Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two Episode Five Review
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Jesse’s struggles against the evil admin come to a head in the fifth episode of Telltale’s Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two. Does this final chapter end things on a high note, or does it come off feeling a little disjointed?

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Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two Episode Five Review

Jesse’s struggles against the evil admin come to a head in the fifth episode of Telltale’s Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two. Does this final chapter end things on a high note, or does it come off feeling a little disjointed?

Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two Episode Five Review

The fourth episode of Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two saw Jesse and her posse finding out the secret word to strip the evil Admin of his powers. With this code word in hand, she takes the nearest portal back to Beacontown and sets out to stop him once and for all. The short 90 minute runtime of this game rushes things along way too fast, with almost no interactive elements to speak of. There is the occasional crafting section, but players will be spending most of their time hitting the proper button prompts and watching things happen. It’s by far the most passive episode of the series, and it feels better suited for a cartoon or television series than a game.

This is exacerbated by the choices you can make. Your game’s story can change by the actions you can take, but more often than not both things end up happening. This leads to some weird moments, where the characters’ moods and tone shift at the drop of a hat. This also leads to characters magically re-appearing with a weak explanation. There are a number of suspensions of disbelief in this game, and though this is a kids game, it sometimes feels like it was written by one as well.

Without spoiling too much, the battle against the Admin comes to a head in this chapter. The thing is, most of the game’s story takes place in areas we have already seen. Some may say that this was done to tie things together and heighten the effect of urgency, but it feels like they’re just reusing assets as a cost and time saving maneuver.

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The game’s conclusion just doesn’t seem satisfying either. Things are wrapped up far too fast, with it sometimes feeling like a checklist of things is being covered. There are also some loose plot threads that remain unanswered, and the ending clearly sets up another season. It just feels phoned in, and another episode would have gone a long way.

We did not encounter any bugs in this particular episode, but there were a number of awkward transitions. Things did not flow seamlessly from moment to moment, which could be a dealbreaker for those looking to immerse themselves.

The fifth episode of Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two was rushed. The conclusion to this season is not a satisfying one, and the script goes for more bombastic setpieces than cohesive storytelling.

This review of Minecraft Story Mode: Season Two Episode Five was written based on the PlayStation 4 version of the game. A digital code was provided by the publisher.