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Video Game Review: Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two, Episode 2

August 16, 2017 | By Herija Green | Comments (0)
Minecraft Story Mode Season 2
Go home, Admin, you’re drunk!

Please note that since each episode of Minecraft: Story Mode — Season 2 features the same graphics engine and control setup, those elements will not be repeated in our reviews for the final four episodes. To read our thoughts on that, refer to our review of Hero in Residence.

Following a rather plodding debut, Season 2 cranks up the action significantly in Giant Consequences, picking up right where the first one left off as a stone colossus descends on Beacontown spoiling for a fight with Jesse and not the least bit concerned with collateral damage.

As has become a staple of the series, the moment one foe falls another rises in its place, and to that end we’re (re)introduced to the Admin, who now inhabits a different body but is no less powerful. He’s playing almost a watered down version of The Joker throughout much of the episode, making light of your friends and your attachment to them.

Some of the Admin’s motives come into focus here as well: he believes in power above all else. Thus he sees Jesse as a worthy adversary whose friends, specifically the likes of Lukas and Radar, are his weakness.

And naturally, Jesse disagrees, seeing them as his strength. To test that assertion, the Admin sets up a new test for Jesse and company to tackle, threatening the livelihood of Beacontown to coerce their participation.

While it’s only temporary, it’s enjoyable to have everyone together, and it allows the game to start giving more depth to the newcomers. That includes Stella, whose cluelessness continues to serve as a comedic respite from an otherwise serious affair.

Most of the episode is spent trying to successfully navigate the Admin’s house of horrors, consisting of the usual quick-time events — the shooting gallery being the most interesting but also frustrating given how hard it was to separate friend from foe at that distance. Still, the game is so forgiving that even multiple failures don’t derail your progress.

Giant Consequences also feels like it puts more weighty decisions on your plate than the first episode, which is a good thing. We’re particularly intrigued where a late-game choice involving Stella will lead that relationship moving forward. Things end with the deck being reshuffled again, placing Jesse in a new bind to find his way out of.

OVERALL (3.75/5)

Coming on the heels of a slow-paced opener, Giant Consequences features better action, more meaningful decisions and an interesting cliffhanger leading into Episode 3.

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The Wire Troll: Phils Promote Rhys Hoskins

August 13, 2017 | By RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Have you noticed how hot Mahtook is right now? All he has done is record seven multi-hit efforts over the last eight games before Sunday. Mahtook is flashing way more extra-base sock this season, and had homered in two straight heading into action Saturday. Ride the hot hand and grab him while he’s raking.
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Video Game Review: Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 1

August 11, 2017 | By Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off
TellTale’s Batman series broke new ground with its initial season in two ways. First, it allowed the player to control Bruce Wayne just as much as Batman. Second, it took longtime elements from the franchise’s lore and mixed them in new and unique ways.
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The Disintegration of Matt Moore

August 9, 2017 | By RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Moore was shelled again on Monday by the Cubs, and other than a nice five-start stretch in May, he’s been rancid all year long, and pretty much a very tough Fantasy play in anything but an NL-only format.
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The Wire Troll: Shane Greene Delivering Saves in Detroit

August 6, 2017 | By RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Apparently, a change of scenery after nine years in the Rays’ system was all Beckham needed to remind us why he went first overall in the 2008 draft. Since landing in B-More, he’s racked up four straight multi-hit games, including a four-hit bonanza Friday, making him the only active player to put up multiple hits in each of his first four games with his current team. Beckham is finally a productive big leaguer, so grab him now. Perhaps he’s just a late bloomer (remember, he’s still just 27).
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