Episode 3 of Tales from the Borderlands is by far the best episode yet. It combines humor, emotional scenes, and plot twists that you would never expect, along with just enough action to give it the feel of a Borderlands game. Storywise, it’s perfect. Gameplaywise, however, not so much.
I’m going to start off with the good. First of all, I’m finally really starting to feel connected to the characters. This is something that I have felt in other Telltale games, but not as much in this one. But this episode changed that. We start to see their relationships with other characters deepen, as well as the characters themselves. This used to be a fun game to play, but now it’s on its way to becoming a masterpiece.
But, while it did get dramatically better, we have to remember that this is a Borderlands game. There has been humor in all of the episodes, but this one is by far the funniest yet. The emotional scenes are great, but they never last too long and always included a few jokes. And there also are, of course, just straight out funny scenes.
But besides from the scenes of dialogue that make up most of Telltale’s games, there were quite a few action scenes. Most of them were good, but a few of them had a problem. That problem was freezing and frame rate drops. This would normally be expected in a Telltale game, and usually it is easy to look past, but this episode is by far the glitchiest one I have played. The game would constantly freeze at key moments, which were mainly when you would have to quickly press a button. But don’t worry, this only happened in a few of the action scenes, and the ones it didn’t happen in were great. And to add to the freezing in the fast paced scenes, there was also some freezing and frame rate drops in other scenes, but they weren’t nearly as bad.
Now we get to the best part of all Telltale games, the choices. First off, we saw the effects of many of our choices from previous episodes, which I won’t name here to avoid giving too many spoilers. But there were also quite a few new choices we had to make, some of which played a very big part in the story already, and some of which will probably affect future episodes. I’m very excited to see how much the choices impact it, and am hoping, based off of how Telltale has performed in the past, that there will be some big story twists based off of smaller choices.
So, Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 3, as you should be able to tell from reading the review, is amazing. If you can get past the technical issues and just focus on the story, you will be amazed by the quality of this game. As I write this, I am realizing that I have never really been let down by one of Telltale’s games, and Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 3 is no different.
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Original Release Date: June 23, 2015
Platforms: Xbox 360 (Reviewed), PC, OS X, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, iOS, Android
ESRB Rating: M – Mature
*A copy of this game was provided for review.