Tales from the Borderlands Episode 1: Zer0 Sum Review


Unlike many of Telltale’s other games which are based on properties existing in other media forms, Tales from the Borderlands is a complete reimagining from a gameplay point of view of GearBox’s First Person Shooter. Just how well do developers Telltale Games manage to handle this crazy cross over? Find out in our review below.

From the get go at the main menu screen you can tell Tales from the Borderlands is a proper Borderlands game, Telltale has paid close attention to the tiny details making returning fans like myself feel right at home. Presentation-wise Tales from the Borderlands looks and feels like a Borderlands game just without the “bazillion” guns.


The game stars Rhys, a Hyperion officer who after climbing the organisations ranks gets screwed over by his rival and ends up with a janitor job. The game takes place after the events of Borderlands 2, so seeing what happens to Handsome Jack’s Hyperion Corporation is very interesting. The game also stars Fiona, a con artist who along with her adoptive father and sister want to do one last con before retiring. The game’s two characters have their own stories to tell which run parallel to each other.


Telltale Games are narrative geniuses and with the first episode titled Zer0 Sum they’ve simply outdone themselves. The writing is excellent and the pacing of the episode is well planned out. The dialogue is funny and witty and fits in perfectly with the signature Borderlands style. The Story so far is better than the three mainline Borderlands titles, but that’s to be expected as they focus more on the gameplay.


Speaking of gameplay Tales from the Borderlands plays like your typical Tales game. However the game focuses a lot on exploration and detective work. Rhys’s “Echo Eye” allows him to find things of importance and search their information in the Hyperion database. The Echo Eye descriptions include witty references to previous games and are a very nice touch. I found myself constantly using the Echo Eye while playing as Rhys so I wouldn’t miss anything. Rhys counterpart Fiona doesn’t have the Echo Eye ability but her portions allows her access to exclusive items like Cash used to buy stuff. The first episode doesn’t really make use of Fiona’s extra items but I’m sure they’ll prove to be important in future episodes.


Zer0 sum is like an impressive pilot to greenlight a TV show. Hopefully the rest of the season is just as good.

Tales from the Borderlands Episode 1: Zer0 Sum Review
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