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Minecraft: Story Mode

Developer / Publisher: Telltale Games
13 October 2015
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fuck off
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This game's entire existence is absolutely stupid and the writers were lacking a painful amount of self awareness not to recognize that. Really vapid. Really stupid.
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guys?!?!? what?!?!? i'm in the game!!!!! how did this happen!!?!?!?!?!
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Released roughly a year after Notch Persson had sold the intellectual property of Minecraft to Microsoft, Telltale Games' Story Mode of the Minecraft world was made without the spirit and ambition the game's original creator had put into the project.
The gameplay is the routine point-and-click-plus-quick-time-events Telltale style. Mostly dependent on the game's story to determine its emotional intensity, how misfortunate it is then that for a game with "Story" in the title its writing is terrible; overwhelmed with cliches, predictable plot points, insubstantial characterization, dull climaxes, and "humor" so painfully weak as it panders to the sick culture of "HA THAT'S SO RANDOM" jokes. (Sub-rant: I think that "HA THAT'S SO RANDOM" humor is actually reasonable, but mislabeled. I think that what people of this culture dub as out-of-nowhere, weird, or "random" is also seen as funny because in the cases where it gets a laugh are due to what is generally provocative or shocking in the material. The "shock" is the intended punchline. So really, there's nothing "random" in successful humor, it's just successful humor; it's funny. So the way I see it, if the "shock" -- the "randomness" -- fails, it is simply bad humor.)
Following all the dead comedy is some forced drama and unconvincing action that would trouble any player of the original Minecraft game. To elaborate, there are more than several scenes of peril that could be easily dealt with by digging into the ground and hiding, or stacking yourself up high, or punching everything in your path before just running away; but in Story Mode, characters act as if they are as helpless as humans in the logic of reality... when Minecraft is clearly far from being "realistic". (And just to add insult to injury, the game's E10+ rating restricts any intense developments in the story by mature or obscene material, which is usually pretty effective at making an audience pay attention.) This is a jarring differentiation from past Telltale titles like Walking Dead or Wolf Among Us, which were written with loads of violence, bad language, and sexual references that helped keep the games unpredictable and exciting.
So with this terrible writing -- bad humor, bad drama -- the ritualistic Telltale style of gameplay moving from one stage to another felt tired and testing of patience, and in the intervals of this I was nearly falling asleep in the middle of the kiddy-level cutscenes. And while we're on the subject of cutscenes; I think what should have shut down the entire idea of a Telltale Minecraft game is how boring the Minecraft world's visuals are to behold from a viewer's -- not a player's -- standpoint. Perhaps I am one of the few who actually enjoyed Minecraft's simple graphics and visual design; I delighted in its soft lighting and subtle textures to every object and element you can find in the game-world, mainly because of the game's vast offering of all there is to play and interact with. But to view these visuals in the shoes of a voyeur rather than a player excited to work with the Minecraft world, these graphics are underwhelming to say the least. Remember how cool and iconic the visual design and animation for Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us was? How you could freeze a frame at any given moment and stare at the picture to drink in all the style, tasteful coloration, and tone just by the imagery? Well, somehow, somewhere, somebody in Telltale thought that switching to Minecraft's blockiness was a step up rather than a step down from that greatness. It is hysterical how they expect players to watch characters in the game express themselves with faces like these and actually regard them as deep, respectable characters.
But I saved Story Mode's biggest sin for last: its linearity.
Even if a person with no experience with Minecraft at all picks up Story Mode to play a blind run, the original game has gained so much popularity as a sandbox of creativity that it is inevitable that every player following the rigid plotlines of lousy writing and bullshit gameplay will be disappointed. Minecraft was a game that offered players the freedom to build whatever you like, however you like as long as the player was willing to put forth the work required to meet the project's end. Nothing in this concept calls for a script to tie a hundred or so (boring) events all together; because in a sense players have already been making stories of their own, on their personally-made journeys to build castles made of gold, armors made of diamond, or simply surviving one more night on a starving stomach. To play Minecraft openly was the intended spirit of the game Persson created, and the sheer lengths Notch underwent to expand on that was what had made Minecraft so interesting to players in the first place.
Minecraft Story Mode only exists to market the original game to children. Games like Story Mode only sustain that twisted view of DIAs as TV-toys, which simultaneously disinterests adults from getting into the DIA culture, and makes my duty to refute this degrading label (games as "toys") all the more difficult. Minecraft Story Mode lets intellectuals witness its faults and prematurely carpet the entire gaming world as simply as: "Look, video games tried to be respectable with a story and look how it failed! Proof that video games will never work as an artistic experience."
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I remember thinking, while playing Lego The Lord of the Rings a couple of years ago, that it's amazing how unenjoyable the Lego games can get when you couldn't give a toss about the subject material. Turns out Telltale's games suffer roughly the same fate.

There is a slight difference, though, because this is more about characters than source material. I will (hopefully) articulate my feelings about Minecraft more eloquently elsewhere, but essentially it boils down to me not having time to get the best out of this kind of game any more these days. I absolutely love the idea of Minecraft, but my age and living/working circumstances mean that it's fundamentally not for me. That's no reflection on the game itself, of course, but perhaps it is a reflection on Telltale's decision to use this as their source material - the exact reasons it's not for me (the extent to which it demands that the player invests huge quantities of time and mental energy in order to get the best out of it) are the same reasons why it's such a weird thing to try to bash into this format.

In order for Telltale to make anything of this, they've had to essentially invent a lot of Minecraft lore and create their own characters. When it comes to the first of those two things, it's understandable that they may have struggled - everything they've adapted so far has either given them exactly the right amount of canonical to construct a world and story from (Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, The Walking Dead) or such a huge amount that they've been able to trim it down to their favourite parts (Game of Thrones, Batman, the fairy tales that inform Fables), so having to essentially conjure and explain an entire story, rather than being able to rely on information the player already knows about these worlds, is new to them. The second point, though, is where this game is incredibly disappointing. Telltale have had to write their own characters before, and have managed to put together some of my favourite characters in gaming history while doing so - Mira Forrester, Lee Everett, and Clementine to name the obvious ones, but I could have added a lot more from Game of Thrones there - but they drop the ball so badly here. Not one of these characters really lands, and almost all of them feel like little more than stock stereotypes, round pegs dropped into round holes with the absolute minimum of fuss or inspiration.
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TheProNab Minecraft: Story Mode 2022-12-26T00:15:07Z
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  • Lazlo77 2018-12-05 01:53:54.855402+00
    PS: Also probably responsible for kickstarting an entire genre of horrifying Minecraft fetish videos and novels.
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  • svnsetcorp 2021-08-01 18:54:07.656386+00
    existed before
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  • blackmooncult 2021-09-06 13:05:50.401613+00
    By the time I heard of this gem, Telltale Games closed, big disappointment. I had to watch a play through to see true beauty that is this game. The voice casting was perfect, the story is exciting and the characters are witty and easy to love. They're so easy to love that you may become slightly emotionally invested in the characters, a connection I can appreciate with any game. Some parts of the storyline become a little stagnant at times, but its never boring. This game has so much to offer if you can get your hands on your own copy. Even so, I don't believe you're able to download the other 5(?) episodes that marry with the first.
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  • xoxv4l3nt1neoxo 2022-02-02 13:07:43.758364+00
    man i cant even replay it
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  • mcalphax 2022-06-09 19:58:57.810773+00
    glad i watched RT Game's playthrough of this
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  • OutweightGodzilla 2022-09-25 13:47:06.368561+00
    rEUbEn!!!!!
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    reuben's death made me cry
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