Telltale Games, Minecraft Story Mode returns with Episode 3: The Last Place You Look. I have enjoyed parts of the first two episodes, but this episode is by far the best installment yet in this series. There’s plenty of action, character development and humour that make this a better experience than the others. The first episodes felt like we were being introduced to the story and characters and now we are starting to see a bit more depth to the world.
The Last Place You Look sees the characters in a strange place. Minecraft Story Mode’s main protagonist, Jesse has become somewhat of an unlikely hero. Jesse and his friends are looking to put a stop to the Witherstorm, which is threatening to destroy the world in which they exist. This episode is much more fast paced, exciting and full of great moments. The gang are off in search of the remaining member of ‘The Order’, Soren, who up until now had disappeared off of the grid. Jesse believes Soren could be the key to bringing an end to the Witherstorm. Telltale has taken Minecraft: Story Mode and turned it into exactly what fans had hoped for with Episode 3. Soren is a really interesting character full of humour and helps to make this episode enjoyable. He is seen as the almighty block builder, and is looked up to by the others. What I feel makes Minecraft Story Mode so enjoyable and easily accessible is its simplicity, humour, storytelling and moments that can be appreciated by adults and children.
Jesse is a great main character, leading an interesting group of allies, who all have something unique to offer towards the overall story. Conversations and dialogue choices help to develop characters and we slowly learn more about them, in turn making the story more interesting. Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 3: The Last Place You Look has far more action from beginning to end and at times it even felt like it could be the final chapter and the end of the story. It was nice to see the series really pick up pace and have some moments that were truly exciting. There were even a few puzzles, which both served to slow things down, and give the player something to think about other than what button to press during the next quick time event.
The action is fast paced and exciting, but the overall feel of the game is a lighthearted experience, with funny moments and interesting relationships. That’s not to say the story isn’t interesting though, and still manages to have elements that can be enjoyed by all.
The major success of this episode though is in just getting players interested in what is happening in this world. The story does a brilliant job of keeping your interest and conveying why you are doing the things you are doing. The slower paced moments of the game help develop characters and their relationships. This makes decisions and dialogue choices in the game more impactful and important.
So far the overall aesthetics and design of the game has been fantastic, and I’m happy that this has continued here. It still manages to capture the essence of Minecraft’s iconic world. Again the cast and voice acting is fantastic and we are really getting to learn more about the characters and the world they exist in. The sound design is great, remaining faithful to the franchise. The sound effects suit the gameplay well and soundtrack helps to create an atmosphere that helps add more depth to the experience.
Overall Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 3: The Last Place You Look is great and has managed to steer the series back on track. The action is ramped up with the latest episode, which makes it more exciting. We learn more about the characters and the world, controls are simple and easily picked up. The story is engrossing, with each end to an episode perfectly setting up the next one. The best thing is how interesting at diverse the environments in the world are. That paired with great action and character development makes this the best entry in the series so far. This is a great game to sit down in one session and play through. It’s a fantastic experience that can be enjoyed by all ages. Episode 3 has left me wanting more and I want to see what happens next.
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