Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 2: Atlas Mugged Review
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Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 2: Atlas Mugged Box Art
System: PC*, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360
Dev: Telltale Games
Pub: Telltale Games
Release: March 17, 2015
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Violence, Blood and Gore, Suggestive Themes, Strong Language

As far as writing and narrative go, the game is almost perfect, but there are a couple technical things that hold it back. First of all, the way the text scrolls across the screen is very jarring. Whenever you have to make a decision, the text begins scrolling above the decision box, and then when you make your choice it fades out completely and fades in at the bottom of the screen. This keeps your eyes darting around, which gets rather distracting.

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Rhys’s scan ability is also kind of cumbersome to use. You click on something to scan it and then click again to confirm that you want to hack it or otherwise interact with it. But it’s not actually all that clear that this is what you have to do. You kind of get used to clicking to forward text, and this means you’ll interact with things you don’t really want to. You have to right click to back out of the scan menu, which really isn’t said anywhere. It’s possible that was mentioned in Episode 1, but it’s been so long I certainly didn’t remember.

The cursor also feels really unresponsive. It moves a second after you tell it to, which takes a bit of getting used to. This interferes with quick time events quite a bit, not enough to really screw you up, but enough to make them more frustrating than they have to be.

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But all of these are really just minor annoyances. They may have ruined the experience in any other game, but to be honest the story is just so good I would sit through a million bugs to see it through to the end. 2K and Telltale are a narrative dream team that crafts a story unlike anything else you have seen on the market. Even if you haven’t picked up Episode 1, even if you've never played Borderlands before, pick up Tales from the Borderlands. You won’t regret it.

By
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: March 18, 2015

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Same graphics as last time, though Jack’s holographic model is pretty outstanding.
4.3
Control
They fixed some of the controls from last time, but there are still some weird text problems and issues with the cursor.
5.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Fantastic performances all around by the whole cast.
4.6
Play Value
Definitely more fun than the last episode, and probably a sign of good things to come.
4.6
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Interesting plot that ties in both Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel, slowly leading up to Borderlands 3.
  • Cameos by several of your favorite Borderlands characters.
  • A grand reappearance by your favorite hero and mine, Handsome Jack.

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