Pointless Nonsense

Posted in video games by Bill on January 13, 2017

talesfromtheborderlandsTales from the Borderlands is a Telltale game set in, somewhat obviously, the Borderlands universe. I’d picked this up in a Humble Bundle a long time ago, and originally intended to give it away, but after seeing the first BL game for cheap, gave it a shot, liked the story, and three games later, I’m ready to play this one. And I was anticipating this more than the other games, because I liked the setting and characters of the main games more than I liked the gameplay.

Like the Pre-Sequel, it suffers from interactive flashbacks. Like Telltale’s Game of Thrones, you play as multiple characters, which is still weird. Even weirder, your characters are often actively working against each other. But once you get past that stuff, and start to get to know the characters, it’s really good. Quality sense of humor, good cinematography…or whatever you call that, animation direction? Camera angles, use of slow-motion, etc. And though the graphics on these games are never exactly slick, the style of Borderlands fits in it pretty well.

It’s set around the time of the framing device of the Pre-Sequel, so shortly after BL2. You play as both Rhys, an ambitious Hyperion middle-management type, and as Fiona, a Pandoran con artist. Familiar faces, or at least voices, include Marcus, Zer0, Athena, Jack, Moxxi, Scooter, Shade, Janey Springs, Brick, and Mordecai. Interesting that all three of the characters I played (Mordecai, Zer0, Athena) show up in significant roles, but Lilith and several of the default player characters from BL2 and Pre-Sequel don’t appear at all. Sadly, Torgue and Tiny Tina, always good for laughs, don’t appear either.

Chris Hardwick, Patrick Warburton, and Chrissie Seaver from Growing Pains join usual BL voice actors, Black Widow from Avengers Assemble, and a bunch of video game regulars in providing voices. They add unique-to-Telltale elements where Rhys can find extra info looking around by scanning with a bionic eye implant thing, and where Fiona can find money stashed around and use her supply of it to bribe people (not sure if this works or not, I never tried it) or purchase upgrades that, as far as I can tell, are entirely cosmetic.

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