Tales From The Borderlands
Pandora beckons in Telltale's latest mobile offering.
Tales from the Borderlands is Telltale's spin on the world of Pandora. The first episode, Zer0 Sum, does a great job of establishing the familiar manic tone of the Gearbox games and matching it to Telltale's tried and true adventure game formula. The game follows Rhys, a manager at a Hyperion factory who has just been passed over for a promotion, and Fiona, a con artist trying to stay alive on the harsh world of Pandora.
Unlike their recent Game of Thrones release, Telltale has avoided alienating players new to the world of Borderlands by establishing the setting without explicitly throwing out references to the main series. The plot plays out as a verbal retelling of the story by the two main characters, each character telling their own version of events leads to a very interesting episode and allows for some of the games most hilarious moments.
Those that are used to Telltale's standard darker dramatic tellings will not find their fix here. Tales from the Borderlands, although featuring plenty of gratuitous heartache and violence, has its roots in manic humor and randomness.
Telltale knocked it out of the park with this one. The main series, although humorous and fun, sometimes lacks the immersion that helps drive the unique setting for Pandora home. Tales from the Borderlands remedies this by connecting players to two of the regular citizens of the forsaken world and lends a sorely needed personal connection to the series. The approachability of this entry is also fantastic, allowing veterans of the series or newcomers to get equal amounts or enjoyment from it.