Tales From The Borderlands's Perfect Music Picks Made The Whole Game Better

Tales From The Borderlands's Perfect Music Picks Made The Whole Game Better

Telltale's episodic adventure series Tales From The Borderlands was one of 2015's best surprises. That was mostly thanks to its funny script, well-developed characters, and killer voice acting. But the music definitely helped.

After I finished the second episode back in April, I was already going on about how Telltale was wrecking it with their intro credits sequences, which featured a new licensed tune with each episode. Now that I've finished the season finale, my appreciation for what they pulled off has only grown.

I was initially going to do some sort of ranking post for this, but in the end I found that I didn't really want to rank 'em. (Well, OK, that's not true. In order: 4, 1, 2, 3, 5.) I mostly just want to give everyone an opportunity to listen back to all these tunes, and to give the game some special recognition, given that games with good licensed music don't really qualify for our list of the best video game music of the year.

Heads up that if you haven't played, these videos have some spoilers in them. If you have played, let's take a trip down memory lane.

Episode One: Zer0 Sum

One of my favourite intros from the season, this one features "Busy Earnin'" by Jungle. An early indication that this game was going to be something a little more special than the average Telltale game.

Episode Two: Atlas Mugged

A dramatic slow-mo intro featuring "Kiss The Sky" by Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra. Probably one of the most iconic scenes from the season, and I'm still impressed at how fluidly they animated Rhys's shoe coming off.

Episode Three: Catch A Ride

A kicky road trip montage set to "Pieces of the People We Love" by The Rapture. I wasn't blown away by this one the first time I saw it, but now that I've finished the game, I appreciate it a lot more. Loader Bot and Gordys being friends! Fiona giving Rhys his shoe back! Aww.

Episode 4: Escape Plan Bravo

Easily my favourite of the bunch, episode 4's intro featured "To The Top" by Twin Shadow. This intro kicks so much arse — it's dramatic, funny, and exciting in equal measure, plus it features my favourite video-game cockblock of 2015:

Tales From The Borderlands's Perfect Music Picks Made The Whole Game Better

Catch a ride, y'all.

Episode 5: The Vault of the Traveller

Something of a downer, the finale's intro featured "Retrograde" by James Blake. It may have been a bummer of an intro, but it's in line with the downerish nature of the final episode. (Well, the first half, at least.)

After the (surprisingly uplifting and heartwarming!) ending, we got a bonus:

A terrific credits sequence, featuring "My Silver Lining" by First Aid Kit. For the first time, I didn't skip the credits! I hope Telltale Games will remember that, too.


Comments

    Couldn't agree more. I've played all the Telltale adventures and while some are average (And some good) this one was really the surprise hit of the bunch. Loved the intro musical scenes and the humour.

    News Flash people: Music is really important in video games. Heh.

    Seriously though, all my favourite games coincidentally (or not) contain my favourite game soundtracks: Mass Effect 1, The Wolf Among Us, The Last Of Us, GTA V, FIFA etc etc. You cannot have a good game without good music IMO.....or a good movie.....or TV Show.

    I don't tend to think of them as good picks, but rather an expert marriage of sight & sound.

    By themselves I couldn't give two shits about most of the tracks, but their use alongside the visuals was perfect.

    I imagine these guys could get the same effect using entirely different tracks from entirely different genres.

    And the reverse us also true, they could have used these same tracks with different visuals & made the same impact.

    Maybe it stood out to me because I'm not usually into any of that sort of thing, I'm not sure.

    I just think there's a lot more going on here than just slapping a cool song over the top.

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