I decided to give this another run through, and I think this game is peak-Borderlands story, as well as peak Telltale. This post will be all over the pace.
First, the world building is great. You can tell that the team responsible gave a crap about the stories of the past borderlands games, but also the games themselves. The plots and setting are well placed onto fixtures of the borderlands universe, but also the smaller things, like the guns used and references to gun names are incredibly thorough. This is fan service done well. Players spend hundreds or thousands of hours with the names and mechanics of guns/shields, and the gameplay elements that are encountered in every playthrough. These features of the borderlands games are referenced in spades with this installment. It’s so incredibly nerdy, but done in a well designed way from a worldbuilding perspective.
Then we have the characters. They are written well, and they just look good. The game looks stunning in 1440, and recognizes high framerates natively. Character design detail and facial expressions are untouchable compared to the other installments, and of course dialogue and character building are well in line to the themes I’ve referenced in the first main paragraph. It’s good quality. The characters also have depth built into them. This is a stark contrast from how terribly the characters created in this game were treated by the writers of future borderlands installments.
All of this is to say that this game is done fantastically form a borderlands fan’s perspective. This game is a deeper dive into what’s narratively possible in the borderlands universe than any of the installments by a long shot. The only problem I have with this game is having to try and experience a borderlands game (borderlands 3) that doesn’t take nearly as much care and craftsmanship with the universe as this installment. The game was so good in a story sense, it all but compensated for the rift between the feel of borderlands 1, and borderlands 2.
That’s basically all I have to say about it. One more time, the way the characters from this series were treated in future installments was straight up embarrassing and unlikeable. Play this game if you’ve sunk tons of hours into the first 2 games and the pre-sequel.