Tales from the Borderlands – Episode 4: Escape Plan Bravo Review (PS4)

After the last episode, I was eagerly awaiting episode 4 and I kinda figured that it would be out soon seeing as how Telltale would want to wrap up this game before the 1 year mark came on the first episodes release. I wasn’t all that surprised when this episode was released, but I was happy to get back into it and see where the story went.

Picking up again right where we left off last episode, Rhys and Fiona are working for Flemeth now, sorry I mean Vallory (I seriously cannot be the only one who see’s this resemblance). It’s up to them to find the last piece to complete Gordy’s and gain access to the vault. But where is this last piece of Gordy’s? Of course it’s in Handsome Jacks’s office which means you need transportation to Helios and who better to help you then Pandora’s two best mechanics, Scooter and Janey. There’s only one problem though, Fiona might or might not have lied to Scooter the last time she seen him and Janey is kinda pissed about the whole Athena thing. Convince both of them to help out and you’re good to go. Now all you have to do is head up to the Hyperion Hub of Heroism, get into Jack’s office, and get the last Gordy’s piece. Simple right? This episode is anything but.

Spoilerish rant coming up, so you’ve been warned

During the course of this episode an actual Borderlands character dies. If you’ve played then you know who I’m talking about. Maybe he or she isn’t actually dead, but he or she looked pretty dead to me. It wasn’t one of the characters that was introduced in this new add-on it was an actual Borderlands character. So this made me pretty pissed. Not the whole death of a character thing, but the whole way it was done. I felt that if this character was going to die then it should have been in an actual Borderlands game. This character that died has a pretty substantial role in the whole Borderlands universe and I know that some people who play Borderlands aren’t even playing this game. So what does that mean to them? How will this character death be explained? Will it even be explained? I just felt that this was a little sloppy and if Telltale wanted to kill someone off it should have been one of their own characters.

Moving on now that I’ve had a little time to rant, I generally don’t really like these “penultimate” episodes. They’re a little too long, they try way to hard to tie up as many things as possible before the final episode, and they usually don’t turn out all that good. I still think about the dreaded Walking Dead Season 1 Episode 4. Ugh it makes me shudder. I am so glad to report that this episode is nothing like that. I liked the whole Ocean’s Eleven vibe that this episode had since Rhys and Fiona have to pull off this heist, I liked the interactions with the original Borderlands characters, and then I really liked the ending. The whole episode ran smoothly, didn’t feel like it dragged, and was funny.

Kudos! Being the Athena and Janey fan girl that I am, I was thrilled, actually thrilled, that I was given the chance to kind of solidify their relationship and send Janey off to be the hero this time and rescue the woman that she loves. Not everyone might have chosen that option or appreciated that small gesture, but I did so a big thank you is in order for the Telltale team.

The playability is something that has to be the most fickle when it comes to these games. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and sometimes it just makes you cringe and wonder why these things haven’t been fixed. This episode was a mixture of good and bad. While the game started off really good with basically no loading time and jumping right into the Marcus recap, as the game progressed the usual problems that I’ve talked about in the past resurfaced. Loading times became increasingly worse and my game stalled on me at one point. When I was about to restart the game, it just started working again for some reason and was right where I left off. The whole thing was weird but it’s not the first time something like that has happened.

The graphics are something that I’m really enjoying when it comes to this game. They’re an exact copy of the actual Borderlands ones and it really works for the series as a whole. I might even go the extra step and say that they’re a little better then the actual Borderlands graphics. The graphics for this game really shine on the PS4 and make the whole game look awesome.

Complete this episode and you’ll be 7 trophies closer to the impending platinum trophy for this game. As with the other episodes, play how you want and you’ll get all the trophies no matter what as long as you complete the episode. Extremely simple and it allows you to concentrate on the story.

By now we already know that there is no multiplayer.

Overall I give this episode a 4.5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Amazing story that answers a few questions, but then raises even more questions and really sets up the last episode.
+ Graphics that really enhance the game as a whole.
+ The ending makes you want the next episode to come out now.

What’s Not So Great:
The playability started out strong with zero to little loading times but then progressively got worse as the game continued.

I can’t wait until the final episode. Will Rhys and Fiona open the vault? Will it be filled with loot? Who’s the guy leading Rhys and Fiona? Where is he taking them? Why did Butt Stallion bleed? Is Handsome Jack controlling Rhys or is Rhys controlling Rhys? Will Janey and Athena ride off into the sunset? These are just some of the questions that I hope will be answered in the final episode. The way that this has been going through I’m pretty sure the Game of Thrones finale will be released first and then this one, but hopefully they’ll both be soon.

SPOILERS! Below are the choices that I made for the fourth episode.

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