Minecraft: Xbox One Edition - Xbox One

Release Date:

October 07, 2014

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Also on UK.
8.2

Summary:

In Minecraft: Xbox One Edition, players can customize and control the default character (lovingly known as Steve) and head into randomly generated worlds made up of cubes representing various elements and materials, such as iron, sand, and coal. The worlds operate on realistic day/night cycles and feature varied terrain and environments, and as gamers explore they come across a variety of creatures and non-player characters known as mobs. There are two modes in Minecraft, both of which can be played alone or with friends in split-screen multiplayer action.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • 4J Studios
  • Publisher(s):
    • Microsoft Game Studios
  • Release Date(s):
    • November 18, 2014
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Everyone 10
  • Player(s):
    • 1-4
    • 2-8 (Xbox Live)
  • Player(s) (Co-op):
    • 2-4
    • 2-8 (Xbox Live)
  • Online Play:
    • Optional

Technical Information

  • Required Disc Space:
    • 667.95MB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 72 Hours
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2015-03-15

Den_Merry

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Xbox One

8.1

'Minecraft' on the Xbox One is a texture building block video game which had huge success on other consoles, the game also enables users to share there favorite world's with other online users, and vice versa which only enhances the experience.

'Minecraft' rose to fame after being developed by Notch for the company, Mojang. Released back in 2011, the procedurally generated 'voxel' based survivor game quickly rose to fame. Revered for its sandbox elements, ultimately creative game play pursuits, and amazing online multiplayer it wasn't a surprise to see that the title would quickly be transported out to a slew of different consoles. 'Minecraft' has finally taken the big step of jumping onto the Xbox One console and we couldn't have been more happy to pick up the game and give it a go for ourselves. What we found both delighted us and made us think that this is a franchise that will survive long into the future.

'Minecraft' quickly became a world wide phenomenon due to its ability to entrance users both young and old. The game itself was fairly user friendly and it had the ability to be as complicated and difficult as players wanted it to be. Before long we were looking at t-shirts and toys and children everywhere demanding the game for Christmas or their birthday. With the pressure that Mojang is under to keep their franchise relevant in the fast paced world of gaming, we have to ask ourselves how they did with this Xbox One port. Many computer purists would think that the game loses flavor when you are forced to play it with a controller, but we aren't so sure. Let's take a look at a basic first day in the world of 'Minecraft' on the Xbox One.

It's your world...

We dropped into a random biome that the console has deemed fit for us. This time it appears to be a jungle with what looks like a large lake or river to our right. We can hear cows mooing off in the distance. There are trees everywhere and it is hard to see too far in front of us. The sun is high above and we have no idea where to go. But we do know that we need some form of defense. Quickly we run over to the nearest tree and we punch it down into a group of collectable blocks. We go to our inventory crafting menu and quickly make ourselves a crafting table. A moment later we have a hatchet in hand and we are chipping away at wood at a heightened rate. Now we have a sword and a pick axe. We're as well equipped as you need to be in order to make your own future.

With our tools in hand we begin to traverse across this wide open world. We know that as darkness approaches, so does danger. What we want is to be hidden away in a little base, safe beside our bed and with a few torches to keep away monsters. So that is what we do. We dig into the side of a mountain and soon find ourselves in a nice 10 x 10 hole. We dig up some nearby coal with our pick axe and soon we have torches adorning our walls. It's night now and we can hear the creepers coming. Our hunger level is starting to get dangerously low and we may have to go out into the night to find food..

After a few in-game 'days' we finally have ourselves reasonably set up. We have a wooden hut constructed with a hand made chicken corral attached to it. We've managed to start our own chicken farm as a food source and we are finally getting comfortable in this world. We know that our little homestead could use an upgrade so we turn our eyes to the ground. It's time to plumb the depths of the world. It is time to mine.

At its core, 'Minecraft' is a game that rewards you for having an imagination. The game won't push you to play it in any specific way. If you are content making little dirt huts and raising chickens in a wooden fenced in area, then go ahead. But if you want to make sprawling cities with monolithic towers, that is possible too. 'Minecraft', it turns out, is a whole lot like life: you get what you put into the experience.

For fans that played the original Xbox 360 title, there have been some improvements. The size of your randomly generated world has been enlarged by roughly 36 times. Your world will accommodate your exploration and you won't feel like you are coming across the same paths, over and over. New biomes are in place and the game has been updated to mirror the PC version that is patched over so often.

As far as game modes go, all of the key ones that you remember are there. What we described above was an example of 'Survival Mode'. In Survival you are placed into a world that wants to consume you. You have to craft, hunt, and construct a life for yourself while always being on defense. Of course there is the playful and fun 'Creative Mode' that gives you unlimited resources and the ability to fly. This mode is perfect for the gamer that just wants to play virtual legos. At the tail end of the options is online mode. You can play with up to eight different players in these bigger worlds. Work together to construct a beautiful realm or play against each other, the choice is yours.

The game looks stunning on our big screen television and leaning back on our couch while soaking it all in is something that PC gamers just don't get. We thought the game looked as pretty as ever. The colors popped off of the screen and the voxel based art design was completely charming to us. We loved the ambient sounds and the relaxing music and digging underground was appropriately terrifying. Playing online in the game is especially rewarding when you can get your friends involved. Getting randomly matched up with other players leads to irritation as the age demographic definitely skews to the younger end.

On the whole we found our experience with 'Minecraft' on the Xbox One to be delightful.

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