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Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 4 - A Block and a Hard Place

Telltale Games
Dec 22, 2015 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

39%

Critics Recommend

IGN
6.3 / 10
Game Informer
7.8 / 10
GameSpot
7 / 10
Destructoid
4 / 10
Game Revolution
4 / 5
God is a Geek
8 / 10
Attack of the Fanboy
4 / 5
GamingTrend
75 / 100
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Critic Reviews for Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 4 - A Block and a Hard Place

IGN

6.3 / 10.0
Justin Davis

Telltale's love and deep understanding of Minecraft combined with a thrilling satisfying climax keep Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 4 - A Block and a Hard Place from reaching a new series low at the hands of poor dialogue and a meandering plot. It's still a little too slow-paced and predictable to recommend wholeheartedly.

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This episode doesn't have as many memorable sequences, but it brings the Wither Storm saga to a satisfying and enjoyable conclusion

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Despite some emotional beats not hitting as hard as they should, Episode 4 of Minecraft Story Mode feels like a satisfying ending (even though there's more to come).

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This episode could very well be considered the finale for the first season. It wraps up the Wither Storm saga, it answers the questions about the Order of the Stone, and it delivers a semi-happy, hopeful ending for the crew. If only it did that without an utterly boring first half and the clumsy insertion of mandatory Telltale story elements, it might have also been a good ending.

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Overall, Episode 4 is a strong outing for Minecraft: Story Mode. By the end of the two hours, I was ready to begin the final chapter. And yet, as good as this next-to-last episode is, including an emotional goodbye to one of the best characters, the bulk of the cast still don't leave much of an impression, which has been my main complaint in past reviews.

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The conclusion to the Wither Storm storyline is delivered in a refreshing and heartfelt way, and I am looking forward to seeing what Jesse and friends get up to in the conclusion.

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Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 4 continues the momentum from the previous episode in true Telltale fashion. Many of the series flaws remain, but many more have been fixed. The accelerated pace of the narrative really helps here as well, with the story of the Wither Storm coming to a close in both fun and surprisingly dramatic ways.

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As of episode four, Minecraft: Story Mode feels like it's on the right track to conclude in a more interesting way than it originally appeared, but I'm not sure yet whether that makes dragging yourself through the first three episodes worth it to see the better places the series goes as it nears its conclusion.

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