Upon reading a few things here and there about Tales from the Borderlands, I was saddened to discover that a good chunk of the Telltale community is very sceptical about Telltale taking on the Borderlands series. Mostly because many people view Borderlands as this brutal FPS that invite the player to kill armies of monsters and bandits with big guns and then loot wathever junks you can find on the ground...which is pretty accurate for the most part. That's what the trailers promote and this overly action packed gameplay is what makes the game so fun to play.
But look, even though I'm not that much into FPS, a couple of month ago I decided to try out the Borderlands series because I wanted to be ready for TFTB release, just to have an idea of what Telltale is gonna offer us. I played the first one, then the second one, I finished it a couple of days ago. And let me tell you, it wasn't just a lot of fun, it was also a great surprise, because the lore and characters in these games are amazing ! Not only that, but the comedy is so well used and varied. I sincerly wasn't expecting a game to be that funny, juggling from silly to smart and witty to satirical and even dark at times, it was really well done.
Now, it's true that the stories of both games are fairly simplistic, although the second one had its fair share of good plot twists, but it didn't matter, the characters were colorfull enough to make it a ride worthwhile. All unique and creative, a few brillantly caricatural, making for some great and hilarious dialogues. I dare even say that the villain of Borderlands 2 is one of the best villain I've encountered in any video game I played. The excellent voice acting definitely helped a lot. It has a very over-the-top yet completely assumed feel to it, with a world as interesting as it is rich. The games take place during the colonisation of a planet, in a plutocratic univers where corporations have the power. The sci-fi/western setting makes the ambiance of the series all the more define and pleasant. I'm glad I got to experience all of it.
I don't know what else to say without going into spoiler territory. The point that I'm trying to make is that with Gearbox enticing univers and Telltale storytelling, Tales from the Borderlands can be a great game, with a unique story. And yes, there's gonna be a lot of humor, possibly action packed gunfights and crazy dialogues, but guess what, a story doesn't have to be all dark, realistic and settle to be good. A well build world with creative characters and fun dialogues can also get someone involved. I enjoyed TWD and I really liked TWAU, which got me into the very good Fables comic, I'm also looking forward to Telltale's Game of Thrones, but TFTB is gonna be a breath of fresh air in the middle of all those "Time to make a tough decision in a depressing situation".
I invite anyone who's not too uptight about trying something different to play Borderlands 2, it's the better one in my humble opinion. I trust that Telltale can cook us something good.