3. Tales from the Borderlands (Xbox 360) Episode 1: Zer0 Sum

Chapter 1

You will start the game 'approached' by a Mysterious Stranger and be forced to tell a story. Your character, Rhys, will begin his story on the moonbase Helios.

You start playing on your way to your boss's office to receive a promotion and have to do some talking with your bud, Vaughn. You can say anything you want in any of these unless I say otherwise (in case it affects some plot stuff). Now, start dealing with/listening to some shady business interactions. Once you regain control of your character, you will be able to look around. You want to attempt to rotate the computer. Then, there will be a prompt to press cn_LB to activate your eye. After you do that, click on the computer again to gain remote access. Press cn_B to close the window, then cn_A to decrypt the file. You'll soon after receive your promotion. Kick the trash can for some fun and you'll begin talking to your other friend, Yvette. After a lot more talking, the opening credits for the episode will begin on Pandora. After the credits and one line of dialogue, you will earn your first achievement:

Welcome to Pandora, Kiddos

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Chapter 2

You'll now be driving through your first town, where you see some thugs beating a guy up for trying to be a 'hero'. As everyone knows, Pandora aint no place for one of those.

Just deal with all of the dialogue until you get out of the car, then you must talk to the barbecue guy and asks for directions. He will be very friendly and then so will the rest of the town. Time to meet your new robot best friend. I just gave him a machine gun and rocket launcher. Time to use him to kill some baddies. Just follow the prompts and you'll be fine. It's mainly just aiming with cn_RS and shooting with cn_RT (with some QTEs thrown in for good measure). Then, there will be a ton more QTEs as Rhys. After a shocking fight, you will find the building that your were looking for. Now just follow instructions with the Loader Bot prompts and your friend will do all the work Mortal Kombat style. Now, tell him to evacuate because who wants to see such a good bot die so young.

Now, you will be in the World of Curiosities. Just walk along the linear pathway, then turn right once you reach the man with the loud stomach. This will trigger a quick cutscene. Now, head right and you'll see a few characters from the other games put up for display. As you keep walking, you will soon trigger another cutscene and keep walking. Try to open the door, then turn back around and start walking. You'll meet a new character and start talking with him.

He will become your tour guide to August so that you can start making the deal. There will be a long conversation to follow along 'til you can make one of two choices. Choose either one, they are both great and affect nothing. Soon after, you'll be out of flashback land and meet your other playable character.

Time for her flashback. There will be quick little scene that will be cut off (it doesn't matter) and then you'll start her actual story. This will unlock:

My Turn To Speak

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Chapter 3

You don't actually have to worry about clicking anything until you leave the vehicle. You'll learn that the vault key is fake, that Sasha is your sister, and that this is all a scam. Once you get out, walk to the right then up the street. You'll see some midget psychos stab a man to death. You can loot $100 off of him. Take the money, because there is no negative effects for taking it. Once you finish talking with the Hodunk guy, rip down the wanted poster to your right so that you may enter the bar. In the bar, you will need to talk to Sasha. Just tell her that you understood her story.

For the "correct" answers when talking with August, you will want to choose:

  1. "Lidia... that's me"
  2. "I'll take that drink"
  3. Either of the other options that aren't: "I just started" or silence.
  4. "I found it on Eden-6"

Now, you have to make a choice whether or not to play it cool or stop him from touching the key. He will actually be less suspicious if you keep it cool and let him touch it, but the deal will continue regardless.

You'll now time skip to right before the other you and Vaughn show up. Felix will ask you to grab an EMP device out of a cluttered box, but you don't even have to look for it if you don't want to because he will grab it himself after about 10 seconds. Once you gain control, pull the Mad Moxxi poster off the wall and some money will drop for your looting pleasure. Then, pull the billboard with Handsome Jack on it and push the tool chest. They actually make you guide it over with cn_LSu. Once you climb on it, open the vent and meet an old acquaintance. After you talk to him, you will unlock:

Partners In Crime

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Chapter 4

Start the chapter off by choosing whether or not to let Shade come with you. I always just say yes because he's a crazy, lonely man. Then, just follow along the vent until you can place the EMP. Now, you can watch what Rhys really did at the end of his story. Eventually, you will have to activate the EMP. Shit will go down and you will meet a human dubstep machine and an awesome number. Push down the fan and choose whether or not to shoot at August. Shooting is a complete waste, so save it.

On the caravan, you will have to mash cn_A to escape. Now, tell the stranger 'what happened'. Definitely choose to calmly discuss an alliance.

Start going through the dialogue and eventually just mention that you have Nakayama's ID drive. You'll now install it into your head... you end up with more than just his credentials. One of the other things that you get... is an achievement!:

Not Alone in the Dark

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Chapter 5

Wake up and open the door to the caravan. Proceed to walk up to the group. Talk until you have to scan. Go all the way to the right until you see a hatch. A cutscene with Zer0 will begin, and you can select the hatch after it's done. Do all the QTEs and the others will already be over by the hatch.

You will now be left alone with Sasha. Talk as you make your way down the ladder, then follow the pathway forward. You have the choice to tell her to shoot or not. You might as well tell her to not shoot because the opposite just makes you look like an idiot. Walk forward and watch Sasha take out a guard, then rate her. Now, pitifully try for yourself and just follow along the game 'til you can Smack it or Hack it. This choice doesn't matter unless you want to Smack it and lighten the mood. She'll talk to you for a bit and end up asking to hold your stun baton. Just say absolutely and she'll be happy with no negative effects. The three glitchy buttons will do the same thing, regardless of what you click, so just get through all three. Zer0 will eventually show up and ask you to tell him if you find a Gortys core. Make sure to tell him yes, because you can have him as an ally at the end of the game (this may not effect it however). After this, you will unlock:

2 Fast 2 Fiona

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Chapter 6

Back to Fiona. You'll meet a pretty cool bandit dude, who'll end up selling you a mask (I just took the free ones) and setting you up as racers. Dubstep bandit man will announce that the race starts in 30 minutes in the middle of your conversation with Vaughn. Time to win the race for the case. You'll meet your new teammate that tries to kill Vaughn, and the race will start as you switch back to Rhys.

Do some QTEs until Vasquez offers you a deal to get your old job back and half of the money, if you blame Vaughn. Accept his deal for only negatives, reject it for only positives. Back to more QTEs... a ton of them. It will continue way into your time back as Fiona as well. Eventually, Zer0 will cause some craziness and Felix will end up with the case. He betrays you, because of course he does. Once you wake up, there will be some more things to click. Then, tell him "Don't open it" as your choice between two options or you will lose him as an ally and a bunch of money at the end of the game. This will also prevent you from being able to have the option to buy some other allies as well.

Then, you will be Rhys again. Start walking forward and a cutscene will play where your old buddy/son will make his valiant return! And, then you will fall right onto your next achievement:

Blood Money

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Final Chapter

Look at something and your friends will hop down. Once all the talking is done, click the big button. Grab both halves of the core with your two characters and they will connect creating a map. Now it's time for a huge surprise... also known as the last achievement of this episode:

Devil on Your Shoulder

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