Sunday, January 1, 2017

Minecraft Story Mode: Ep1 - The Friday FREE GAME Feature!

Ever wanted to experience your favorite sandbox game as a point-and-click adventure? That question never crossed my mind either.

Minecraft Story Mode is a new epic set in the blocky world you know and love. You play as Jesse, competing in the annual team building competition with your friends. You stumble onto the devious plot of the secretive Ivor, who plans to unleash a terrible monster in the middle of the convention as an act of revenge on the legendary warrior Gabriel.

If you've never played a Telltale Games title, there's some things you should know before I continue. Telltale titles play more like interactive movies than games. Sure, there's some quick time events (QTEs) and dialogue decisions to keep you on your toes, but for the most part you're watching a primarily linear narrative. That said, there are a few branching paths that help make your experience feel unique, and the narrative itself is well-crafted. The stories for these games are often high quality, with great attention to detail for the settings as well as the characters.

People tend to have a polarizing view of Telltale titles as a result - you either love them or loathe them depending on your opinion of interactive (but mostly linear) narratives. I think a lot of people that feel negatively about them get a bit too hung up on (dis)qualifying them as games instead of judging the works themselves.

Minecraft Story Mode is no exception, both in terms of style and quality. Those who love the freedom found in traditional Minecraft might be a tad disappointed to see how forced and linear everything is. In exchange, though, you're presented with a cast of colorful characters and an epic, well-paced story full of memorable moments (which you'll never get in Minecraft itself). As a nod to the source material though, you're given the opportunity to craft items (using the recipes you're already familiar with) when presented with a crafting table.

Minecraft Story Mode is available on just about every device and platform, and Episode One is free for a limited time on most of them. It's worth checking out for a couple hours of entertainment at the very least.

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