- Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox One, iOS, Android.
- Suggested Platform: PC.
- Developer: Mojang
- Genre: Survival, Sandbox.
- Release Date: 11/18/11 (Officially)
- Why Play It?: The ability to go anywhere and do anything. Explore, build, farm, ranch, cook, fight bosses and monsters… You name it.
- Why Skip It?: If you don’t like games without specific goals. But even then, that’s not really a good excuse.
Minecraft was my LIFE for at least a year. It’s all I did, and pretty much all I played. I played Minecraft for the first time way back when it was in early beta, at the latest 1.2. So I probably put a good year or so into my love of Minecraft. I have since, however, kind of fallen out of love with Minecraft. I stopped keeping up with the updates since it was sold to Microsoft, but every now and again I feel like picking it up and toying around with it for a bit. And sometimes I do, despite the fact that I have no idea what all the new blocks are and what’s going on in the world of Minecraft. Minecraft however, blew up in popularity; you’d have to be living without access to electricity to not know about Minecraft.
Minecraft is a game, essentially about gathering blocks in a randomly generated world made entirely of blocks, and building things with them. There are several different modes you can play in Minecraft. Creative Mode gives you god-like powers, such as the ability to fly, and you can not die while playing Creative Mode. In Creative Mode, you are given unlimited access to every type of block, enabling you to build anything you want without having to gather resources, or worry about health, hunger, monsters, and other things that I’ll talk about later. This is the main sandbox mode, so to speak. Build anything, and do anything. You can choose to have a completely random world, or go for a completely flat world so you have a level surface to build on. Honestly, I don’t care too much for Creative Mode. It’s cool and all, but my favorite by far is Survival Mode. In Survival Mode, you have a health bar, a hunger bar and an experience bar. Monsters will come after you, and you’ll have to dig deep into the Earth to find better materials to make your equipment out of. You’ll need to build yourself a shelter since monsters spawn in the dark, hunting you down. This makes cave systems dangerous as well; even though it could be daytime, monsters can still lurk in the dark. There are many unique biomes to explore, villages to trade with, caves to spelunk, and much much more. There is also a Hardcore Mode which is the same as Survival, but you only have one life. If you die, everything is erased. An Adventure Mode also exists for people to build their own adventures and let others download them, making their own stories using the in-game tools.
There is no story, rhyme or reason to Minecraft. You just kind of do your own thing. If you want to build a majestic castle with domesticated wolves as pets, you go for it. You want to confront the final boss? You’ll be doing a ton of mining and exploring and finding materials. Build a farm so you never have to worry about food, if you want. There is so much you can do in Minecraft, that one review simply could not cover it all. Not only that, but Minecraft is multiplayer and a ton of fun with friends. The console versions have up to 4-player split screen if you or your friends don’t have the resources to get a server up and running on PC.
Minecraft, I feel, is a tough game to review because everything is just so open to the player. I can talk about the blocky and pixelated graphics that look retro, or the calm, chill music that matches the theme of the game, but ultimately, everything else is up to the player. If you haven’t played Minecraft and you’re not too sick of seeing it everywhere, give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.