Right! Before the finale for Tales comes in under 8 hours, let's review the penultimate episode: Escape Plan Bravo! And considering previous pre-final episodes by Telltale, you should've probably seen it coming. The game, of course.
Episode 4: Escape Plan Bravo
Developers: Telltale Games
Publishers: Telltale Games
Platforms: PC, PS4/PS3/PS Vita, Xbox 360/Xbox One, Wii U, Android/iOS/Fire OS
It's no surprise when Tales from the Borderlands, the sizzling quick-witted, humorously effective experience has left many fans with bated breath, waiting to see just how the end of this amazing series will go down, might just find Escape Plan Bravo a little short of good.
Still, it's not like there aren't worthy positives to talk about, it's just that up until episode 3, I never felt like the other episodes managed to live up to expectations or follow in the footsteps of the first episode, Zer0 Sum, which is by far the best single best episode Telltale has ever done. While there were some laughs and emotional moments culminating, and still soon to be for the finale, there is also nothing really moving as far as the plot went.
In fact, pretty much most of the time you're doing things to build the ship and rocket so you can reach Helios, and that's never fun. While doing so, Telltale misses the opportunity to develop the side characters more, such as Finch and Kroger, who are just there to be menacing more than anything else. It's not their weakest episode yet as Game of Thrones will have you beat, but it's still not a wholly satisfying experience.
The traits of the series humour still carries on, and once again, Gortys takes the cake with some of her dialogues to Rhys and Fiona. While the other characters never really got their time to shine such as Sasha, there was a particularly emotional scene with a side-character that if you've played the Borderlands series, will be heart-breaking to experience. No spoilers here.
At the same time, things that got stranded back in episode 3 doesn't really get resolved. I don't expect tying loose ends so quickly, but maybe show them rather than in expositions? It's just that this episode mainly focuses on Rhys, Fiona and Handsome Jack.
For what it's worth, Jack is amazing. As always, his banter back-and-forth with Rhys is interesting, and ultimately this episode really does focus on the both of them for that matter. As said, while interesting, you know what's going to happen and what their conversation is setting up for, thus leading to a rather anti-climatic end to the episode.
There really isn't all that much to say considering a few plot twists and surprises that you never see coming, considering the episode focuses on the smaller things while taking a longer time. While I do hope that episode 5 does pay-off huge, it's safe to worry for now. Expect great things from the finale, with fingers crossed.
Episode 4: Escape Plan Bravo is an enjoyable experience, tiding us to the finale we've all been waiting for.
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