Entertainment Buddha's Reviews
Comprised of only two people, Still Games reached for the stars to replicate a Legend of Zelda-inspired experience and simultaneously establish a unique identity. Ambition alone, however, was not enough to achieve this game's potential for greatness.
If Episode 1 is of any indication, Minecraft: Story Mode is going to be a journey worth completing.
More of the same isn't a terrible philosophy to carry when said "same" is enjoyable, but interactivity within the game's universe still lies dormant.
Ultimately, however, this recent chapter rejuvenated my interest in the game's story, which is exactly what the series needed.
Certain scenes got me more emotional than I ever thought I'd be when playing Minecraft: Story Mode, and that is a mark of approval that overshadows nearly all of this episode's negative aspects.
Some of the best science fiction writing occurs when the author takes a world that the reader is familiar with, but changes some aspects to set the story. This doesn’t need to be some far-fetched imaginary science theory that we just need to accept though, for example in Isaac Asimov’s short story Nightfall, the setting is similar to current day, only the planet has multiple suns meaning that they never (in theory) experienced night time, the entire way of life revolves around this. P.O.L.L.E.N takes a similar approach.
While this particular episode doesn’t progress the overarching story of our heroes, it offers a wonderful subplot that leads to a series of events fueled by intrigue and deductive reasoning.