Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably familiar with the wildly popular PC game Minecraft. The boxy, simple game of “create and destroy” was first released in 2011, and it’s since gone on to become one of the best-selling games on the market.
While you won’t find any sophisticated graphics or entrancing storylines, you will find an open world that allows you to be as creative as you want. After seeing tremendous success on the PC, the game was released on Xbox 360 in May of 2012. Minecraft for Xbox is a bit of a mixed bag with the game lacking in some areas and excelling in other aspects.
What Minecraft Xbox 360 Does Right
Let’s start off with the good news. The Xbox 360 version of the game is more user-friendly than the PC version. A helpful UI and tutorial sequence takes you through the initial tasks of the game and even helps you build adequate shelter for your first night in your new world. Along the way, you’ll find some helpful popups that make it easier to survive and start building your world. If you are new to Minecraft, the Xbox version will help you learn the ropes pretty quickly.
The core concept of the game is left unchanged, so you’ll still be crafting, mining, building and destroying things just as you would in the PC version. It’s every bit as addicting as the original, but there are some gripes with this console version that some players may not like.
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Truth be told, the “bad” really isn’t all that bad. There are just a few minor things that Xbox 360 gamers may not like if they’re familiar with the PC version. If you’ve never played Minecraft, these “gripes” will be non-existent to you.
For starters, the Xbox version is missing some of the more established goals and objectives, like leveling and enchanting. Map sizes are also smaller than the PC version, but only because the 360 is limited in its technical capabilities.
Crafting is also a bit different, and depending on how artistically inclined you are, the changes may or may not be a good thing. On the PC version, players created items by manually shaping them in a separate window. With the 360 version, players will choose the items they want to create from a list. It takes some of the fun of actually creating the items out of the picture, but some gamers may prefer this method.
The multiplayer aspect of the 360 version is also a bit more restricted. The world you create never actually dies, but it really only lives when you’re actually playing in it.
Despite these few minor gripes, the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft is still addictively fun. No matter whether you’re a kid in grade school or a middle aged dad, you’ll spend countless hours building, mining, crafting and shaping your world. The 360 version may take some getting used to, but the core concept and fun aspects of the game are still very much alive in this console version of the best-selling game.
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