Digging Deep into Minecraft

I finally got around to playing Minecraft and getting a first hand taste of what has so captivated the hearts of many gamers for the past year.

Minecraft is a construction sand-box game that drops you into a vast, cubist world to build, create or destroy as you see fit. At night, monsters crawl out from their hiding places and will hunt you down on sight.

Players can choose from two main game modes: Survival and Creative. Survival drops the player into a fresh new world to explore and the player must work to survive, mining and crafting materials as well as building themselves a suitable shelter for when night falls. They will have to eat regularly to keep up their strength and will have to beware of monsters, as dying will rob them of any inventory on their person and dump them back where they first spawned.

Creative mode starts the same way, but gives the player access to an infinite amount of every kind of material. In addition, the player will be made invincible and will not have to worry about maintaining their Health and Hunger levels as they do in Survival.

Where this game truly shines is in the multi-player experience where you can play with friends via online servers. Together you can tackle the challenges of survival mode or create various architectural marvels. From scale models of the starship Enterprise to an entire recreation of Middle-Earth, if you can think it, you can build it.

There are also community of modders that create fun add-ons to the game, adding things like alchemical crafting tools and new enemy types. Youtubers like the Yogscast and CaptainSparkles cover all sorts of things Minecraft-related as well, so be sure to give their channels a look if you are interested in Minecraft!


About Preston Sotelo

I am a videogame journalist with a passion for the artistic expression and unique experience that videogames can offer. I also have a passion for sci-fi, fantasy and Japanese anime.

Posted on January 26, 2012, in Game Art, Game Design and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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