Telltale Games have tried their hands on many movie, book, and comic licences. But with Minecraft: Story Mode they also show their love for games that doesn’t necessarily tell a great story in the first place.
I’ve never played Minecraft, simply because I’m not much interested in building virtual blocks. Not because I lack the creativity (Who of you didn’t play with Lego?), but because I’ve never seen the point of spending time on moving around in a virtual world to put blocks on top of each other and defend them. I’ve also not been convinced by the low-end graphics style. However, I find the whole concept of building absolutely everything fascinating and having seen some stuff people came up with impressed me very much.
So despite these problems I have with Mojang’s open-world building game, I’m still excited what Telltale brings to the table with their storytelling and puzzle expertise. Of course the game doesn’t look very good, but this is down to the original, so it stays true to its roots. What I’m more interested in is in how far the series can tell an engaging story with memorable characters.
The main idea of having a group of adventurers save the world of blocks from a dragon doesn’t sound very original, and I’m still sceptical about the “run away from creepers, punch trees and craft” concept. But knowing Telltale Games’ output, this could turn out to be something rather special. What’s already great is that you can choose how your main character looks like. And the involvement of 80s teenage (horror/adventure) movie icon Corey Feldman as voice actor makes me smile as well. So there will hopefully be many funny scenes and dialogues in addition to a story one can change according to specific decisions. Maybe more intricate puzzles return as well.
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