"I shall name my firstborn child, Loader-Bot."
Okay, that was just ****ing awesome. No, seriously, this is probably the best Telltale game yet and I think The Walking Dead is the best video game of all time. The two can't really be compared aside from structure, though, because The Walking Dead was a tragic drama while this is a action-adventure comedy.
Still, I'm grinning from ear-to-ear.
|Loader-Bot died for my sins.|
I can now officially add Fiona to the list as she is the classiest gal on Pandora. Troy Baker (Bioshock: Infinite, The Last of Us) is somewhat overexposed in recent years but his Rhys is a great character too. Rhys is a smarmy, self-satisfied, and jerkish Hyperion middle-manager but he has a heart where Handsome Jack had a black hole. Watching these two play off each other and their surrogate family-in-the-making is great.
|I liked Rhys' developing relationship with Sasha. That was unexpected, since I was shipping him and Fiona.|
Borderlands is a series which thrives on memes and in-jokes but Telltale manages to derive plenty of humor from the dog-eat-dog world around our characters. Whether you live on the space-station Helios or in the deserts around Sanctuary, everyone is betraying everyone.
So, the protagonists are given permission to do the same!
|Our heroes are a collection of lovable cowards trying to survive very dangerous situations.|
With their best friend and sister, respectively, depending on them, the two end up digging themselves a very deep hole. By the end of the episode, they'll be after a Vault ''and'', potentially, in debt to the tune of ten million of Hyperion's hard-stolen dollars.
The supporting cast is amazing, too, with Sasha and Vaughn being some of the most likable sidekicks I can remember. I'm more fond of Sasha than Vaughn but that's not for lack of trying by the latter. The character of Shade, who was one of the most loathed in the franchise, somehow becomes highly entertaining.
The father-daughter relationship between Felix and his daughters was touching as well as sad. I even like the absolutely insane antics of Zer0 and Bossanova, who show what it's like to be in the world's second-most-popular sci-fi shooter series from the perspective of civilians.
|I fell a little in love with Fiona. In an entirely not-creepy, non-weird, wife-approved way.|
The game has some noticeable flaws, though, which I'm overlooking because of the warm glow I get from playing it. The game is glitchier than Telltale's usual fair. Loading times are considerable, sometimes I had to restart, and the last part of the game had dubstep music playing over the conversations. I'm not pleased with that and hope Telltale will fix them soon. This game is too good to be left unpatched. The beginning is a bit slow with Patrick Warburton's Hugo Vasquez being an uninteresting and unoriginal villain, the one fly in a very creamy ointment.
In conclusion, buy this whether you're a fan of Borderlands or Telltale or both. It's as close to a Firefly game as you're probably ever going to get and a lot funnier.