Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones [Review]
Episode 1 – Handsome Jack Always Pays his Debts – Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones (PC Versions)
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Telltale Games has quickly proven themselves as a name to be reckoned with in the video game industry, and they do not disappoint with their two newest games: “Tales from Borderlands” and “Game of Thrones.” For a company that started in 2004, this is an incredible achievement. Whether you are a detective who’s a wolf investigating fairy tale characters, an agent of the government’s puzzle bureau, Marty McFly, or simply a person who is trying to survive the zombie apocalypse, the gameplay is always unique and addicting to its players. Now, their repertoire has branched out to vault hunters in Borderlands and the politics of Game of Thrones.
These last couple weeks Episode 1 was introduced for both these series and they did not disappoint. While there are still many more episodes to come from both games in these upcoming months, one thing is certain, they are going to be good. That being said, while each game definitely has their positives, each have their faults as well.
If you can, I definitely recommend both games. They are, in fact, extremely different from one another and comparing them would be like comparing apples to oranges. That being said, if you are only wanting one, it all depends on what kind of game you are looking for. Hopefully, the following breakdown will help your decision.
Tales from the Borderlands: Hilarious. Just flat out fun. I would not expect much less from a Borderlands game though. Telltale stays true to the overall feeling of Pandora and it feels much like the previous Borderlands games. Everything is very tongue and cheek and whenever you meet someone new, you do not know whether you should laugh hilariously, be terrified, or be both at the same time. If you are looking for a mindless fun, this is the one for you.
Game of Thrones: They nailed it here too, it is just like the show and the books. Everything is dark, depressing, ominous, and, for some reason, you just cannot look away. You know they nailed the characters because you are either terrified of them or terrified for the characters you like. You will be on the edge of your seat the whole time.
Tales from the Borderlands: The graphics in this game work really well. There is so much happening in this game and it all looks wonderful. I have to give major credit to the people who worked on graphics for this game. Whether you are sneaking inside a sewage tunnel or in a bandit car death race, you can tell they spent time on this fast paced/dynamic game.
Game of Thrones: This is really the only flaw with this game that I could really think of. The game does not look ready. Various parts of the background in King’s Landing looked blurry…almost pixelated. That being said, it does not hurt the gameplay at all. Everything still works smoothly, and the graphics never affect any of the characters. That being said, it was a little distracting and I would have thought that Telltale Games would have noticed something like that.
Tales from the Borderlands: The decisions you make in this game do not seem to matter too much. There were maybe one or two moments that, at the moment, seemed to make any difference. Other than those instances, I felt like I could run into the game and do whatever I pleased. There was more action in this game than Game of Thrones and if you like that, then the lack of important decisions may not affect your opinion about the game. While the game still has a wonderful and entertaining story, if you want to play this game purely for the decision making, you may want to consider Game of Thrones. That being said, this is only Episode 1 and it does set itself up for some possible tough decisions to come.
Game of Thrones: Much matters! Such stress! I found myself instantly paranoid of anything I said, especially in King’s Landing. This was the first game I have played, including previous Telltale games, where I felt silence was the best response so often. On top of that, it was filled with decisions that changed the story immediately and others that are certain to become important down the line.
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Tales from the Borderlands: You play two different characters in this. You play a “disciple” of Handsome Jack who has an all or nothing scheme to take over his company and fill Handsome Jack’s shoes. The other is a con artist who wants one last score. Episode 1 follows these two characters as they try to get rich quick in the very unwelcoming world of Pandora.
Game of Thrones: You play various members and a squire of a lesser house, House Forrester. While a lesser house, it still has an awesome slogan “Iron from ice.” House Forrester are bannermen to the Starks who are going through the consequences of the Red Wedding (do not look this up unless you want major spoilers). We see events unfold throughout Westeros from point of views we would not normally think of. With all the major houses in play, this game reminds us that there are minor houses who are always affected by the major players.
These are both great games. If you do play both I recommend playing Game of Thrones and then Tales from the Borderlands. The latter will be a great relief for the former, which, like all Game of Thrones, is devastating. Both episodes end on huge cliff hangers and I cannot wait to see what happens next. Both games come highly recommended without hesitation.