Minecraft Story Mode – Game-Play Interview (Episode 1-5 Titles, Play Roster, Menus)

Developer talks about Minecraft Story Mode characters, plot, voice acting and the first five episodes:
1. The Order of the Stone
2. Assembly Required
3. The Last Place you Look
4. A Block and a Hard Place
5. Order Up!

We also have a look at the menus and controls for the game to see which options are configurable.

Finally there is a look at the full 6 player character roster (3 female and 3 male) from the beginning of the game.

Minecraft Story Mode – Suitable for Over 12s (PEGI 12+)

Here’s our complete guide to Minecraft Story Mode Episode 1 The Order of the Stone. The game will be coming to Xbox, PlayStation, Wii U, iOS, Android, PC and Mac.

1. Genre

Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic adventure game in five parts.

It tells a story based in the well-known world of Minecraft. As a female or male character called Jesse, players solve puzzles, fight zombies, and talk to other characters to progress the story. Conversations involve choosing from multiple potential responses that each have consequences for the story and relationships in the game. Action is played out with quick-time events.

While Minecraft: Story Mode is visually similar to Minecraft itself, it plays more like other episodic adventure games from the developer, Telltale Games, like The Walking Dead.

2. Story
The story revolves around Jesse and their group of friends, who want to find a group of four adventurers called The Order of the Stone, who have slayed an Ender Dragon, in order to save the world from oblivion. Each member of the Order is the best at what they do, and represents a different kind of Minecraft player: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Grief-er, and Architect.

3. Developer
Developer Telltale Games is known for these episodic adventure games, like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones games. Minecraft: Story Mode is more family-friendly, like their Back to the Future game.

4. Format
Minecraft: Story Mode is available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360, and iOS and Android. It will also be coming to Wii U in the near future. A Vita version is likely but unconfirmed.

Although unconfirmed this is likely to cost around £4/$5 per episode or £20/$25 for the whole season. There will also be a retail season pass disc for consoles that is scheduled to be released on the launch day of episode 1 for £24/$30.

5. Duration and Difficulty
Each episode tells a self-contained story as part of the larger whole of the series, and each is a couple of hours long.

Although the focus is on narrative, some decisions and action moments have time limits that may leave younger players unable to choose a response in time, in which case a “no response” action is triggered.

6. UK Rating
In the UK and Europe, PEGI rates Minecraft: Story Mode as only appropriate for those aged 12 and older for “mild bad language”.

The GRA expands on its PEGI rating by explaining that the game has “frequent use of mild language” including words like “ass”, “crap”, and “piss”.

7. Other Ratings
Not yet rated

8. Themes
Although Minecraft itself is aimed at younger players PEGI 7+ the Story Mode adventure looks to engage an older audience with its controversial PEGI 12+ rating. Although the rating is mainly from language in the game, it also includes suspense moments and jump scares that may unsettle younger players. Zombies and spiders attack characters including a helpless friendly pig.

Positively, Minecraft Story Mode engages with themes of friendship, survival and creativity. With professional voice acting and musical score there is considerable substance to the experience.

The developers aimed to combine the feel of The Goonies, Ghostbusters and Pixar films. The resulting adventure is appropriate for a similar aged audience.

9. Why people play:

Minecraft is an incredibly popular game, and different people play it for different reasons. Players who have an emotional attachment to the world of Minecraft will enjoy the opportunity to experience a story based in that world.

LEGO Angry Birds Playsets – Pigs Minifigures Revealed

A close up look at the hidden details in the recent image from Rovio around the upcoming Lego playsets from the Angry Birds movie.

Having previously revealed an image starring the birds in Lego style, we here get our first look at what the pigs will look like in a brick incarnation. These kids are for the upcoming movie, which itself is an animated feature not in Lego form.

The image states that “playsets” are coming in 2016, this is an unusual way to describe a Lego toy which is usually simply a “set”. It seems that this naming may indicate more action is involved in the toys.

Although unlikely it could even mean that the Lego Angry Birds will be seen in a video-game cross over product like Lego Dimensions. Previous franchises were thought unlikely, like Portal and Doctor Who, but then appeared in the new toys-to-life game.

How To Use Amiibo Cards in Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer

How you use the amiibo cards to access characters in Animal Crossing Happy Home Designers. How you get the amiibo phone to appear. How to share inventory furniture items with other players using the amiibo cards.

The amiibo cards grant access to different villagers. Each pack ($5.99) contains three cards. One of these will be a shiny rare variety for the main characters in the game. You can only access these if you have one of the special cards, whereas the other characters may appear randomly in the game as well as being accessed via their amiibo cards.

Before you can use the amiibo characters to be clients in the game you need to play through the first six or seven days. At that point the amiibo telephone will appear in the shop. Using this you can connect with new characters you have cards for as well as update your inventory based on their amiibo record.

For the New 3DS this is simply a matter of placing the amiibo card on the bottom screen when you select the required menu in the phone. For owners of the older 3DS and 3DS XL there is a NFC reader that provides this functionality. You simply install the batteries and connect it to the 3DS before accessing the amiibo phone and adding characters.

Another nice feature of the amiibo cards in Animal Crossing is the ability to share other players furniture if you don’t have it in your inventory. To do this simply visit a client on a friend’s game by tapping the amiibo card on the screen. Do this a second time and the character will remember all the furniture.

Back in your own game use the amiibo phone to update that characters record and all the remembered furniture will instantly available for your home designs.