Minecraftís blocky, pixelated aesthetic is replicated in full for Minecraft: Story Mode; it is precisely this visual minimalism that makes it so appealing to the eyes. Itís a very peculiar kind of faux-retro that playfully distorts the world we live in and transforms it into something that looks straight out of a Saturday morning cartoon. Mind you, a very original-looking Saturday morning cartoon. Itís colorful, itís got tons of style, and the developers at Telltale do a great job of leveraging this look to suit their world and character design.
Minecraft: Story Mode has one of my favorite ensemble casts of any recent video game. Several of the main roles are filled by big-name actors, and none of the performances are phoned in at all; you really get the sense that these people were stoked to be a part of this game. Patton Oswalt provides the voice of lead character Jesse (provided that the male version is your choice), and his delivery is pitch perfect, ably capturing the eager, earnest fan culture that has sprung up around Minecraft. The supporting cast is just as appealing, thanks in no small part to the likes of Brian Posehn, Martha Plimpton, Ashley Johnson, and in a genius stroke of casting, Paul Reubens.