“HERE COMES THE PAIN TRAAAAAAIN—WHOO-WHOOOOOO!”
You said it, buddy! But really, no pain involved in this.
Available for download today on Windows, Mac, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 at long, long last, those tall Tales from the Borderlands have caught a ride and arrived at your local (I say local) Telltale Games store and on Steam! (Juuuuust in time for the Steam Summer Sale to end. Agh.) For Xbox One and Xbox 360 users, the tall tales are due in tomorrow, June 24th, so an extra day’s wait. But on the upside, the game is also destined for iOS and Android, and I don’t know about you, but I like the idea of being able to play the game on the move like that. Double WHOO-WHOOOOOO!
Dang, that’s fun. I sense a bad habit coming on. Pick it up for yourself, psychos—here’s the launch trailer—WHOO-WH…—sorry. Ahem:
Tales from the Borderlands delivers just like we expect it to. Between the trailer and a little bit of gameplay on my part (don’t worry, no spoilers), it’s already a gem. Fresh faces, new lovable robot faces—I’d like to note the sudden appearance of many cute little robots. But hey, who’s complaining? We left Rhys and Fiona and co. in a spot of trouble, and with Handsome Jack doing a tap dance in Rhys’s brain, he particularly deserves a little lighthearted friendship not based on intimidation and misguided awe and possibly some seriously malfunctioning brain software (because he does, after all, hail from Hyperion). So be prepared to join back onto a crazy quest to find a vault and infinite riches with Rhys and Fiona’s exaggerated narrative in Episode 3, where first some giant stone buttocks will be found and then an old broad whose son would probably have some major second-hand smoke and mommy issues (referring, of course, to the Queenpin, Vallory. She’s definitely not the Vallory you want to come on over, Vaaalloryyy.) After that, maybe they’ll find the vault. We have to play and see!
What fans have come to know and love about these games (including myself) are just these strange factors that, really, fit perfectly into the futuristic western, the dangerous and freshly humorous world of Tales from the Borderlands. They round out scenes that might otherwise be extremely tense with no relief, stirring up the perfect batch of childish humor to flesh out this desert wasteland and its hardened criminals, be they con artists, thugs, or Hyperion scum.
So you should go check “Catch a Ride” and the previous episodes out. Maybe buy the season. Because if you’re reading this, you’re probably already hyped. If you’re new to Telltale or Tales from the Borderlands, wow, and consider watching a play-through of this or other Telltale Games on YouTube. (I’m not trying to sell you. They’re legitimately among my favorite games.) One episode and you’ll be hooked, I swear.
As Rhys says: