Minecraft: Story Mode
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Platforms: Android, iOS, PC, MAC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360
Release Date: October 13th, 2015 (First Episode)
Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic adventure game that has been produced and developed by Telltale Games. The title is based on the sandbox game Minecraft but goes a bit further in giving characters in this world more personalities and allowing them to do things like go to a local fair. The first episode of the game released in October of 2015 and the episodes continued to release about once per month. The final episode of the game releases on February 9, 2016. The version of the game was originally slated for release on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, iOS, Android and PC and Mac. In January of 2016, the game was also launched on the Wii U.
According to Telltale games the idea to make Minecraft: Story Mode, came about when the team was working on Tales from the Borderlands. The group realized they could have some fun and some success putting yet another spin on a video game story. They also realized according to Job Stauffer, that putting together a story based on Minecraft would give the team a kind of blank canvas and that would create an interesting challenge. Telltale began negotiations with Mojang in early 2013, and started work on the game shortly after talk with the other company got underway. The acquisition of Mojang did not affect the development of the game because the two firms already had an agreement and a contract.
Telltale has said that it made a brand new main character named Jesse because they did not want to disrupt stories that people had already created for themselves when it came to Steve. The company has also said that the other primary characters in the game are loosely designed around some of the other player characters that have shown up in the game. Telltale further said it was careful not to try and explain why concepts and enemies in the game such as creepers. The lack of a backstory is again to stay out of the way of narratives that have already been created by players of the original Minecraft.
Telltale has said this game is more of a family oriented game than some of the other titles in the library. This game was shooting for more of a PG or PG-13 rating in contrast to The Walking Dead series or A Wolf Among Us. Those games were aimed at a more mature video game audience. The company said this was done because Minecraft is geared for a more family atmosphere where as The Walking Dead and Fable shows and comics are geared towards an older audience.
Minecraft: Story Mode was officially announced in December 2014 and its first trailer was released during the Minecon convention in July of 2015. The game has five-episodes and the first released on Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation and Xbox consoles in October of 2015. Telltale also brought the title to the Wii U in January of 2016. That made the release the firstt time a Minecraft game had been released on a Nintendo platform. Minecraft: Story Mode is also the first Telltale Games title that has been released on that platform since Back to the Future: The Game.
The story for Minecraft: Story Mode centers around Jesse and his band of friends (including his pet pig Reuben.) The group begin their adventure at a building convention but soon stumble onto a darker tale that involves a hideous and seemingly unstoppable Witherstorm that is wiping out the entire Minecraft world. In order to try and stop this creature, Jesse and his friends go looking for a team of famous adventurers known as the Order of the Stone. The situation gets more dire as Jesse and his gang come to find out that the Order of the Stone didn’t go underground because they weren’t wanted, but because the members of the (near superhero status) team actually didn’t get along all that well with each other.
Jesse and his group have to try and get the order to find a way to work together again in order to literally save the world. There are a number of other side quests and mysteries that can be uncovered depending on the choices that are made in the game as the player leads the quest.
The gameplay aspects of Minecraft: Story Mode are similar to other Telltale games episodic adventures. The game works through point and click mechanics and the player is able to collect items, that allow them to solve puzzles as well as fight off enemies throughout the game. Players will talk to non-player characters though conversation trees to learn about the story and the characters and will use these trees to figure out what they should do next. Like the other Telltale adventures, some of the choices will directly effect how the episode being played will go and can have far reaching impact on other chapters. These particular decisions are generally denoted by telling the player than an NPC will remember the choice.
Because this is a title based on Minecraft, there are aspects to the game that aren’t included in other Telltale titles. There are elements of building and crafting in this game, though what is being built and crafted tend to follow a linear path and doesn’t have the open world feel players see in Minecraft. Some of the Telltale games allow players to see the story unfold through the eyes of various characters but Minecraft: Story Mode is told only through the viewpoint of the main character, Jesse.
Jesse is the main character and can be edited at the start of the game in order to reflect being either a man or a woman, and other small edits. The other non-playable characters that join Jesse in the adventure are Reuben, his pet pig, Olivia, Axel and Petra. There is another group of builders that appear to be enemies of Jesse and his group called the Ocelots. One member of the Ocelots Lukas eventually can join Jesse’s group.
The main enemy that Jesse and his team are trying to run down is a man named Ivor who unleashed a planet devouring Witherstorm. The Order of the Stone characters that make an appearance in the game are Gabriel, Soren, Ellegaard and Magnus. There are other various NPC people that the team runs into during their adventure as well as a number of monsters they have to fight or avoid during the game.
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