Tales from the Borderlands Episode 5: The Vault of the Traveler Review

Telltale and 2k Games hit a home run with their conclusion to the Tales from the Borderlands series.
Telltale and 2k Games hit a home run with their conclusion to the Tales from the Borderlands series.

When Telltale Games announced that they were doing a Tales from the Borderlands series, I’ll admit I was skeptical at first.

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Not only did they prove me wrong, episodes 1-4 were fantastic, but episode 5 knocked it out of the park.

The Vault of the Traveler is a perfect example of how a Telltale game should end. Choices you make actually matter and the story doesn’t give you a chance to catch a breath. It was one heck of a roller coaster and I’m sad that the journey with Rhys and Fiona has ended.

You will feel the consequences of your actions

It is an amazing feeling when the choices you’ve made in the previous episodes actually have an impact on the story.

If you were a jerk in the other episodes, you won’t find yourself with many friends. If you didn’t save your money, you’ll wish you had. People you had the option of saving will return the favor, or they might not. It all depends on your actions.

The Vault of the Traveler made me want to go back and play the earlier episodes again, so that I could see the different outcomes of my choices.

An epic conclusion that will hit you right in the feels

Episode 5 ties everything together in a way few stories ever do.

Character arcs were relatable and superbly written. Characters that I had disliked in previous episodes stepped up to the plate when things mattered, and I found myself rooting for those people that I previously wouldn’t have.

Everybody from Loader Bot to August gets a chance to shine, and those end up being some of the coolest moments in the episode.

When the dust settles and Rhys and Fiona see what’s left, they have to ask themselves, “Was it all worth it?” The game starts to become heavy with emotion and the voice acting is so well done that it’s hard not to sympathize.

For a series that was able to make me laugh so much, it was surprising to see that it could make me fight back tears.

Unexpected twists were shocking but managed to connect everything in a way that seems so obvious after you have all the pieces of the puzzle.

The conclusion for Tales from the Borderlands was more than satisfying.

Is it worth your time?

Yes! If you’ve played the previous episodes, the Vault of the Traveler is a must have. A nearly perfect conclusion to an epic series, episode 5 will not let you down. 

If you haven’t played any episodes yet, and you’re skeptical like I was about Tales from the Borderlands, at least check out the first episode. Telltale might surprise you with how interesting a Borderlands story can be.

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Tales from the Borderlands Episode 5: The Vault of the Traveler Review
Telltale and 2k Games hit a home run with their conclusion to the Tales from the Borderlands series.
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