Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone (Xbox One) Review

By Leigh Groocock 27.12.2015

Review for Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone on Xbox One

Everyone has heard of Minecraft at this point, right? The indie hit has sold literally millions of copies and the company behind the survival title was even purchased by Microsoft for a staggering US$2.5 billion in 2014. It's odd thinking about giving Minecraft a story considering the idea behind the game has always been 'do whatever you want, make up your own story' but, well, Telltale has other plans. Telltale has made some absolutely fantastic titles in the past, to the point where whenever someone thinks of story-driven, point-and-click releases, the first company that comes to mind is indeed Telltale. It is known for this genre and brought it back to its former glory. If any company is going to pull of this rather odd concept, it can do it…Step up Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone.

If anyone has ever experienced a Telltale game before, they will be right at home with Minecraft: Story Mode, as it plays like every point-and-click adventure ever imagined. Use one stick to move, use a variety of the face buttons to interact with the world and people; it's extremely easy to pick up and play, even if someone hasn't ever experienced a title of this ilk before.

Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone (what a mouthful!) kicks off by letting the player pick who they would like to take on this adventure, and then they are greeted by a group of trusty companions that will be joining them on their travels. This group of very best friends have got together to tackle a building competition, as they want to win to visit EnderCon and meet Gabriel, a legendary warrior. That's the original plan anyway... it does rather quickly get out of hand, though!

Screenshot for Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone on Xbox One

Ever played Minecraft before? This will feel very familiar! Everything from combat to crafting has been brought over from the indie hit and Telltale has transitioned it brilliantly. Throughout the player's adventures, they will collect dozens of items that can be crafted to create various tools to help progress through numerous puzzles. If Minecraft hasn't been played before, just browse through the various recipe pages to find what the player may need!

Minecraft has never been good looking, by any means, but it has had its own unique charm. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Minecraft: Story Mode. There is nothing about this that has that same trait. Telltale has never been a company known for being a graphical powerhouse in the modern world of videogames but, sadly, this isn't even good by its standards. Thankfully, the voice acting is on point.

Screenshot for Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone on Xbox One

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Frustratingly, the first 10-15 minutes of Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone is extremely dull. It's trying to set the scene but just very little happens to the point of it almost being completely off-putting. It then goes from 0-100 in the space of roughly five minutes, and from that moment onwards, the player will be hooked and craving more. Bring on Episode 2!

Developer

Telltale

Publisher

Telltale

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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