Borderlands has a very distinct look and feel, and most recent Telltale releases have followed a visual template that is very much in line with that aesthetic. Tales from the Borderlands absolutely passes for a game in the franchise. The franchiseísÖ shall we say excessive personality is reflected extremely well, from the insane amount of stylized violence to the seductively trashy environments to the wonderfully-designed character models. Rhys initially appears to have a severe case of heterochromia and what appears to be the remnant of a ghastly head wound. But later on we see that neither of them are there by accident. The other characters look, well, Pandoran. Fiona and her comrades straddle the line between opulent luxury and slapdash minimalism.
Tales from the Borderlands features uniformly excellent sound design, with special praise directed towards the excellent voice cast. Troy Baker and Laura Bailey bring Rhys and Fiona to life in classic Borderlands style. Even The Nerdist Podcastís Chris Hardwick gets in on the action as Rhysí buddy Vaughn. The music is also decidedly Borderlands: from the violent opening hilariously and aptly set to Jungle's "Busy Earnin'" to the dirty western guitar licks known to series fans. It's excellent and completely true to form.