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Minecraft: Story Mode: Season Two: Episode 2 - Giant Consequences
Score: 88%
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Media: Download/1
Players: 1; 2 - 12 (Crowd Play)
Genre: Adventure

Previously on Minecraft: Story Mode:

As the title of this episode implies, Minecraft: Story Mode: Season Two: Episode 2 - Giant Consequences has Jesse and friends dealing with a pretty big problem directly related to the adventure started in Hero in Residence. It appears an all-knowing and powerful being known as The Admin has taken notice of Jesse and wants to "talk."

When Jesse, Petra and new friends Jack and Nurm traveled to an underwater temple, they returned with an artifact called a Structure Block and managed to seal up the immediate problem threatening Beacontown. What none of them bargained for, though, is a colossal stone statue brought to life claiming to be a god-like being and threatening to tear down Beacontown. That's where Giant Consequences starts off.

Shadow of the Colossus:

Minecraft: Story Mode: Season Two: Episode 2 - Giant Consequences's first mission is to stop The Admin from destroying Beacontown. Jesse finds the giant to be a lot to handle and it will take some of his/her friends to act as distractions (not to mention taking out the mobs that start invading the town) in order to put a stop to the statue. The fight is a lengthy one filled with many quick time events and, at some points, Jesse will even have to climb onto the massive foe and eventually work up to the giant's glowing weak spot. Needless to say, this reminded me a lot of Shadow of the Colossus, though that game's much more complex game mechanics made the whole process much harder than Jesse's trek up the stone creature.

The spoils of the fight leave a ton of prismarine shards around, giving the citizens of Beacontown enough material to rebuild from the damage The Admin and his mobs caused. They also get access to a strange new artifact that The Admin used to control the time. Unfortunately for all involved, The Admin isn't so easily defeated and when he reappears, he challenges Jesse to a new trial, else Beacontown, and the whole world, will be stuck in a perpetual winter biome in the dead of night - the perfect breeding ground for a whole new slew of mobs created by The Admin for just this very purpose.

A New Trial:

Minecraft: Story Mode: Season Two: Episode 2 - Giant Consequences continues with Jesse setting out to face this new challenge from The Admin. Joining Jesse is Petra, Lukas, Jack, Vos (Jack's old adventuring buddy that Jesse and gang found in the last episode), and Jesse's intern, Radar. Before the party makes it to the "awesome, fantastic, super-deadly icy palace of despair," they are joined by Stella, the leader of a neighboring town, and her treasure-seeking pet Llama, Lluna [sic], both introduced in Hero in Residence.

When the troupe finally makes it to the mountain, they learn that their mission is to reach the top and retrieve the same artifact that The Admin used to control the day/night cycle. Once destroyed, the weather and time should return to normal and the "winner" of the challenge gets to be The Admin's new partner and he promises that there will be many rewards as a result of such a union. How you proceed depends a lot on how you want to play Jesse. You could play the character as an adventurer seeking the glory of the prize, or as someone who is just trying to save Beacontown. It all really comes down to the decisions you make while talking to the other characters, and of course, this being a Telltale game, the feelings those characters have towards you will change based on what you decide.

Inside the mountain, Jesse will be faced with a few challenges, and while some require technical skill and timing on the player's part, some of the other challenges come down to decisions you choose to make. You are given the chance to go with one group of friends or another, and who you follow will determine what challenges you face and who will be at your side. Other choices you make will quite literally change the fate of your companions and even by the end of Giant Consequences, it won't be clear how that all plays out.

Next Time on Minecraft: Story Mode:

Let's just say that by the end of Minecraft: Story Mode: Season Two: Episode 2 - Giant Consequences, you don't play all that nicely with The Admin. The choices Jesse makes while in the mountain will end up putting one of your team in a tight spot, and to make matters worse, The Admin sends Jesse off into some strange prison. From the looks of things, Jesse's first goal in Episode 4 - Jailhouse Block is surviving, and hopefully escaping, The Admin's prison. Where the game goes from there is anybody's guess.

So far, Minecraft: Story Mode: Season Two is taking some interesting turns and has already strayed far from the initial scenes where Jesse stumbles upon the Prismarine Gauntlet, and given The Admin's apparent in-depth knowledge of Jesse and his/her adventures, who knows what the god-like being has planned for these characters.

-J.R. Nip, GameVortex Communications
AKA Chris Meyer

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