Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 – Episode 3 – Jailhouse Block Review (PS4)

Minecraft: Story Mode - Season 2

After the last episode, which was a little lackluster (you can read my review of it here), I had mixed feelings about this episode. The preview that was shown after episode two piqued my interest, but the real question was if this episode would actually deliver. With Minecraft: Story Mode it’s kind of a hit and miss so let’s see if this episode was a hit or a miss.

Picking up right where episode 2 left off, episode 3 starts with Jesse in jail after facing the Admin. Who knew that this game would turn into Orange is the new Black. Anyway, Jesse isn’t alone in prison she’ll be accompanied by, depending on who you chose to grab the artifact last episode, either Petra or Jack, Radar, and Nurm. The main goal here is to break out of prison and to do so you’ll have to trust the mysterious Prisoner X. There’s also some Stella stuff thrown in there that might or might not actually make her your rival depending on your choices later in the game. Will Jesse and her gang be able to make it out and stop the Admin from taking over Beacontown? You’ll have to wait and see as this episode ends in another cliffhanger.

Apparently my choices do not matter. If you play these games then you know every few minutes you’ll get a little caption on the top of your screen telling you how your choice will impact your story further on in the game. This is all great if it actually works. Last episode, I chose to leave Stella behind and this episode it completely ignored my decision and said that I saved Stella. Seriously? Why bother making decisions if you just aren’t going to use them.

This episode was OK. It wasn’t the best episode in this series and with two episodes left, hopefully it isn’t the worst either. The whole prison thing was OK, but what was really interesting was learning about Prisoner X and the admin himself. Other than that it was a standard episode with nothing really special that happened. Jesse and her gang are in trouble once more and have to escape the danger that they face. Some story, different season, different episode. It’s actually becoming a little bland now as this game goes along. I know I want to see what happens to Jesse and her friends, but I’m not so sure after this episode if I actually care enough to see what happens.

The playability of this game is the same as the episodes before, walk around, click on stuff, talk to people, use your words as weapons, and that sort of thing. The action sequences are even more annoying this time around, if that’s possible as they are still blended between QuickTime events and actual action gameplay. The stamina thing is seriously killing me as most of the time I run out of stamina way to quickly which is annoying. Also annoying is the building which was at first fun in the first two episodes but in this third episode it feels a little forced. While the game itself ran bug and glitch free I did run into trouble when starting the game after installing the third episode. The whole thing completely froze and crashed my PS4. Not good.

The graphics are the same as they usually are for these Minecraft: Story Mode episodes, but I didn’t quite enjoy them as much this time around. I found the prison itself, which is the whole setting of the game this time around to be rather bland and uncreative. It could have been a little more elaborate in the graphics department, but they were what they were.

Finish this episode and you’ll be 6 trophies closer to the platinum trophy for this season. Just play the episode and do whatever you want in order to get the trophies. It seems like it doesn’t even matter though since apparently you choices don’t matter and maybe in the next episodes your choices will be flipped. Who knows.

As always, no multiplayer, but there is crowd play. I’ve expressed multiple time how I feel about that, so no need for that here, but if you have your opinions on crowd play, I would love to hear them down in the comments section.

Overall I give this episode a 2 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Depending on your decisions in the game Stella might actually become the rival she’s been hoping to become.
+ Advancement in the story that will hopefully lead to some kind of conclusion by the fifth episode without the need for DLC.

What’s Not So Great:
Lackluster episode that felt like it was just thrown in this season for the hell of it.
Apparently my choices don’t matter because one major decision was completely changed at the start of the third episode.
For a game that usually has graphics that are fitting for the genre, this episode went in an opposite direction and the graphics were boring and bland. I would have thought a Minecraft prison would have been a little more thought out and better designed.
Hard crash of my PS4 before the game even started. This was just after downloading the episode. What the hell!

After this episode and the last episode, I’m kind of feeling like I wasted my money on this game. I’m not really enjoying it all that once and things that were once fun, like building random stuff, just seems tacked on now since it got a well response. Not every episode has to have building random stuff in it. Sometimes too much of a good thing can lead to a bad thing. Anyway, if you’re on the fence with this game, I would say hold off until the full game is released and you can blow through each episode. Other than that, to be honest I’m not even looking forward to the next episode.

Spoilers! Below are the choices that I made for the third episode.

Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2