Summary: Minecraft XBLA is freaking fantastic and will hook you for days, weeks, or even months. It is such a simple concept - mine blocks and ore, and then use them to build new things - but it works incredibly well. The XBLA version benefits from fantastic controls, but suffers a bit since some of the more interesting things added to the PC version in recent updates are nowhere to be found (but can be updated in later).
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.
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: 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
Summary: Unless you have been living under a rock for the past two years, you have undoubtedly heard of Minecraft. Maybe you haven’t played it but you have certainly heard the name. The indie project-turned-phenomenon from the mind of Markus “Notch” Persson took the world of video games by storm thanks to its innovative gameplay and an experience fueled and limited only by creativity of the user.
Excerpt: When I took on Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, I had volunteered to review it for nothing else but simple curiosity. Even though I’ve been seeing mention of this game in Internet articles for a while now and I’ve heard people talking in hushed tones about the game around the office water cooler, I had no idea what Minecraft was and I needed to find out for myself what all the fuss was about.
Summary: Players are actively encouraged to craft their own adventure. The square sun rises over the peak of a mountain in the distance, sheep prance in the fields and there is that feeling in the air that anything is possible. I am the King of all I survey and set to work. Before the day is out, there is wood to collect, stone to mine, equipment to craft and a shelter to construct.
Excerpt: The award winning, sandbox adventure game Minecraft has finally made its way to home consoles on Xbox LIVE Arcade. In this port of the critically acclaimed game, you still play as the character Steve, as you explore the block filled world and do nearly anything you can imagine. Minecraft is the king of sandbox games, and this freedom to do anything is transferred perfectly to this new port.
Conclusion: Concept: Put players in an open sandbox, provide the tools to survive, and let ‘em loose
Graphics: Don’t let the 8-bit inspired graphics fool you; once you’re absorbed in its world, Minecraft offers some truly spectacular vistas
Sound: The score is simple and unobtrusive. You’ll never forget the sound of a creeper hissing its way toward detonation
Playability: The retooled UI works on a gamepad, and I was mining and building within minutes
Entertainment: It doesn’t have...