Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two, Episode Four
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Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - Episode 4: Below the Bedrock heightens the sense of urgency, thanks to Romeo's shape-shifting powers that have granted him complete control of Beacontown.
I'm delighted that Beyond the Bedrock brought back that emotional arc the previous three episodes were missing. It seemed to fly by and that's the first time I've said that about an episode this season. Whilst there weren't a huge amount of big choices to be made – though one near the end was rather harrowing – and the story hasn't moved on significantly, the episode sets up the finale strongly with a neat post-credits scene. I hope that the final episode lives up to this standard, because this has been far and away the best of the season so far.
The entire Minecraft: Story Mode series has been a hit and miss one for me, but I can happily say that the trend over the last couple of episodes continues with Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - Episode 4: Below the Bedrock. That trend? Continued improvement in all areas, from gameplay to story. I have my doubts that this series will ever rank among my favorite Telltale properties, but I have every confidence that Season Two can end on a very high note now.
Episode four is the good kind of unremarkable for a Telltale game. It maintains the quality storytelling and action that has been present throughout this season while fixing the technical difficulties from the last chapter. It's nothing revolutionary for Minecraft: Story Mode, but it really doesn't need to be. It just needs to be entertaining and engaging through its two-hour runtime, and that's something that it manages to do with ease.
The fourth episode of Telltale's Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two is rushed. The lack of focus in the story, paired with the overly random humor and bugs, make it the weakest episode by far.
The fourth episode of the second season of Minecraft: Story Mode focuses again in its story, with scarce moments of action and exploration. In compensation, the main characters have a good amount of time for their development. It is not the best episode, but a good warmup for the ultimate battle against Romeo, the Admin playing antagonist in this season.
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Once again, this episode starts with à great action sequence which was fun to play. There are more actions sequences farther in the episode, but it overall felt slower than the pace of the previous episodes, but was still enjoyable.
Episode four has set us up for an exciting conclusion to Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two.
My recommendation? Wait for the full game to release, if you already own the previous installments, I suggest you get this episode for yourself since you’ve come too far off to stop now.
Below the Bedrock is a rock solid penultimate episode for what's been a very under-par Season Two so far for Telltale's Minecraft Story Mode. With a well-balanced structure and a steadily paced plot progression that is intriguing throughout, Episode 4 has pulled off what the first three episodes failed to do: setting up firm foundations for future episodes. It's a real shame that Below the Bedrock didn't come earlier on in the season.