Telltale Games’ Minecraft Story Mode is back with season 2. While the season is not yet done with I’m here to give you my thoughts on what the game has to offer thus fun in terms of gameplay and any changes that have come since season one.
Let’s be honest. A good chunk of us know the format of a Telltale game. Telltale at this point have become a juggernaut in gaming today. Who thought that back when we were given Back to the Future that the studio would have their hands in so many different worlds. The biggest surprise however was when Telltale gave Minecraft fans the one thing that was missing. While a lack of a story mode in Minecraft did nothing to stop the incredible success that game has seen and still see’s today, one cannot deny that you cannot have too much of a good thing when it comes to gaming, or can you?
I’m not one to spoil a delightful story, especially a Telltale story. They deliver some pretty amazing tales from some of pop culture’s greatest titles. But what I will say is that the story obviously continues from where season 1 left off. Jesse and friends are back and of course depending on your choices your story will be completely different to somebody else. That’s what Telltale Games titles are roughly about. Choices. They play a huge part in their library of titles and the same goes here. Whether you are given a moment to stop and make a tough decision between whether a comrade lives or dies or what to say to another character at a crucial moment. Almost every conversation, every sentence uttered that you’ve chosen can turn the tide of the game. I always found following my own personal thoughts and beliefs put me on the right path. Of course, sometimes Telltale threw me a curve ball and I found out that sometimes I was put in situations where I had to make a tough decision that went against what I stood for.
That is what I loved about Telltale. They challenge how you would generally go about life and certain situations. These games challenged me and Telltale Games did another fantastic job so far with Minecraft Season 2. Whether I was in a conversation with another character, or I was in a situation where a split-second decision was needed to be made, these moments managed to flow well with the story. Each decision or choice made the experience unique and gave the player more than enough reason to return. Of course, these choices are put under the constraint of a time limit, so you can’t stand around all day.
A clever inclusion in Minecraft Story Mode is the addition of crafting that makes it unique to other Telltale games. You don’t get full use like being able to build anything everywhere, but you are put in certain situations where you have to craft an item using certain gathered materials to complete a certain puzzle. I never found myself bashing my head up against a wall with these puzzles or the crafting as I found it to be a clever use and addition from the actual Minecraft game itself. Some of these episodes could have used a few more puzzles to really utilize the crafting to its full extent and perhaps hopefully in the remaining episodes we see more puzzles that challenge players.
At certain points you would also find yourself having to fight enemies and these would generally have an on rails feel to them. Not entirely a down point as I didn’t expect to jump into Minecraft Story mode for the action. But when it does happen you’ll find yourself equipped with a number of hearts much like the main game and also an energy bar for your stamina. Other enemies after a certain point would see a button appear showing that they are ready to be dealt a heavy or finishing blow that played out via a quick time event, one that I know isn’t a fan favourite but for a Telltale game I believe it can be forgiven as these games are more about the experience of the story.
Thankfully the story itself isn’t entirely on rails. There are times where you are let off the leash to go and explore the environment to your liking. Many areas are worth checking out when this is possible cause it is wonderful to see the work that has gone into a lot of these different buildings that are throughout the world. Beacon Town for example gave a filling of life I haven’t felt in Minecraft in my past experiences of the full game.
Graphics & Sound
The look of Minecraft Story Mode looks like it has been plucked straight from the game. The worlds are beautiful and Minecraft diehard fans would be over the moon with Telltales creation. Everything looks so beautiful for a mostly blocky world. One that I was happy to experience in a different form for once. I did however have some slight moments of frame drops and sketchy moments where the game would freeze for a small moment but would then kick back in and jump back on track.
Minecraft Story Mode season 2 returned voice actors from the first season and depending on Male of Female choice you made you got a different voice actor. For me though it had to be male. Not just because I myself am a male. But because the lovable Patton Oswalt voiced the main character of the male Jesse. How any could choose otherwise is beyond me, but that may just be my own personal respect for the actor talking. The voice acting was great as was the sound of the world itself. Nothing in this department let me down at all.
Minecraft Story Mode Season 2 is so far at this point, another great Telltale experience. With only 3 episodes released so far, fans can no doubt expect a continuing success. While there are more episodes to come I can assure players that season 2 is a worth investment and also great for newcomers who may then wish to pick up the first season. While the season isn’t over yet I can give Minecraft Story Mode Season 2 my seal of approval. Fans of the series will be happy with Season 2.