Minecraft: Story Mode Episode Three--The Last Place You Look Review

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(There be story spoilers below. Proceed at your own risk!)

Endermen were already the creepiest creatures in the world of Minecraft, but the latest episode in Telltale's narrative take on the hit game makes them close to something truly disturbing. In Minecraft Story Mode: The Last Place You Look, these enigmatic creatures take center stage, proving to be a scary antagonists in several key sequences. Their use here is emblematic of Minecraft Story Mode's clever approach to creating a narrative within the wider world of Minecraft; there's a real reverence for the original game on display, and while the adherence may be strict, the way the many disparate pieces of Minecraft have been put together in service of an increasingly compelling story continues to be engaging.

This third episode of Minecraft Story Mode features the same propulsive energy as the second, with the added bonus of also being the most thrilling narratively. By the end of this short chapter, the stakes for the entire series have not only been elevated but, in many ways, completely reset as well.

Episode Two ended on a somewhat lame cliffhanger, and it's not long before our group of heroes manage to find their way out of their predicament by doing the very Minecraft thing of just digging straight down. From here, The Last Place You Look moves briskly, skipping from an exciting opening sequence set within a gigantic mob grinder filled with enemies to a visit to the End to find the last missing member of the Order of the Stone (voiced by the always excellent John Hodgman).

Whatever you do, don't look at the Enderman!
Whatever you do, don't look at the Enderman!

Along the way, some of the series' key relationships and plot lines are moved forward, some quite significantly. Lukas' growing unease threatens to boil over, your character's relationship with your Wither sickness-infected party member--whose identity is dependant on a choice you made in Episode 1--gains complexity, and the team's overarching goal of coming up with an explosive solution to defeat the gigantic Wither destroying the world comes to a head.

Narratively, this is the most complex Minecraft Story Mode has been so far, which is a welcome change from the simpler, black-and-white shading of previous episodes. It's also the most emotionally wrought. Several scenes were quite affecting, and was surprising given the series' fairly light and jovial tone so far. While Episode Three is still light years away from the rawness of Telltale's take on The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, younger players may need some guidance with some of the heavier situations that occur.

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Episode Three also ramps up the tension, and it's all thanks to those creepy Endermen. Their cold stares, propensity to teleport suddenly, and open- jawed screams are used to great effect here. All of the sequences where hero Jesse and the crew having to contend with Endermen are clear highlights.

It all leads to a conclusion where, while not completely surprising in its details, is still presented in an exciting, involving way that makes you feel--almost--like resolution is close at hand. There's also a last-gasp character revelation that makes for Story Mode's first truly intriguing cliffhanger. The ending made me long for that next episode to come quicker.

As always, Minecraft Story Mode's love for the source material shines through, in touches both large and small. Seeing a gigantic, complex grinder in action made me regret never having the time or skills to make a machine like that in my own Minecraft game, while little character touches (like everyone lowering their eyes so as not to attract Endermen attention) shows off the series' consistently wonderful attention to detail.

OK, so there may be trouble brewing here.
OK, so there may be trouble brewing here.

Minecraft Story Mode's third episode is the best so far, weaving action and story in a tight, focused package. This is another short episode (my first playthrough clocked in at less than 90 minutes), which makes Story Mode a little on the brief side compared to recent Telltale offerings. But that brevity is my biggest complaint, which, if you look at it from the most charitable view, means the game never outstayed its welcome. Story Mode remains a great experience--especially if you're playing with younger fans of Minecraft--and my anticipation for the next episode remains high.

The Good
Fast-paced episode
Story starting to take some interesting turns
Most emotionally affecting episode so far
The Bad
It's pretty short
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I don't know why the episode has to start with Jesse and Lukas tussling over the amulet. It feels to me like there is some leftovers from plot editing on Telltale's part.

Also, a named character dies in this episode. Yup, it's Telltale alright - can't just have every named character live in any of its interactive stories ever since Walking Dead.

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mindcraft devs are laughing all the way to the bank for you clowns buying these episodes..lol they make x4 the money for less content.lets see how much you have wasted 3 episodes at $25 thats $75.for 6-8hr of content...lol.its sad to see this is the way gaming is going first mindcraft,then ff7 and now i hear hit man and gta 5 are doing this episode dlc crap.

thats why i dont buy these games.i dont support this kind of gaming.just thin one more mind craft episode you clowns spent $100 for 40hr of content...lol sad very sad.

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do people actually buy these episodes?if so have you had fun spending $75 for 24hr of meh..lol.these episodes are made to do one thing take your money.they space it out every few months and charge you $25.next one you would have spent $100 for 32hr of game play.lol

they adre doing this with ff7 remake im guessing $30 per episode since they know you will pay it.and now i hear gta 5 online story dlc which is the same thing.i am not paying for any of that stuff..lol buy you goahead and waste you money on episodes.fyi 3 episodes is enough for a new game..lol

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@hvd2222: I bought all of the episodes for 23 american dollars

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@tabletopgaming: your the kind of people they want.that will over pay by x4 of what the game is worth..lol..you are just the kind fo people they want.....

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They are really pushing these episodes out, I wish all their other series got this same treatment...

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@Jasurim: Exactly. I'm sure the game is good and all. But I have to admit to being a little peeved at the fact that they're pushing these episodes out every couple of weeks when it took them months in between episodes of Tales from the Borderlands. MONTHS of tortuous waiting to find out what would happen next. What makes Minecraft so special, huh Telltale? HUH?!

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@Mirha77: I guess it's just easier to make and honestly, Minecraft is not as good as their other series. It's... shallow. The story is there (it's pretty simple though), but not much else. 70% of the time it's non-interactive cutscenes, another 20 are easy QTEs (and I mean Beyond level of easy, where it's hard to actually mess something up) and the last 10 the game does allow you to move freely... which most of the time means walk straight until another cutscene triggers.

They've done it before with Wolf, but there at least story was pretty good (I really liked Wolf, read all the Fables after playing through it).

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Why are there episodes in the first place why not just do a full game? Is there a reason for this?

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@saltkillzsnails: One of the reasons is that they use feedback from released episodes for guidance when making subsequent episodes. Did the players seem to be more interested in character X than character Y? Which paths did most players take? Even comments are sometimes taken into account.

The broad arc of the story has been written in advance, but details can be altered on the fly using the episodic format.

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@saltkillzsnails: That's a bit like asking "why are they making a tv series of X, why not a film in stead?" The way they do their games is just more suited to an episodic format. in the same way, other games are not suited to that format at all (think CoD, fallout, hitman).

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What's happening? They're releasing the episodes incredibly fast. I'm more used to the 4 months wait.

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I wish reviewers would be harder on TellTale games. These guys are making games with like every major IP, that's gotta be earning them a ton of money, yet it seems like they put next to nothing of that into their games. The graphics are bad, and they are really bad when you consider there's barely any gameplay, the storytelling in my opinion peaked with The Walking Dead series. I don't get it.

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@brn-dn: Well, story wise very little can beat Walking Dead season One. But the story of their other games are still fun. I do think it's time for a new engine though.

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Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series

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Minecraft: Story Mode will be an all-new narrative-driven game series developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang. Set in the world of Minecraft, the series will feature an original story, driven by player choice.

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