Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition Review
Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition was released on the Xbox Live Marketplace on May 9, 2012. After being hyped up for Minecraft by everyone around me, I downloaded it first thing in the morning.
My first step was to play the tutorial, which introduces only the basic things you’ll need in the game and lets you learn the controls. Anything else you are expected to learn as you play. This allows the tutorial to be short, and you get the information you need only when it’s relevant, which helps with learning all the game mechanics. After the tutorial you are released into the tutorial world. It’s just like any other world, except that there are structures already built. If you explore the tutorial world for long enough, you’ll learn about other items, monsters, and anything else you encounter. These can also be learned in a regular world, so I moved on to start my own world.
After starting my world it was pretty simple to set up a house and get started. For convenience I created a mine in my basement so that I could mine without ever leaving home. With all that set up I went about the business of pouring hours of my life into this game. While I haven’t yet built anything significant (and absolutely NO phalluses), I have created lots of materials to build with. The building that I have done has been great. The building controls are simple and actually translate very well to a controller.
The online multiplayer does lose something on the Xbox 360 version. While on the PC version there are always servers to join with unique worlds and different people, the Xbox 360 Edition only offers you the online enabled games of people on your friends list. While I have at least two people on my friends list with Minecraft, none of them ever seem brave enough to enable online mode. The game, however, makes up for what it lacks in online multiplayer with its split screen mode (only available with HDTV, connected through HDMI). This puts a quick end to the inevitable “who gets to play Minecraft” arguments, and allows NinjaKitty and I to waste our time together far more efficiently.
Everything else about the Xbox 360 Edition is pretty much the same as the PC edition, with only a few small changes such as what blocks are solid and other petty stuff like that. Hearing the news that Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition will have free add-ons is a huge bonus for this game, as having the world change and get new things and mechanics is key to this game. Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition does not disappoint and is a great buy for any 360 gamer without a decent PC.
Final Score: 5/5