‘Minecraft’ sequel lacks action and building experience

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‘Minecraft: Story Mode’ video game review

By Lauren Paulsen, Senior Columnist


When Markus Persson created the sandbox video game Minecraft, he couldn’t have guessed it would turn out to be such a popular game. An entire community has come together to enjoy this game, entire lines of merchandise have been made, and now a new spin-off game has been created.

Minecraft: Story Mode is a new episodic game created by Telltale Games in collaboration with Mojang, Perrson’s game development company. The story focuses on a new character, Jesse, who sets out on an adventure with his or her friends to find the Order of the Stone so that they can save their world.

I honestly don’t know how I feel about this game. It was not at all what I was expecting when I purchased it. Gameplay is point-and-click type like other Telltale Games’ releases, where you mostly just choose things to say. Each choice changes how the story will proceed, and ultimately end. Combat is similar in that you click when an enemy approaches you to swing your sword, but you can only move in limited directions—not at all like the combat I am used to from Minecraft.

The game is honestly like watching a movie where you make decisions about what Jesse will say. There is so much dialogue that I don’t really feel like I am playing a video game. Even though it is set in the Minecraft world, it doesn’t feel much like Minecraft at all.

I think that this game would be good for those who want to sit back and relax for a while and unwind. I don’t think that people who want the action-like survival of Minecraft or the lovely building experience would enjoy this. I’m going to keep an open mind and continue playing the game to see where it leads, but no longer am I thinking of this game along the lines of the original Minecraft.

If you want a game that feels like Minecraft, then don’t get this one. If you want to sit back and basically watch a movie that you control, then go ahead and get it. If you’re curious about it, you can just invest in the first episode (out of five) for $5.