Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - Episode 4: Below the Bedrock (PC) Review

By Olivia Falk 27.11.2017

Review for Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - Episode 4: Below the Bedrock on PC

The dreaded Sunshine Institute was no match for the Order of the Stone in the last episode, and they managed to escape with a new cohort in tow. As it happens, Xara - the new addition - is one of three legendary admins; the other two are Fred, who's gone missing, and Romeo, who's been the one terrorizing the group all along. Xara is willing to lead the group to a portal to the surface, but (as they are wont to do) things quickly become more complicated. When faced with giant Endermen, magma golems, and - horror of horrors - trivia contests, will Jesse and her friends make it out, or will they be trapped Below the Bedrock?

First things first: the technical issues that cropped up in the last episode appeared mercifully absent this time around. While there weren't many noticeable moments where choices should have carried over, it nonetheless leads welcome credence to the idea that the problems with the last episode were a one-off thing.

Then again, for better or worse, episode four of Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 seems far more interested in doling out tough decisions than dealing with the repercussions of previous ones. Several sections force you to choose between the "ideal" choice and a difficult one that someone else wants you to do. It's not totally clear how much of an impact some of them will have on the final episode, with many appearing in the last fifteen minutes or so of this one. However, it does a lot to keep things interesting and thought-provoking nonetheless.

Screenshot for Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - Episode 4: Below the Bedrock on PC

Overall, the writing still strikes a great balance between light-heartedness and serious, with character drama and moral dilemmas generally having an appropriate amount of gravitas. Also, while they're certainly not to everyone's taste, an old favourite character makes a delightful reappearance in what was easily the highlight of this episode. Knowing that they're now bound to factor into the final chapter just makes it all the better.

Gameplay-wise, there's a bit more building and fighting in this episode, so if you've enjoyed those in the past, you're in luck! If not, well, at least the building can be easily skipped. For better or worse, nobody really seems to care whether you arbitrarily place a handful of blocks or spend half an hour creating a masterpiece. One of the combat sections gets spiced up with pressure plates that can give you an advantage on your foes, but otherwise everything is pretty par for the course. It's definitely not bad, but there's nothing to make it stand out from previous episodes.

Screenshot for Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - Episode 4: Below the Bedrock on PC

Cubed3 Rating

Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

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.









C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

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