Tales from the Borderlands Episode 5: The Vault of the Traveler review round up

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When Tales from the Borderlands was announced over a year ago, I was especially skeptical. How on earth would Telltale take the crazy shooter and looter franchise, and translate it into a narrative-focused title? It made little sense on paper, but after playing the first episode myself, it somehow worked, and I’ve been waiting for the season to end ever since so I can complete the saga. Now, finally, episode 5: The Vault of the Traveler, is out, concluding the season. Is it any good?

Apparently,  yes… Tales from the Borderlands is being hailed as Telltale’s best work yet. Here’s how it has been received by other publications. Oh, and don’t worry – it’s all spoiler free:

IGN – 9/10

Tales from the Borderlands Episode 5: The Vault of the Traveler finishes off Rhys and Fiona’s journey in impeccable fashion. From heartbreak to hilarity, it runs the gamut of emotions in some really effective ways. All of the questions and mysteries from the previous four episodes pay off in wonderful fashion, while Episode 5 simultaneously introduces a slew of new, intriguing possibilities for the future of the world. I’m bummed to say goodbye to Telltale’s adventure on Pandora, but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t one hell of a ride.

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Gamespot – 9/10

Tales from the Borderlands’ is a triumphant piece of narrative, a thrilling romp through an already rich game world piled high with both reverential and tongue-in-cheek nods to its source material. It asks you what it means to be a hero, but on a deeper level explores themes of greed, family, friendship, and forgiveness. It has its cataclysmic, epic moments, plot twists that were impossible to see coming, gut-wringing sad bits, and an embarrassing wealth of humor. The choices you’ve made throughout the series matter and ripple outward to the finale, and with a cast as irritatingly loveable as this one, it’s impossible not to care about where they’re going next.


Shacknews – 9/10

Tales from the Borderlands succeeds on a number of fronts. As the latest chapter of the ongoing Borderlands story, it’s a fine progression and sets the table for a post-Borderlands 2 world. As a story-based game, it features some of Telltale’s best writing to date and its humor separates it from the developer’s more recent efforts. It also features a shocking amount of replay value and actually made me want to play the finale more than once to see the various character interactions, as well as find any little things I might have missed. The actual final seconds of the story itself may be infuriatingly cliche to some, but after the experience of the journey, it’s forgivable. Despite that, Tales from the Borderlands marks some of Telltale’s best work to date.


Destructoid – 9/10

This last episode maintains the action, drama, and comedy present throughout the series. It ties up all the major loose ends while leaving just a hint of room for more to come. Most of all, it solidifies Tales from the Borderlands as Telltale’s best series to date, a pinnacle of modern adventure gaming.


Gamesradar – 5/5 (for the entire season)

Back when Tales from the Borderlands was first announced, there was a lot of speculation about how it could even work. How do you take a series like Borderlands, known mostly for its rat-a-tat action and ridiculous one-liners, and make a narrative story out of it? But as this bloody hilarious rampage comes to a close, Tales has proven that not only can it be done, but it can be done brilliantly, as long as you come at it with a boatload of love and laughs. And yes, guns too. Hilarious, heartfelt and high-octane, Tales from the Borderlands is a must-play game that sets a new standard for comedy games to come.

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The Jimquisition – 9.5/10

As with all Telltale reviews, I’m loathe to say more for fear of entering spoiler territory, but I don’t think more needs to be said at this point. Tales from the Borderlands has been brilliant, easily Telltale’s finest work since season one of The Walking Dead, and somewhat superior in several ways.


Hot damn, that is some pretty stellar praise. If you’d like to try Tales from the Borderlands for yourself, remember, episode 1 is currently free on all platforms except PC. Grab a copy, and prepare to get sucked into the crazy world of Pandora once more!

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Last Updated: October 20, 2015

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  • Brady miaau

    Should I be playing these games? It seems like I should, yet I never do.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      You mean Telltale-style games in general? If you like games with strong narratives, then yes. There’s not much really in terms of game play, they’re basically QTEs, but they’ve got excellent stories & voice acting. And just can finish a single episode in 1.5 hours or so in most cases.

      I’ve played both TWD games – they’re quite bleak. And just started A Wolf Among Us – very impressed so far.

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        By bleak, do you mean, you feel bleak, or the story is bleak? Since I was quite moved by TWD S1

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Feels bleak. Dem feels.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Yeah, I agree dude. I was emotionally drained after each episode. Could only muster one per evening

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I only played one per day as well.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            How was Season 2?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Good. Starts a bit slow, but then gets pretty hectic by the end.

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    • Nikola

      I would recommend them it’s a nice change from your typical run and shoot games as they REALLY focus on the story in these games I loved the walking dead ones such a great experience and you get so immersed with the characters very fun games!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I told you so. Everyone was nope, Borderlands is a shooter, what story, etc. Borderlands has plenty of story if you bother looking.

    • hairyknees

      Yip 🙂 but people forget about all the awesome writing and see it as nothing more than a PEWPEWPEW

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        I blame Call of Sheepy

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          What about Battleflock?

          • Grand Admiral Chief


          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            So you’re over Borderlambs?

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            It has got mutton to do with you

    • Hammersteyn

      It’s okay, I probably wont

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  • Hammersteyn

    Tony stark phoned

  • WitWolfy

    Started playing this on Sunday… It’s alright…

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