Tales from the Borderlands

Both witty and touching, Tales of the Borderlands sees Telltale at its very best.

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November Xbox Live Games with Gold titles announced

November Xbox Live Games with Gold titles announced

Trackmania Turbo! Tales from the Borderlands! More!

Microsoft has announced the Xbox Live Games with Gold titles for November.

Xbox One Xbox Live Gold members can download Ubisoft's racing game Trackmania Turbo for free during November.

Telltale's Tales from the Borderlands Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) is a free download for Gold members from 16th November to 15th December.

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Telltale talks The Wolf Among Us' return and Game of Thrones being "on hold"

Plus: even more games for Switch, that long-awaited new IP, and poker.

It is, as ever, a busy time for Telltale Games. This year the studio finished Batman's first season and Walking Dead's third, released Guardians of the Galaxy's first season and then Minecraft's and Batman's second. Oh, and it announced Batman season one on Switch. Phew!

Tales From the Borderlands' sales "weren't great"

Tales From the Borderlands' sales "weren't great"

"Internally it was perceived as a failure."

Comedic sci-fi adventure Tales From the Borderlands is arguably the finest thing Telltale has ever produced but that didn't help it in the sales department. In fact, it fell so short of expectations that its development was wrapped up by a “skeleton crew” who stayed extra hours as “a voluntary choice.”

Several of Telltale's developer discussed the troubled series' development in an enlightening oral history with the Campo Santo Quarterly Review.

While no exact figures are mentioned, one of the game's directors, Nick Herman, said that mid-development the series simply wasn't doing the business the way the studio had hoped.

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Gearbox launches new studio in Quebec

Gearbox launches new studio in Quebec

Is hiring 16 positions.

Borderlands developer Gearbox Software has opened a new studio in Quebec City.

Clearly the hip thing to do these days as Bethesda likewise opened a new studio in the Montreal-based city, this Canadian branch of Gearbox is currently hiring for "its inaugural title growing to full AAA production capability through 2016."

The Borderlands developer also recently built and expanded HQ in its homeland of Frisco, Texas.

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Tales from the Borderlands Season One review

What a weird trajectory Borderlands has had. Its debut effort was originally going to be a fairly gritty apocalyptic space marine matinee before Gearbox decided to drastically revamp its art style and tone for a more comic book-inspired approach. From what I gather, having never played it, it was an enjoyable co-op action-RPG with a lacklustre story and an abundance of brown. Gearbox addressed these concerns by creating a more colourful sequel, both literally and figuratively, with a wide array of whimsical characters and witty banter. It became such a phenomenon that you didn't need to actually play it to know who Claptrap or Tiny Tina were; they simply became ubiquitous mascots in the AAA space. Head to the nearest video game convention and Borderlands would be rivalled only by Assassin's Creed for inspiring the greatest number of cosplayers.

But at its heart Borderlands was always a shooter. You ran around and killed things while its greatest drama occurred off-screen as players collaborated on the best way to tackle its bandits, psychos and mutants. One married couple even attributed their relationship to bonding over Gearbox's shooter before exchanging vows at the developer's panel. But would there really be enough substance for Telltale, a studio focused on narrative adventures, to craft a compelling story out of?

The answer is a resounding yes. Borderlands wasn't created to tell a story, but Telltale has spun Gearbox's wild world of barren badlands and big business into a captivating space western worthy of the studio's best efforts like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us.

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It's a well known fact that most movies based on video games are rubbish. As it turns out, it's not an angry bald man with a red tie that made Hitman cool, but rather the feeling of pulling off the perfect simulated murder. It wasn't the nightmare nurses or occult story that made Silent Hill a hit, but the oppressive sense of dread as you navigated it twisted world. Doom wasn't amazing because of its demons on Mars, but rather because it let you obliterate said demons on Mars. There is one video game movie that gets this right, however, only we don't think about it as it's technically still a video game.

Borderlands fans get married during Gearbox PAX panel

"You're the Roland to my Lilith and there's nobody I'd rather spend my life with."

At Gearbox's PAX Prime panel attended by Eurogamer, studio head Randy Pitchford honoured a very unusual fan request: a couple of Borderlands players wanted to get married at the conclusion of the developer's presentation.

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 1 review

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 1 review

There's two sides to every story.

Editor's note: We're trying a new approach to reviews of episodic game series like Tales from the Borderlands, inspired by our approach to early access releases and some online games. The debut episode will be reviewed without a score, as here, and we'll review the whole season with a score at its conclusion.

Price and availability

Available now for PC and Mac on Steam

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Watch Tales From the Borderlands' first in-game trailer

Telltale has released its first trailer showing in-game footage of Tales From the Borderlands.

Previously, it had only been shown off publicly in a pre-rendered announcement trailer.

Telltale also revealed the game's main cast. Playable characters Rhys and Fiona will be played by Troy Baker and Laura Bailey respectively, while the supporting cast will be rounded out by Chris Hardwick as Vaughn, Erin Yvette as Sasha, Patrick Warburton as Vasquez, and Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack.

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Having not played much Borderlands and only having cursory knowledge of the series, I approached Tales From the Borderlands at this E3 with a bit of apprehension. Sure, it would offer fan service to veterans of Gearbox's open-world shooting series, but two games and a smattering of DLC hardly seems like the sort of inviting, expansive universe of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead or Bill Willingham's Fables series.

Tales From the Borderlands reveals first details, screens

Tales From the Borderlands reveals first details, screens

Loot will transfer to other games in the series.

The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us developer Telltale Games has revealed the first details about its upcoming Borderlands spin-off, Tales from the Borderlands.

As detailed on the PlayStation Blog, this episodic adventure series is set after Borderlands 2 and will have players switching off between two roles: the Hyperion company man Rhys, and con artist Fiona. It will play like other recent Telltale adventures with an emphasis on making choices over puzzles or action.

So why turn Borderlands - a game seemingly about shooting stuff - into a narrative-based adventure game? "If you pause to take a breath between shooting everything in sight and stealing your buddies' loot in multiplayer, you'll know that Borderlands features some amazing characters and stories in a world that's rich in dark humour," explained Telltale producer Adam Sarasohn. "We (Telltale) are all about compelling characters and stories, and we see an amazing opportunity to build on what Gearbox has created."

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