At the end of the first episode of Minecraft: Story Mode you have to make a choice. Depending on what choice you made you could be going on a completely different journey for the first part of this episode than someone that took the other option. This isn’t exactly rare for Telltale, but it is a bigger direct impact than most of their games. Unfortunately, this episode didn’t live up to the hype that was created by the previous episode.
As I mentioned above, you start out the episode following one of two paths. At the end of episode one, you had to decide which one of your friends to follow. They each wanted to bring back a different member of the Order of the Stone, and it set up an interesting second episode. And when I started this episode I was actually enjoying it, but by the time it reached the end I was very disappointed. There are a two main causes to this.
The first is that the episode was way too short. I took my time playing it, looking at and talking to almost everything and everyone I could, but I still beat it in around an hour. Telltale episodes are usually short, but not this short.
Secondly, there weren’t enough choices that actually seemed to change anything. In the first episode there were multiple changes already taking place based on what I chose to do, and I just didn’t feel like I was making as much of an impact on this episode. That said, the first half of the episode was directly impacted by how I chose to end the first one.
But looking on the bright side of things, this episode did do a pretty good job at progressing the story. We actually got pretty far into it, with multiple new characters showing up as well as advancements with the condition and relationships of the current characters.
Even though this episode has some pretty big story advancements it is lacking in length and the impact of choices. I feel like this episode might have been rushed to line up with the physical release of the game. If Telltale had taken their time with this one they might of been able to produce a really great episode. But iff you put the small details aside, the story is actually pretty good. So even though this wasn’t the best episode, I still have hope for the rest of the season.
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Original Release Date: October 27, 2015
Platforms: PC (Reviewed), PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, OS X, iOS, Android | Wii U version coming at a later date
ESRB Rating: E10+ – Everyone 10 and up
*A copy of this game was provided for review.