How Good Is Minecraft Story Mode?

Since the fifth and last episode of Minecraft Story Mode came out recently, let’s take a look at the series as a whole. The game is both very different and similar to the Minecraft we know and love.

While Minecraft offered us all the liberty in the world and next to no story, the story mode did the opposite. It’s a story-driven point-and-click adventure game.

Now you’re probably asking: Is it any good? Well, let’s find out.

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[Image Credits: Telltale Games]

 

The Expectations

Minecraft Story Mode was a big deal for the community. We were all guessing how it was going to turn out. I was a bit worried that Telltale, the producers of the game, wouldn’t nail the distinct feel of Minecraft.

Luckily, I was completely mistaken on that one. Everything about the series screamed Minecraft.

Gameplay mechanics like item sprites laying on the ground became the reality of the universe. The story and gameplay were captivating for the most part. I had to pause from time to time just to chuckle at how the world worked.

I wasn’t entirely convinced Telltale could make a good Minecraft game at the beginning. Well, I was completely wrong.

The Story

It’s called Minecraft Story Mode, after all. Another one of my concerns regarding Telltale was their tendency to write dark, gritty stories. That doesn’t fit very well with Minecraft. Again, they proved me wrong. The best word I can use to describe the game is “adventure”.

Let’s start with the main character, Jesse. You choose if Jesse is a girl or a boy as well as his/her skin color. You control Jesse’s actions so, for the most part, you decide what he/she is like. The main character sets out with a colorful group of friends to stop the Wither Storm, a gigantic Wither hell-bent on destroying the world.

The game doesn’t take itself too seriously, though. The stakes may be high but throughout the game, you feel like an explorer or adventurer. You start out as a regular person but become the hero that saves the world of Minecraft.

I don’t want to spoil any more of the game. I’ll just say that it ‘s like the stories we create for characters in regular Minecraft but turned into a whole game. I enjoyed the narrative, and I think that any Minecraft fan would as well.

The Game Progression

One of the problems with episodic gaming is the difficulty to keep the quality and atmosphere constant. Sadly, Minecraft Story Mode couldn’t do it very well.

The first episode was excellent and got the community very excited. The second episode came out just two weeks later. I was excited about the game, but episode two was a major letdown. Everything about it felt rushed. It had a few glitches, the story barely progressed, and one of the “major decisions” made no difference.

The next three episodes took a lot more time to come out. Thankfully, each episode was better than the last. I’d say episode three was a little worse than the first one. Four was on par, and the fifth episode was fantastic.

After playing through all the episodes, I’ve become quite attached to the characters. I was sad there wouldn’t be a sixth installment.

Should You Buy Minecraft Story Mode?

I think you already got the answer but, yes, the game is worth the money. It’s different from standard Minecraft, but I’m sure fans will love it anyway.

The game proved how cool a Minecraft story can be, and I hope they’ll make another season in the future.

What do you think about it? Is there something I left out? I want to hear your opinion so leave a comment below. While you’re at it, subscribe to the newsletter for more Minecraft goodness.

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