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  • Summary: Minecraft: Story Mode is an adventure game set in a Minecraft world. It is a 5-part episodic series that will take you to the Nether, the Farlands, the End, and beyond. You will determine how the story flows through the decisions you make: what you say to people (and how you say it), andMinecraft: Story Mode is an adventure game set in a Minecraft world. It is a 5-part episodic series that will take you to the Nether, the Farlands, the End, and beyond. You will determine how the story flows through the decisions you make: what you say to people (and how you say it), and what you choose to do in moments of action. Expand

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 25
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  1. Oct 15, 2015
    90
    Story Mode is fun and light-hearted, and rekindles those feelings of excitement and adventure you had with friends when you were a kid. It may wear its influences on its sleeve, but that's not such a bad thing when it's handled so well.
  2. Oct 21, 2015
    80
    It’s a subtle and sweet work made with an awareness that the best part of a journey comes when you realize that you are the story.
  3. Jan 5, 2016
    80
    Episode 1 definitely sets things up well, and while the characters are a little weak so far, the quest itself is interesting enough I can’t wait to see what the next episode holds.
  4. Oct 13, 2015
    70
    It's a pleasant start, packed with individual events but featuring little in the way of narrative propulsion. When I reached the end of this episode, I wanted more. I'm hoping that, like most outstanding Minecraft creations, Minecraft: Story Mode just needs a little more time to build.
  5. Oct 20, 2015
    70
    Fans of Minecraft might enjoy it on the surface for its in-your-face references, which is fine, because not much exists beneath the surface. If you're thinking about purchasing Telltale's newest title, do so with these considerations in mind. Similarly, if you buy it, approach it knowing what to expect and be prepared for light, childish adventure.
  6. Oct 19, 2015
    60
    The Order of the Stone suggests that Minecraft: Story Mode is - so far - the least interesting game from Telltale. Adventure is enjoyable, but never surprises and will speak mostly to people who know and like Minecraft. Others can be bored at times.
  7. Oct 13, 2015
    50
    So far, Minecraft: Story Mode is like a Saturday morning cartoon. Sure, there is conflict, but it doesn't feel dire. Sure, there are funny bits, but the comedy isn't sharp or intelligent. Sure, there is a story, but it doesn't feel like it matters yet.

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 55
  2. Negative: 25 out of 55
  1. Oct 26, 2015
    10
    I had to give this a ten to balance out the hate. This game probably deserves more like a 7 but not nearly all the hate its getting now. ThisI had to give this a ten to balance out the hate. This game probably deserves more like a 7 but not nearly all the hate its getting now. This is basically a cartoonish walking dead. Everyone loved walking dead so don't hate this game tell tales did a good job. Expand
  2. Dec 1, 2015
    9
    I was never a fan of Tattletale Games but, what they did with Minecraft: Story Mode made up for all the other games that they made, all in allI was never a fan of Tattletale Games but, what they did with Minecraft: Story Mode made up for all the other games that they made, all in all Excellent Story and the choices you have to make are not only Difficult to decide but, the Game is so far Better then The Wolf Among us, and also the Characters of Minecraft: Story Mode are very Memorable. Expand
  3. Dec 22, 2018
    8
    sure there no such thing to play and its more like movie rather than a game, sure the animation aren't great, i mean, even minecraft musicsure there no such thing to play and its more like movie rather than a game, sure the animation aren't great, i mean, even minecraft music videos have much nicer animation than this game, but the story itself deserves a 10 star, if you're a minecraft fan, the story is fantastic, its actually more interesting than even a serial or movie or whatever. if you're a minecraft fan (with game itself not the gameplay), this game is a must for you. Expand
  4. Oct 16, 2015
    5
    Far from Telltale's worst, but far from their best. Minecraft: Story Mode fails to deliver something engaging for older audiences, and also isFar from Telltale's worst, but far from their best. Minecraft: Story Mode fails to deliver something engaging for older audiences, and also is one of the worst opening episodes for a TellTale game, ever.

    Pros:
    -Typical TellTale fare, that's something some might like
    -It has one puzzle! Ok, that sounds stupid but I've never played a TellTale game with one in awhile!
    -Minecraft fans will love the references.
    -Some of the moments in the game are kinda funny, but that's it.
    -Surprising amount of paths for a TellTale game.
    -If you liked games like The Order 1886 and the Rambo Video Game, then this is for you! All QTEs! (like other TellTale games)

    Nitpicks:
    -Voice Performance is great, but some of these voices are kinda annoying to hear.
    -Dialogue is definitely not for everyone.
    -If you made this game intended for children, why does Petra say "hell" twice in a single scene? Why are these characters saying snarky things, why does my character call everything stupid? The dialogue here feels way too snarky for it's own good.

    Cons:
    -Other characters aren't given substantial time to really be fleshed out
    -It's cute that the battle system tries to mimic Minecraft, but it **** sucks
    -A lot of the Minecraft elements like the previously mentioned combat and crafting feel half-hearted and shoehorned in, to say the least.
    -I get it that it's a Minecraft world, but who are these guys? Are they adults? Do they have jobs? Why do they build ****
    -TellTale games are normally kinda buggy, but holy **** this game is a buggy mess
    -I'm OK with cheesy dialogue as long as it's done in a kind of campy way, like the Metal Gear games. This game is literally maximum cringe at times.
    -It's literally TWD for kids. The characters are on a bridge fending against two sides of enemies and zombies. Your character at one point will fall on the ground trying to fight away from a monster.
    -TellTale, did you fire your Sam & Max/Monkey Island team or some **** Why is there only one puzzle?

    Let me say it this way: Imagine a story that takes you to a completely new world, where it wastes your time on telling some unnecessary part of the story, but you still have no reason to care for these characters. The only character I legit liked was Lukas, and that's because his archetype is the typical "super nice guy".

    The game tries to come off with this Ghostbusters/Goonies vibe, and that's definitely there, but right now I'm seeing a kid's version of TWD without the likable characters. The game's dialogue can range from sometimes funny for someone (like me) who's played Minecraft before, or absolutely cringey to even the biggest fans of the game. There was a lot of effort put into the game in terms of multiple paths, character customization, voice performance, but not enough in the departments where TellTale are known best for.

    This is also TellTale's buggiest game ever. I had two game-breaking bugs in Episode 1 and Episode 2 of Tales from the Borderlands; Combined. Here, numerous crashing on my PC and a lot of weird tidbits going on just kinda make this game even harder to play. I get it that TellTale releases episodic games but they need to take a break for at least one **** year and upgrade their engine, that thing is seriously outdated junk.

    Story Mode has serious potential though. This is the first time I've noticed TellTale truly stepping up in having more multiple paths, but there wasn't enough of it in this episode. The voice acting is decent, but Patton Oswalt makes Jesse sound snarky and Brain Posehn makes Axel sound more of an unnecessary ****

    I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt though, I'm barely out of the young 12 year old demographic for this game, right? Minecraft: Story Mode really didn't needed to start this sluggish (The first 30 minutes were absolutely tiresome to play, compared to say Tales from the Borderlands or TWD), and hopefully it'll pick up. For now though, if you aren't a fan of Minecraft, then this is something you should seriously not play.
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  5. Nov 10, 2015
    3
    Minecraft Story Mode is yet another game from Telltale Games. The gameplay focuses more around the characters and is mostly story-driven.
    The
    Minecraft Story Mode is yet another game from Telltale Games. The gameplay focuses more around the characters and is mostly story-driven.
    The times where you can control your character is usually when deciding what to say in a conversation/make a quick decision, or control them around a short moving space. What you say and what you do impacts the course of the story depending on the way you play it.
    Unfortunately, seeing as the main focus of the game is the story, you’d expect the creators to make a creative, original story to be remembered and explored through your actions, pushed ahead by original and uniquely designed characters. This is what would make a good story.
    Except the story and characters are the most unoriginal things that they cannot be taken seriously.
    The game opens with a legend about 4 heroes each with different strengths, one in combat, another in Redstone, another in… explosions (what) and architecture, who defeat the Enderdragon.
    The main character is named Jesse, who I’m going to refer to as male for this review. He is the typical nice guy underdog with a group of friends. The character is generic and everything you’ve ever seen before. He has a pet pig. His other friends are a female black friend and the “big dumb stupid” stereotype. There are the generic bully characters who seem unable to come up with any insult other than “loser” (actually they used “trashbag” at some point which I applauded at for being original for 3 seconds), and the obligatory badass female character. The characters aren’t interesting and the plot feels like it was written by a 12 year old.
    Except 12 year olds have ideas that they probably care about intensely. Even a 12 year old would put more care into making a better story, even if it is a power fantasy of themselves.
    In a story based game, you should care about the plot and characters and feel bad if the characters get hurt. Except you don’t care about them because they’re easily labelled stereotypes and wouldn’t care if they all died in a fire, and therefore you can’t get invested in the game. Which just makes it a boring drag. By the time everyone got to the Nether I actually missed numerous quick time events because I was busy checking my phone.
    I played on my trusty PS3 as I’m sure none of the computers in the house would be able to run it very well (my laptop can hardly manage 3FPS on minimal graphical settings). It was mostly fine except the crosshair used to interact with objects or people seems ridiculously awkward and hard to control. Although assuming the game was designed for PC it is forgivable to a certain extent. The walking controls are a bit sluggish and yet again awkward and the camera angles the game throws at you can often make it even more difficult to control. Then there’s the framerate. My goodness the framerate. It runs at a solid speed (not sure of the exact number) for most of the game but whenever there’s a lot of blocky people on screen with lighting effects galore, I swore the framerate had dropped to 10 or maybe even 3. Couldn’t they have removed some of the lighting for the PS3…? It just seems poor.
    As much as this game is for 7 year olds, and as a 14 year old girl, it isn’t for me. But when the plot is this lazy it doesn’t feel like there was any passion or vision to create and tell an interactive story. It feels more like an effortless cash grab with Minecraft graphics slapped on it so it’ll sell to the masses of children who sadly don’t know better. They even pull the “put random light swearing everywhere to get that PG rating” thing and have characters say “what the hell” and “damn” repeatedly when you can give a “what the heck” or “darn” just as easily.
    I can’t recommend this game to anyone but little Minecraft fans who can enjoy the game for “it’s minecraft”. If you’re a gamer above the age of 12 or with a good sense of good storytelling, then this game is not worth your money.
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  6. Mar 29, 2021
    2
    Wood could be substituted for the characters. Or stone. NPCs are like zombies. It is not surprising that the game, which has no potential,Wood could be substituted for the characters. Or stone. NPCs are like zombies. It is not surprising that the game, which has no potential, fails.

    (What I said applies to chapter 1, I have no patience to play the others.)
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  7. Sep 2, 2020
    0
    More telltale junk as usual. I replayed the game to remember how bad and overrated it was. DO NOT BUY!!!

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