Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 5 – Order Up! Review (PS4)

This episode took so long to come out that it was ridiculous. It’s like Telltale had no idea where this game was going after the fourth episode and was just scrambling to get a fifth one out there. Did I also mention that there will now be three, yes three, add on DLC episodes coming out in the near future? This means that they took a mediocre, at best, game and then decided that they would expand it for profit. That’s not the point here though, the point is what was the fifth episode like, so here we go.

Taking place after the events of the fourth episode, you and your friends are now the big hero’s of Minecraft. You saved the world and formed The New Order of the Stone which now allows you to adventure around with all of your friends and collect a ton of loot so that you can build and do whatever else it is you do in Minecraft. Being the hero’s means that there are new enemies in the form of Lucas’s old friends. These people are now jealous of you and your loot collection, which they think they deserve. A fight over loot will lead you to a new land where building is forbidden unless you go through the proper channels and have it sanctioned. Did this remind any of you of a certain movie in which you couldn’t dance in a certain town…what was that movie called…oh yeah Footloose. Seriously Telltale? Anyway, you’ll be in a lot of trouble after doing some illegal building. Not to worry though because there’s an underground build club that will help you out along the way, and the first rule about build club is that no one talks about build club. Another moment that made me think “Seriously Telltale”, needless to say there were a lot of those moments this episode. Anyway, you’ll eventually get to helping out this town that doesn’t allow building and continue to be the hero’s that you’ve become. And then comes the cliffhanger with this new introduction of portals.

BOO! Instead of ending this episode and completing it so that people at least have a proper ending, Telltale decided to go the route of forcing you to buy the DLC in order to get your proper ending. This is a very greedy move on Telltale’s behalf since the DLC is not included in the season pass and is an additional $15 if you want to buy it. I personally think that this is not a good direction that Telltale is heading in and we’ll have to see where the company continues to go from here.

After the last episode, I was kind of done with this game and I didn’t think that it actually needed another episode so I wasn’t interested in this episode to begin with. I will say that I was in fact wrong up until the end because I thought the episode was a little better than the previous episodes story wise. Even though I had a lot of “Seriously?” moments. It was nice to actually play as the hero after rising up in the fourth episode and to have the respect of people who thought of you as an outsider in the first game. The overall story of the game is relatable and for that Telltale gets some bonus points. As always I played this episode straight through, but at time paused and took a couple of breaks because not everything was all that exciting as to where I was at the edge of my seat while playing.

This is the section that I hate when it comes to Telltale games. The playability. I will say that there were some improvements to the general Telltale issues such as loading times, trophy pops, stalling, and stuff like that. The only real problem I had was that at times the voices didn’t match up to what was happening on screen. This started out as a little annoyance at the beginning of the game and then turned out to be a major annoyance by the end of the game. It’s just one of those things that takes you out of the whole story which is why I took a couple of breaks while playing. Then there was the battle scenes. The first battle scene was that awkward action sequence thing that they did in the first episode while the rest were quick time events. For the action sequences in this game I really wish they would stick with the quick time events since they work better and aren’t awkward.

The graphics for this episode were on par with the rest of the game and matched the world of Minecraft perfectly. This is one of the games where the graphics were done right because they matched an already established franchise.

There were a total of 6 trophies for this episode. To get these 6 trophies all you have to do is play the game and if you’ve done everything for the other episodes, then you’ll also get the platinum trophy for this game by the end. If not you’ll have to go back and get the trophies that you missed in order to get the trophies.

As always, this is a single player experience.

Overall I give this episode a 2.5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ After becoming the hero you get to play as the hero which is a bit of a change from other games.
+ Graphics that are steady throughout the game as a whole and match the Minecraft world.
+ Some very common Telltale problems were fixed, and it deserves to be mentioned.

What’s Not So Great:
No closure to the game, making players who want to finish the story being forced to buy the additional three episodes that will be coming out. Not cool Telltale…not cool.
Voices don’t always match up with what’s happening on screen which gets extremely annoying after a while.

I will say that I’m a little bias with this episode because I’m not happy about having to pay for extra DLC that will hopefully finish up the story. I don’t think this is good for any company to do and I’m disappointed that Telltale has now also gone this route like other game companies. The episode itself was decent at best and I would say that if you’re a Minecraft fan then you’ll probably want to play this game. My recommendation would be to wait though for a huge price drop and maybe something that actually includes the DLC because why should you have to pay so much for this game? If you’re that eager to play the game though, go ahead since all of the main episodes are available. I will warn you though that the cliffhanger ending will be disappointing especially if you don’t want to spend extra money on this game.

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

Minecraft: Story Mode