Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - Episode 2: Giant Consequences (Xbox One) Review

By Josh Di Falco 14.01.2018

Review for Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - Episode 2: Giant Consequences on Xbox One

As with all reviews of this episodic nature, there will be spoilers for previous episodes throughout the review, so it is not recommended to continue reading without playing the previous episodes first.

Episode 2: Giant Consequences is a fun improvement over the previous episode, as the stakes are immediately raised from the get-go. Continuing on from where the story left off, the Admin, a giant powerful foe, threatens to lay waste to Beacontown in a bid to get at Jesse. As the title implies, Jesse's actions in that first episode have huge consequences that threaten to test friendships, as the Admin takes Jesse and co. on an emotional and twisty rollercoaster ride. Telltale's second foray into the new season raises the tension levels and story, shining a ray of light for the remainder of the season.

The opening moments of Giant Consequences are an exciting, fast-paced sequence where Jesse must try to defend Beacontown from the mad antics of the gigantic foe, the Admin. Towering over the place like Godzilla, Jesse utilises the help from his close friends to try to succeed in thwarting this foe. Filled with heaps of Quick-Time Events (QTE) and plenty of button-mashing goodness, this entire opening sequence is better than anything seen in the previous episode, and it surely makes up for the lacklustre opening to the season.

Of course, the Admin then lures the heroes into a puzzle-like game full of riddles as the heroes have to attempt the challenges laid before them. To make matters worse, the Admin leaves Beacontown in a deadly predicament, which Jesse can only save them from by completing the tasks set before them. The nastiness and vile behaviour of the Admin is a fantastic contrast to introduce, as the heroes just seem to be too "good" that the dynamic between them just comes across as boring at times.

Screenshot for Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - Episode 2: Giant Consequences on Xbox One

Jack still does not get better as a likeable character, and is a poor parody of a failed action star who is now a wuss in real life. He does not rub off well on Petra, who idolised the man prior to meeting him, and it shows one example of why in real life meeting heroes isn't always a good thing. Radar has a more prominent role this time around, and his best moments are when Jesse is trying to pump him up in order to instil confidence and belief into the shy and timid intern. Rader and Jesse's dynamic works well, with them bouncing off each other quite impressively, while Jesse's monotonous character works well with Radar's excitement that he brings to each line of dialogue that he speaks.

While the audio cues are a little bit better in this episode, the awkward scene cuts do not always appear to be appropriately cut at times. One scene ends up cutting off during a character's spoken line of dialogue, which is messy and rough, if unintentional. Again, it just seems that there is a lack of care in the specific details of keeping these episodes to the best technical level that they can be, in the hopes of just rushing the episodes out the door. Fortunately, though, due to the younger family-friendly market that this series is aimed at, these issues are probably not going to bother them as much as the avid gamers striving for perfection.

Screenshot for Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - Episode 2: Giant Consequences on Xbox One

Cubed3 Rating

Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Episode 2: Giant Consequences seems to steady the ship for Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two, as the Admin's gigantic boss fight at the beginning sets the stage for the subsequent episodes. The challenges do a great job in testing the friendships of the heroes, and the surprise twist at the end is an unexpected surprise that makes sense, and proves that the Admin is a vile creature who will stoop to any level to get exactly what he wants. The "gameplay" sequences play out more or less the same as in the first episode, with more crafting tables to get that Minecraft experience, but the unfortunate scene rough cuts are present and detract from the quality of the story delivered.









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