Assembly Required brings about the continuation of Telltale Games, Minecraft Story Mode adventure, the latest episode follows directly on from the largely impressive first episode, The Order Of The Stone. During the first outing from the latest in a long line of hugely successful episodic games from Telltale, we saw the world of Minecraft flipped upside down as Ivor, a former member of “The Order” unleashed a Witherbeast upon the land, which then proceeded to rip through the beautifully pixelated world with terrifying and unerring ease, leaving a trail of missing people and chaos in it’s wake.
The story picks up where it left off with the stories protagonist, Jesse on a quest to bring “The Order” back together again, the estranged band of heroes are believed to be all that stands between bringing an end to the chaos or witnessing the end of the world, as Jesse knows it. Depending of course on choice, players could be searching the land for either Magnus the Rogue, who knows a thing or two about TNT or Ellegaard, who is a wizard engineer, I opted to search for Magnus, who is voiced by eighties iconic actor Corey Feldman.
Minecraft Story Mode – Episode 2 Assembly Required: Xbox One [Reviewed], Playstation 4, PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, Android, Wii-U, iOS
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Release Date: 27 October 2015
Price £4.99-5.99[Disclosure: Game copy supplied by Developer/Publisher]
After the opening moments of the episode pass Jesse, Axel and Ruben enter a town appropriately named Boom Town, a place where pretty much anything goes, it is also a place heavily overrun with folk called the “Griefers”, Griefers don’t take kindly to unwanted visitors, referring to Jesse as a noob, which he may well of been in the previous episode, but the games fantastic protagonist has become somewhat of an unlikely hero amidst all of the ensuing destruction and proceeds to fight back against the large group of Griefers, who want the amulet Jesse holds for themselves, to aid them in finding Magnus, who they either worship or hate, it’s kind of hard to tell at times.
Boom Town, as you may have gathered from the abruptly sounding name is all about TNT, with Jesse required to dodge plenty of it to avoid death and keep hold of the precious and sacred amulet, the small and colourful artefact is vital to their cause as it can show where every member of “The Order” lies across the world. It becomes fairly obvious that Magnus resides within this town of madness and mayhem, leaving Jesse and the gang fighting tooth and nail to reach him.
The combat and action throughout the latest episode was enough to keep me entertained, while at the same time gripped as the story began to unfold spectacularly in front of me. Jesse, as a main character is growing as the game presses on, with so much belief in himself, how could anyone not find him/her to be a likeable character. The choices made in the previous episode are clearly reflected within this episode and that’s apparent towards the episodes conclusion, that is great to see. There is more than one way to play the story, obviously with the rewind ability there is the option to change the outcome of certain events, if you so wish to do so.
The new characters I met throughout the Assembly Required were a great addition, adding to the glowing aura that centres around Minecraft Story Mode. As I proceeded on through the episode I was continuously amazing at how well Telltale Games grasped what the iconic block building brainchild of ‘Notch’ meant to fans, they don’t miss a trick, with every aspect covered and little to no stones left unturned, they have managed to incorporate everything the main game represents, while putting their own very unique spin on proceedings. They have created a group of individuals that are not only likeable, you come to actually care about them, there is a protagonist to love (whichever gender you decided on) and an enthralling storyline, which does not waver from it’s point too often but allows for great dialogue between the group and for some intense decision making.
The first episode might have been a bit of a slow burner, more of a tutorial but the action was certainly cranked up during Assembly Required and I look forward with anticipation to what the next part brings. I’ve always enjoyed playing Telltale Games Episodic Adventures with hours spent playing both The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us with Minecraft Story Mode, the developers are heading down the same successful route.