Minecraft: Review

We’ve been getting a lot of requests from our readers about why we haven’t done a review on Minecraft yet. And I have to say, I’m impressed with all the attention around this game. It’s kind of an indie darling at this point, so congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Persson (Notch and his wife).

I mean, it only took like 3 years since the first release for Minecraft to officially enter into pop culture-dom! Of course there were several games similar to Minecraft before it; Infiniminer, Dwarf Fortress and even some more modern ones such as Terraria or Starforge . But none came close to reaching Minecraft’s notoriety until it finally hit Xbox Live Arcade last December (2011). This has finally given Minecraft the mainstream popularity that it deserved.

The idea behind Minecraft is simple: break and place blocks. But the game’s in-depth mechanics and unique style is what will keep you playing for hours on end. There are several different modes to choose from; Creative, Survival, Hardcore and Adventure (in which you can’t break or place any blocks). The most popular mode would be the hardcore survival one where you start off with absolutely nothing (not even clothing) in a giant world made up of varying materials such as dirt, stone, wood, etc. As time goes on though, this barren landscape will turn into a flourishing metropolis filled with various animals that spawn everywhere! A lot of people have compared Minecraft’s main goal to be like that of Dwarf Fortress, except with much more simplified graphics and an accessible interface.

Since starting this review, I’ve started playing the game myself. It has actually grown on me quite quickly since then! I mean it’s not everyday that you see somebody create a massive replica of King Ghidorah (especially in pixelated form).

Still though, despite how addicting this game can be…there are still some flaws to consider about it. The biggest one being the lack of tutorial or guidance whatsoever. Now, Minecraft is pretty much entirely up to players to figure out what they want to do for themselves which is fine most of the time. But there will definitely be times where you’ll need help from others whether it’d be for new items, mobs or even how to progress in the game itself.

Another issue would be that of cheats. Some of them can help you out a lot more than others. For instance, setting your gamemode to creative will give you access to all of the materials and items in the entire game…which is great if you want some fast-traveling options, build large structures quickly or get yourself an unfair advantage over other players. But on the other hand, there are also server plugins which are used for griefing purposes (destroying another player’s property). I’d say it adds more depth to Minecraft though! Even though some servers have banned some mods because they’re too overpowered, this has only increased my desire to try them out. You can explore minecraft servers on https://minebrowse.com/

Now, despite what I’ve said about this game already…you might still be wondering why this is entitled “The Best and Worst of Minecraft” instead of just saying it’s the best game ever. Well like any other game, there are some things that should be looked into improving. And while Mojang (the company behind Minecraft) has done a great job at updating it constantly to keep up with players’ demands (new blocks, mobs, items), their number one priority should really be in creating an official modding API for it. The reason? So players can create thousands more mods even if they don’t have the same programming experience as Notch or his team does.

Some people may not see how important having an API is but it’s essentially how other games such as Runescape or Terraria have been successful in having a wide variety of mods. The only downside to this is the fact that some mods can be used for griefing purposes…but not all of them! Please Mojang, make this happen!

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Hello! My name is Benjamin. It’s so very nice to meet you. I happily share my passion for all things about technology.

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