Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Minecraft : Story Mode Episode 2 Review

Telltale released Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 2 "Assembly Required" on October 27, 2015. It was a pretty good Episode but did have some problems. If you missed my review click here for Episode 1. My review will have spoilers in it so be warned.

In "Assembly Required" Jesse has to find and recruit either Magnus the Rogue (Voiced by Corey Feldman) or Ellegaard the Redstone Engineer (Voiced by Grey Griffin). In my game, I decided to go after Magnus and sent Olivia to find Ellegaard. To get Magnus we went to Boomtown which is run by griefers who are always throwing TNT at you, hence the name of the town. For those of you who don't know what griefers are in Minecraft basically what they are are people that gain access to other players Minecraft world and destroy what they've built. After a quick chase you locate Magnus and ask for his help but before he can go with Jesse you need to beat him in the Death Bowl because Magnus can't leave Boomtown while he's King. He says if Jesse is King, because he's not legendary like Magnus, he'll be able to leave. So Jesse and Magnus build towers and shoot TNT cannons back and forth at each other until Magnus is defeated. Then the group makes their way back to the stronghold and after a character from Episode 1 shows up, depending upon your choices in that Episode, your party has to go in search of another key member of the Order Of The Stone.

The story itself was enjoyable and I have no complaints. Actually, this Episode made the game feel more Epic in scope than the first Episode which helped draw you into the story. I have two problems with this Episode though. The first being the length. honestly, I wasn't timing it but it was way shorter than either Episode 1 or any other Episode of the other Telltale games I've played. It was around an hour to play when others usually went at least three hours. I don't know the reasoning for this but when I paid 5 dollars for Episode 2 I thought I would get the same value as I have before.

The other big problem I had with Episode 2 was with bugs. After playing Episode 1 I found that it was the first Telltale game I had played that didn't have any bugs. I thought that Telltale went all out to fix all the bugs before release because Minecraft has such a huge following that they would want to put their best foot forward for this new game. In Episode 2 I found many times were the mouths don't line up to the dialogue. I know it's a game and it's not always perfect, especially in other Telltale games, but I had no issues in Episode 1 so I don't know what's happened. It's not just the dialogue not lining up to mouth movements but I had times where they talked and there was no movement at all. The other problem I found were spelling errors in the game. When there was a point for me to pick one of three things for Jesse to say one of them had a grammar error. While neither of these issues is game breaking I though Telltale had their act together, especially after Episode 1.

I enjoyed the story and thought it was a good continuation of the first Episode but with the short game time and bugs in the game, my rating for Episode 2 will be a 6 out of 10.

To read my review of Episode 3 please click here.

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