[Review] Tales from the Borderlands Episode 5: The Vault of the Traveler

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Note: Spoilers are present, both from previous episodes as well as for The Vault of the Traveler.

TL;DR: If you haven’t bought it, buy it [G2A]. If you’ve bought it, but haven’t played it, why not?

You might have seen the #HypeTrain that is the Tales from the Borderlands finale rolling past. And, if you do nothing else with your evening, you should definitely Catch-A-Ride. Hop on the train for free with the first episode for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, and PS3.

“Here we are at the finale… or should I say, FINALLY, heh?”

The journey ends here, and it has been, by far, Telltale Games’ best work. The final episode, Vault of the Traveler, is no exception. The banter was witty, the story fantastic, our questions were answered.

Let’s hit the high points.

Characters

Impactful. Very few games do I remember the main character’s name, much less their sidekicks. And yet, every new character, I was completely captivated with. Even August. Every passing of a character, even when we know it can’t be true, makes a lasting impact. I’ll be the first to admit. I was a blubbering mess of feels during this final arc. No amount of rational thought could take me out of the experience. Bravo.

Gameplay 

I never have been a fan of Quick Time Events, feeling that they take the player out of the game. But Telltale Games has consistently stepped up to the plate to do them right. And boy, do they ever. The final showdown had me button mashing on the edge of my seat, sucking me so far into the game that I nearly fell out of my chair. As much as I would love to talk about it further, I can’t. It is just too epic and you have to experience it for yourself.

Everything that you did had an impact, except for one final (and what I felt should have been consequential) detail. But that gives us hope for the future of the series. Season 2 pretty please? Vault Hunters! Assemble!

August, Vauhn, Athena, Rhys, Fiona, Sasha, Loader bot, Janey

Story 

I don’t know how they managed to stuff such a strong story into just five 7.5-10 hours of gameplay. Most games can’t tell a story half as compelling in 20.

Not only that, but it actually ties up all the loose ends and plotlines within two hours. The Vault + monster, Gortys, what happened to Vauhn, what was in the box, Handsome Jack, our current captor, and even unrequited love (I still think Rhys x Jack x Fiona/Sasha would have been the most logical conclusion based on all of the choices I made during play, sadly that was not the case though. I do get to rule though so that’s a plus at least). Bringing Athena back into the story felt a little thrown together, but overall the game’s pacing was perfect.

 

By far Telltale’s best work to date. I don’t know how they could possibly outdo this one. We’ll have to see what Game of Throne Episode 6 brings November 17th.

So what do we give it? Normally we are on a five-point scale, but sometimes, “You gotta go 10 outta 10!”

“I laughed, I cried, it moved me Bob.” – Larry the Cucumber

 

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