I don’t enjoy Borderlands. I find the core first-person shooting unsatisfying, and I don’t enjoy how its action-RPG side augments that with boring incremental skills and randomised weapons.
I do, however, dig the idea of a weird west planet on the outskirts of known space filled with chancers, treasure-hunters, weirdos, and gangs of murderers. That’s nice, that. And gosh oh golly, I have very much enjoyed watching the new trailer for Telltale’s episodic adventure game series Tales from the Borderlands. It’s got all the griftin’, cheatin’, sneakin’, and rootin’ tootin’ robot shootin’ I would want from a game set in that world. Come see!
Tales from the Borderlands sees a Hyperion company man in a dead-end job teaming up with a grifter and some unwitting stooges to scam a vault key and claim their fortune. They’re not heavily-armed vault hunters, just a couple of schlubs trying to strike it rich. It brings the series down to a far more human level. Yeah, Borderlands has had some decent writing, but that’s been defused by the games ultimately coming down to shooting faces real good. I’m excited that Gearbox’s world might finally reach its potential – in a game made by other people.
Telltale say the first of Tales from the Borderlands’ five episodes will arrive “soon.” Given their historical usage of the word “soon”, that could mean anything from tomorrow to a month from now. A season pass will cost $24.99, which usually converts to £18.99.