Minecraft is a sandbox independent video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus "Notch" Persson and later developed and published by the Swedish company Mojang. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. Multiple gameplay modes are available, including survival mode where the player must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health, a creative mode where players have unlimited resources to build with and the ability to fly, an adventure mode where players play custom maps created by other players and a spectator mode.

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User voted 10/10.
3 votes
Dec 12, 2015

I call this game revolutionary, nothing less!

It brought two video game concepts together like very few ever did: user creation and online multiplayer.

Creation is nothing new, but only in the recent years have we been able to share with other people through internet. And most creation games limit themselves one way or another. Minecraft almost has no limits besides those of imagination.

Online multiplayer is still in its early years. We used to play games with friends on a split-screen or over a LAN network, but now we can play with people from all around the world. We meet all kinds of people. Of course, it comes with its disadvantages. Some people in Minecraft might not be cool persons. Be careful with strangers and don't leave them unsupervised for an extended period of time; they could destroy your creations or waste precious materials.

I nevertheless believe there are more ups than downs when it comes down to online multiplayer. In Minecraft, you never know who you'll meet and, most precisely, what other people have created. One of the most interesting things about Minecraft is playing in a stranger's world and discovering the person's creations.

Minecraft loses a lot of its appeal if you intend on playing it only in single player.

Minecraft initially is a survival game. You have to eat, collect ressources and fight to survive. Eventually, once you get the hang of it, you end up creating all sorts of buildings and items. There's always something to do and it's up to you to choose what comes next. It's highly addicting.

Of course, the game is called Minecraft, so mining is an important element of the game. But some people barely use a pickaxe. It all depends on what you like to do. You can be a farmer and grow crops, you can chop wood and hunt wild animals. You can equip an armor, a sword and travel in computer-generated dungeons.

All the enemies found in Minecraft have their little something that makes them unique. It's not much of a challenge to fight them once you get to know how they attack, but some, like the creeper who is dangerous when you don't see it coming, offer a pretty good challenge, even for experienced gamers. There's definitely a little survival-horror feeling to this game whenever you are in the dark and you run out of torches!

The other side of Minecraft, besides survival, involves pure creation. You can enable a mode that'll give you all the tools to build whatever you want. Whenever you see screen captures of gigantic constructions in this game, it's usually made within this mode. It's like painting a 3D virtual world. Very fun. But once again, be careful with who you build stuff with. I once saw a kid destroy a boat that took an entire afternoon to build. But I think he only represents a minority. If you get good partners, however, it's very stimulating to make plans and build epic buildings. You might end up building entire cities without even noticing it!

Another, more recent addition, is the adventure mode. It brings a more linear approach. The name says it all: it usually comes in the form of a quest that you or other people can create. Then, you can play them. It's similar to games like the Elder Scrolls series on some aspects.

People in the PC community have come up with numerous modifications. You'll never see the end of it! I highly recommend the PC version for this reason.

Sometimes I'd like to have more sound effects. It's the only bad thing I can think of when it comes down to Minecraft, really. The music is pretty good. There are some great ambient tunes.

Some people complain about the graphics, but I really enjoy the retro look Minecraft offers. It's a great tribute to the games of the late 90's.

The game changed a lot throughout the years. It's still updated once in a while and usually brings new content. That's another fun thing about Minecraft. I think I can count on my hands the number of games that actually give DLC at no additional cost. But of course, Minecraft being the most profitable video game in history so far, it's understandable that the developers can afford doing it, unlike smaller companies with a limited budget.

User voted 8/10.
1 vote
Dec 6, 2015

Lego toys, but virtual and much cheaper.

If you like building things from blocks, or if you simply enjoy building in games, I recommend this game to you. I was sceptical about Minecraft because a lot of kids are playing this game. After I gave it a try, it turned out it's fun to even watch what the Minecraft kids are building. Overall it's not the greatest game, but I like it.

User voted 7/10.
1 vote
Dec 12, 2015

The Playstation version of this game is different. It's not a bad port, but some of the content has been modified or is missing from the PC version and some of the changes are difficult to explain and justify.

I initially bought the PS3 version of this game. On the box, it said it had multiplayer. Knowing the PC version of Minecraft involves online multiplayer, I felt highly deceived when I found out they actually only rely on your buddy list. You can't play with people from all around the world, only with your PS Network buddies or their friends. This alone made me feel like an idiot for not doing more research on the PS3 version, but it also made me think less of all those involved with Minecraft. They pretty much ripped me off, and I'm sure others felt like this too.

The only guaranteed multiplayer on the PS3 version is the split-screen function. Well, even then, I thought it was pretty ridiculous to allow this ability only for those who have a HD television. For the love of Miyamoto, there are games that are 20 years old that allowed split-screen on black and white TV's! Yep, that's right. If you don't have a recent television, you can't play Minecraft on split-screen. Let's remember Minecraft isn't a very demanding game, performance-wise. Considering other, heavier PS3 games had it ( ex: Borderlands ) years before, it's just inexcusable.

The console port also tells you everything, even you are not asking for it. On PC, you have to discover many elements of the game. For example, when you begin to play, you don't know how to craft most things. And discovering how to do certain things is part of the fun. On console, they tell you stuff I didn't even know until I got the PS3 version. Once you know everything, the game turns out to be less challenging, less fun.

Now, with this being said, the game is still Minecraft. There's still a lot of fun to be had with it. There's a lot to do, just like the PC version. It remains a good port if we forget about what I talked about. There are some cool console-only DLCs. But it remains a lesser version, with less content. In order to play the real Minecraft, you have to play it on a computer.

PC game
0 votes
Nov 14, 2015

It's a cool game. Really. But you need to play with friends. With skype if possible. Oh, and the community is really young... That's bad.

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