Although not as popular as the likes of The Walking Dead Where The wolf among us, Tales from the Borders was one of the best examples of Telltale Games’ stellar writing. Set on the planet Pandora and its surroundings, the game added a truly memorable story and characters to a world much more beloved for its loot-based progression and unique art style. There were a lot of puzzled faces when the project was announced, so when the aptly titled New Tales from the Borderlands was revealed at Gamescom 2022, it was surely a relief for publisher 2K that fans were thrilled that a sequel was finally greenlit.
However, while it carries the name of its predecessor and will be a story-driven affair in the same vein, there are more than a few changes to the formula that gamers loved in 2014. An all-new cast is combined with an entirely different developer. Gearbox Software is taking the reins this time around, which has raised a lot of eyebrows for a number of reasons, as it offers some great opportunities but brings some potential downsides. The charm of Telltale Games will be difficult to replicate, but its flaws could easily be completely erased.
The magic of tales from the confines
Whereas The Walking Dead was a gloriously dark tale centered on one man’s desperate need to protect someone he’s come to cherish, Tales from the Borders was entirely different, showing Telltale Games’ immense range of writing. It was a delicious adventure in a harsh and unforgiving world, littered with heartfelt moments and plenty of laugh-worthy moments. He captured his parent’s tone Borderlands series with ease and presented Pandora with characters that have the potential to rival Handsome Jack’s legacy in both performance and execution.
Mechanically, it was based on the same principles that carried Telltale Games into the hearts of its fans, with a point-and-click format decorated with unobtrusive quick events and light exploration. Over five chapters released over the course of nearly a calendar year, players meet Hyperion’s lackey Rhys, the spunky and streetwise Fiona, and Gortys, a supremely cute and unassuming android who could be the key to everything. desires of the first. The secondary characters are equally fantastic, and the story that is told uses the Borderlands just enough toy box to feel familiar, but not afraid to chart its own course. It’s special in so many ways, so New Tales from the Borderlands’ the announcement wasn’t necessarily a huge surprise.
The gift that Gearbox brings
Gearbox Software has been a household name in gaming for years, with its roots firmly in the first-person shooter genre. A catalog that includes games in the Duke Nukem and Extraterrestrial licenses, Borderlands is undoubtedly its most successful and beloved IP, beginning its journey in 2009 before going truly awesome with its sequel in 2012. The studio had a busy 2022, with The wonders of Tiny Tina arriving in the critically acclaimed Spring and announcing the upcoming entry into Tales from the Borders shows his commitment to the franchise that made him successful.
Despite a limited repertoire in the adventure game space, there is no doubt that no developer knows more about the fabric of the game than anyone else. Borderlands property. Gearbox has created almost every entry in the series so far, from highly anticipated main entries to wacky spin-offs that flesh out supporting characters and experiment with new gameplay ideas. New Tales from the Borderlands will undoubtedly feel like they belong with everyone else Borderlands titles, but there was so much to love about the developer of its predecessor that it will be a monumental effort to fill the void left by Telltale as it continues to work on The Wolf Among Us 2 and The extent.
The curse of the absence of Telltale Games
The California-based developer may have a rich history since its inception in 2004, closing shop and reappearing a year later, but its previous work had so much to love that it’s hard not to be thrilled to have it back. Tackle properties like Game of Thrones, Batman, The Walking Dead, and even guardians of the galaxythe small company that excelled in creating delicious adventure games was never afraid to take on the most ambitious names. The Walking Dead was arguably his greatest critical success, but Tales from the Borders exercised a quality equal to this although it never achieved the same level of exposure. With New Tales from the Borderlands providing new characters and being forged by an entirely different team, it leaves questions about how it will maintain the same level of heart.
Telltale’s games had noticeable performance issues despite harnessing the power of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and the gameplay was never groundbreaking. Frequent frame drops and texture pop-ins were expected, but rarely excused, leaving an opening for Gearbox to make improvements. However, the way Telltale approached character development and choice-based gameplay was pioneering, with efforts such as Until dawn and life is strange have a lot to thank the developer for. Gearbox will have all the knowledge it needs about the property, but Telltale Games’ writing ability is hard to match, and the former has always prioritized gameplay and exploration over memorable storytelling, so it’s only natural for fans to be concerned.
Yet for all that Telltale Games does well, it stumbled in other key areas where Gearbox has the opportunity to excel. New Tales from the Borderlands has the opportunity to get the best of both studios, but capturing lightning in a bottle is a lot harder than it looks, and with more eyes than ever. Tales from the Borders, it must perform whatever it sets out to do, both mechanically and narratively. Neglecting old characters is a bold move for Gearbox, but one thing it shouldn’t completely abandon is Telltale Games’ unrelenting charm, as it was the source of much of the first game’s success.
New Tales from the Borderlands is available on October 21 on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
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