Frequently Asked Video Game Questions – What are the main choices to make in Tales from the Borderlands?

Submitted by Anonymous What are the main choices to make in Tales from the Borderlands?

While there are a lot of choices to be made within this game, as there are with any Telltale game, I’m thinking that this question was more geared towards which choices are the ones that turn up at the end of the game and give you the statistics of who picked what. So, here go you, a list of all the main choices from episode 1 – 5.

Warning, there are some spoilers! Obviously.

Episode 1
• Will you keep your cool?
• Will you let Shade accompany you?
• Will you let Felix die?
• What mask will you purchase?
• What will you tell the loader bot to do?
• Will you trust Sasha?
• Who will you choose?
• What kind of loadout will you choose?

Episode 2
• Will you let Sasha help you?
• What will you pick at Scooter’s shop?
• Will you look inside of Sasha’s gift?
• How will you shoot Finch?
• Did you tell Vaughn about Jack?
• Where will you choose to go?
• Will you bro-fist Vaugh? (That sounded incredibly dirty)
• Will you trust Finona?

Episode 3
• Who will you tell Vallory who is to blame?
• Will you agree that Athena should kill Cassius?
• Will you let Vallory help you?
• Will you make a tentative alliance with Jack?
• Will you give Sasha a flower?
• Will you refuse to let go of Sasha?

Episode 4
• How will you honor Scooter?
• What will you do to the tour group?
• Will you shoot the Diamond Pony?
• Will you reveal Jack’s assistance?
• Will you knock Yvette out?
• Will you reject Hyperion?

Episode 5
• Will you shoot Finch?
• Will you tell Rhy’s to shut up?
• Will you ship Rhy’s and Sasha?
• Will you destroy AI Jack?
• Will you confess to having a crush on Sasha?
• Who will you choose for your final team?

Now that you’re thoroughly confused on what the hell this game is about, I suggest that you actually play the game and see what these choices are and why Telltale thinks that these are some of the most important choices throughout the whole game. As always, with these games I like to suggest that you play how you want. I don’t like influencing your choices by telling you what was right and what was wrong. That’s for you to figure out.

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Frequently Asked Video Game Questions – Is Tales from the Borderlands confusing?

Submitted by Anonymous Is Tales from the Borderlands confusing?

For this answer, it depends if you’ve ever played Borderlands before or if you’re a Borderlands fan. I’m going to say that if you played Borderlands and you have a general knowledge of Borderlands, then no this Telltale choose your own adventure version Tales from the Borderlands is not confusing. It pretty much takes place leading up to the opening events of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and some time after Borderlands 2. I would say though that if you have played Borderlands and you’re not a fan, this game will probably hold no interest for you since it’s basically the same game, but done in a Telltale way which means less action and more story telling.

Now, if you’re a Borderlands fan like I am, then hell no this game is not confusing. It actually makes a lot of sense because you can see exactly how Athena is captured leading up to the opening scene of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel plus it gives some insight to what’s going on after Borderlands 2, and maybe leads into the events that might take place in Borderlands 3. It’s kind of an inbetween game with characters that you know and love as well as new characters that fit nicely into the whole Borderlands universe.

If you don’t fall into the previous two categories and you’ve never even played Borderlands, then yes this game is very confusing. In order to get the fullest out of the game you really have to have some knowledge of the universe and the craziness that is Borderlands. I would say that if you want to get this game then you should probably play the other three Borderlands games just to know what’s going on, get to know some of the characters, and get used to the type of humor that is used throughout the game.

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Tales from the Borderlands – Episode 5: The Vault of the Traveler Review (PS4)

Almost a whole year later and the last episode of Tales from the Borderlands has finally been released. If you were like me and first started playing last November, it’s been a very long wait to see each of these episodes released and to be able to finally complete the game. So was the last episode worth the extremely long wait? Keep reading to find out.

Picking up right where episode 4 left off, if you can actually remember where it left off, our heroes (?), can we really call a thief and a corporate man heroes, are still stuck on the Hyperion base and trying to escape. Rhys is trying to not be taken over by Handsome Jack and Fiona is trying to escape the base. It’s too bad that the only real way to get rid of Handsome Jack for good this time is to take away the power of the whole Hyperion base meaning it’s going to go crashing into Pandora. Daring escapes, a crash landing, and the reveal of the vault all happen pretty quickly. While this seems like it’s the end it’s not because any true Borderlands player knows that in order to take down the vault and whatever comes out of it you need a pretty badass team and you need to be prepared. Clearly Vallory isn’t and neither is poor Gordy’s. Cut to the vault being closed and then seeing Rhys and Fiona back with their captor which turns out to be way into the future. This can’t be the end though right? There has to be more then this uneventful closing of the vault. We didn’t even get any loot! The captor who’s been leading Rhys and Fiona around agrees. Not only do we see who the captor finally is, I was totally surprised and did not see that one coming but I thought it was the highlight of the series as a whole, we learn the fate of Rhy’s not so faithful companion along with the fate of some memorable characters from the series before finally taking on The Vault of the Traveler once more in what was a pretty epic battle done in a not so conventional way.

Kudos: If you’ve followed along for the past 11 months and have been reading each of my reviews, then you know that I am a huge Athena and Janey shipper. It was extremely nice to see their story continue as well in the final episode. Hearing about their upcoming nuptials along with the debate of the overly expensive napkin holders was a welcomed surprised. It was nice knowing that playing my cards right as Fiona brought these two characters closer together and cemented their relationship.

I’m going to be completely honest, as I always have, I absolutely loved this episode. I loved it. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me feel so much more. There wasn’t a point in the episode where it dragged or made me want it to be over, the whole episode ran fluidly and left you wanting for more. I did really know what to expect when it came to the final boss battle since everyone knows that Telltale does not make FPS games. I thought they handed the final boss battle excellently and made it their own. Paired with an episode filled with epic scenes and memorable stories, the final boss battle was also another highlight of the episode as a whole. There was a little bit of everything wrapped into this episode for everyone. There were twists and turns, happy endings, and a final chat between Rhys and Fiona that kinda summed up the game and also left you wanting for more with an ambiguous ending.

I really hate talking about the playability of these games because while I can highlight the good points in the story and everything else, it always feels like such a downer when it comes to the playability. There were some minor loading problems, but nothing like some previous episodes. Everything ran pretty smoothly but I did have a problem with the credits for some reason. About halfway through the credits the audio completely died and then I wasn’t able to view my choices from the episode. When I tried to go into extras and see my choices, it was like I didn’t even play the final episode. I was able to go back the next day and see all those stats, but I thought it was a little weird and unexpected that I wasn’t able to see it after playing the episode.

The graphics were on par with the rest of the series and was fitting for the whole Borderlands universe. A major highlight of this game was that the graphics made it feel like a Borderlands game. While most of the time the game felt foreign with it’s complex story line and lack of shooting and looting, the graphics were one of the things that pulled it together and made it fit in.

Finish this episode and you’ll finally get that platinum that you’ve been waiting for. There are a total of 7 trophies for playing this episode and once that final trophy unlocks so will your platinum. Give yourself a pat on the back for adding that platinum to your gamer card. As always the trophies were extremely easy to get and just required you to play the whole episode.

While there’s no multiplayer, you do get to play as multiple characters throughout the final episode. Even though it’s not really multiplayer, it kinda is.

Overall I give this episode a 5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Strong ending to an overall amazing series.
+ Interesting final story that has just about everything.
+ Surprising reveals and everyone’s story basically comes full circle.
+ Graphics that continued to shine making this feel like an actual Borderlands game.

What’s Not So Great:
Minor playability issues with loading and the credits losing audio.

While the wait for this game has been aggravating and has kind of made me want to wait for episode based games to be fully released before purchasing them, I thought the wait was well worth it. The story was more then satisfying, you were introduced to some new characters, you were also reunited with some old characters, and overall the game had the same Borderlands charm that you know and love. The end of the episode leaves this open for either Borderlands 3 or a season 2 of this game. If you’ve waited all this time to purchase the game so you could play it whole, then what are you waiting for? Go get it now and binge play. If you’re a fan of Borderlands then I’m pretty confident that you’ll enjoy the pace and story of this game and even if you aren’t a Borderlands fan I would say to give it a try. This might be the game that gets you into the whole Borderlands universe, plus the first episode is free. This game definitely gets my do not pass up stamp.

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

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This Week in Trophies 10-18-2015 – 10-24-2015

This week had a little bit of everything. It was one of those weeks where I felt like I did a lot because I played a bunch of different games, but when I looked at my final numbers I realized that I really didn’t do all that much which is kind of a bummer. Anyway, here’s how my week went.

Angry Birds Trilogy – 31%

This game came out of no where right? This game has been sitting on my system for a while now. I started it when I first got it about two years ago, and have been randomly playing it on and off ever since. I really only play it when I’m multitasking. I know it sounds weird, because how can multitasking involve playing video games but believe me it’s totally do-able and this wasn’t the first time I’ve done it.

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – 91%

I finally beat the game on hard! Finally! I spent most of my Sunday doing it, but it was well worth it and in the end the parts that I thought were going to be extremely hard actually turned out to be easy and I didn’t even die. I seriously died more on Normal which makes me think I’m ready to tackle Crushing mode.

Tales from the Borderlands – 100%

The final episode of this game finally came out and I just had to play it right when it came out to see what happened. I don’t want to really give anything away since I’ll have my full review of the episode up on Wednesday.

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Frozen Free Fall: Snowball Fight – 71%

Once I got past level 85, the rest of them just seemed like a complete breeze for some reason. I was able to knock out level after level this week without much downtime letting me go way past level 100 and collecting a few other trophies I needed along the way. I noticed that a new patch was installed on the PS3 version of the game this week and for some reason it seems like the lives just keep piling up which helps a lot. I’m not sure if this is an error or if the game is going to continue on like this but I would really like to finish it up before this goes away.

Broken Age – 74%

I finished with this game about mid week and was really happy with the game overall. I still have to go back and clean up some random trophies that I didn’t get and I also have to go back and complete the game in under an hour. I’m really not looking forward to rushing through the game to get that under an hour trophy. While I have no problem playing the game again, I just think that this trophy kind of ruins the game as a whole. Needless to say, I will be developing a plan on how to easily complete the game in under and hour and once I develop a plan that works, I’ll be sure to let you know about it.

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Chariot – 12%

I played this game quite a bit this week and was only able to get one trophy. While I’m still enjoying it, I’m a little stuck at the moment because the levels stopped opening which means that I have to go back and redo a lot of the levels. I don’t really mind, but I doubt I’ll be playing as much as I was.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – 15%

I started this game late in the week and I’m really still not sure what to think of it. I really am enjoying the graphics because they’re stunning and extremely real like, but I’m just not sure what I think of the actual story yet. I need to spend a little more time with the game before I form an opinion of the game as a whole.

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That was it for this week, a total of 19 trophies. Not really a great week at all, but I will say that the 19 is better then a big fat 0. Currently I’m at the point where I’m actually counting down the days until Fallout 4 so I’m going to be trying not to start anything new especially with the end of the month coming up. There are a few things I would like to do before Fallout 4 comes out which is finish up Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, finish Broken Age, finish Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, and finish Frozen Free Fall: Snowball Fight. Other then that I’m going to stick to playing some games that are already installed on my systems and just sitting around waiting for me to play them. I’ll let you know how everything worked out for me next week.

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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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This Week in Trophies 08-16-2015 – 08-22-2015

This week kind of had it all when it came to trophies for me. A little PS4, a little PS3, and even a little PS Vita. It was just one of those weeks where I really couldn’t fully commit to just one game and ended up playing a bunch of games. At least I didn’t start anything new so all of the trophies that I got basically were working towards completing some games here and there.

Fallout 3 – 7%

Up one whole percent this week for the two trophies that I was able to get. I’m really enjoying starting my week with Fallout 3. I’m liking how the story is progressing, I’m liking the side missions, and I’m liking just exploring the Wastelands. There really isn’t anything that I’m not enjoying with this game, but I am hoping that I can at least complete the game before November.

The Sims 3 – 87%

I was so close to getting the platinum this week! So close! It’s actually very frustrating how close I am but the last few trophies require quite a bit of work, like granting 1,000 wishes to my Sims. I just recently hit the 600 mark, so only 400 more to go! I’m hoping that I can finish this game in the upcoming week, but it’s possible that my play time could lapse into September.

Tales from the Borderlands – 81%

I took some time out of my week to play through the fourth episode that was released on Tuesday. Ugh that ending, but I’m excited about the final episode and hopefully won’t have to wait to long for it. I’ll have the full review of the episode up on Wednesday.

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Crazy Market – 35%

This is one of those games that I didn’t realize that I still had on my PS Vita, and thought what the hell I might as well try to finish it. It’s a free game, but it’s also one of those games that wants you to spend money because you only get three lives every 30 minutes. That’s fine with me since I really can’t see myself playing it all that long anyway.

Treasures of Montezuma Blitz – 52%

Another free game on my PS Vita that I didn’t realize was still installed. Once again I figured what the hell and decided to pick this one up again and play. I actually had a lot of fun playing. That was mostly because I had over 200 lives stored up. I can see myself continuing to casually pick this up during the upcoming week when I have some free time.

Now for this upcoming week, I’m going to be super busy being an adult so I’m not sure how much time I’m going to have for gaming. Being as busy as I plan to be, I’m probably going to be sticking with the small PS Vita games since it’s easy to pick it up play for 30 minutes and put it down. I’m going to try really hard for The Sims 3 platinum that if I get it I’m going to reward myself with starting Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune for the third time on my PS3, this time with trophies! Here’s hoping I can still get a decent amount of trophies this upcoming week.

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Tales From The Borderlands – Episode 3: Catch A Ride Review (PS4)

While I’ve come to terms on the time it’s taking for each new episode to come out for this game, that doesn’t mean that I accept it. To me the episodes are still too far away from each other and the time between each episode should be shorter. While this isn’t going to happen, I’m still enjoying the actual game along with each episode. As usual I was quick to play this latest episode especially after last episodes cliff hanger. Here’s what I thought about Catch A Ride.

The story basically picks up right where it left off. Rhys and Fiona are still being lead through Pandora by the masked man while each of them is telling their version of what happened to get them there. Depending on who you chose at the end of episode two things can turn out differently but the story eventually still gets to the same point. During this episode, each character grows in their own way as they separate and their “true” selves are revealed. New villains are revealed, some old frenimies come back, there’s action, adventure and most of all comedy in this latest episode of Tales from the Borderlands.

I really expected a lot from this episode and it delivered in every single way. Because August is a complete moron and Vasquez is just too power hungry, the real brains of the operation is revealed to be a brand new character to the Borderlands franchise. Vallory is the major kingpin behind all this vault key business and she is a force to be reckoned with. Her involvement in the game at this point is pretty big and I’m predicting that it will continue to be within the final two episodes. Athena, I can’t say enough how much she’s my favorite character in Borderlands, also makes another appearance and reveals her true reason for why she’s tracking the girls like she is. In this episode you also see the struggles that Athena faces as she tries very hard to manage her personal life and her work life which doesn’t go hand in hand. This episode is kind of pivotal in Athena’s story as it takes place just before Athena is captured and tells her side of the story in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Other then that it was nice to see both Rhys and Fiona go through some major character development throughout the whole episode. Rhys turns out to be not such an asshole and Fiona just might have what it takes to become a true vault hunter. I also can’t go on without mentioning the edition of a brand new robot, not as annoying as Claptrap, who is super cute and all around fun to have in each scene and interact with by the name of Gortys. Gortys plays an extremely important role in this episode and will continue to do so throughout the rest of the game.

Eh…: Although I do like the addition of new characters and Vallory was pretty bad ass, I didn’t like how much of a rip off she was of Dragon Age’s Flemeth. I seriously couldn’t have been the only one to notice it, and I really wasn’t all that happy with it. Everything from the look and the voice just screamed Flemeth and I’m really not sure I like it all too much. Borderlands is known for original characters and this just seemed like a rip off.

Playability for this game was just about spot on and the loading times and trophy pop’s were nice and smooth. None of the loading times lingered or froze and trophy’s popped when they should. Overall the game ran smoothly, and the only problem that I had was when Athena made Fiona realize her vault hunter power. Each vault hunter has a “special” power right? Fiona’s power is basically a split second decision. Even though the use of this isn’t frequent I found it a little confusing to operate and the two choices weren’t really that clear so I just went with whatever each time.

The graphics for this game continue to be spot on with the Borderlands universe as a whole and is one of the shining points of the game. How a company could create such amazing graphics for one game and then completely fail with another game that came out basically at the same time continues to surprise and confuse me all at the same time.

Play through the whole episode and you’ll have another 7 trophies to your collection and you’ll be one step closer to achieving the platinum trophy for this game. At this point with Telltale games, I don’t even care about the trophies since I really only play for the stories that each game tells. The platinum trophy and all the other trophies for this game are just an added bonus.

Horray for no multiplayer.

Overall I give this episode a 5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Interesting turn of events story wise.
+ Introduction of new characters, re-introduction of old characters (Hello again Athena), and some major character growth for the main characters.
+ Shorter loading times, no freezing, and accurate trophy pops.
+ Graphics that continue to impress and fit in with the Borderlands universe.

What’s Not So Great:
Original characters really aren’t original and it takes just a little bit away from the game as a whole.

Despite the whole Vallory/Flemeth misfortune, I really enjoyed this episode as a whole and thought it was the games best episode to date. I enjoyed everything from the character development, to the introduction of the super cute robot Gortys, and of course some more Athena time. I’m eager to see how the next episode plays out as well as the final episode of the season. Because the span of time is so long between each episode, I would still say to wait on this one until all episodes are released. I think the game as a whole would be more satisfying to be able to play each episode back to back.

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

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This Week in Trophies 06-21-2015 – 06-27-2015

This was one of those strange weeks where I feel like I didn’t get enough gaming time in to the point where my mind is like “GAMES, GAMES, GAMES” every five seconds while I’m trying to get other stuff done, but I did rack up a decent amount of trophies. With the release of the newest Tales from the Borderlands episode, this was basically a Borderlands week for me. Here’s my breakdown of trophies for the week.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – 31%

I continued to play the Pre-Sequel this week, and I feel like even though I liked it on the PS3 I didn’t give it much of a chance. I only played through the game once before tossing it aside, but I feel like with the PS4 version I might actually attempt the platinum. I’m almost done with my first story playthrough and I plan on playing the DLC after the main missions of the game. I’ll probably get to the DLC this week and then I plan to start my True Vault Hunter game with Athena.

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Tales from the Borderlands – 65%

I was really eager to play this game on Tuesday and it was one of those times where I was constantly checking the PSN store to see if it was available to download. I have to say that this was probably the best episode in the series so far and I’ll have my review of it up by the end of the week.

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That was it for trophies for the week. I did continue to play Sparkle 2 even though I didn’t get any trophies for it and I would have been playing The Elder Scrolls Online if I still wasn’t waiting for that damn patch to download. This is partially my fault since I didn’t feel like keeping my system on to complete the download and it’s only really been downloading when I have my system on, but it’s also part of the games problem because a patch shouldn’t be over 15GB. Anyway for this upcoming week I plan to continue my Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel journey and play Sparkle 2. I’ve also had this strange need to play Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. I really don’t know why and I’m not even sure if the servers are still active, but I might give it a try this week.

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Tales From The Borderlands – Episode 2: Atlas Mugged Review (PS4)

This episode has taken a hell of a long time to come out. In my opinion, for an episode based game it’s taken way to long especially since I paid for the whole season in November. Anyway, to tell you the truth I wasn’t all that thrilled to actually play this time around. I had a feeling of just wanting to get it over with after having all that animosity about the release date and why this game is taking so long to be fully released. I pushed on and did my run through of this episode and here’s what I thought about it.

The story of Rhys and Fiona picks up right where it left off in the first episode. They just discovered this key of sorts and who other then Handsome Jack shows up. In order to tell this story in both perspectives, the duo soon after get separated with their respective counter parts, Rhys’ friend and Fiona’s sister. Each of them go through the rest of the story until united once more towards the end where their stories combine again. Just when things look like they’re going to turn around for both Rhys and Fiona, things go right down the drain again as Fiona has a bounty on her head and a very special bounty hunter chasing after her and Rhys is still being pursued by Vasquez. In true Telltale fashion, the episode is once again ended on a major cliffhanger.

My animosity towards the game quickly faded when Marcus made his little joke at the beginning of the game about how long of a time it’s been since we last saw our hero’s Rhys and Fiona. From there I was once again pulled into this episode based Borderlands game that has everything a Borderlands game has with the addition of a very well thought out story. As the episode took its twists and turns I couldn’t wait to see what happened next and the cliffhanger of an ending got me eager to see what’s going to happen in the next episode that hopefully doesn’t take as long as this one did to come out.

So, what would a Borderlands game be without some very special cameo appearances by some fan favorite Borderlands characters? It wouldn’t really be all that Borderlands like now would it? While I’m enjoying the character development of both Rhys and Fiona as they grown into people who they really weren’t at the beginning of the episode, the thing that gets me to keep playing and be invested in this game is the fact that past Borderlands characters make special appearances. This episode saw the return of everybody’s favorite Catch A Ride guy Scooter as well as my favorite Borderlands character Athena. Who doesn’t love Athena? She’s just a total badass, plus she has an even more badass shield that she carries around. I really hope these cameo’s keep coming because they aren’t just thrown in there for the sake of having cameo’s, they’re there because it’s important to the overall story.

Kudos: I have to say that my little fangirl heart let out a squeal of absolute delight when not only did Athena make her badass entrance the first time she’s shown, but then again when she walk’s into Scooters shop and is introduced as Janey Springs girlfriend. I’ve been totally shipping the Athena and Janey paring since I played Athena in the Pre-Sequel and it was nice to see it come to life in this episode.

The playability of this game is pretty fluid and while it’s mostly dialogue choice options, there are a couple of action scenes that are easy to manage leaving time to get things right and little time for mistakes. Loading times were a little slow this time around, but unlike Telltale games of the past, there are no other bugs or glitches when it comes to playing this game.

This is the part that gets me confused because the graphics in this game were just stunning. They represented Borderlands perfectly as they fit in with the other games but in even more detail. So then why am I confused? I’m confused because episode 2 of Game of Thrones had just absolute crap graphics. It’s hard for me to understand why both of these games graphic wise differ so greatly especially since they’re made by the same company. To be honest, I was expecting this episode to be just as bad graphics wise as Game of Thrones but was pleasantly surprised that it was not.

As for the trophies, there are a total of 7 trophies for this episode. Each of them are extremely easy to get and all you have to do to get them is to play through the whole episode. Easy trophies and by the end of the series you’ll have an easy platinum to add to your list.

As with all Telltale games, there is no multiplayer for this game.

Overall I give this episode a 5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Episode picks up right where the previous episode left off.
+ Expands on the already existing story and makes it interesting.
+ Appearances by Scooter, Athena, and Janey Springs.
+ Bug and glitch free.
+ ❤ Athena & Janey! ❤ (This one is purely for me and my fangirl-ness when it comes to these two characters.)

What’s Not So Great
This episode took way to long to come out and if the series continues on this pattern, it won’t even be completed by the end of the year.

While I absolutely loved this episode, if you haven’t played this game yet and haven’t purchased the season pass I would suggest holding off until the whole game is available. Seriously, at first I didn’t even really remember what the hell had happened in the first game and I think this game would be better if you play one episode after another instead of waiting so long. Other then that this is a really strong entry in the Tales of the Borderlands series and I really can’t wait to see what happens next.

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

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PAX East Impressions

To be honest, I didn’t even realize until the last minute that this past weekend was PAX East. Nevertheless I was still excited about it as I am for any video game based convention even if I’m not able to attend. During this time I do like to keep a watch on video game news just to see if anything ultra exciting happens. Although this show seemed a bit lackluster there were a couple of things that interested me.

Gearbox officially announced the next Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC. Claptastic Voyage will be released on March 24, which I’m sure had nothing to do with The Handsome Collection coming out on the same day, and is supposed to connect Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel. I have to say that I didn’t think this DLC was going to be getting a release date this soon. Small details were given for this DLC at PAX South saying how huge it was and it’s going to be the biggest Borderlands DLC ever so I just thought this one wouldn’t be coming out until the summer at least. The final season pass DLC was also announced and it’s an upgrade pack that will increase the level cap to 70.

Atlas Mugged, the next installment of Tales from the Borderlands will be released on March 17. FINALLY! After months and months of waiting the long awaited second episode is finally coming out. I really hate that it’s taking this long for these episode based games to come out. It was revealed at PAX South that the new episode would include Scooter and that was about it. I expected a release date to be released a week or two after that but to have to wait this long is seriously ridiculous.

And that about wraps up what interested me at PAX East. I don’t know if it’s just me, but these shows are seeming a bit lackluster this year so far. I remember hearing about announcement after announcement in the years past, but this year it just seems like the announcements are coming from Gearbox and no one else. I was once again expecting something, anything, on the Dragon Age front but was disappointed to hear nothing. At this point I’m really hoping that E3 is going to be spectacular and show me something that I can’t stop talking about.

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