Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 – Episode 5 – Above and Beyond Review (PS4)

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Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 has finally come to an end with the release of the fifth and final episode. I say that with a little trepidation because last season I thought there were only going to be five episodes to find out that they were adding three DLC episodes. Anyway, moving on from that, let’s talk about episode 5. How did things end for Jessie and her friends? Did this game get some sort of closure just in case it gets canned? Keep reading to find out.

Picking up right where episode 4 left off, you can read my review of episode 4 here, Jessie and her friends have made it back to Beacontown that’s being run by the admin who is disguised as Jessie. Gone is the peaceful Beacontown and in its place a tribute to the founder Jessie. There’s even going to be a big celebration for the fake Jessie, but Jessie and her friends aren’t having any of that as they come up with an Oceans 11 type plan to take down the Admin once and for all.

I have to say that while I was playing this episode I was kind of on the fence about it. It felt just a little rushed and everything happened really quickly. By the end of the episode though I came around and really enjoyed it. This was because it mostly cleared up a lot of things that were left hanging in certain episodes. The rivalry between Stella and Jessie, which was all in Stella’s head, was basically finished. The stuff Petra was going through also came to a close, the fate of Beacongtown and the Admin also had a nice tidy ending making the game end on a really high note. Having the ending that the game had was a real highlight to an episode that was a little on the boring side even with all the action and adventure that was thrown in.

Kudos to Telltale! I usually don’t give out Kudos lightly, but I have to this time around because they kind of won me over by the end of this episode with a Jessie and Petra moment. I won’t spoil it here, but being a Jessie and Petra shipper it was a nice little tame option given to you at the end of the episode and made me just a little giddy.

The playability of this game was a mess at some points. Sure it didn’t stall or take too long to load, but the action sequences were just off. This kind of messed up the game because when it came down to it, this episode was one big boss battle. Quicktime events didn’t seem as neatly calibrated as they were in the past and the action sequences that weren’t Quicktime events were just an absolute pain with the hearts and stamina system. I spent a lot of time dying in these sequences for really stupid reasons. If there’s another season I really hope they fix this mechanism and just switch over to full Quicktime events or improve the stamina system.

The graphics for this game were back on track like last episode as they fit into the whole Minecraft universe. Except for episode 3, the graphics have been spot on and are really a highlight of this game as a whole. I like how they really give you a Minecraft game but with a story so that you’re not running around the woods punching trees.

Finish this episode and you’ll have not only 6 new trophies to brag about but also a new platinum trophy to add to your list. Congratulations to those who played this game and got the platinum trophy for it. Unlike the other Telltale games, I don’t really feel like this was a cheap platinum trophy because some of the episodes felt like a chore to play so it wasn’t all fun and games.

As always, no multiplayer for this game and just the crowd play feature. I was surprised that the crowd play feature wasn’t crammed down my throat this time as when I play recent Telltale games I feel like I’m doing something wrong if I don’t use the crowd play feature.

Overall I give this episode a 4 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ An Oceans 11 type story for this episode that planned out a major scheme to take down the Admin and save Beacontown.
+ A nice ending that tidied everything up in case there are no more seasons for this game.
+ Graphics that fit in nicely with the whole Minecraft Universe.

What’s Not So Great:
Quicktime events that weren’t calibrated correctly and action sequences that used the broken stamina system. This made for a lot of non-fun times in a huge boss battle that could have been better.
Another quick episode that made the ending feel just a little rushed.

Overall this episode was probably the best of the season. It had a nice ending that if they don’t continue with the game you’ll be satisfied with. It wrapped everything up nicely and even put a little bow on it. Thanks Telltale! Anyway, if you haven’t played this game yet, I would say to wait until it was on sale and pick it up so that you can binge play it. This is one of the Telltale games that I feel in my honest opinion that it’s not really worth the $24.99 price tag that goes with it. If you aren’t a Telltale fan or a Minecraft fan, or maybe you’re just burnt out on Telltale games I would say to skip this one then and wait for something better.

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

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Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 – Episode 2 – Giant Consequence Review (PS4)

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After playing the first episode of the game, which you can watch in its entirety here, I was pretty eager for the second episode to come out. Since I came to this game a little late, it didn’t take long for this episode to come out and I was able to play it fairly quickly. Going into the episode I was a little weary because of last season. Last season the first episode of Minecraft: Story mode really pulled me in while the second episode was a little lackluster. Hoping that this didn’t happen the second time around I jumped into this episode.

Picking up right where the first episode ended, SPOILERS IF YOU DIDN’T PLAY THE FIRST EPISODE, the Admin is threatening Jessie’s town of Beacontown and the citizens that live there. It’ll be an all out battle as you try to save Beacontown while trying to defeat the Admin. It doesn’t stop there though as this is the Admin and everything he does is basically a trick. It’s time for another adventure to try and put a stop to the Admin once and for all. There will be some more tension between Petra and Jessie in this episode along with your new rival Stella. Where the hell did this chick pop out of? Anyway, Stella thinks that she’s your rival no matter how many times you try to tell her that she isn’t. While it doesn’t seem like a problem at first it kind of becomes one at the end depending on how you play the game.

Unfortunately this episode went the way of the second episode in the first season as it was shorter than the first episode, kind of felt like it should have be included in the first episode and felt a little rushed. Saying that, it was an interesting episode that showed sometimes people aren’t really who they say they are and it kind of breaks one character. I won’t spoil it for you here, but it’ll be interesting to see how this part of the story develops. Moral of the episode is that the Admin is evil and because it’s the Admin, he can do whatever he wants to do. There’s also more tension between Jessie and Petra and according to Telltale my story is constantly changing depending on the options that I choose. While the episode was interesting, the way that this season is going, it makes me think that there will be DLC for this game after the original 5 episodes come out which I’m really hoping is not the case.

The game ran smoothly and loading times were reduced this time around, just like the previous episode which is a pretty big win for Telltale. This doesn’t always happen and they’ve had problems with this in the past. But to stress again, the fighting scenes, which are few and far in between, are really annoying when they aren’t quick time events. This is thanks to the new stamina system that ticks down every time you swing your sword or dodge and roll. Other than that the game was bug and glitch free making the playthrough a smooth one.

Boo Telltale, Boo Apparently when I played the servers weren’t working right and by the end of the episode I wasn’t able to compare my stats with other players. While this isn’t a big deal to a lot of people, it is to me. This is mainly because I like to see how other people have played the game. Did the majority of players make the same decisions that I did or did they choose something else? I always like seeing these stats and I wasn’t even able to see them in the settings menu where you can look at your choices. When I went there immediately after playing the game, nothing came up as if I didn’t even play the second episode to begin with. This is not good.

The graphics are the same for this episode as they were for the first episode. When it comes to these episode based games, I never expect them to change from episode to episode because first of all that would be weird and second of all it would just be inconsistent. Anyway, just as with the first episode the graphics fit and it makes the game just a little bit better.

Finish this episode and you’ll get another 6 trophies to add to the list of 31 trophies for this game. Like the episode before all you have to do is play the game in order to get the trophies. By the end of all 5 episodes you’ll have yourself a new platinum trophy.

Just like the episode before there is no multiplayer, just plain old single player. Once again Telltale is really pushing the Crowd Play feature, which I still haven’t tried. Big surprise there. If you’ve tried this, let me know in the comments section your thoughts about it.

Overall I give this episode a 3.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Picks up right where the first episode left off so there’s no wondering what happened because it will actually play out.
+ Another episode that let’s you play around and build some along with more crafting.
+ Short loading times and a bug and glitch free experience.
+ Graphics that are consistent and work for this series.

What’s Not So Great:
An overall lackluster episode that felt like it was tacked on and should have been included in the first episode.
A shorter episode that while had a lot of story could have been just a little bit longer.
No stats were available at the end of my playthrough, even though this might not be a problem for everyone, it is for me as this is one of the biggest draws for me when it comes to these types of games.

If you’ve already started playing this game, you’re going to want to continue with the second episode. The release schedule looks a little more planned out for the Telltale games lately, unlike the release schedules of the past where it took just about a year for each game to come out, yes I’m looking at you Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones. If you haven’t started playing this game yet, but want to, I would say to hold off until the full game comes out and then you can binge play it all at once. Other than that the little preview at the end of the episode has me eager for episode three which hopefully won’t be a total letdown.

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

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This Week in Trophies 08-13-2017 – 08-19-2017

Ugh, trophy hunting has not been on my side for the past couple of weeks as I’ve barely been able to get any trophies. I’ve played a ton of games, but the trophies just aren’t able to come as easily as they once were. This kind of sucks in a way as the trophy hunter in me is getting antsy especially since it’s been four weeks since my last platinum. Anyway, here’s a breakdown of my trophies for the week.

Sonic Mania – 9%

Can I say that I am just loving this blast from my past. I have so many fond memories of playing this game on my Sega Genesis and being able to play it again with zones that are basically the same, but redone in certain ways is just absolutely amazing. I seriously can’t get enough of this game and it kind of makes me feel like a kid again as I play. I’m also really happy I spent the extra money and got the collectors edition which game with an awesome statue that actually says “SEGA” when it’s turned on and just looks amazing. Defiantly money well spent.

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Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 – 40%

The second episode for this game was released this week and even though I played it late in the week, I played it. While I’m not going to say much about it, you’ll have to wait for my full review in a few weeks, you can watch my entire playthrough here.

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And that was it for this week. A really sad week with 8 trophies. I’m not really sure how next week is looking because I’ve realized that once you start recording video’s that go along with the games you’re playing, it takes a hell of a lot longer then if you were to just play the game and get it over with. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy doing the video’s but it takes up a lot of my time. Anyway, for next week I plan on playing some more Sonic Mania, which I should have some videos of soon, as well as starting the first episode of Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which I picked up on sale, and let’s not forget about starting Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Hopefully next week will be more exciting trophy wise then it was this week.

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Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 – Episode 1 – Hero in Residence Review (PS4)

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I really didn’t want to pick up this game after last season. This is one of Telltale’s mediocre games and I wasn’t happy that after playing the initial 5 episodes that they added DLC to wrap up the story. This also wasn’t the game that I was hoping would be coming out so quickly, since I was hoping for The Wolf Among Us season 2. I know we’re finally getting this game after so long, but I figured it would come before Minecraft: Story Mode. Anyway, I’m a sucker for sequels and second seasons especially if they have the same character so I picked this one up.

Picking up basically right where Season 1 ended, Season 2 starts with Jessie being the big hero that she is and she basically has lost touch with her friends. Moving up in the world, Jessie has her own, town or village, whatever you want to call it, that she runs with her new intern. While everyone seems fine doing their own thing, Lucas is off writing books, Axel and Olivia have their own places to run, it’s Petra that’s having the hardest time with the transition. Petra misses the old adventuring days and asks you to come adventure with her. She has some ulterior motives to why she needs you and will eventually need your help, but not before you find a new and mysterious portal and a glove that just won’t come off your hand. Making some new friends along the way you’ll go on another adventure to get this glove off your hand, making extremely difficult choices as you go, like what to write on a sign. Anyway, by the end of the episode you’ll have a new nemesis and a new threat to your booming town.

I have to say that I found this first episode to be interesting. I liked being able to walk around a town that was my own and interact with the people that chose to live there. Also there was a big festival celebrating Jessie so that was pretty awesome. I also enjoyed the character development between Jessie and Petra and learning about how while everything seemed fine, Petra was actually suffering from the groups new found fame and fortune. I did find the story to be a little on the cliché side though as of course there’s another big bad that you’ll have to fight in order to save the world of Minecraft once again. I know that every game has to have its big bad to fight, but it just seems like, “I guess I have to save the world again.” Other than that I thought it was a pretty solid episode, and a good start to a season that will hopefully be better than the last.

WARNING! This is nothing major, but I just wanted to put it out there that if you’re like me and you beat your games, then delete them, especially if they’re digital, and then transfer over your saved data into the cloud, that the game will not pick up your saved data from the cloud. At least not on the PS4. I had to reinstall the first season, reinstall my data, without the game being installed you can’t reinstall the data, and then start season 2. Not a big deal, but a little hassle that you can avoid.

This game is basically the same thing as the first season, so the mechanics are the same, but there was some more building and some more crafting and I found that to be some of the more interesting things. The first season had some of this, but the second season seems to give you a little more freedom when it comes to this type of thing. I found the fighting scenes to be a little off a times as they mixed up the quick time events with some actual fighting mechanisms. For these types of games, I think the quick time events work a lot better and they should stick to that. This was a bit of a problem last time around and I would have at least though that it would have been fixed and it would have been just quick time events, but it’s not. Other than that the game ran smoothly and there were no bugs or glitches when I played.

The graphics were the same as last season, and just like last season they work because it fits into the whole Minecraft universe. This is a big thing when it comes to the Telltale games. The graphics have to feel like they fit into the genre of game that they’re developing and this is one of the games where it works, and it works well.

Play this episode from beginning to end and you’ll earn yourself 6 trophies. Gone are the trophies from last year that make you do specific things so you can just play how you want and no matter what you’ll get the trophies. At the end of the season you’ll be getting yourself another platinum to add to your growing list of Telltale platinum trophies.

There is no multiplayer for this game, which I am eternally grateful for, but there is crowd play. Being that I’m lazy and still refuse to setup a Telltale account I haven’t tried this feature yet. If you have feel free to tell me how it works down in the comments section below.

Overall I give this episode a 4 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Strong start to the season, even though this was the case last season before it went downhill.
+ It’s nice being the big hero that everyone looks up to and as Jessie you kinda get to do this.
+ Bug and glitch free, which is nice since with a Telltale game this can go either way.
+ Graphics match the overall Minecraft feel and really work for the game.

What’s Not So Great:
The story, while there has to be a bad guy, seems a little cliché and copied and pasted from the last season.

At the moment, I’m excited to see where the story for this season goes and how things will wrap up. I’m hoping that it will wrap up without the edition of DLC. I would say that if you’re a fan of last season that you’ll want to play this season and see how your story continues. If you didn’t play last season, you’ll probably want to play that one first to get a better understanding of what’s going on. I would say that you also need to play the DLC as well since it helps. If you weren’t a fan of last season and basically have no interest in this game you’ll want to skip it.

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

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Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 8 – A Journey’s End? Review (PS4)

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Having absolutely no idea that this episode was even released, weeks went by before I even got a chance to play it. Weeks. When I finally found out it was available to play, all I wanted to do was to play it in order to finish up this game, that went on too long, and get it off my system. Was the last episode worth all that extra episodes in order to lead to a satisfying ending? Keep reading to find out.

Picking up where episode 7 left off, if you can remember where episode 7 left off to begin with, episode 8 starts with Jessie and her(his) friends trying to get the Atlas in order to be able to go home. Turns out that Harper, one of four old builders, is basically a liar and will lead Jessie and her(his) friends into some more danger and some more chaotic stuff before they can actually get the Atlas. Jessie will be forced to make a deal with Hadrian, another old builder, to participate in some tournament type thing which is of course rigged in order to get the Atlas. Cut to some twists and turns and some ohh and ahh moments before the final ending of the story that ends on another cliff hanger setting this up for season 2 or maybe even another DLC pack. At this point, who knows.

As I’ve said before, I lost interest in this series a long time ago. Probably around the early episodes so this was basically as waste for me. I really hate how they tried to turn a game that’s about nothing into a game that’s about something by giving it this so-called “story.” The so-called “story” felt like a waste of time and so did this episode. It was like they made so many twists and turns that it wasn’t even interesting and bordering on confusing.

I will say that over the course of these games, the playability did improve. Gone was the switch on and off between the action cut scenes where sometimes you would have to move awkwardly and swing your sword and they were completely replaced with quick time events which was just fine with me. Other than that there were no problems with loading or anything else. This was a welcomed surprise and let’s hope this continues in the future.

The graphics were on par with the rest of the episodes and fit into the Minecraft world seamlessly. After actually playing Minecraft and then playing this game, the graphics seemed exactly the same and it made the game a little more enjoyable since they didn’t try to make the graphics into something that they aren’t.

Complete this episode and you’ll add the final 6 trophies to this game. Luckily all you have to do is play the episode. There’s nothing special so if you’re as bored with this game as I was then you can just do whatever and watch the trophies pop as each chapter of the episode completes.

At the moment Batman is the only Telltale game that has crowd play so this is still multiplayer free.

Overall I give this episode a 2 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ At least after an additional 3 episodes, the game actually ends although there is somewhat of a setup for a second season.
+ Nice graphics that let you know you are still in the Minecraft world.
+ A huge improvement to the playability factor of the game.

What’s Not So Great:
Setup for another season and I have no idea why.
A drawn out end to a series that should have been done with episode 5.
An overall boring episode that introduces you to the old builders but gives you no other information on their background making this episode look rushed.

Overall I am deeply dissatisfied with this episode and this series as a whole. What could have been something interesting and gave a game that’s about nothing some depth, I think it made the whole Minecraft universe even more boring and it seemed like even though the first 5 episodes were going somewhere, these last 3 were not. Unless you are a super huge Minecraft fan I would say to give this series as a whole a pass. It’s not worth the time or the money that you’ll invest in order to play.

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

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This Week in Trophies 09-25-2016 – 10-01-2016

Unfortunately this week’s blog is going to be short and to the point. I wasn’t able to get out of my work thing that I was going to try desperately to get out of meaning that I had little to no time to game. This, as you can imagine, made the week extremely long since I wasn’t able to play as much as I wanted to even though my brain was screaming “VIDEO GAMES!” Take a look at the small amount of trophies I was actually able to get this week.

AdVenture Capitalist – 38%

Having as little time as I did this week in order to game, I was able to at least get some gaming time with this game in. As I’ve been saying this game basically plays itself so I was able to log in each day for about 10 minutes and collect my money, spend it, and log back off. The only complaint I have for this game is the amount of time it spends crashing my PS4. This does not make me happy.

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Minecraft: Story Mode – 100%

Here’s the thing with this game, I didn’t even realize the final episode was released. I mean seriously, I had no idea until I was writing my review for the latest Batman episode and was like “Why the hell did the second episode of Batman come out and not the last episode of Minecraft: Story Mode?” This made me do a little checking and I found out that the final episode did come out and I just completely missed it. Anyway, I quickly played it yesterday and I’ll have my review for it up soon.

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That was it for this week. A meager 9 trophies. Next week I’m afraid is going to be worse. So bad that I don’t even think I’ll get my day of playing Dragon Age: Origins in. I know, I know, shocking! Anyway, if I do get a chance to game I really have no idea what I’m going to play since it’ll probably only be 15-30 minutes of game time anyway so I won’t be playing anything important. I’ll let you know how things work out next week.

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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.

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Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 6 – A Portal To Mystery Review (PS4)

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I had planned on not getting the three pack expansion to the game because I was obviously done with this game after the 5th episode.  Since I never really listen to myself I picked up the “Adventure Pass” and downloaded episode 6.  Did my opinion of the game change or is this just another purchase I’ll regret?  Keep reading to find out.

The last time we left off with episode 5, Telltale decided that instead of giving this game a proper ending that they would become just like every other money grubbing company out there and have the real ending added into paid for DLC.  Anyway, Jesse and her friends, trying to get home, jump into a random portal hoping that it’s the one that leads them to their home.  Spoiler alert, it’s not.  Did you really think it would be?  There are two other episodes.  Anyway, this leads them into a episode of Clue as they meet up with famous Minecraft people in order to solve a murder mystery.  It’s up to your new heroes to find out who the murderer is and get the hell out of wherever they are.

Boo! If you don’t know who these superstars of Minecraft are, which I had no clue who the hell they were, this story really has no meaning for you and makes no sense.  Not a good start if you ask me.

Although the episode was an interesting and in a way fun episode, I found myself at times disconnected to the story.  This was mostly because I didn’t know who the other characters were and really didn’t care, but also because it seemed like Telltale was trying to shove Lucas down my throat every five seconds.  For me, this episode was kind of a snooze fest as they went the route of a cliche and made you think you knew who the killer was before making it someone you probably least expected.  Yawn.

I will say though that apparently Telltale is listening when it comes to their games playability because there was an apparent decrease in loading time, less stalling, and just less problems overall.  Quicktime actions also seemed to be more responsive and have a better overall response time than previous games.  These were all some pretty major improvements, but it’s just a shame they had to come so late in this series.

As with the previous episodes there were no complaints in the graphics department.  The graphics for this episode were on par with the rest of the game and the Minecraft universe as a whole.

Complete this DLC and you’ll add another six boring and uncreative looking trophies to your trophy card.  All you have to do to get them is just complete the episode.

As always no multiplayer for the episode or game.

Overall I give this episode a 3 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Improvement to overall playability.
+ Graphics that are on par with the rest of the game.
+ Interesting story if you’re a super fan of Minecraft.

What’s Not So Great:
A real disconnect from the game if you have no idea who these Minecraft people are.
Typical whodunit story.
Forced extra content because there was no ending and instead of making a proper Season 2, Telltale decided to go the easy route of making more money.

At this point, I just want a proper ending to this game and some closure.  The fact that the last episode to this series is marked with a question mark makes me have some real doubts, which is extremely disappointing.  I would say that unless you really need to see what happens next, hold off on getting this episode and the “Adventure Pass” at least until there is a reasonable sale.  If you’re done with this game and really don’t care how it ends, then there’s no need to make any further purchases.

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

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This Week in Trophies 06-05-2016 – 06-11-2016

I would say that this week I was finally able to get back into the game as I grew accustomed to my new schedule, which will probably change now that I’ve grown accustomed to it, and was able to schedule out more convenient times for me to play. I had an overall productive week and was pretty proud of my gaming accomplishments. Take a look and see just how far I progressed trophy wise on a few of the games I’ve been playing.

Table Top Racing: World Tour – 44%

Two more trophies to add to this game this week as I try to get as much done as possible. I will say that I rage quit a few times with those damn drifting challenges because for some reason I just can’t get them and they frustrate me, but every once in a while I go back after taking a break and pick up right where I left off. Even though I’m two steps closer to the platinum, there is still a long way to go.

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Gone Home – 47%

I’ve been wanting to play this game for a while, but I could never really justify the price of the game for something that seemed pretty damn short depending on how you played. Anyway, I played through the game once and was surprisingly pleased with the overall story. What I’m not pleased about is that the Homerunner trophy is glitched. I’ve completed this game in under a minute multiple times, I know because I had someone time me, and this trophy still has not popped. I’ll go back and collect the rest of the trophies that I need for this game before seeing if this glitch can somehow be fixed by uninstalling and reinstalling.

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Minecraft: Story Mode – 76%

I had no intention of getting this DLC and I tried really hard to pass on it, but I’m a sucker for endings and I have to see how this game ends. I started and finished the entire 6th episode this week, and I’ll have my full review posted within the next couple of weeks.

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Tropico 5 – 43%

I was finally able to get back into this game this week and it’s my plan to finish up with the main campaign and get all of those trophies before moving onto the multiplayer for the final trophies. I’m really really close to getting the platinum for this game and I’m looking forward to it since it’s probably one of the more challenging games that I’ve played in a while.

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That’s it for this week. I would say that it was a pretty nice week when it came to trophies as I was able to get a bunch of different trophies for a bunch of different games that have been sitting on my system while also getting to play a new game as well. For next week, I’ll continue to work on Mass Effect 2, as I’m almost done with the game thanks to my full day of playing, continue to play Tropico 5, Table Top Racing: World Tour, and Gone Home. I’ll also try to get a couple of other games in that I’ve been itching to get back to like Dying Light and something else that I’m not sure about yet. I’ll let you know how things worked out next week.

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