Tales from the Borderlands: Episode Five - The Vault of the Traveler

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Tales from the Borderlands: Episode Five - The Vault of the Traveler is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 32 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

89

Top Critic Average

94%

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Based on 32 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Dealspwn
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 21, 2015

The Vault of the Traveler finishes off what Escape Plan Bravo began, delivering an entertaining conclusion to the Tales From The Borderlands series. Even at this late stage, important choices are made and help create a finale that is fun and satisfying.

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Scored Reviews

EGM
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2015

Fear not Borderlands fans, because "The Vault of the Traveler" doesn't just deliver a rocksteady ending, but it helps solidify Tales from the Borderlands as the best thing the franchise has ever done.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Oct 20, 2015

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 5 perfectly concludes the adventures of Fiona and Rhys, and their gang of friends. This episode easily cements the series as one of Telltale's best, and one of the best games this year. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll wanna do it all over again just to see how your choices change things.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 21, 2015

From belly laughs to heart-wrenching despair, Tales From The Borderlands has had it all. It's absolutely Telltale's best series to date, and it's entirely fitting that this finale is also its greatest episode.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Nov 5, 2015

Tales From The Borderlands: Episode 5 is a fitting end to this series. The storytelling did change slightly over the span of five chapters, but it continually took forward steps. Telltale Games has outdone itself with this series, delivering their most consistent effort from one chapter to the next. The end result is the best overall series to date.

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NZGamer
9.8 / 10.0
9.8 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2015

A flawless conclusion to what might be Telltale's greatest work.

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God is a Geek
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2015

A fitting finale for what might just be the best series Telltale have ever made.

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GamesBeat
95 / 100
95 / 100
Oct 20, 2015

Episode 5 cements the series as Telltale's best

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The Jimquisition
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2015

Tales from the Borderlands has been brilliant, easily Telltale's finest work since season one of The Walking Dead, and somewhat superior in several ways.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 20, 2015

This story, these characters and this product are simply too good for only a small segment of the population to enjoy.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 20, 2015

Tales from the Borderlands' finale wraps up a masterful story in an equally masterful package, ending its poignant and witty story on a high note.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2015

This last episode maintains the action, drama, and comedy present throughout the series. It ties up all the major loose ends while leaving just a hint of room for more to come. Most of all, it solidifies Tales from the Borderlands as Telltale's best series to date, a pinnacle of modern adventure gaming.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 25, 2015

Finally wrapping up a game you've been gradually playing over the better part of a year is always bittersweet, and if that finale falls short the entire experience feels soiled and tainted as a result. Happily, the Tales from the Borderlands finale will make the 10-month lead-up completely worth it, and you'll likely find yourself wanting to go back through and play it all from the beginning in rapid succession. At the end there's just one question left to be answered: when will More Tales from the Borderlands be announced?

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2015

The writing and flow, apart from the sudden cut after (spoilers), are once again top-notch, and Telltale flexes their unique ability to cast a known property in a light that feels completely different, yet retains the crucial elements that keep it rooted in the source material.

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Game Revolution
Oct 20, 2015

Was this story consistent in its delivery in any way? Nope, not at all. But the overall effect is satisfying, and I can't pretend I was bored along the way. I don't know that diehard Borderlands fans will appreciate this series' approach, but it's worth a shot if you're into the story more than the shooting. That final act tho.

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IGN
9 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2015

Tales from the Borderlands Episode 5: The Vault of the Traveler finishes off Rhys and Fiona's journey in impeccable fashion. From heartbreak to hilarity, it runs the gamut of emotions in some really effective ways.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 25, 2015

This title will be showing up on many "Game of the Year" lists, and rightly so, with a memorable story, filled with truly original, smart and witty writing, set in such a fantastic universe, this is one not to miss.

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Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 20, 2015

Tales from the Borderlands has wrapped up its tale of vault hunting, conning, heisting, and finger gunning with the arrival of 'Vault of the Traveler.' And while the fish story element seems to be gone, a surprising amount of replay value and some truly sharp writing makes this some of Telltale's best work to date.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2015

One of the best Telltale games ever made

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Oct 29, 2015

There is an absolute ton of payoff in this final episode, as there should be, and Telltale does an amazing job of wrapping up the season with laughs, tears, and some epic loot for these would-be vault hunters.

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GameSkinny
Oct 21, 2015

Telltale and 2k Games hit a home run with their conclusion to the Tales from the Borderlands series.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 27, 2015

The more that we think about it, the more we reckon that Tales from the Borderlands just might be the best series that Telltale has released to date. The game is a consistent joy, fusing humor and touching emotions into one product. A Telltale Borderlands game sounds very strange on paper, but this series, and the finale in particular, illustrate exactly why this pairing has worked. The finale sets itself up for a second season, and we very much hope that we get one.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Nov 3, 2015

Tales From the Borderlands Episode 5: Vault of the Traveler wraps up the excellent story of Rhys, Fiona and company with a satisfying conclusion filled with tense moments, great action and entertaining dialogue from a lovable cast. It bogs down a bit in the middle and is filled with plenty of Deus Ex Machina moments. Nevertheless, it remains an excellent addition to what is arguably Telltale's best series to date.

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Gamers FTW
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2015

Tales from the Borderlands – Episode Five: The Vault of the Traveler is a journey packed with action, laughter, and tears. Emotions are high, as players and characters alike question whether or not they made the right choices. Telltale has certainly created a powerful conclusion to the episodic series that successfully ties up all the loose ends.

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GameCrate
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2015

There's nothing left to say. Play these games. Play them all.

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RPG Fan
84%
84%
Aug 23, 2015

For those willing to suffer through a couple hours of mediocrity, this ending justifies the investment.

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High-Def Digest
Oct 25, 2015

If for some reason you have any interest in adventure games and have not yet experienced 'Tales from the Borderlands,' now there is no excuse. 'Vault of the Traveler' is by far the best episode, even with its crippling stagger issues. In between the laugh-out-loud moments and the almost tearful, poignant moments of the underlying theme of friendship are a collection of witty jokes and awkward banter that any gamer can enjoy, not just longtime 'Borderlands' fans.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2015

While its trajectory has been off at times, Telltale nails the landing

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Examiner
Oct 26, 2015

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.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 23, 2015

An excellent ending to an inconsistent but enjoyable season of sharp comedy and surprisingly affecting drama.

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The Game Fanatics
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2015

Vault of the Traveler brings a proper close to the first Tales From the Borderlands season, and should signal the end of Telltale's failing game engine.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
Samantha Wright

Top Critic

Oct 22, 2015

"Vault of the Traveler" didn't quite have the ending I wanted, but it's a decent addition to Tales From the Borderlands.

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