Review: Tales From The Borderlands: Episode 3 Catch a Ride (PS4)

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Title: Tales From The Borderlands: Episode 3 Catch a Ride
Format: PlayStation Network Download (1.4 GB)
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Telltale Games in partnership with Gearbox Software and 2K
Developer: Telltale Games
Original MSRP: $4.99 (Single Episode) / $19.99 (Season Pass)
ESRB Rating: M
Tales From The Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series is also available on PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android.
The PlayStation 4 download version was used for this review.
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Season One Reviews:
Review: Tales From The Borderlands: Episode 1 Zer0 Sum (PS4)
Review: Tales From The Borderlands: Episode 2 Atlas Mugged (PS4)

Telltale has done it again. Tales From The Borderlands Episode 3: Catch a Ride tops their previous work with a fantastic, edge-of-your-seat story than will have you glued in for the entire two-hour experience.

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Gameplay:
Picking up right after the events of the last episode, the game can start off drastically different based on what your final decision was in the closing moments of Episode 2. It’s almost two vastly different stories making it perfect for replay, which I did before I even started writing this. While my previous reviews for Episode 1 and Episode 2 might have contained very minor spoilers based on how I worded stuff, I will only tell you this about the story in Episode 3 – you won’t be disappointed to play through it twice. That’s it.

Through and through, from second to second, Episode 3 never stops being amazing and a complete joy for the entire two hour-ish story.

The game introduces a handful of fantastic new characters, like Gortys, a naive girl robot who doesn’t realize the harsh realities of Pandora, and we get to see more of some of the familiar characters, like the vault hunter Athena.


The only thing I can say that might be lacking in Episode 3 compared to the previous two episodes, is the ending. First, the ending is good, really good. Though it didn’t really grab me as much as the previous two episodes did. Again, the ending in Episode 3 is really good, but it isn’t as big of a cliffhanger as the previous two. At this point it isn’t a big deal at all as I’ve invested way too much time into this world and story to stop playing now, and honestly, I just don’t want to stop playing. Tales From The Borderlands is just too good.
… stands above the previous two…
Visuals:
Catch a Ride actually introduces some new locations to the series that are drastically different from what the majority of Pandora gives us. This change in scenery to a lush, green, nature-filled location is quite a breath of fresh air and provides a great backdrop for the events of this less-chaotic episode.

Audio:
The audio is once again what you’d expect from Telltale. Voice actors are spot on with their emotion throughout the game, especially when dealing with the more comedic and dramatic moments.

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Online/Multiplayer:
Tales From The Borderlands Episode 3: Catch A Ride has no online competitive/co-operative mode. At the end of the game you can see what choices you picked and the percentage of players who picked that same option, just as previous Telltale games have.

Conclusion:
After all is said and done, Episode 3: Catch a Ride stands above the previous two as the best yet. We learn a lot more about not just Rhys and Fiona, but the entire supporting cast, as well as being introduced to a couple of awesome new characters. Once again, we see just how skilled Telltale is at telling a complex story with lots of twists and turns, while still making it digestible and understandable.

Score:
9.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Kyle Jessee

Kyle Jessee

Your lone Kentucky writer on staff. Loves the Big Blue Nation, rock music, and Resistance 2 (the best in the series).

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