2 thoughts on “Minecraft – Xbox One

  1. 51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Everything is awesome! Oops, wrong franchise., November 20, 2014
    By 
    Vdub (UT, USA) –
    (TOP 100 REVIEWER)
      

    This review is from: Minecraft – Xbox One (Video Game)
    The Xbox One version of this game is about what you would expect: Awesome.

    Are the graphics noticeably better with breathtaking hi-res textures and more complex polygons and animations? Ha! But that’s not what Minecraft is about.

    There’s no real story or campaign or objectives in Minecraft. You simply start out, have a variety of tools and environments to explore/destroy/build upon, and do whatever you want from there.

    Complexity ranges from ultra simple (TNT go boom lolz!), to as horrendously complex as you want to make it (wiring switches to do all kinds of crazy things, create meta-games, and so forth).

    There’s the standard mode where you have a life bar, more limited resources (which forces you to craft/farm/mine for resources), and enemies. Or creative mode which is more suited for purely creating awesome stuff faster and easier. You can fly, move super fast, have unlimited materials, and so forth. Creative mode will prove to be a much easier way to build that replica Death Star you’ve been wanting for so long.

    The console versions of Minecraft are always a little bit behind the PC version in terms of updates, but most won’t notice or care except the die-hard Minecrafters. I prefer the console version simply because I prefer my couch to my office chair.

    One important thing to note is that if you bought the Xbox 360 version previously (digital), you can purchase the Xbox One (digital) version from the Xbox Store for a discounted $4.99, which was totally worth it in my opinion. The Xbox One version also has many new achievements compared with the 360 version (1000 points worth vs 200 points). You may not care about these, but I personally love trying to fully explore the games and unlock all their achievements, so this adds a *lot* of replay value for me. Some of them will take quite some time to attain as they can’t be unlocked in Creative mode.

    But digital discounts aside, I generally prefer disc versions of games. Physical games tend to go on better sales and more frequent sales, they help me expand my fairly expansive physical game library, I don’t have to worry as much about disk space, I can lend the game to a friend or resell it, and I have the pleasant feeling of actually owning something tangible. But if these perks don’t interest you, the convenience of digital is nice to have to (switch games without swapping discs).

    It might take awhile of tinkering around with the game before you “get it”, but once you do, it can be a lot of fun.

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  2. 29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    So addicting!, November 26, 2014
    By 
    Lucas

    This review is from: Minecraft – Xbox One (Video Game)
    I had never played Minecraft on PC or 360 so I can’t compare graphics (as if a tiny bit of resolution on 8-bit graphics matters).

    What can I tell you though is that this is one of the most addicting games I’ve ever played! It’s not your standard game in that it does not have a plot and storyline that you follow. You create a world and then build in that world. It’s as simple as that. You can built whatever your heart desires. Well, whatever your heart desires that can be built with cubes and a variety of tools and accessories. When I first heard of Minecraft I thought it was more tailored towards children. Make no mistake, this game is great for everyone. I have an 8 year old nephew who loves building simple towers and houses, while I try to challenge myself a little more and build entire cities with unique textures and designs. It is so satisfying to think of a new design and see your idea come alive as you build it to completion. Once you get an idea in your head, it’s hard to put the controller down. I’ve told myself that I’m going to build for an hour and then go to bed, only to look at the clock “a little while later” and realize it’s 3 in the morning.

    There are two modes of gameplay: Creative and Survival.

    Creative mode is exactly as it sounds. If you’re only interesting in seeing what you can build and don’t want to worry about gathering materials, that’s what creative mode is for. It’s catered to letting you build as fast and efficient as you can. I prefer to play on Survival mode (which I will get to next) but I have a creative mode map that I will use to test new designs so I don’t throw hours into it in Survival mode and then realize it’s not going to work or it isn’t as cool as I thought it would be. If you’re looking to build something from a movie or another game, I’d recommend Creative mode. I spent hours building the Tower of Sauron but it would have taken WAY longer in Survival mode.

    As I said above, Survival mode is my preference. It adds a little more spice to the game. You have to gather your materials by mining or digging, kind of like a watered down game like Runescape. You have to stay alive by eating food. It’s SO fun building a farm of crops and animals. Most people start by building a house and then building a nice little farm next to it. There are also monsters in Survival mode that you need to defend yourself from. They only come out at night but they can be a real pain in the hind end, especially Creepers, which will explode if they get too close to you. It’s quite frustrating to be working on building something and then having a creeper walk up behind you and blow a nice big hole in your creation. But, that’s what makes in interesting. I get a much better sense of pride in my work if I have to earn my materials.

    Again, this game is great for people of all ages. Minecraft has become my go to stress reliever. It’s quite calming to play a game that allows me to… well, to just build a world, whatever the heck I want. As I said above, it gives you a real sense of accomplishment when you complete a design and stand back and look upon your creation. If you haven’t played before, it will take you an hour or two to get up to speed on using tools and how to craft different things, but it’s about as simple as it can be for as much as you can do. I highly recommend this game for anyone looking for a change of pace from the shoot ’em ups. If you want to buy a game that you feel is suitable for a kid, this game is perfect for that too.

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