Alright, before I go into the game, I would like to say I've never played the PC version, nor do I plan to do so. I've been playing the X360 version quite often since its release. But since I have far less knowledge than those who play it on the PC, I apologize in advance for mislabeling or simply being wrong.EDIT: I've updated parts to reflect the new Creative and Survival modes, but left the original intact.Story
There isn't one, you're 'The Player', simple as that, you explore the world of Minecraft, build and destroy, destroy and build. That's honestly all there is to Minecraft, it may seem limited, but that's only true if you have a very small imagination (so yes, I'm saying if you get bored of this easily, you're about as fun as a wet mouse).
Minecraft is all about designing and building whatever you can think of, don't believe me?
While I'm sure there are some Mod Tools that make these tasks easier, it still proves the point. Updated versions now have 'Creative Mode', which allows you to spawn blocks and other goodies whenever you want, making daunting tasks much easier to tackle.
If you dislike grinding ANYTHING, this will not be for you. I've spent 3/4th of my time mining blocks, trying to find those elusive diamonds and trying to build stupidly long rails, and I'm far from finished. Luckily, once you find some better materials, grinding is much easier.
There's a tad bit of survival in here too. At night, monsters come out to wreck havoc (unless you're playing on 'Peaceful'). They can be warded off with light, and shelter (i.e. a house). The monsters will pursue you until you enter a 'Safe Area' (again, house), you die, kill them or run far enough away.
The notorious Creeper is my favorite, I don't know what the fuck it is, but it will wreak you if given the chance. If the Creeper gets to close, it will explode, damaging (or most of the time, destroying) everything in a large radius.My 1st conception on what the Creeper might look like in a rounded world, not very scary. The 2nd is better, but I have no picture.Graphics
Well, this game is basically Lego's, therefore the graphics aren't impressive, but they aren't trying to be. Everything looks great (considering the pixels are the size of those on the original Game Boy), if you are very picky about graphics, and playing anything before 2005 makes your eyes bleed, then you won't like this game.Controls
The controls are very simple and straight forward, one button allows you to jump, the other cycles through your inventory, attack enemies, place item, etc. There really isn't much to say about them, the controls are like the graphics, old as hell.Voice/Sound/Music
There is little in the area of voice, maybe grunts, but that's it. Sounds sound, well, old school, but that's good, considering the game. The music is annoying sometimes, as it constantly plays, but luckily, it can be turned down/off if the player desires.Other
I read this would feature online play, but my experience makes me believe you can only play with friends, as I have not seen a single game in the 'Online' section (except for one, and if the 'Friends Only' thing is true, this guy must've been hacking or something....)
The game offers splitscreen (if you have an HDTV) which I haven't been able to utilize yet, but the thought of playing this with my friends is pretty entertaining.... oh the things we could build.
As many know, the game is VERY limited compared to the PC version, the designers have said they'll EVENTUALLY release an update that'll bring it up to version.
“We’re aiming to update to the major PC releases – first one will be the equivalent of the PC Beta 1.7.3 version”,As stated earlier, the current version has a few goodies such as 'Creative Mode' and 'Survival Mode', as well as new items and enemies. The game is much more addicting now, however ACHIEVEMENTS CANNOT BE EARNED IN CREATIVE MODE.Overall
Minecraft is a fun way to blow $20 (£13 for those on the other side of the pond), with hours of fun and with major updates coming, at some point, it's well worth the price.4.5/5
(rounded down because I can)Pros
- Plain simple fun
- Exercises your creative muscles
- Hours of entertainmentCons
- Rather simple
- Splitscreen requires an HDTV
- Will get repetitive