Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 7 – Access Denied Review (PS4)

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Another episode for a game that should have been over a long time ago. After the last episode which played out like a game of clue, I was really tired of this game and just wanted to see how it was going to end. Unlucky for me there was still this in between episode that needed to be done before actually getting to what will hopefully be the final episode of the game and end the story the way that episode 5 should have. Even though I have the season pass for this game, the thought of playing weighed heavy on me and I actually waited before playing. Was there something new and spectacular in this episode that made me want to keep playing this game? Keep reading to find out.

Episode 7 picks up where Episode 6 left off. Even your companions are getting sick and tired of portal jumping and just want to get home and put an end to the story. I can totally relate to these characters now since all I want is for this game to be over. Anyway, after an argument with Petra, she’ll choose the next portal and boy is this one a doozey. Here you’ll find a realm of Minecraft people, creatures, and animals all controlled by a computer called PAMA. It’s his/her job, I don’t know what gender to give the computer, to make all the people of the realm more efficient because it’s just natural for any computer to think that people are just lazy by nature and could actually be more productive if they were programmed to do so. While I can relate to PAMA in this way, he/she still needs to be stopped and it’s up to Jesse and her friends to do so.

While the story for this episode was different, this game is just dragging out so long that I feel like even though this game might do something great that it’s going to be lost on me. I was done with this game by Episode 5 and didn’t enjoy the twist of having to buy DLC just to see how the game ends. I’ve said this many times before but I think this whole thing of having to buy more DLC to see the ending just really ruined this game for me and makes me a little weary when it comes to purchasing my next Telltale game. Unlike Episode 6, this story was different and it was interesting but it was seriously just lost on me. I’ve been playing this game on automatic for so long that I just want it to end.

I have to say that there are some major improvements to the playability of Telltale games and this couldn’t have been an easy feat. There have been many reviews that I complained about lag, trophy pop issues, loading issues, and etc., but this game had none of that and ran flawlessly. This is a good thing and I really hope that Telltale continues in this fashion because overall I think they’re a pretty good company that I want to see succeed and continue to make games…like The Wolf Among Us: Season 2. Anyway, getting back to this episode. The only problem I had was with the fighting again. When it’s not a quick time event, the fighting is just awkward and you have to look at it from this weird perspective which is just…well weird.

Since this is just an add on title for the original 5 episode of Minecraft: Story Mode, the graphics for this episode are similar to the other 6 episodes. I didn’t see anything great or fantastic that blew my mind. I’ve liked the graphics for the game as a whole and this episode was no different.

There are of course an additional 6 trophies for this episode and all you have to do to get them is to play the game. It’s pretty simple and there’s nothing difficult about it. No special tasks to complete or anything, just get through the episode which can be a chore in itself.

No multiplayer for this game, although there is going to be some kind of multiplayer type thing for the new Batman game coming out and that seems to be a little exciting.

Overall I give this episode a 2.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ A different story from the rest of the episodes of Minecraft: Story Mode that in a way is sort of interesting, but at this point it’s just too little too late.
+ The end of the episode made it look like some kind of conclusion might be made in the final episode, but who knows.
+ No lag, trophy, or loading issues.

What’s Not So Great:
This game has seriously over stayed it’s welcome and it just really needs to be over by now.
This would have been a really great episode if this was part of a second season for Minecraft: Story Mode and not just one of these episodes that were tagged on to make more money.

While I haven’t been fond of the last two episodes for this game, I think that if Telltale would have done the proper thing and ended Minecraft: Story Mode in a way where it was done, these extra episodes would have probably made a pretty interesting season 2. The whole way that this was done about though kind of turned me off from the game and I’m not really a fan of it. If you’re like me and you want to see how the game ends you’ll be playing this episode, if not I would say give this one a pass.

Spoiler Alert! Here are the choices that I made for the seventh episode.

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This Week in Trophies 07-24-2016 – 07-30-2016

This was an exciting week in trophies as I was able to get a ton of them. This was due to the fact that I was wait for it…wait for it…demoted this week. Yes, one whole week after my promotion to begin with I was once again demoted. There’s a long and boring story that goes along with it that seems like something out of a movie, but that’s just how it goes. Anyway, I channeled all of my extra energy that I had exerted the week before into my new position back into gaming because why the hell not. Anyway, here’s how my gaming week went.

Saints Row IV: Re-elected – 83%
I finally finished the main story of this game and was able to get into some of the DLC. Unfortunately I still have a bunch of things to do for this game and it’s getting a little more than boring now. I really want to get the platinum trophy for this game but I’m losing a lot of my original interest in it now as I just play to complete challenges and try to get my 40 hours in. I did finish one of the DLC’s completely and I’ll have a review of that DLC within the next couple of weeks.

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Fallout 4 – 90%
Not only did I play the new Vault Tech DLC that came out this week, I even went back and completed the previous Contraptions Workshop DLC. Neither of these DLC’s were what I was expecting them to be and I’ll have my review for both of those DLC’s this week and next week. While I’m not going to be playing Fallout 4 again anytime soon, I still look forward to the release of Nuka World.

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Minecraft: Story Mode – 88%
With the release of episode 7, I figured I might as well play it since I payed for it even though I wasn’t really into it all that much. Needless to say, I completed the episode as I always do when I play and the review for this newest episode will be up within the next couple of weeks.

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Prison Architect: Playstation 4 Edition – 5%
I had a moment of weakness last week as there was a Black Friday in July sale and I kind of splurged some of the games I had been waiting to buy. This was one of them and since I was a little bored with Saints Row IV: Re-elected and this was the smallest game memory wise that would fit on my system, I figured I might as well give it a try. So far, I’m enjoying the game and the little story that goes with it. This is one of those games that I’ll definitely be continuing to play in the upcoming weeks.

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A pretty exciting week gaming wise as I got screwed over royally at work. Now I’m not sure if the upcoming week will be as exciting since I do have a tattoo appointment mid-week to finish up my FemShep tattoo from a couple of months ago. Did I mention that I almost got screwed out of my tattoo appointment because of a horrible spiteful person that I work with that I now have to call my boss? That’s a story in itself, but needless to say I will be gaming in my free time as much as I can and that includes trying to get the last three trophies I need to finish up Mass Effect 3, trying to complete Saints Row IV: Re-elected, and getting into Prison Architect: Playstation 4 Edition a little more. I’ll let you know how things went next week.