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  • Summary: Minecraft: Story Mode is like a playable TV show based on the Minecraft game, where YOU are the star, and your choices and actions decide how the story is told. You assume the role of Jesse, and you and your friends are thrown into an adventure to save the world. While visiting EnderCon,Minecraft: Story Mode is like a playable TV show based on the Minecraft game, where YOU are the star, and your choices and actions decide how the story is told. You assume the role of Jesse, and you and your friends are thrown into an adventure to save the world. While visiting EnderCon, your crew stumbles on something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and your only hope is to track down the “Order of the Stone”, a fabled group of adventurers who slew the legendary Ender Dragon. But where are they? In a race against time, you will travel across the over-world, through the Nether, to The End, and beyond. [Telltale Games] Expand

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  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Nov 1, 2015
    70
    I’m still excited to find out what happens next in Minecraft: Story Mode, but I would have liked to have seen a little more depth and character development in this episode. Its still worth playing as I feel there’s certainly a lot more to come.
  2. Nov 11, 2015
    65
    Telltale makes clear that this games is aimed at a younger audience. The thing is, it doesn't feel like it's telling a relevant story, and, unlike some other Telltale games, it ends up feeling like a game just for fans.
  3. Nov 4, 2015
    55
    It starts off well enough, but the lack of challenge and humor, as well as the episode's short length, drag the experience down. The story's interesting, but so far it's not enough to keep this ship floating.
  4. Oct 28, 2015
    50
    Minecraft: Story Mode is left with a lot to prove in the coming episodes. “Assembly Required” doesn’t do much to convince players that any of its drama is genuine, or that any of its plotlines can adequately fill up what they’ve come to expect in a full episode of a Telltale series.
  5. Nov 5, 2015
    50
    Hopefully, with the potential that the series holds, the following episode will focus more on Jessie and give players a much wider variety of things to do, decide and explore.
  6. 50
    Too short to go anywhere storywise, a lack of genuine peril, and devoid of character development, ‘’Assembly Required’’ is easily the weakest episode of a Telltale series post-Walking Dead. The world it exists in continues to shine, but anything original flounders.
  7. Nov 4, 2015
    30
    Minecraft: Story Mode has, again, failed to impress. A miniscule run-time paired with a plethora of uninteresting events helped to make this one of the weakest episodes we've seen from Telltale in a long, long time. We're now two episodes in, and we're still not finding a whole lot to like.
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  1. Nov 13, 2015
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It looks like Telltale Games have managed to get a tight schedule going for Minecraft: Story Mode – just a couple weeks after the first episode’s debut, they’ve unleashed the second. Whilst I personally enjoyed the first episode, it was met with understandably mixed reviews – does the second episode fare any better? Let’s dive back in and find out.

    At the end of the first episode, you’re presented with a choice as to who of the Order of the Stone you want to find and recruit first to fight the Wither Storm – either Ellegaard the Redstone Engineer or Magnus the Rogue. Thinking TNT and exceedingly effective mischief would (somehow) be more useful than Redstone inventions in taking down the massive skybeast threatening the world, I set off to find Magnus.

    As a result, Jesse was dropped straight back into the Nether with Axel in tow, riding Minecarts towards Boom Town, the domain of the griefers. Whilst I can’t speak for the other pathway, where you join Olivia to find Ellegaard, with the characters and story foundations already set up in the previous episode Minecraft: Story Mode’s second episode gets going a lot faster than its predecessor, with a greater emphasis on action at the start.

    Boom Town, being full of griefers, is a city ravaged by its own inhabitants, with most buildings sporting at least two big TNT holes and others reduced to little more than floating groups of blocks. I actually got a bit of a Mad Max-ish post-apocalyptic vibe from the place, with all the griefers you come across sporting masks of varying designs whilst throwing eggs and explosives all over the place. There’s a great sequence early on where an important item gets stolen and a big QTE-laden chase ensues, which depending on your actions could end with a really satisfying moment as Jesse finally turns the tables on his pursuers.

    I won’t reveal more just in case anyone hasn’t gotten around to playing the episode yet.

    Reviewing an episodic game, especially a Telltale series, sometimes means that I’ll end up repeating myself on quite a few aspects with each episode’s review, so I’ll get them out of the way now. Story Mode’s visuals still show the Minecraft world and characters in just as good a light as they did in Episode 1, the gameplay is still largely the same, with a lot more QTE sequences and fewer puzzles throughout this episode in particular and it’s still packed with those same “Oh, Minecraft!” moments, including a creepily underplayed introduction to another iconic Minecraft monster.

    Overall, Minecraft: Story Mode’s second episode is a short but entertaining ride. While the episode as a whole feels like it’s just setting up the bigger events that’ll take place in future episodes, it definitely does its job in keeping the momentum of the story going in as enjoyable a manner as possible, with some big plot twists to keep you wondering what’s coming up next. Bring on Episode 3!
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  2. Jan 4, 2016
    5
    For someone who personally enjoyed episode 1 of this series, I must say I was disappointed with this episode. It didn't really hook me in andFor someone who personally enjoyed episode 1 of this series, I must say I was disappointed with this episode. It didn't really hook me in and I never truly got into, and it feels like nothing really happened in this episode. I still think this series has potential and will play episode 3 to see if it can improve from the shortcomings of episode 2. Expand