I’ll be the first to admit that I had my doubts about Minecraft: Story Mode when it was announced. Since The Walking Dead I have never been disappointed by a Telltale project, but this seemed like it was going a little too far. But to my pleasant surprise, Telltale did it again and has created yet another fantastic game.
My main worry about Story Mode was that because of the family friendly game it was based off of it wouldn’t have the deep moments that we see in a lot of Telltale games. But I was wrong about that. While the game is more light hearted than Telltale’s other games, it still provided some good moments where you had to make the difficult choices we all know and love (and sometimes hate).
However, even though there were those moments, I still had a hard time feeling connected to the characters. I wouldn’t really care if any of them died, and when I got to a time when I had to choose between two characters to save the choice was almost too easy. Honestly, I would of been more sad if the main character’s pet pig had died than any of the other human characters. I will give this time though, because I am expecting more character development as the season progresses.
Besides the weak characters, the story itself is actually pretty good. In short, a crazy guy lets loose a giant monster that wants to destroy the world and you and your friends have to stop it. Along the way you meet up with some new people that will either try to help you or get in your way. There’s some more to it than that, but you get the gist of it.
Aside from the story, there was another little thing that stood out to me. At the beginning of Story Mode you get to choose your character. You can play as either a guy or girl named Jesse, and have a few choices of looks for each. Both have a different voice actor, with Patton Oswalt for the male Jesse and Catherine Taber for the female.
But putting everything aside, there’s one thing that you really care about when you play one of Telltale’s games, and that is the choices that you can make and how much they affect the story. I’m happy to say that this had some really big ones. It actually has some of the biggest I’ve seen in the premiere episode of a Telltale game. Based on my statistics at the end of the page, it looks like they made a pretty big difference as well.
When it comes down to it, there’s going to be something that everyone hates and something that everyone loves in Minecraft: Story Mode. But in my opinion, there’s a lot more to love about it then there is too hate. Even though I wasn’t that into the characters, I trust Telltale enough to assume that they’re going to do everything they can to turn this into a great game.
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Original Release Date: October 13, 2015
Platforms: PC (Reviewed), PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, OS X, iOS, Android | Wii U version coming at a later date
ESRB Rating: E10+ – Everyone 10 and up
*A copy of this game was provided for review.