Excerpt: In a special twist to our usual written reviews we thought that we will employ the services of our new Video Editor, Alex ‘Alaric’ Lemcovich to introduce the totally new feature coming to MG in the form of video reviews. In this review, Alaric plays with dirt, demonstrates the proper way to slaughter pigs, and generally loses himself in the excellent world of Minecraft for the Xbox Live Arcade. Strong language.
Summary: Minecraft 's success simply cannot be denied, whether you're one of its many loyal fans or highly vocal detractors. The blocky world and lack of objectives may be deceptively simple, but its honest freedom, as well as hidden depths both literal and figurative, has earned a cult following that is easily understood. After vacuuming the lives of PC and mobile gamers around the world, Minecraft is finally coming to consoles with Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition .
Endless world of possibilities, right at your hands
5 December 2012
Excerpt: As I was browsing through Game-Debate, I accidentally looked at the Minecraft page. Then I was surprised - how come I still haven't written a review for this game? That is exactly what I will do now, even though there are plenty of good articles already written - an extra opinion won't do bad for this game!
Excerpt: When I was young, I used to play with Lego’s all the time. Like, obsessively so. I can’t tell you how much time I spent coming up with new uses for those colorful bricks. Over the years I crafted some impressive things, but my favorite was a Resident Evil-inspired town that was being invaded by the zombie hordes. Fast forward roughly a decade later, years after I last touched a Lego, and there is now a game that lets me do all these things.
Excerpt: By now, it should be no secret that Minecraft is a phenomenon on the PC. It doesn't look like much, but it's a very deep game, both literally and figuratively. Players can dig hundreds of levels down, and new content – block types, enemies, game enhancements – is constantly being added. There's always something to explore, always something to investigate, something to make … there is, in short, no end to the game.
Excerpt: Why is Minecraft one of the most famous indie games of all time? Versatility and near-infinite replayability. Want to accomplish a series of goals and clear the final boss? Minecraft has that. Want to explore a series of underground ruins and caverns, unearthing fabulous treasures? That, too. Want to create a 1:1 scale replica of the battle of Sekigahara using snowmen? Hey, if you have the time, Minecraft can accommodate you.
Pros: Building any blocky thing you can imagine, Stumbling onto interesting new areas and caves, New, detailed potion/enchanting system
Cons: Enjoyment is directly proportional to effort, Breaking a pick deep inside a mineshaft, Your social life disappearing
Conclusion: Minecraft on the Xbox Live Arcade is an addicting and rewarding experience, assuming you are willing to put the time into the experience. This is one of those games where you will truly get out whatever you put into the game, and that can be both good and bad. If you put in the time and dedication though, you will discover one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences ever.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is a successful port of an imperfect gem (review)
3 July 2012
Conclusion: The success of the PC version is a testament to the allure of Minecraft. Like its source material, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has no shortage of flaws, but it also provides a wholly unique gaming experience that can last for untold hours, whether you’re mining alone into the deepest depths of your randomly generated world or crafting a giant Starship Enterprise replica with a crew of up to seven other players.
Pros: The lightbulb moment(s) Within the first few minutes of Minecraft, you’ll (likely) have a series of epiphanies as you begin to wrap your head around the core mechanics. Penny Arcade illustrated this perfectly in its comic . And those moments continue to happen indefinitely. Their frequency may drop off, but I felt like a kid exploring a Toys”R”Us for the first time more than in any other game, ever. There’s just so much stuff to pick up and play with and jam into some...
Cons: Combat Minecraft comes with four different difficulties: Peaceful, Easy, Normal, and Hard. In Peaceful, you’re free to roam and craft and mine and do whatever without fear of being molested by the game’s obnoxious monsters. I’m not going to lie — this is my preferred mode. For me, the draw of Minecraft is discovering, collecting, and creating. I don’t want to have to worry about anything else, and I certainly don’t want to get killed by an enemy I can’t see or hit and...
Excerpt: Minecraft is only limited by your imagination. The limit of my imagination, however, is almost frighteningly pathetic. Most of my enfeebled attempts at furnishing my unimaginatively titled worlds (Martinland, Martinopia, Martinchester ), before and during this 360 version, generally revolve around me foraging enough gear to build a lavish, three-storey house and then, well, that's pretty much all I can ever muster.
Excerpt: I happened to come across Minecraft due to a popular web comic making a joke towards it's addictive and seemingly tedious gameplay. To better understand the joke I looked the game up, and decided it looked ridiculous and couldn't be fun at all. Yet thousands of people were playing it and despite it still being in Beta?
Pros: Easy to learn, Clever crafting system, Massive levels