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Telltale

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 2 stealth launches today


Wow, that was fast
Oct 27
// Laura Kate Dale
[Update: While we were initially told by a Telltale staff member that the EU release of episode two was being held until Friday, it now appears the digital EU release date is in fact today.] In an unexpected surprise mov...
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Halo 5 Minecraft

Halo 5 will be invading Minecraft soon


On Xbox
Oct 20
// Chris Carter
Microsoft is only just getting started with the over-saturation brand synergy aspect of Minecraft. On October 23, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions of the game will host more DLC in the form of Halo 5: Guardians skins. ...

Review: Minecraft: Story Mode: The Order of the Stone

Oct 13 // Darren Nakamura
Minecraft: Story Mode: The Order of the Stone (iOS, Mac, PC [reviewed], PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)Developer: Telltale GamesPublisher: Telltale GamesReleased: October 13, 2015 (Mac, PC)MSRP: $4.99, $24.99 (Season Pass)Rig: AMD Phenom II X2 555 @ 3.2 GHz, with 4GB of RAM, ATI Radeon HD 5700, Windows 7 64-bit To its credit, Minecraft: Story Mode does a lot well. The use of Minecraft's engine and iconic visual style is a nice workaround to keep the Telltale Tool from showing its age. It's hard to complain about low-polygon models for a world comprised mostly of cubes. Despite having fewer moving parts to work with on the character models, the characters are as expressive as they need to be. By narrowing or widening eyes and tweaking eyebrows, the block people (and pig) can show a range of emotions in a cartoony sort of way. The voice work aids in bringing the low-fidelity characters to life as well. The cast is impressive, including the likes of Patton Oswalt, Billy West, and Paul Reubens, to name a few. Though the characters look similar in the beginning, each has a defined personality that comes through thanks to the actors. Much like a session with Minecraft proper, by the end of the episode my brain stopped seeing everything and everyone as a collection of hard-edged polyhedra and just accepted them as regular places and people. [embed]315133:60717:0[/embed] However, the all-star voice cast does highlight The Order of the Stone's biggest shortcoming. With such big names in comedy doing the dialogue, it's disappointing how little comedy there is in the script. There are a few gags that find their mark, but most are worth only a smile or a chuckle; none really stood out. On the other end of the spectrum, the drama doesn't really deliver either. The elements are there: life-or-death situations, uncertainty, mistrust. Still, none of the prototypical "big choices" felt like they carried much weight. Of the five choices shown at the end, the first is just a judgment call with an unknown and arbitrary outcome, two involve whether you want to be an asshole to a guy who doesn't deserve it, one won't have clear implications until a later episode, and the last is a decision on which of protagonist Jesse's two friends has a better plan for what's to come. The choices highlight an emphasis on the future. Put plainly, The Order of the Stone is heavy on exposition, setting up the backstory, characters, and events for the rest of the season. While necessary, it misses some opportunities to be memorable in its attempt to lay the foundation. Story Mode will probably be more of a hit among Minecraft fans than general Telltale fans. The Order of the Stone features a few Minecraft-specific gameplay bits and references. A couple times during the episode, players are presented with a problem, given some materials, and tasked with crafting a solution. Recipes are given for those who don't know what to make or how to make it, but other craftable objects are present as well. While trying to make a stone sword, I accidentally crafted a lever. After a playful rib about me not knowing what I was doing, the materials were returned so I could forge the weapon. Later on, the group has to hit a pressure plate beyond a hallway filled with arrow traps. Recipes and materials are given for a couple possible tools to use. It would be great if there were other hidden solutions to discover for those who know the source material inside and out. In addition to the crafting puzzles, there is one classic adventure game puzzle found toward the end of the episode. It isn't especially original or taxing, but along with the crafting it does represent a step in a more gameplay-oriented direction from the recent story-only Telltale series. So far, Minecraft: Story Mode is like a Saturday morning cartoon. Sure, there is conflict, but it doesn't feel dire. Sure, there are funny bits, but the comedy isn't sharp or intelligent. Sure, there is a story, but it doesn't feel like it matters yet. There is some hope for this series to be great in the future, but The Order of the Stone is just okay. The Minecraft-specific gameplay is a nice way to shake up the usual formula. The blank slate of the universe allows the tale to go wherever it wants. The voice cast is full of actors who can do great work. But the writing needs to be more engaging if Story Mode wants to be taken seriously among Telltale canon. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Exposition mode
Telltale has seen ups and downs with its licensed titles. With Jurassic Park the studio was still figuring out what works and what doesn't. More recently, The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borderlands have shown the strengt...

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Los Angeles tax Dodgers

Minecraft streamer buys $4.9 million mansion near Notch's


Hollywooooood...Hollywood swinging!
Oct 11
// Steven Hansen
It may pale in comparison to the $70 million mansion Notch outbid Jay-Z and Beyonce on (spending G's indeed), but YouTube video maker Jordan "CaptainSparklez" Maron just bought himself a $4.5 million house in the Hollywood Hi...
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Minecraft

Minecraft Story Mode might open the door for Minecraft on Wii U


It uses the original engine
Oct 09
// Chris Carter
Minecraft: Story Mode is coming to basically every platform ever, as most Telltale games do, but this one is different -- according to an interview from Family Gamer TV it uses the actual Minecraft engine instead o...
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Minecraft

Someone's porting Pokemon Red to Minecraft


Look at this nice wooden axe I made!
Oct 02
// Joe Parlock
I built a house in Minecraft once. It was the sweetest house you’ve ever seen, and it made everyone who knew me jealous. Through careful architecture and planning, I carefully stacked dirt block on top of dirt block, un...
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Minecraft: Story Mode

Meet the cast of Minecraft: Story Mode with this trailer


'I'm a PC'
Oct 01
// Darren Nakamura
Minecraft: Story Mode officially kicks off on October 13 with its first episode The Order of the Stone. Though we previewed it recently at PAX Prime, there haven't been any trailers for it since the teaser back in July. With ...
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Minecraft x Oculus

Minecraft is coming to Oculus Rift after all


Even if Notch thinks Facebook is creepy
Sep 24
// Kyle MacGregor
Today at Oculus Connect 2 in Los Angeles, company founder and Rift inventor Palmer Luckey announced Minecraft's Windows 10 Edition will support the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.  The move represents an about face ...
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Minecraft

Minecraft: Story Mode releases digitally Oct. 13


Retail launch is October 27
Sep 16
// Jordan Devore
Telltale's episodic adventure series Minecraft: Story Mode begins October 13, 2015 with Episode 1: The Order of the Stone on Windows, Mac, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. It's then headed to Android and iOS on October 15, f...

Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode is an interesting change of pace for the series

Sep 10 // Alessandro Fillari
[embed]310121:60304:0[/embed] Taking place in the world, or worlds, of Minecraft, we take on the role of Jessie, a local resident living in the wilderness along with his friends and pet pig. With the upcoming event known as Endercon approaching, sort of an in-game take on the popular Minecon, Jessie and his friends prepare for the festivities along with the rest of their community. Unfortunately, an ancient evil known as the Ender Dragon is unearthed from the nether, and wreaks havoc across the land. With Jessie and his friends being the only ones to escape, it's up to them to restore the legendary Order of the Stone, a group of powerful adventurers capable of stopping the dragon, and save the rest of the world. While it may seem unusual to try and create a specific story and narrative with predefined characters within Minecraft, which is inherently about the relative and varied user experiences, Telltale's take on Story Mode is surprisingly charming. Sure, many of the jokes focus on Minecraft-related humor and trivia, which may confuse or fall flat for those who aren't too into the adventure game, but it does a pretty admirable job of finding itself within a game world that's so varied and almost infinitely diverse. With a pretty solid voice-cast featuring Patton Oswalt, Corey Feldman, Paul Reubens, Dave Fennoy, Martha Plimpton, Ashley Johnson, and Brian Posehn, this is likely Telltale's most star-studded cast yet. During the short segment I played, we find Jessie searching through the forest for his pet pig. Gameplay will be instantly be familiar to those who've played other Telltale titles, such as The Walking Dead or Fables. You'll explore the environment looking for clues, interact with other characters, and occasionally participate in action sequences that call for well-timed responses. When Jessie was ambushed by zombies, he had to defend himself with a hastily put together wooden sword, which broke during the encounter. Eventually, his friend Petra (voiced by Ashley Johnson) saves the day and they make their way back to town. Of course, this is only the start of their troubles. Essentially, this is a very family friendly take on Telltale's past titles. Easy enough to get into, but deep enough to wonder what choices will be the best in the long run. However, one of the more interesting aspects of Story Mode is that it allows players to customize the central character Jessie. From their aesthetics to even their gender (voiced by Patton Oswalt and Catherine Taber, respectively), players will be able to build their own story and show off their character however they see fit. Given the numbers of choices and turns the story presents, it's refreshing to be able to have more of a choice in how your character looks. I'm curious to see how this title will shape up. With the first episode coming this year, Minecraft: Story Mode has some big shoes to fill. While there are many fans who may turn their nose up at such a departure from what they know from Minecraft, the developers are seeking to make a narrative that not only rewards long-time fans with a long and eventful journey through series lore, but also serves as a great opener for those who haven't taken the plunge into the quirky and incredibly popular adventure title. And it's a promising start from what I played. 
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The Creepers will remember that
Since its announcement last year, many fans of both Mojang's Minecraft and Telltale Games were caught off guard by this union of adventure developers. With one focusing on open-ended and procedurally generated jaunts thr...

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Minecraft

Minecraft: Story Mode release date leaked?


'This item will be released on October 27, 2015'
Sep 07
// Vikki Blake
According to Amazon.com, Minecraft: Story Mode will release on October 27, 2015. Playing as Jesse, you'll "embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends ...
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World Records

The world's biggest arcade machine can house an African elephant


Guinness shares the latest gaming records
Sep 04
// Vikki Blake
Edit: Can't get the images to display for some reason - sorry! :( Have removed them for now, but will pop them back in as soon as I can.  The latest edition of Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition shares a heap of new ...
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Minecraft Wii U

Minecraft: Story Mode headed to Wii U, too


It's something
Aug 26
// Jordan Devore
Telltale Games supporting Wii U? A Minecraft title on a Nintendo console? What's going on? The studio is bringing its upcoming Minecraft: Story Mode to Wii U this fall, according to The Verge. The episodic adventure series is...
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Minecraft

Minecraft 1.9 is coming to cut your head off in The Combat Update, first snapshot released


Hope they take a good look at Terraria
Jul 30
// Joe Parlock
When not diving into their Scrooge McDuck-style pools of money, the folks over at Mojang have announced they’re working on Minecraft 1.9, dubbed The Combat Update. Three guesses as to what it’s going to be about. ...
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Bestsellers

Mortal Kombat X is the best-selling game of 2015 so far


We're half way through 2015 already
Jul 27
// Joe Parlock
We’re now half-way through 2015. As time marches ever onward, quicker and quicker towards the screaming oblivion that is our graves, we shall hear that bell will soon ring and we will be taken into the void by the reape...
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Minecraft

Rob McElhenney of It's Always Sunny to direct Minecraft movie


Wait, what?!
Jul 21
// Jordan Devore
Warner Bros. and Minecraft developer Mojang have selected Rob McElhenney (Ronald "Mac" McDonald from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as the director of their upcoming Minecraft film. "Hey Mojang let's do something strange and wonderful," McElhenney said on Twitter. As a long-time fan of Sunny, this is pretty great. I'm now genuinely curious about the project.
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Trove

Trove, a Minecraft-like MMO, is out today from Trion Worlds


I think kids will dig this
Jul 09
// Chris Carter
I know it's tough to see "MMO" and "Minecraft clone" and not roll your eyes, but bear with me here. Trion World's free-to-play Trove is out today, and I gave it a spin this morning to see what it could do -- p...
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Minecon

Minecon 2015 was the biggest single-game dedicated convention ever


10,000 people attended
Jul 07
// Joe Parlock
Did you go to Minecon in London this weekend? Did you take literally everyone you know with you? Well congratulations, in doing so, you and everyone else have broken a world record! According to Guinness World Records, Mineco...
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Minecraft

If you own Minecraft, you get it free on Windows 10


$10 otherwise
Jul 06
// Chris Carter
Because Minecraft doesn't have enough fragmentation already, Mojang has just announced that there will now be a "Windows 10 Edition" of the game that you can buy later this year. If you already own the PC version of Mine...
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Minecraft

Minecraft's largest piece of artwork seems impossibly detailed


World record holder
Jun 23
// Brett Makedonski
A lot of people make a lot of impressive things in Minecraft, but none of them go as big as Thorlar Thorlarian. That's not hyperbole, by the way; he actually has the world record to back it up. Recently, Thorlar finished a p...
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Minecraft Hololens

Wow, Minecraft on Microsoft's HoloLens looks hot


The power of Microsoft money
Jun 15
// Darren Nakamura
We have seen snippets of Minecraft on HoloLens in the past, but at Microsoft's E3 press conference today, a couple of presenters showed off something that had us putting up the respect knuckles. With a special camera showing ...
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Mojang

'Mo-yang'?


That's how you pronounce it?
Jun 15
// Jordan Devore
Bombshells dropped at the Minecraft HoloLens demo during Microsoft's E3 2015 presser.
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Splatoon in Minecraft

Minecraft player recreates Splatoon spectacularly


With squids and everything
Jun 07
// Kyle MacGregor
Minecraft player SethBling doesn't own a Wii U, but apparently was so enamored with Nintendo's new shooter that he recreated Splatoon with a custom map in Mojang's popular sandbox game. Aside from a few differe...
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Minecraft

All Mojang staff were offered $300K not to leave company


Please stay with us at Microsoft
Jun 04
// Laura Kate Dale
Thanks to an excerpt from a new Minecraft book published on Wired, we're finally starting to get a bit of an inside look at what happened at Mojang when Microsoft was in the process of purchasing the company.  Perhaps th...
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Don't get cocky

Expensive dick moderation helped kill the last LEGO MMO


Minecraft competitor? Don't get cocky
Jun 03
// Steven Hansen
Someone think about the children! Like my own personal brand, LEGO is a family-friendly, name-stealing company. And so the open-ended, Minecraft-like builder LEGO Worlds has some problem what with immature idiots' propensity ...
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Minecraft

Minecraft player trolled by Mojang over username


It's good Mojang can laugh at this
May 19
// Laura Kate Dale
A few years ago, reddit user JessemoForice had some trouble logging into his Minecraft account. Rather than blaming himself for forgetting his own details or contacting tech support he got a little bit annoyed with the creato...
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Minecraft

Why is Notch in LA during E3?


Commence wild speculations in 3...2...1
May 18
// Vikki Blake
Minecraft creator Notch is going to be in LA during E3 next month. His tweet - a casual comment about "being in LA in a month" - tells us nothing. And I know what you're thinking: we're reading too much into it, ri...
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Minecraft

Minecraft sells 20 million copies on Xbox


Yep, good move Microsoft
May 08
// Laura Kate Dale
So, looks like securing Minecraft on Xbox platforms was a really smart move for Microsoft, as the game has now sold over twenty million copies across the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The game released three years ago on the Xbox 36...
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Minecraft

Alex player skin comes to Minecraft on consoles this week


And The Simpsons on PlayStation
Apr 27
// Jordan Devore
The millions of people playing Minecraft on consoles are well acquainted with the default character Steve -- talk about merchandising might! -- but on Wednesday they'll have another option: Alex. "Now, everyone loves Steve --...
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Minecraft

Australia is letting kids design a real park in Minecraft


Look out for giant sky stairs to nowhere Australia
Apr 22
// Laura Kate Dale
South Australia's state government today announced that it's going to allow children aged as young as nine to design alterations to a real life national park in Minecraft. Yes, you heard me right, nine-year-olds with Minecraf...

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