Minecraft is one of the most successful indie games every created. It was first released to
the public in 2009, since then it has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. So bringing the
pixelated masterpiece to Xbox 360 doesn't sound like a bad idea. The questions is, does console owners receive the same PC experience?
If you didn't already know, Minecraft is a sand-box construction sim that lets players create
their very own worlds. The game is built entirely from blocks, nothing else. From the trees, the
long green grass, to the white clouds. Even the animals that roam the land are made of blocks. It's simply a world of blocks, and to say it's visuals are completely pixelated, Minecraft doesn't
look half bad at all.
The main objective to Minecraft is all about building to your hearts content. You can build
just about anything, and it will go nearly as far as your imagination. From tree houses,
castles, mine carts, etc. You can just about build anything you desire, but it does require some hard work first. To start with, you begin with nothing more than a bare hand. You must chop
some wood to create a toolbox, which will then let you craft materials and build more objects,
like doors and windows. Weapons can also be built to speed up the process. For example,
a wooden pickaxe can make chopping wood, or rock faster. You can also build better weapons, like a iron axe to speed up the process even more.
Minecraft isn't just about building though, there's a bit of a catch. The game also features a night-and-day cycle. At night, enemies, like spiders and even zombies will come out.
This requires you to build some type of shelter and a bed, allowing you to be safe and pass through to the next day. If you wish, this feature can be turned off for a more relaxed experience. Although, if you want a more tougher experience you can turn up the
difficulty, making enemies much tougher, and receive less health. At times,Minecraft can
feel a little too punishing when you die, having you lose all your items. But the night-and-day cycle is a nice feature, and gives it more playability.
The Xbox 360 version does lose a few features when compaired to the PC version. For example, food stacking and sprinting. Although, the 360 edition is much more user friendly. One of the best features to Xbox 360 is it's online component. You can hold upto 2 to 4 players, online or in split-screen. It can be very amusing to see your friends trotting around your world.
Working togeather also makes building faster, and more enjoyable.
Minecraft is simply a pixelated masterpeice. If you don't already
own Minecraft on PC, then I recommend picking it up. At 1600MP, it will sure get your money's worth.
Review by Gareth Smith