Minecraft: Xbox One – Review
Minecraft has grown into a massive fan base. With millions and millions of fans around the world, Minecraft is one of the most well-known games of all-time played by both young and old. If you are not familiar with this game, then you’re missing out. Building and destroying blocks is the best description for Minecraft. The game can be played in two basic modes, Survival and Creative. In addition, the player can customize level of difficulty against NPCs, several terrain options, map size and also online features. Now, let’s dive into the new details of the next-gen versions of Minecraft. For the purposes of this review, my experience is based off of the Xbox One Edition.
For a few years now, I have been a big fan of Minecraft (Sorry, I don’t go to MineCon or purchase little plush Creepers). My first exposure to the game was on the Xbox 360 and I was immediately hooked. One of my favorite things about the game is the ability to be as creative as your little brain can imagine. If you can think of it, you can build it. My obsession grew into tons of gaming hours and online searches of pictures based on other peoples builds. Seeing some of the projects others have built only increased my thirst of the game. When I heard the announcement in 2013 for the Xbox One version of Minecraft, I couldn’t have been more pleased. I imagined the added details and features for the game would seemingly be endless on the current consoles.
With the Xbox One Edition released last week, I finally got my hands on the newest Minecraft version. After loading into a new Survival Mode, I began to inspect all the differences from the 360 game. The biggest change I noticed right away was the graphics, this was to be expected since the game was now being played on a far more superior console. Next was a touch in additional music. No more continual loop of the same two tunes for during the day and then at night. After traveling to the top of the closest hill, I scouted the range of scenery. With the Xbox One Edition, the developers increased the sight distances, this too was very noticeable. The map size for Minecraft was also enlarged to 37.6 times bigger than the last-gen model. In the game menu, players now have the option to change the map size into their preferred style. The gameplay seemed to have stayed the same, although I did notice the NPCs appeared to have slightly better tactics. Aside from the above comments, I haven’t noticed too much else added to the game yet. Because of the recent download for the PC version (Bountiful Update), those on the current-gen consoles can expect to see this update soon, giving Minecraft gamers plenty to look forward to.
The newer graphics look amazing! Everything is clean with no lag and the additional sight distance is great. I love the larger map sizes, it makes for a greater amount of resources to search for throughout the journey.
The new music in Minecraft was quite a pleasent surprise. It reminded be of loading a Minecraft theme of Mass Effect, the music on there captivates you.
Minecraft is one of the best games to play for all ages. The game is a fun as you can make it, so be creative and open up your mind to anything you can imagine. I strongly recommend purchasing Minecraft on the current-gen console, give the game a chance and I grantee you’ll enjoy playing it. If you already own the 360 version, purchase the Xbox One Edition for just $4.99.
Style – Single-player, Co-op/Online Multiplayer
Publisher – Mojang AB and 4J Studios
Developer – Mojang AB and 4J Studios
Release – September 2014
4.0 – Gameplay
4.5 – Graphics
4.8 – Sound
5.0 – Entertainment
5.0 – Replay Value