The much anticipated first episode of Minecraft: Story Mode is finally here!
I’m a huge fan of Telltale Game’s other episodic adventures such as The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones and Tales of The Borderlands. I have to admit though i’m not much of Minecraft fan, so was unsure what I was going to think of this series.
The game starts with a 10 minute introduction giving a backstory for the game about 4 heroes from the past called The Order of The Stone who defeated an Ender Dragon.
Cutting to the here and now, you find yourself playing as either a male or female Jesse who is about to enter an annual building competition with his/her friends Axel, Olivia and pet pig Reuben. The prize of the competition is to go to Endercon and meet with Gabriel the Warrior, one of the fabled Order of the Stone who slayed the Ender Dragon many years earlier.
You are shown basic controls, how to move, look around and interact with objects, as well as the timed responses that play such a major part of the game.
The gameplay is typical Telltale, you for the most part watch the story unfold and make choices in conversations that can affect other characters opinions of you, which in turn can affect future events in the game. If your rude to someone maybe they will refuse to help you if you need their help in the future. There are a few parts in which you freely walk about looking at items in the environment and talking to other characters, a few fight scenes and only 3 times you actually craft anything. In those instances of crafting you have a recipe book to use to tell you where to place the items on the crafting board (handy for us non Minecrafters!) so it’s not so much a craft what you like event, you craft what is needed at that point in the game.
The voice acting is fantastic as I expected it would be, with characters voiced by, among others, Corey Feldman (The Goonies, Stand by Me), Catherine Taber (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Disney Infinity 3.0), Ashley Johnson (The Last of Us, Tales from the Borderlands) and Billy West (Futurama, Adventure Time).
Graphically the game is amazing. Everything has the colourful blocky Minecraft look and feel to it you would expect, buildings, animals, trees, the moon, but even so the characters still manage to show emotion and expression and make you feel like you are controlling real life characters.
There are currently 4 more episodes planned in the Minecraft: Story Mode series, each episode takes approximately 2-2.5hrs to play through, depending on your choices.
I don’t want to spoil the story for you, but let’s just say things don’t quite go to plan and the gang end up taking on an important mission to save Minecraft from a rather large and dangerous enemy!
The game shows as PEGI 12 in the Xbox Store showing bad language, there were a couple of minor swear words in it so keep this in mind for younger gamers.
Check out my first 10 minutes of gameplay below –
To purchase Episode 1 priced at £5.19 in the store Click Here, after that if you enjoy it you can then purchase episodes 2-5 for £19.99 by Clicking Here. Alternatively you can purchase the season pass which includes episode 1 and all future episodes for £24.99 by Clicking Here.
If you are a fan of other Telltale Games, adventure games or are just Minecraft mad then give this fun episodic series a go. My only negative point is the length of the episode, but because its so great it leaves you wanting more!
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Another great addition to the Telltale catalogue. Crafted with fantastic graphics, voice acting and story as fans have grown accustomed to. So grab your sticks, rope, flint, feathers and anything else your blocky hands can get hold of and get ready for an adventure.