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Minecraft 1.0 review

AT A GLANCE
  • Building any blocky thing you can imagine
  • Stumbling onto interesting new areas and caves
  • New, detailed potion/enchanting system
  • Enjoyment is directly proportional to effort
  • Breaking a pick deep inside a mineshaft
  • Your social life disappearing

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Review

By Clint Demeritt

The darling of hardcore gamers and game designers alike, Minecraft's blocky aesthetic and open-ended, Do-It-Yourself gameplay have charmed millions. After years of public beta testing and polish, Xbox 360 owners can now get in on all the tree-punch, creep-dodging fun with Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. If you’re totally unfamiliar with the game, there’s plenty to explore and enjoy, and it’s easy to get lost in its numerous charms.

Minecraft has a pretty simple concept: You mine blocks to reconfigure them into whatever pattern you see fit and at night, monsters come out to terrorize you and your creations. People have created all sorts of wonders such as replicas of the Starship Enterprise, rollercoasters, as well as mechanical shooting galleries.

Obviously, the title takes on two meanings: Apart from the mining part of the game, there is also quite a bit of crafting. You have to make tools: axes to help fell trees, picks to collect precious metals and swords to fend off deadly zombies and exploding creeps. You can also maintain rails to guide mine carts and there is also a pretty mechanism system with wires and switches to activate machines and trap doors.

On console, the crafting aspect of the game offers much more guidance than its PC counterpart. On the computer, crafting is done Horadric Cube style – players arrange ingredients on a grid to create the various tools and structures. It offers some nice versatility, but can often leave players in the dark on what to make. In the Xbox version, there is a list of outputs to select from, giving players a much better idea of what they can create. It's a nice feature, but on the other hand, it’s occasionally difficult to find a specific item that you want to craft.

The game does have some combat mechanics, but Minecraft is mostly about exploration and creation. Players can craft swords, bows, arrows and armor, but that’s about it. You won't be casting spells or leveling up stats. Most of the time, when you see a monster you'll be running the other way, pleading for them not to kill you. However, Minecraft does offer other dimensions filled with menacing mobs and an end-game boss.

More Info

Release date: Oct 14 2014 - PS Vita
Nov 18 2011 - PC (US)
Available Platforms: PS Vita, PS3, PC
Genre: Simulation
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Fantasy Violence

Topics

Minecraft Mojang

47 comments

  • Robx - December 15, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    [Insert better than Halo Reach comment here]
  • angelusdlion - December 15, 2011 10:45 a.m.

    [Insert halo fanboy rant about how it couldn't possibly be better and that I've had intercourse with your mother]
  • closer2192 - December 15, 2011 11:04 a.m.

    [Insert comment about people still making "better than Halo Reach comments" here]
  • MCN2011 - December 15, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    [Insert completely out-of-the-blue Call Of Duty comment here]
  • ShowMeYourKitties - December 15, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    [insert c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-]c-c-combo breaker!
  • Dadyo238 - December 15, 2011 noon

    [insert how stupid people are to turn a minecraft review into having sex with peoples mothers and something about COD comment here]
  • talleyXIV - December 15, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    [Insert guy who has no idea what to say next, so it comes out completely incoherent.]
  • AdonisX82 - December 15, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    AHAHAHA awesome
  • AdonisX82 - December 15, 2011 12:20 p.m.

    AHAHAHA Awesome
  • c-c-c-combo breaker - December 16, 2011 1:09 a.m.

    My job.
  • Manguy17 - December 15, 2011 11:45 a.m.

    "Lol better than reach" "OOMMFFGGWWTFF! IF THIS IS BETTER THAN REACH THEN I FUCK YOUR MUM" "wow you guys are still making "better than reach" comments?" "I like micheal bay films!"
  • AdonisX82 - December 15, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    AHAHAHAH awesome
  • ParagonT - December 15, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    [Insert how your all wrong and CoD is the true messiah]
  • Dmancapri - December 15, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    To late
  • UberNoob - December 15, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    How about you all STFU XD
  • Lucas - December 16, 2011 11:26 a.m.

    Muflerpa derpa herpa sherpa hufleshemuferpa
  • Y2Ken - December 15, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    I've been watching Minecraft's progress since early alpha, on and off. Finally picked it up last week, but in general I've been fairly impressed with how they've handled the game and its development. The things they've added over the last year have really changed the game and fleshed it out in a big way, to the point where the game almost becomes completely different games depending on how long your game has been running, and where you decide to take it.
  • larkan - December 15, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    Tried it, boring compared to Terraria. At least in Terraria you actually get to have FUN.
  • ChaosEternal - December 15, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    I would have to say the opposite. While I also love Terraria, after a point there isn't much more to do. In MC, there are all sorts of interesting mods and servers to keep you playing many months longer.
  • HamsterGutz - December 15, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    Lol I feel the same Chaos. I bought Terraria but I didn't find it quite as fun as Minecraft.

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