Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Review (360)
When you were young your mother would always warn you that too much television would give you square eyes. It would almost seem fitting for this unbelievably addictive game to cause such a condition with its rather blocky outlook on life.
Minecraft is every indy developers dream. It shot to fame in late 2011 with a very small team and large dreams. Since then the game has seen continuous updates and several different platforms, the most recent of which is the Xbox Live marketplace. With such a buzz about the game it has went on to smash expectations reaching over 1 million downloads on XBLA alone.
The game is based on a randomly generated map; a sandbox in which you can build whatever you may desire. This could be a simple construct such as a house or something as elaborate as a replica of the millenium falcon. Although there is no direct story, the universe is what you make it.
The graphics are nothing to gawk at as they are very simple and the texturing is comically retro but therein lies the charm. Such a simple and basic palette can be used by a veteran crafter to create some buildings you would struggle to comprehend in real life let alone in a world comprised of cubes.
As you make your way through the expansive sandbox you realise that the worlds is at your fingertips. Countless hours can be lost and days can drop off your calendar as you dig in search of the ever elusive diamond resource or trying to kill enough cows to build a full leather suit. A large part of this can be contributed to the absolutely splendid soundtrack. The melodic sounds relax and soothe you as you start to delve into world.
There are no real objectives to the game. Despite that there are moments that is similar to both The Sims and a survival-type game in which the player must build their own defences and gather the resources needed to survive. The achievements in game can serve as objectives, but on the whole the game is vast sandbox in which you can do whatever you like. Unfortunately the maps are constrained to a size of 1024×1024 which is tiny in comparison to the much larger maps available on PC. That being said there is still plenty to do and since the Xbox game is several versions behind the current PC build there have been rumours of planned expansions and title updates if the game is successful enough.
Minecraft is a joy to play and you can get lost in such a large game. It is more suited to the creative types as without a vivid imagination you can sometimes feel lost for something to do. Played with friends you will usually find some flamboyant task to undertake and if it turns out well you might just feel like you have accomplished something albeit in your underwear most likely. If you love to explore and create this game is definitely up your blocky alley, so make sure you pick it up and support one of this generation’s biggest Indy hits.
9 poorly constructed blocky castles out of 10