Tales from the Borderlands Episode 5 “The Vault of the Traveler” Review

Tales from the Borderlands Episode 5 “The Vault of the Traveler” has a really good start as in Episode 4 “Escape Plan Bravo” the player had to decide whether or not to take control of Helios or not and from there it added intrigue and a bit of a cliffhanger to want to know what happens next.

What happens next becomes very interesting because what seemed to be a united team towards the end of Episode 4 except for Rhys’s decision to become CEO of Hyperion the story splits between the two main characters.  Through decisions and the way in which the two groups were physically split away from each other, it meant they were on their own path.  Fiona was feeling like Rhys had betrayed her by taking on the new status and as things develop Rhys thinks Fiona has betrayed him, by the way, they escape from Helios leaving him stranded.

Fiona and Sasha trying to escape Helios with Handsome Jack keeping eye

The action scenes were very balanced and kept the gamer intrigued as the story developed it put Rhys and Fiona in more and more combat and this just added to the game.  The way in which the story changed minute by minute with characters coming back into the story whether or not the impression was given they were dead.  The biggest thing though well playing this episode was it brought back nearly every decision the player had made in the game no matter how small and showed that it made a difference to the way the story had unfolded.

The Verdict

The Vault of the Traveler has been thrown around the internet as being the best episode that Telltale has put together to date and this isn’t far wrong.  It was a fitting ending to the series and brought together everything that had happened in the story so far and left the player still with some very important decisions to make.  The balance between how dark the storyline actually is and comedy between the characters was second to none, they could not have balanced it any better.  The major thing though is that feeling that the decisions were all worth it and that it impacted the outcome with a very cool ending meaning that the story is concluded without being annoying but could have a spin off if they really wanted.  This series is a must play.

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