There is always that one game you keep hearing good things about, but put off playing it until the last minute. Tales From the Borderlands was that game for me this year. It’s fairly easy to ignore praise for a game when it feels like you don’t have time, but I’m glad I finally gave it a shot this time, because this may be Telltale’s best work since the first season of The Walking Dead. Sporting interesting and well-written characters, this adventure game had me laughing my butt off several times, which is something more of Telltale’s games should explore.
Being funny in a video game is difficult and happens more rarely than I would like. Tales From the Borderlands made me laugh until I cried at least once during the season. I won’t spoil all the details, but let me just say it involved finger guns. The game sports a stellar cast of some of my favorite voice actors as well, featuring heavy hitters like Nolan North, Troy Baker, Laura Bailey and Patrick Warburton. Considering the game is set in the universe of Borderlands, a series I only have a cursory understanding of, it does a spectacular job of being welcoming to folks new to the series. All that makes it a shoe-in for number 5 on my top 10 list for the year.