Monday, November 16, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide - Minecraft Story Mode

As Jesse, you'll embark on a perilous adventure across the Over world, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, you and your friends discover that something is wrong. something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion. A five-part episodic series with the disc including episode one, and grants access to four more episodes as they become available to download (Internet connection required).

My Thoughts 

My children have been obsessed with Minecraft for years, so they were super excited to test out this game. In this version of Minecraft, you play as a character named Jesse. The story unfolds like a movie, with great graphics and an interesting plot. However, what makes it so fun and interactive is that you get to make the decisions about what Jesse does.  There are five parts to the series. You get to visit the Overworld, Nether, the End and more along with Jesse, his friends, and his pig companion. Your quest will involve finding the Order of the Stone and its warriors in order to save your world from the Creepers and their masters.

My children thought it was really fun to play a game that told a real story.  It can be a little challenging at times, so the rating of E 10+ is a good choice. Any younger and they will probably get frustrated.  There is also some mild language which may be a turn-off to some parents.  My twelve and fourteen year old kids both enjoyed the game. They are getting plenty of playtime out of it because you can always go back and make different choices to see where it leads you next time. This is a fun and original game with minimal violence that gets kids to rationalize while they play. Definitely a thumbs up from this mom.

Minecraft Story Mode is available now on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4.  Grab your copy in stores now or online at Amazon.