Tales From The Borderlands Episode Three: Catch A Ride Review

Funnier, faster, and… funnier. Episode Three is the best installment yet.

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Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Format: iOS, PC (reviewed), PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Released: June 23, 2015
Copy supplied by publisher

Tales From The Borderlands Episode Three is easily the best installment so far in Telltale’s trip to Pandora, and it’s cemented the entire series as my favorite Telltale production to date. Moving the story along in unexpected and exciting ways, as well as providing plenty of genuinely funny scenes, Catch A Ride is a frankly brilliant episode.

The last chapter wound things down a little, providing necessary characterization and plot development at the cost of anything particularly thrilling happening. Having gotten all the important foundation work done, Episode Three goes to town, introducing a new antagonist, as well as more familiar Borderlands characters to make series fans wet themselves.

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By far the star of the show is Gortys, a robotic companion introduced soon after the gang leaves Atlas’ secret base in a particularly explosive (and highly amusing) manner. Imagine Claptrap, but genuinely charming and endearingly optimistic – that’s Gortys. Adorable and comical, the sentient heart of the Gortys Project is a joyous addition to the cast, and her interactions with Loader Bot are simply enchanting. I expect plenty more development between the story’s two robots in future, and I predict my heart will melt.

Everybody else is on top form. Handsome Jack isn’t quite so prominent this time around, but his appearances are welcome and the interactions between he and Rhys are fascinating to watch. Rhys also gets some dorky screen time with Sasha, in moments I found quite touching – even though the game’s script loves to puncture the mood for comedic effect.

Fiona pairs off with Athena for most of the episode, and I’m really enjoying the direction Telltale is taking their story – Fiona’s development into something more than a typical con artist is becoming a driving part of the plot, and I’m excited to see where it leads.

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One cool new addition to this episode is the appearance of a New-U station, allowing players to customize the look of Rhys, Fiona, Loader Bot, Sasha, and Vaughn. Each character can acquire fresh clothing options, but unfortunately they require cash to unlock. Chances are pretty good that you’ve not secured many dollars throughout the episodes thus far, so your options are going to be limited. I was only really able to change Fiona’s outfit, and stood no chance of getting the ridiculously fun decals for the robot.

I hope the New-U station turns up more in future, but Tales has been pretty stingy with cash thus far, so it could stand to hand out a bit more.

Perhaps the best aspect of Tales From The Borderlands so far is that I have no idea where it’s going. I’ve got no way of predicting how the “present day” sections will end, who it is that’s dragging Fiona and Rhys out into the middle of nowhere. There’s currently zero clue as to how they got captured in the first place. The true nature of the Gortys project, Handsome Jack’s fate, or the motives of new villain Vallory are all completely up in the air. It could still go anywhere at this point, and I’m excited about that.

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Hell, I still can’t believe they [REDACTED] so unceremoniously in Episode Three. Did not see that coming!

As I already stated, Tales From The Borderlands has become my favorite offering from Telltale’s growing stable of adventure games. As absorbing as The Walking Dead, as unpredictable as Game of Thrones, but replacing all the misery with genuinely effective laughs, Tales is absolutely killing it so far, and Catch A Ride is the best one to date.

Just a shame they’re taking so long to come out. Roll on Episode Four!

9/10
Superb

Mandrake42
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Mandrake42

Wait, WTF is that QTE with the butt with what looks like Rhys’s hands one it? That certainly never happened in my game and I just finished the episode!!

iamagiantcat
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iamagiantcat

what got redacted O_o

Neil
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Neil

Gotta agree with all of this. Really great episode all round.

Gortys is an absolute delight.

Pixel64
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Pixel64

I agree 100%. As much as I loved The Walking Dead season 1 and even more The Wolf Among Us, Borderlands is just so fucking good. This was easily the funniest episode so far.

I’m really looking forward to the last two episodes. I’m enjoying this one just orders and orders of magnitude more than Game of Thrones right now.

Wasn’t nearly enough Scooter for an episode titled “Catch a Ride” though.

Orin
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Orin

[b][REDACTED][/b] was pretty unexpected, but don’t forget [b][REDACTED][/b] could [b][REDACTED][/b] due to [b][REDACTED][/b]

But yeah, This episode was freaking AWESOME and i hate myself for completing it already because now I gotta wait.

…So good though.

Mr.Bugbee
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Mr.Bugbee

I didnt even realize it was released until i read this. It seems telltale dont really care about advertising this one like they do GoT.

freelancepoilcefan11
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A butt?! But there was no butt in my playthrough?! What is this madness!

ldub
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ldub

Still waiting for another Poker Night. /harumph

JoWo
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JoWo

You could say Telltale mad a Touchgoal with this one.

McJohnstable
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McJohnstable

I don’t mind them taking as long as they do to release; it sounds like they’re using the extra time well. 🙂

Jimmy Mac
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Jimmy Mac

Just finished Episode 3 completely agree with your review defiantly becoming my favourite Telltale game so far and one of the best game’s this year.

BloodRedPixel
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BloodRedPixel

when is you rant about Arkham Knight coming? 😉

CH_Gorog
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CH_Gorog

Cool! Great review, love TellTales games 😀

Greg
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Greg

It sounds like this is a series I could play despite not having played the Borderlands games, as opposed to (say) Game of Thrones, which is more embedded in the source material. Is that accurate?

Erich FrommHell
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Telltale need to make a Dr. Who series with Peter Capaldi… And Davros. Or Dave Ross as my mate calls him.

BAH!
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BAH!

Aaaaaand a butt. Because of course a butt.

Man, I am really looking forward to getting this series when it’s finally complete and hopefully on sale.

Clark Kent
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Clark Kent

I agree, this was a very funny episode and probably my favorite one.

Now if I may ask a question, there exists an episode three from an other game series whose title starts with “Life” and ends with “Strange” that I’m quite curious to know you opinion about. Do you plan to cover it?

Quiette
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Quiette

Still havent played the episode 2. Need to catch up.

sylstate
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sylstate

Small typo at the end.
“…they’re taking to long…”