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

By Josh Di Falco 22.01.2018

Review for Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two - Episode 4: Below the Bedrock 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 beforehand. Read here for the first, second, and third episode reviews.

As Jesse continues to feel the effects of the previous episode's character-losing dilemma, Xara leads the gang down a path that leads into the Underneath - a forgotten world originally built by Romeo, Fred, and Xara, who were the three Admins. Split into three territories, each Admin's respective kingdoms are visually unique and vastly different to each other's. As the group proceeds to visit all three, the secret to defeating the evil Admin - Romeo - lays somewhere within. This is Telltale's penultimate episode, and the final chance to raise the stakes in order to set up an epic conclusion.

What would have once been glorious cities and towns in their hey-day, have now been left to become desolate, barren wastes of lands. The reigning Admin, Romeo, continues his evil and dastardly ways by being left in charge of Beacontown while disguised as Jesse, while the group must traverse the Underneath to uncover many more secrets in relation to the Admin. Xara, Fred, and Romeo had each erected kingdoms that were representative of themselves, but since the friends' erupting feud, Romeo has left the three cities to fall into crumbling, depleted shells.

Each of the three kingdoms are polar opposites to the other: Xara's kingdom seems to be "science fiction" inspired, Fred's is akin to a small village filled with plenty of life, both in people as well as in greenery, while Romeo's kingdom is a war-inspired battle city. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of time spent in each of Xara's or Romeo's fallen kingdoms, and a great portion of the episode is spent wandering around Fred's village, trying to learn more about the former Admin.

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

Annoyingly enough, Fred's village houses a "Fred Trivia Contest" for a chance to spend the night in Fred's house. Then the "open world" portion opens up, as Jesse walks around town trying to figure out facts about Fred in order to win the contest. While this entire section seems like massive filler to pad out an otherwise short story, the trivia contest does not even matter in the end. Whether Jesse wins or loses the contest, he or she still ends up in Fred's house to continue the story, and, as such, the entire "fact gathering" portion can be skipped entirely in order to speed up the story.

This episode also contains a lot of fight sequences, while the boss fight at the end is a wonderful sight to behold. The urgency that was missing in the previous episode is definitely felt here, and Radar's character arc takes another great step forward. Starting as the shy and timid intern, Radar's character growth in the last episode and this has made him the most interesting character of the main group. Backing up the choices of the previous episode, Episode 4 is not without its own fair share of difficult, story-impacting decisions that further test the bounds of friendship.

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

Cubed3 Rating

Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

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. Traversing the Underneath is an exciting but equally thrilling journey that grants inside access into the minds of each of the Admins. Learning more about Romeo, Xara, and Fred forces the group to look inward at times, adding yet another layer to what is becoming an intricate story. Since the "filler" portion of this episode can simply be skipped by just losing the trivia contest, it is a wonder why there was even a point in this sequence anyway.









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