reviews\ Feb 8, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone Review

End with a Portal

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Minecraft Story Mode screen 4

The Verdict

Minecraft: Story Mode’s first episode gives a clear baseline for seeing where the plot is headed, but the questions it leaves are predominantly on a gameplay front — not the sort you want staying with players. Will the point-and-click elements take greater hold over story sequences that currently dominate? Will quick-time events continue to be a predictable response for every point of conflict? Will player actions feel more and more pointless than they already do? On the matter of how enticing the episode is at building interest in the one to follow, Episode 1 does its job...but not expertly. It’s very tame in the gameplay department, and players will find it a shallow experience as a direct result of the contrived design choices. It’s enough to put the entire project in jeopardy, ultimately making this introduction a fragile start for the five-part series.

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