Tales from the Borderlands – Episode 2: Atlas Mugged Review

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Just when you thought things on Pandora couldn’t get much worse…

GUESS AGAIN KIDDOS!

Telltale Games, 2K, and Gearbox Software.
These guys really know what it’s like to be on Pandora.

IT SUCKS.

Episode 2 of their “Tales from the Borderlands” series certainly drives that point home. It sucks, but it’s not without it’s comedic moments…which is classic Borderlands.

*** SPOILER WARNING ***

Before we continue, I should warn you…there are spoilers ahead! Turn back now if you wish to experience the game for yourself!

Borderlands is known for being funny, witty, and full of action.
Episode 2 of Tales from the Borderlands is both funny and witty, but misses the mark in terms of action-packed mayhem…at least not the kind we’ve come to expect from a Borderlands game. That being said, there’s definitely some action here…multiple chase sequences and a couple stand-offs at gunpoint certainly raise the tension. Throw in Telltale’s timed decision-making moments and you sometimes find yourself scrambling to make the right choice…hoping which ever one you choose doesn’t cause severe consequences down the road. Every decision you make is important, even if it seems meaningless at the time.

My Choices for Episode 2 
My Choices for Episode 2

One of the most interesting dynamics in this episode is the introduction of Handsome Jack…or at least some form of him.

Jack is supposed to be dead…but when Rhys plugged a Hyperion chip into his head in Episode 1, he got more than he bargained for. Jack seems to manifest himself in some sort of hologram whenever Rhys hits his head…the trouble is, only Rhys can see him. That and Jack struggles to accept the fact that he’s even dead; trying to strangle Rhys and causing him to scream. This screaming and talking to what seems like no one, gives everyone else a cause for concern and even Vaughn, his best friend, begins to question his sanity. As you can see above, one of the choices you are faced with is to tell Vaughn about Jack or keep it a secret. Do you trust Vaughn enough to tell him?

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This episode is as much about the adventure as it is about friendships and trust.

This is evident in Fiona’s storyline as well. Her relationship with her sister Sasha has always appeared strong, but with the recent betrayal by their mentor and father-figure, Felix, tensions are high…especially for Sasha. Felix leaves behind a gift for each of you and you are presented with the choice of giving Sasha her gift or opening it yourself.
Shortly after this, your friendship with our favorite Pandora mechanic, Scooter, is tested as well. After being chased by Athena (a bounty hunter and playable Vault Hunter in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel), you manage to duck inside Scooter’s shop just in time. However, Athena shows up soon after with her hood down and shield missing after having throw it at you in the chase. She claims to be innocent and you are again faced with another choice…tell Scooter and Springs about Athena chasing you or keep it a secret?
Oh, and by the way, Athena is Springs’ girlfriend.

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Keep in mind that there is still an overall plot happening here. Something is buried beneath Old Haven. A facility built by the Atlas corporation that is a total mystery to everyone involved. Fiona and Rhys’ paths are more intertwined than they may like because they each hold half of a device that is tied to them and them alone. Whether they like it or not, they’re stuck together…but they’re slowly becoming more friends than business partners. Unfortunately, they’ve both made some powerful enemies along the way and the planet is just as unforgiving…nothing on Pandora is ever easy.

All in all, Atlas Mugged pushes the story forward while also testing the limits of our heroes’ relationships with one another. All the while, delivering classic Borderlands humor and tense moments that leave you questioning your decisions well after you’ve made them. Handsome Jack, despite being dead, is still the hilarious insane villain that we love. There’s no doubt that Jack steals the show in every scene he is in, but you can’t help but begin to feel for our heroes and attach yourself to them. A con-artist just trying to make a buck and a disgruntled employee trying to claim what’s rightfully his…haven’t we all been there?

Atlas Mugged is a fun ride and if you’re a Borderlands fan, this series doesn’t disappoint. It’s nice to see Pandora from a perspective other than the butt of a gun…but there are times where you’re going to wish you had one. After all, this is Pandora![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Pros

  • Classic Borderlands Humor
  • Familiar Characters
  • Tense Moments
  • Great Story Progression

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Cons

  • Gameplay Can Be Slow
  • Boring Puzzles
  • No Claptrap (Yet)

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