Tales from the Borderlands is a five part episodic game series. Set on the unforgiving world of Pandora after the events seen in Borderlands 2, this is a story full of Borderlands' trademark humor, following two adventurers on their quest for greatness.
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There's no denying that the art style of Tales from the Borderlands is impressive. The rich, cel-shaded visuals are colorful and eye-catching, and the attention to detail is impressive. However, the game's art style is also its biggest weakness.
The over-the-top, cartoonish visuals are obnoxious and grating, and they low-key give me a headache. The characters are all incredibly ugly, and their movements are so stilted and awkward. It's all just so jarring and off-putting.
But more than that, the art style is a symptom of the game's overall philosophy: it's all about style over substance. The game is full of cheap gags and cheap laughs, and it's all just so cutesy and twee. It's obnoxious and cringe-worthy, and it's not remotely funny.
And that's a shame, because the game has a lot of potential. The writing is sharp and clever, and the voice acting is superb. The game could have been a smart, insightful comedy, but instead it's just a cheap, juvenile cash-grab. It's a real shame.
This was TTG's best game by a fucking lot. I sometimes have this full sensory flashback to the Trust Jack ending of Episode 2, which is a stunning confluence of cinematography, music, and writing. It's maybe my favorite Single Moment in a video game. And the entire story is amazing! I honestly still cannot believe what TTG did with Rhys in this game. The build of his deal with the devil is amazing. I am begging everyone who plays this game to try the Trust Jack plotline, it goes some fucking INCREDIBLE places. Look. This game made me cry a few times.