How Good Is It? New Tales from the Borderlands

After almost a decade away, does Tales from the Borderlands retain its splendor?

After Tales from the Borderlands launched in 2015, it became an instant classic thanks to its incredible story and humor. When Rhys, a Hyperion stooge, and Fiona, a Pandoran con artist, cross paths, they form a begrudging alliance. The pair see an adventure as ridiculous as it is hilarious, often praised as one of Telltale’s best titles. After seven years, the next entry in the series is finally ready. Can the long-awaited sequel—New Tales from the Borderlands, live up to the hype from fans?

Unfortunately, New Tales from the Borderlands is far from the original, getting a Fair rating on Open Critic. The Top critic average for this release is 72, which isn’t bad but falls short of Season One’s offerings. Only 66% of critics recommend a purchase here, with user scores on Metacritic fairing even worse at 4.5/10.

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Tales from the Borderlands Season One is far more popular, earning a Mighty rating on Open Critic with an impressive average score of 87. An incredible 96% of top critics recommended the base game, with user scores on Metacritic averaging 8.6/10.

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Standout New Tales from the Borderlands Reviews

While most critics enjoyed New Tales from the Borderlands, many cited an uninspired story and lack of innovation when marking points off in their reviews. Classic Borderlands humor returns here, but the title doesn’t offer exciting gameplay when carrying players through the narrative. Because New Tales from the Borderlands had an entirely different team behind it, the game feels like an emulation of what made the original great. The lower quality may be due to the lack of a team behind the initial release. Telltale Games didn’t make this title; Gearbox did.

It’s also worth noting that while some critics enjoyed the sequel, others outright hated it, giving it abysmal scores. New Tales from the Borderlands is a polarizing entry that may leave you feeling strongly one way or the other.

New Tales from the Borderlands is available starting at $39.99 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.

Check out the Tales from the Borderlands Official Launch Trailer below to see more on this 2022 title:

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Tai Hofmann
Tai Hofmann

I'm Tai, the New Games lead, Writer, and Editor for Press SPACE to Jump. My first memory is forcing my parents to play 50-round games of Mario Party on the N64. Now I love games on all platforms and hone in on new releases. Some of my favorite titles include Final Fantasy XIV, Cuphead, God of War 2018, Persona 5, and Smash Bros.

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