Minecraft Storymode EP3: The Last Place You Look was released on November 24, 2015 by Telltale Games through Steam. This is the review for episode 3, for the review on previous episodes go to: Episode One Review, Episode Two Review.
This is the third episode review of the Minecraft storymode series. If you have been following my reviews then you would know that I was not very impressed with the last episode. The storyline was one dimensional and quite frankly, boring. However, this episode has redeemed itself. This episode was incredibly engaging and definitely put players on the edge of their seats. I am excited to see what will happen next.
The Story: Spoiler Alert
From where we left off last episode, Ivor has left Soren’s castle and we now have to find a way to get out from the locked room. At this moment, our wonderful heroes amulet decided to glow and it began leading the way to Soren…by going even deeper underground. As if we didn’t go deep enough last episode, now we’re going straight to Minecraft Hell, The End. No, not the end of the story, but the place is actually called “The End”.
Turns out Soren has some serious social anxiety issues and has decided that life threatening monsters are better companions than other human beings. We all have those days. In fact, Soren even constructed a make believe garden out of wool to imitate real life. Jesse has to find a way to turn on all the switches to activate the (not so) hidden door. Once the door opens into Soren’s home away from reality, we discover the guy is even more off the hinge than we first thought.
Soren has built a huge structure at “The End” and from there we discover that he is trying to teach the Endermen how to craft. It’s like trying to teach your dog how to open your fridge to get you beer except the dog will try to eat you if they make eye contact with you so instead you decide to dress up like a dog to observe it safely. There is a Enderman suit that just so happens to fit you perfectly and after looking out the window a few times you realize Soren is outside hanging with the uglies. In order to get Soren’s attention, Jesse will have to pretend to be an Enderman and craft something to get his attention. It was actually quite nerve wracking having to walk among the Endermen. I enjoyed it.
Soren ends up having to punch you in the face to save your life because your crafting abilities caught the attention of the Endermen around you. Then as all your friends gather, somebody realizes that they forgot to close the door and the Endermen begin piling in. Jesse has to break the water fountains to scare them off. One by one your friends file out and eventually end up escaping through the flooded trap door. Meanwhile, Petra is looking like she’s about to hurl any second now but surprisingly, only Lukas realizes that Petra is dying. Talk about unobservant.
Once outside, you finally find Magnus and Ellegard again who are busy fending off the horde of zombies and spiders that are running away?! You know shit is about to go down when your regular enemies are running away. The Witherstorm has caught up to our heroes but luckily we have the super TNT in our hands! Jesse only has to craft the Formida-bomb (F-Bomb) underneath the Witherstorm and BOOM. Ellegard and Magnus take turn insisting that you take their armor. I take Ellegard’s because Magnus still looks like a tool.
In moments of certain death, Jesse managed to perform an incredible acrobatic feat of crafting the bomb while being pulled into the Witherstorm in mid-air. Seriously, she was swimming around the beam of light like it was the pool (what physics?). The bomb goes off and the Witherstorm lies in a heap of rubble on the ground before our heroes. Jesse manages to survive with the help of (my chosen) Ellegard’s armor
AND BECAUSE OF THAT ELLEGARD DIES. DAMNIT. In her last moments, she tells me that the armor is mine and that I look beautiful in them. Q_Q I almost want to redo the whole episode just so that I can take Magnus’s armor instead.
Survivors start climbing out of Witherstorm’s rubble and as Jesse moves farther into the rubble she discovers that the command box is STILL NOT BROKEN. So we spend three episodes so far looking for the help of these heroes and each one is less effective than the next.
Jesse suddenly starts getting pulled towards the command box but GABRIEL appears out of no where and pulls her to safety. She turns around and tells Gabriel to run but his response was, “Who’s Gabriel?” DUN DUN DUN
The Witherstorm awakens and it is PISSED off. Time to run.
/cliffhanger. The End of Episode 3.
Story: I loved this episode. It was not funny per se although yes I did catch the part where Axel kept falling on top of Lukas over and over. I personally just shook my head but I can see my niece losing her shit over it. The character development improved immensely over the last episode. I can finally see these people having some kind of emotional response to what’s happening to them. In addition, that last scene with Ellegard came as a shock for me. People don’t just die like that! 🙁
Controls: The mashing of Qs, Es and arrow keys were very well done this episode. They actually felt natural and helped to progress in the story instead of just giving us something to do to keep us awake. My one and only biggest complaint are the arrow keys for movement. MY GOD are they so clunky and not intuitive. Pressing down made me go right at one point and I was like “….WHAT?” This was especially irritating when I was trying to swim towards the trapdoor by pressing the up key because it was ahead of me but instead I turned left and away from the door. I am really not a fan of this system and I really hope they change it.
Graphics and Music: The graphics are well done and there were some very nice scenes. That being said, it’s nothing too amazing. The music was also nothing too amazing although it did help create a suitable atmosphere for each scene.
Overall: A huge improvement from the last episode in terms of plot and character development. The gameplay was more engaging and I actually had a lot of fun playing through it. Controls need to be improved but other than that a super family friendly game. Well done Telltale Games!
- Difficulty: Easy
- Gameplay Score: 4/5 (Points off for controls, plot improved greatly)
- Graphics Score: 3.5/5
- Music: 3/5