Minecraft Story Mode: Season 2 Episode 1 Review
Telltale Games are at it again with the folks at Mojang to bring another season to Minecraft Story Mode. For those that are unaware, Minecraft Story Mode takes the Minecraft universe and creates a story of an everyday civilian that ends up becoming a hero named Jesse. Players are given the options to customize Jesse into a boy or girl and will make decisions through that will help shape what the story will evolve into. It’s a typical style of Tell Tale Games and is done every bit as well here. Players returning from Season 1 will be able to continue their stories and the decisions they made will carry over into the new season. New players are given a blank canvas with a set backstory to begin their own unique tale. For the sake of this review, we started a new character and story.
The story starts with Jesse and his friends Axel, Olivia, and Lucas in his office. They are talking about their old adventures and it appears that they are no longer as close as they once were, with everyone kind of doing their own thing. Without trying to spoil too much, the story really takes hold after a couple minutes when Jesse’s friend Petra, summons him from the mines searching for a hidden “monster” and a mysterious artifact takes hold of Jesse.
Like in Minecraft, there are parts of building where your player is free to design at their hearts will. In the beginning moments, players are asked to build a statue to help with Beacontown’s upcoming Founder’s Day. Combat is pretty easy to grasp as movement and aiming with simple button presses are all that is required. While it doesn’t seem like a lot, it’s not the focus of the game.
Those familiar with how Telltale like to do business; this is all about the story. The story in Episode 1 really helps set up a new journey with a great climax at the end to give the player some feeling of completion. Decisions are made on the fly and are timer based so you will need to be quick to make decisions. If you feel like getting the input of others while playing, there is Crowd Play. Crowd Play allows spectators to sign-in via mobile devices to help make decisions in the game whilst you play. Settings can be altered to either allow the group or the host to make the final decision. It’s a great way to turn the game into a co-op experience but we don’t really see it as a huge plus or minus in overall experience.
As a whole, Telltale does an excellent job in delivering a great story that is rewarding, entertaining, and leaves enough at the end to want you to continue into Episode 2. Thanks to the talented designers who put this world together and the great voice acting, its truly worth the experience either in the Season Pass or by episode.
Season 2 Episode 2 is set to launch in August 2017 and we will continue our coverage and review of Minecraft Story Mode Season 2 as new Episodes are available.
Minecraft Story Mode: Season 2 Episode 1 is available now through the Xbox Store, priced at £5.19.