First up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.
Minecraft, the famous game we all know and love from Mojang, was bought by Microsoft and is now titled as another game. In this new project from Telltale Games you are playing a story-based version of the classic open world builder…because that is what Telltale does.
The name of the game is Minecraft Story Mode. At the start you get to pick one of two possible characters, male or female, and your choice of three different skins each. I know this kind of sucks; you don’t get to upload your own skin! Given time I think someone will do something about that.
Now in the story you and your two friends (three if you count your pig, Reuben) are off to participate in the Endercon Building Competition, where you meet Gabriel the Warrior, one of the four Heroes of Legend. Now at the start of the game you decide on what you are going to build, and then to impress the judges you must decide to make something special. Once you do that, you use familiar resource grabbing techniques to gather materials. Construction is accompanied by an almost “Eye of the Tiger” training montage to help pump yourself up for what’s to come. No seriously, you’re doing push-ups with Rueben on your back, punching wood and working out in the most hardcore way possible.
Now character-wise, you have your two friends who are pretty fun, although Olivia is fairly negative all the time as the ubiquitous CaptainSparklez has pointed out. But overall I think Rueben is by far the coolest character; a pig that gets to dress up as an Ender Dragon. He pulls off the look really well!
Why have a wolf in game, when you can have a pig dressed as a dragon? In my book it’s a major win. Mechanics-wise, the game is fairly straightforward on both keyboard and controller. Telltale sticks to their basic formula, as it’s a proven formula. The same holds for the music. They know how to set the tone of the game, although they never did play “Eye of the Tiger” during the opening…very disappointing.
The voice acting, although good for the most part, needs a little work. The game also needs a little more instruction, although considering the likely players, it works out well. It’s only minor things that really need improvement. During certain moments the voice actors try to sound excited, but they come across as bland and lackluster.
Despite that though, Minecraft Story Mode is really fun. However the replay value is a little low for me. It doesn’t have that feeling that lures me in the way the original Minecraft did. Although the latter title is still wildly popular, it has lost a lot of its charm for me over the years.
Do I recommend picking up this game? I totally do. I enjoyed playing and got a few good chuckles here and there from the story. If you are a fan of Minecraft and always wanted a story to go along with it, then I definitely recommend picking it up.