[PS4 Review] Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 2: Assembly Required
Building up to a good thing9
The second episode for Minecraft: Story Mode – titled Assembly Required – follows the adventure of Jesse and his/her friends as they go in search of the members of The Order of the Stone. The decision you made at the of Episode 1 will play a big part at the start of this second episode, so be ready! And as you can imagine, this being an episodic release means that anything you read after the break can be considered a spoiler.
In Minecraft: Story Mode, playing as either a male or female hero named ‘Jesse,’ you’ll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, Jesse’s friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.
Depending on the choice you made at the end of the first episode of Minecraft: Story Mode, Jesse will go and search for one of the members of The Order of the Stone. I selected to search for Ellegard (the red route) at the end of episode 1, so that’s what I did as I started my time with Episode 2. So out I went and traveled to Ellegard’s city to let her know what was going on so that she could join the group and help find the other members needed to defeat the monster that was destroying everything in its path.
After making your way back to the Headquarters for The Order of the Stone, I found out that Axel decided to go on an adventure of his own (instead of staying to defend the base) and had brought back Magnus. On top of that, for some reason Axel was now the ruler of Magnus’ citadel because apparently he managed to beat him at a particular event.
I was having fun with the game when I decided to check my trophies and it as then that I realized that I was missing a trophy for the episode, which was weird since most of the time the trophies in these episodic releases from Telltale Games are awarded by simply progressing through the game. Turns out that there are two trophies in episode 2 tied to the route you take at the start of the episode, and that means that all of the first chapter of episode 2 is completely different depending on the choice you made at the end of episode 1 (red or green route).
So if you want to get all trophies for this episode, you’ll need to rewind to the end of episode 1 and select the opposite route (I suggest you use a different save slot for this). This also means that this particular episode is shorter when compared to, say, any of the episodes from Tales from the Borderlands or Game of Thrones, or than the first episode for Minecraft: Story Mode.
The second episode for Minecraft: Story Mode does a great job of setting things up for the next release. Hopefully the fact that it’s a shorter episode won’t rub people the wrong way because so far Telltale Games is doing this right considering “Minecraft but with a story” was something none of us were considering before the announcement of this game.