Telltale Games, Minecraft Story Mode returns this week with Episode 3 titled The Last Place You Look. The latest thrilling episode, for me is where the series really makes its mark, with many fast flowing action sequences that don’t for one second interfere or take away anything from the humour or suspense of the main storyline. From the episodes beginning to end credits, ‘The Last Place You Look’ offers a more well rounded and entertaining experience than the previous two episodes, this isn’t to say that they offered little, with the first episode allowing players to learn about the cast members and the second introducing more action based elements to the series.
Minecraft Story Mode – Episode 3 The Last Place You Look: Xbox One [Reviewed], Playstation 4, PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, Android, Wii-U, iOS
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Release Date: 24 November 2015
Price £4.99-5.99[Disclosure: Game copy supplied by Developer/Publisher]
With each episode rolling out in quick succession, Minecraft Story Mode’s main protagonist, Jesse has become somewhat of an unlikely hero, growing in stature with every moment, learning how to adapt to a variety of tough and tricky situations. The young aspiring block builder has taken the weight of Minecraft’s world upon his shoulders and along with his trusty friends is looking to put a stop to the terrifying Witherstorm, which is wreaking all kinds of hell across the beautiful pix-elated world they call home.
The lengthy and explosive opening credits hammer home the episodes real intent, providing players with a more faster pace action driven experience than maybe the games opening episodes allowed for. Jesse and his group of misfit heroes excellently fend off a large horde of monsters while attempting to stay out of the jaws of a large spinning monster of a grinder, which lies some distance below them. Granted there are less puzzles to work with throughout ‘The Last Place You Look’ but that change in direction allows nicely for more action based sequences, which, along with a great suspenseful story, really brings the series to life with a bang. These fantastic scenes range from hordes of normal monsters to the main enemy of the story, with some breathless moments throughout.
The gang minus Magnus and Ellegaard are off in search of the remaining member of ‘The Order’, Soren, who up until now had disappeared off of the grid. Jesse believes Soren could be the key to bringing an end to the reign of terror that the Witherstorm has been creating, he possesses an amazing ability to craft almost anything, but more than anything he holds a mega bomb in his possession that could destroy the dark and evil enemy and return Minecraft world back to normal.
While action no doubt takes centre stage throughout the latest instalment, it is Soren who steals the show, well kind of… He brings a whole new level of humour to proceedings with his rather absurd obsession with Ender Men. The estranged member of ‘The Order’ appears to want to teach the dark and broodish block thieves to actually build something of value, as opposed to merely stealing a block of wood, carrying it off with no real end game. The crazed hero even goes as far as to don an Ender Man suit, in order to blend in with the masses of purple eyed monsters of the night.
Soren is of course a master block builder, innovative and a true artist of his generation. This is never more so apparent then when Jesse and the gang stumble upon his beautifully designed and wondrously colourful world of wool, which doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of Minecraft or not looks absolutely incredible and will surely have players casually wandering around for a while before proceeding onwards with the story, I know I certainly did. There’s something simple yet amazing about Minecraft Story Mode that will draw in players, you don’t have to know everything, heck you don’t even have to have experienced the full game to really get some great enjoyment out of these two hour long episodes.
Aside from Jesse, the games other characters all offer something towards the story, but sadly conversation with them is somewhat lacking at times. The main focus of the story relies too heavily on Jesse with dialogue limited with the rest of the group, you do get to know about each character through the short conversations however I wish there was more to go on and feel there deserves to be. Although the action is ramped up with the latest episode, which makes it more exciting, the controls are not overly complex and allow for mistakes to be made all too often. Although death exists within the game, it is hard to achieve. A multitude of buttons would have to be missed in order for Jesse to die, you don’t get this with other Telltale titles. ‘The Last Place You Look’ does boast some great and powerful fights with some amazing action, this all makes the episode one to remember.
Overall, players can step inside this world with no prior knowledge to the cult game and settle in nicely without fear. The controls are simple enough for young children to pick up without worry, which makes the game perfect for the whole family. The story is thoroughly engrossing, with each end to an episode perfectly setting up the next one. More than anything though, it shows how beautiful Minecraft really is, why it’s so darn addictive to play, this is all wrapped up with humour, drama, action and suspense. The series is heading in an exciting direction and I can’t wait to see what’s around the corner.