The much anticipated fourth episode of Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands will be released next Tuesday to PC, Mac, PS3 and PS4. Announced yesterday, the fourth instalment will succeed its critically acclaimed and commercially successfully predecessors. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users will have to wait until Wednesday, while mobile users can expect a release on Thursday.
Telltale’s take on Borderlands features the series’ signature dark humour, and lots of it. In combination with Telltale’s unique method of storytelling, it becomes a truly entertaining and sometimes emotional journey. Characters become incredibly human the longer you accompany them on their quest to survive, and maybe profit a bit from Pandora’s unforgiving environment along the way. As the player continues to make inconsequential and momentous decisions for the characters, they become more than predetermined characters, but the player’s own creations.
Unlike Gearbox’s Borderlands series, Tales from the Borderlands is not a first person shooter. Instead, it features episodic games which play more like an interactive movie. Much of the game is based on cutscenes, with occasional quick time events. Other segments resemble old school point and click adventure games, in which the player investigates areas, talks to other characters and makes decisions.
While it is preferable to have played the previous Borderlands titles, it is not necessarily required. The story is mostly standalone with new characters on an unique adventure while several previously introduced characters accompany or hinder the player.
While it shares much in common with Telltale’s other projects such as The Walking Dead, it is set apart primarily by its far less serious tone and frequent hilarious moments. Comic relief is ever present and sets the game apart. For those who do not yet own this interactive story telling experience, Tales from the Borderlands is currently available on steam for £18.99, and is thoroughly recommended.