Spoiler Free Review: We know how long everyone’s been waiting for this series to come to an end and us at Examiner don’t plan on ruining the fun. Regardless, we’ll give you enough opinion and background to let you know how “The Vault of the Traveler” plays, without giving anything away.
With a fitting conclusion, plenty of laughs and more than a few tender moments, the fifth episode of “Tales from the Borderlands,” “The Vault of the Traveler” is more than a fun and sappy ending to the series, it’s one of Telltale’s best adventures yet.
Simply put, “The Vault of the Traveler” has a different feel than the other adventures in the series. More about making impactful decisions to sew up the final loose ends of the story, rather than fighting, “The Vault of the Traveler” wants you to build upon the emotional connection between all of these characters. They want you to feel for them. They want you to be pissed that it’s all over. Unless you’ve got ice water running through your veins, that’s exactly what’ll happen. The best part is you end up caring more about two characters that at first, appear like plot devices. That curveball (If you’re smart, you know exactly who the kidnapper is.) ends up being the reason why this episode is so special.
At the same time, the amount of surprises in “The Vault of the Traveler” is what makes it special. You’ll reconnect with characters you haven’t seen in a while and it all feels like an awesome ‘80s movie, with montages, more flashbacks and, of course, great tunes and a fantastic pace. Overall, it would be awesome to see the series turned into an animated film or series- the storytelling’s that good.
What does hurt the game in the end is the lack of action. There is some fighting, but not as much as you’d expect, especially with a vault monster on the loose. There’s no moments that you’ll be forced to relay over and over because you can’t get the timing right. Like some of Telltale’s earlier adventures, the story takes precedent. It’s understandable, however. The story is why people play these games after all. Telltale isn’t about is disappoint anyone here.
In the end, “The Vault of the Traveler” is all about the decisions you make and the surprises along the way. With so many moments you’ll remember, it’s a game that only furthers the thought that Telltale’s engine is one of the most innovative and enjoyable in the industry today.
5: Hilarious: From the first decision you make, they’ll be plenty of moments to break up some of the massively serious decisions you’ll have to make.
4: Solid Length: Unlike a few episodes that felt too short, this one has a solid pace that flows well.
3: Heart-Warming: The theme of friendship is an important one in “The Vault of the Traveler” and Telltale never makes you forget it.
2: Movie Quality Storytelling: The build-up for the climax feels like an ‘80s action romp. From building your team to all of the surprises, the story is definitely polished.
1: Epic: The final battle is everything you’d expect- cute, but deep and impact. With odes to pop culture favorites the likes of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” and “Godzilla” as well, there will be plenty of times where you’ll enjoy the intelligence and wit that crafted each and every scene.
No Real Challenge: There isn’t one moment where, if you’re paying attention, can die in “The Vault of the Traveler.” As a result, it’s obviously all about taking in the story.
TellTales’ take on “The Borderlands” is now complete and boy was it a ride. Full of nonstop excitement and hilarity, “The Vault of the Traveler” is more than a fitting conclusion, it may be the best episode of the series to date.