree, and the Borderlands sense of humor is nailed. It's nice to see a cameo from the main games as well, which was probably the highlight for me as well as the excellent voice talent. The gameplay that we normally see in the point and click adventures has some fun variety to it but overall the story itself doesn't stand out too much, which is what these games are known for. I'm optimistic for the future and this episode was by no means bad, it's more of a 7.5 for me, but it wasn't exceptional either. Expand