Seeing as Borderlands is about as funny as being slapped around the face with a wet fish, we were always sceptical of Tales from the Borderlands. The latest episodic series from Telltale Games strips out the first-person shooting from Gearbox’s titles – and focuses instead upon the people of Pandora. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, doesn’t it? Well, it would seem that The Walking Dead developer has the Midas touch, as Episode One – named ‘Zer0 Sum’ – is scoring rave reviews. We’ve included a handful for your perusal below.
Destructoid - 9/10
Aside from the disappointing lack of puzzles and limit on exploration, Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum is excellent. Where the first episodes of other Telltale series can start off slowly, Tales maintains high energy throughout. Its consistently funny writing and duo of unreliable narrator protagonists set the stage for a great overarching story, and it feels very much like it belongs in the Borderlands franchise. If the rest of the season maintains this level of quality, Tales from the Borderlands will be up there in history with the other great recent Telltale adventures.
GameSpot - 9/10
Telltale and Borderlands are the peanut butter and chocolate of the current gaming landscape, creating a piece that is too rock-solid in its own convictions to be labeled simply as a mashup. It's hard to even call it professional fan fiction. Tales from the Borderlands is a Borderlands game, but Telltale has opened up Gearbox's Pandora in a way the original Borderlands games haven't and can't as shooters. Through exploration of the little people struggling in the shadows of Vault Hunters, you gain a deeper opportunities to explore the world.
God Is a Geek - 9/10
Tales from the Borderlands has taken me completely by surprise. As someone who enjoys both Telltale and Gearbox’s games, this is a marriage made in heaven, but there’s so much style and intrigue that anyone can enjoy this. I can’t wait to see how this one plays out, because, based on this first episode, this could be Telltale’s best yet.
Polygon - 8.5/10
Tales from the Borderlands Episode 1: Zer0 Sum is everything I’d expected from Telltale’s take on this franchise, executed with such skill that it’s hard to find anything to complain about. This first episode of a five-episode season never went more than a few minutes without moving the story along or making me laugh. It’s an enjoyable, violent and well-crafted introduction to the series. Episode Two can’t come soon enough.
Wait, a well written Borderlands game – did we wake up in bizarro world or something? Has this string of positive reviews sold you on the latest release from Telltale? Drop a funny in the comments section below.