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Minecraft game review



Since it first hit PCs a couple of years ago, Minecraft has taken the world by storm. There’s now a yearly MineCon convention. And Minecraft has even been taught in schools. Now, the game has sold a million copies within a few days of its release on Xbox Live.

MINECRAFT
Mojang for Xbox Live

Gameplay: 8.8
Graphics: 8.5
Sound: 8.0
Replay Value: 9.0
Overall Score: 8.8

Pros: Make your own creations. Blocky world feels real. Co-op ability.

Cons: World is slightly smaller than on the PC. Inventory is harder to navigate.

MINECRAFT 101

In case you don’t know, Minecraft is a building game. It’s a little like LEGO and a little like Lincoln Logs. You take various textured cubes and build what you want.

So where does the mining come in? The word “mine” is used loosely here. Gathering up trees is, in a sense, mining. You turn them into wood and then make your own structures. Finding the materials to make your own tools to build the wood into, say, a mansion, is mining, too.

It’s not just fun, it’s also really creative. You’re limited only by your own brain … and the time you put in.

ON XBOX LIVE

So let’s see if the Xbox Live version is as deep as the PC version.

First, the Xbox game lets you play co-op with friends and has its own crafting system to make things like tools. Since I’m a console guy, I enjoy making my structures with the controller as opposed to the PC mouse.

And there are tips galore, even as the game loads for the first time. The tutorials also make the game more kid friendly. With the original Minecraft for the PC, there was a ton of detective work you had to do. You had to figure out which substance would make what tool or piece of castle. That kind of research can be fun if you have nothing but time on your hands.

Now there is help for you along the way. Some say the tutorials lessen the magic. I say they add to it. You spend more of your time making things instead of puzzling over how to do things.

COOL AND CHALLENGING

When you dive into Minecraft, the experience is immediately really cool and charming. Simple piano music plays as you arrive on the shores of a beach. Use the right controller trigger to dig into the Earth and cut wood from trees. I didn’t make anything grand and glorious right away. I just set up the beginnings of a small shack by the sea.

Then, darkness fell. A square block of a moon rose high in the sky, and stars twinkled. As I stood there and gawked at nature’s beauty, I heard some steps behind me. Since I was kind of hypnotized by the sights, I didn’t realize it was a Creeper, one of the annoying monsters of Minecraft. I heard a ka-pow, and wham, I lost half my health.

My shelter wasn’t finished, and I couldn’t hide from him!

So I swam out to sea and stayed on a sandbar until morning. The Creeper, a handless creature with a twisted, angry mouth, isn’t always a night owl. Stay away from him during the day or night. He can blow up structures you make, too.

IT’S YOUR WORLD

There are plenty of achievements to get as you go along, such as when you make a furnace, open your inventory for the first time or catch a fish. Eventually, you’ll learn to make fire and electricity. If you play a really long time, you might even find the elusive Ender Dragon.

The graphics in Minecraft are old school, a nod to the early days of video games. But that’s the glory of Minecraft. If it looked too realistic, like Gran Turismo or even The Sims, it wouldn’t have the signature style that makes this game unique.

So go wild on Minecraft. Build like a modern architect. Build like a steampunk novelist. Build like a pioneer. Build high or long or with moats and forests. Build a Scout jamboree park. Then, tear it all down if you like.

This is your world. And Minecraft is a wonderful mirror that is nothing if not a reflection of you.

Comments about “Minecraft game review”

  1. Lo Lo775 says:

    I love mine craft

  2. Anonymous says:

    MINECRAFT is the beeeeeest!!!!!!!!!

  3. Lil creature says:

    This game is awesome!

  4. njd2002 says:

    what is the best seed in PE

    • Preed says:

      I really like “infinity” for a seed. It has many floating islands and mountains but it has no lava. Another good seed is “nether4″ which has lava and a couple mountains but isn’t as cool as infinity.

  5. I'malwaysrightteehee says:

    Herobrine isn’t real.

  6. lord of serpents says:

    I read that they are working on making the pocket edition like the pc and Xbox edition :)

  7. Anonymous says:

    It gets boring🙇

  8. minecraft awesome says:

    That’s a understatement

  9. someone says says:

    I love minecraft!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. notch says:

    yes! i think my game minecraft is the best creative game ever!!!! also, i built a castle reaily fast.others like dwarf fortress can not possibly give you this much freedom.

  11. the killer says:

    I saw herobrine on minecraft pe

  12. Steve_16pixel says:

    OMG I think I just saw Herobrine.

  13. Steve_16pixel says:

    I will buy a computer, iOS and Xbox 360 just to play Minecraft. That’s how much I love Minecraft. One question: is the pocket edition available on Kindle Fire?

    • Pyr0w says:

      yes it is

      • will says:

        pocket edition is the full version. just giving you some advise. If you know it just egnore it. and one more thing. do you know how to craft? is it easy or hard?

      • MJthewolf says:

        Fairly easy. Depends on the Console. If you are playing on the Pocket Edition, you won’t need any help. Totally easy. All other kinds though, you might need a little help. Still, It is worth the game. And if you play in Creative, there’s no need to craft. You have everything already!

    • mmmmmmm says:

      how do you get it

      • Captain_YO says:

        App store.

      • caleb rock says:

        has a new person on mincraft

      • Preed says:

        It depends on the console. If you’re playing on Pocket Edition you can get on the App Store or Google Play (Get the full version. It is way better than lite). If you get it on PC you have to get a Mojang account which costs around $20 but then the game is free.

  14. Zandaer says:

    Minecraft has to be the best game ever made yet. Thanks Notch.

  15. webriprob says:

    MINECRAFT IS awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

  16. Minecrafter says:

    I found 30 diamonds when i did not even have my house built. I love this game!

  17. Charles Dickens says:

    This is a cool game!

  18. minemaniac0305 says:

    So worth it! I play it every day. Me and my friends downgrade our accounts and search for herobrine!

  19. ascoutabout says:

    its a cool game and very addicting.i made an entire city and its fun to play in.

  20. Gamerdude39 says:

    Best Game On earth

  21. Mr.Fart says:

    I love MINECRAFT

  22. jo says:

    minecraft is awesome I play it at my grandm’s house

  23. blackhunter22 says:

    i love to game

  24. CaptainOrangeJay says:

    I love it! BEST GAME EVER! I love starting new worlds and just letting everything out. My only problem is skeletons, they’re shots are too accurate! but still, great game everything. As evil as creepers are, they only destroy my landscape, not my house.

    • Juice says:

      Skeletons shots aren’t accurate! They miss you a lot if you are far away. If you’re closer to them, they hit you more often unless you’re moving a lot.

  25. harnstrom says:

    Once I had a hole SWARM of creepers after me

  26. Herobrine Hunter says:

    I <3 Minecraft

  27. zack23048860 says:

    THIS GAME ROCKS!!! I play it every day and just love it!!! :) If you don’t have it, GET IT!!

  28. HARNSTROM says:

    I have the kindle fire version

  29. Dubbs says:

    At first, I used to think this game was really pointless, but after my brother got me playing it, I liked it! I now have it on my XBOX 360 and my iPod Touch.

  30. mask60 says:

    I am going to get minecraft 1 week after the 1.5 update. Thats because I am awesome.

  31. kev says:

    I love minecraft i have about 1,ooo dimonds

  32. yanyan27 says:

    i play minecraft and this is cool.

  33. SUPER7 says:

    Best game ever i have four stacks of dimonds

  34. Durtle02(The minecrafter) says:

    This game is awesome you guys should totaly try it i’ve had it since it came out May 19,2009. It’s developed a lot since then but it’s still really cool.

  35. Minecrafter 101 says:

    The game is 26.95 us it the most awesome game ever the even have snapshots but a account is free you can buy the full version but mc classic is free the updates to it are as well

  36. alexander says:

    Best game ever!

  37. rockinshooter08 says:

    clueless if you want to know its free for account and $25.00. I play with friends on Multiplayer and its awesome!

  38. JAKE1079 says:

    i’v played it at my friend’s house it’s realy mega awesome cool

  39. clueless says:

    how much money does it cost?

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