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 .
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
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
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: for Xbox 360 has been kicked around for nearly a year, and finally this week this console port is out. The journey of this game from half-working alpha that people could buy into and play, all the way to a full game with its developers making millions, has been a strange one - primarily because the original creator, Mojang's Markus Persson, saw the success of his game grow exponentially without a dollar spent on marketing.
Excerpt: The announcement of Minecraft for Xbox 360 has been kicked around for nearly a year, and finally this week this console port is out. The journey of this game from half-working alpha that people could buy into and play, all the way to a full game with its developers making millions, has been a strange one - primarily because the original creator, Mojang's Markus Persson, saw the success of his game grow exponentially without a dollar spent on marketing.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is a successful port of an imperfect gem (review)
10 May 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...
Summary: A game that rewards curiosity and constructive pursuits over straight action, Minecraft won’t appeal to those who need immediate satisfaction. If you’re willing to invest the time needed to really see everything it has to offer, this sandbox will be very satisfying!
Conclusion: A wonderful addition to Xbox Live Arcade. Minecraft (Xbox 360 Edition) is a highly anticipated addition to XBLA , and to the Xbox 360 in general. Combining the addictive gameplay of Minecraft with the 360’s highly user-friendly multiplayer interface has proven to be a great idea, and the recipe for a cartload of fun.
Pros: Classic Minecraft gameplay on your console., 8-player online/4-player local multiplayer.