Minecraft: Story Mode
|a game by||Telltale, Inc.|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||7.2/10 - 5 votes|
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Minecraft Story Mode is an interactive adventure game developed by Telltale, set in the world based on Mojang's hit game, Minecraft. Players take on the role of a young adventurer Jesse, setting out with their pet pig on quest to reunite a lost order of warriors. This episodic adventure is broken up into several episodes, with the complete first season totaling 8 unique episodes. Each episode continues the story of Jesse and their crew, with a fun and self-contained side mission. It's part Minecraft, part classic adventure game, and all parts entertaining. With a mixture of interesting dialogue sequences and quick-time event action, Minecraft Story Mode injects a healthy dose of narrative into one of the most popular survival games of all time!
If you spent a lot of time playing Minecraft before trying out this game, the first thing you'll notice is the massive difference in gameplay style. Unlike Minecraft, Minecraft Story Mode plays like an interactive movie with varying moral choices and dialogue options. Instead of exploring a first-person world for resources, you'll follow along a linear path that's cut into chapters. Most of your time playing Minecraft Story Mode will be spent watching, as a large chunk of gameplay is baked into the cutscenes themselves. In some sections, the player will be able to freely control Jesse, moving around the environment from a third-person perspective. As you interact with your surroundings and find items, you'll progress the storyline. More often, you'll watch cutscenes between all the various characters, choosing which lines you want your character to say. Along with dialogue choices, you'll make some big moral choices that affect the narrative of the game.
Since storytelling is such a big aspect of Minecraft Story Mode, it's a good thing that the story itself is quite good. In the first episode, players follow Jesse and their group of friends as they travel to a nearby convention, EnderCon. There, Jesse and their friends eagerly await the building competition, where they will face off against their rivals, the Ocelots. This lighthearted adventure quickly takes a turn towards seriousness, as Jesse and their friends discover a scientist named Ivor creating a massive beast known as a Wither. Once the Wither gets out of control, it spreads across the world in a massive “Wither Storm”, decimating everything in its path. In order to defeat the Wither Storm and save their world, Jesse and the gang must find the missing Order of the Stone, an ancient group of fierce warriors.
Minecraft Story Mode takes the beloved world of Minecraft and uses it to tell a fascinating and excellent fantasy story. As the episodes progress and Jesse's team becomes more powerful, they explore some truly interesting worlds and go on some awesome missions. Throughout the experience, you're right by their side, making important decisions and fighting creepy monsters. It's a game that at times feels passive, but you'll have plenty of fun watching the events unfold. Ultimately, Minecraft Story Mode Season One tells an engaging and exciting story with memorable characters, which is only made better by the distinct art and charm of Minecraft. I highly recommend you download the free first episode and give it a try!