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: 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.
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.
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
Excerpt: Do you know why men are more obsessed with gizmos, gadgets and modern technology than (most) women are? It’s down to something called occasionally referred to as ‘sharper spear complex’ – mankind’s desire to create better, stronger and more efficient weapons. It’s a trait trapped in our DNA from our long distant ancestors who would spend their days devising better tools to hunt with. Minecraft draws upon this desire hidden inside us and it does so magnificently.
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
Conclusion: Thanks to 4J Studios and Mojang, we now have a great port of a stellar game on our Xbox’s. Even though it may not be the current iteration that we see on PC’s, the game features easily accessible controls and an in-depth tutorial system for teaching beginners how to become fluent with the games mechanics, making it an exceptional title.
Pros: Crafting system is ingenious, multiplayer is great, drop-in-out mechanics are simple and effective and the tutorial helps new players learn quicker.
Summary: Minecraft is a blank easel waiting for an artist to create his masterpiece, so long as this artist is familiar with the workspace. Otherwise, potential artists could be turned off by its sheer immensity. Either way, Minecraft's transition to the console is seamless, resulting in an excellent experience.
Pros: Still as addictive as ever, Control scheme fits perfectly with the console
Cons: Intimidating size, Tutorials not as helpful as I had hoped