The First Minecraft: Story Mode Trailer Is No Write-Off


When I first heard that Telltale Games would be opening up their library of licensed, episodic graphic adventure games to Minecraft: Story Mode, I had some reservations. Not only would the studio be expanding their ever-growing collection of active series’ beyond The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands (quite the handful for a publisher with multiple studios, let alone one developer), but it just seems like it wouldn’t work on paper. Today’s Minecon 2015 reveal of the first trailer is the right amount of silly to show it might just work.

Casting comedian great Patton Oswalt as our lead Jesse, Minecraft: Story Mode looks to uncover a mystery surrounding the legendary Order of the Stone; a group of adventurers who slayed an Ender Dragon. Jesse and his group, while attending the in-game “EnderCon,” discover something is amiss just as terror is brought onto the world. They must seek out the Order of the Stone to save their land and bring back the peaceful times to the realm of Minecraft.

What brings more faith in the project, personally, is the voice acting cast coming to Minecraft: Story Mode. You can hear some of the prolific voices in the trailer, but joining Patton Oswalt will be Ashley Johnson (Ellie from The Last of Us), Brian Posehn (Mr. Show), Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope, The Goonies), Dave Fennoy (Telltale’s The Walking Dead), Corey Feldman (Stand By Me, also The Goonies), Billy West (Philip J. Fry, Zapp Brannigan, Prof. Farnsworth, Zoidberg, Nixon and more in Futurama) and Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee’s Playhouse). That, right there, is a strong cast!

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All that’s missing from Minecraft: Story Mode right now, to fully alleviate concerns, is to see its gameplay. From the trailer, we can see a sword being crafted, plus “The Order” required a warrior, restone engineer, a griefer and an architect. The hope is we can see some variance to the Telltale formula, one that has decidedly shift from graphic adventure to graphic “almost meaningless choices as we guide you through our story.” They provide linear narratives, I understand, but the quick shift away from the exploration and puzzle-solving aspects of the “adventure” genre has been disappointing, of late.

Minecraft: Story Mode will be released digitally on PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, iOS and Android later this year.

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