Minecraft has made quite a name for itself. What was originally created by Swedish programmer, Markus “Notch” Persson, was later developed and published by Mojang. The game eventually brought itself up to become a worldwide sensation. Minecraft is a sandbox Indie game that never seems to stop getting updates. The appeal of Minecraft is the dynamic, seemingly never-ending creativity it involves. It acts as a platform to create buildings that gamers may day-dream about being able to build or own one day. By including some other interesting aspects such as exploration, crafting, combat, and gathering resources, it makes for a very addictive and infinitely fun game. The main two modes available in Minecraft players are survival and hardcore, which mainly differ in terms of their difficulty by changing the health and hunger of players.
Minecraft was initially released for PC in May 2009. Minecraft Classic is the older version, which is available to play online for free, but no longer gets updated. Minecraft 4k is a sort of simplified version of Minecraft that contains a finite map, and players are limited to placing or destroying blocks, which are just randomly located throughout the map, consisting of grass, dirt, stone, wood, leaves, and brick. The thing that excited Minecraft players and fed their addiction was the fact that the creativity didn’t seem to end. The reason for that is the fact that players could always create, upload, and of course download all sorts of mods. These added a variety of gameplay changes, such as new items, new blocks, new mobs, and even new mechanisms of craft.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition was the next version to be released on Android and iPhone. This port concentrates primarily on creative building and survival. Of course, it doesn’t contain all the features that the PC version does. Players only have access to a limited variety of blocks, and players cannot craft items or collect resources. This is understandable, since it’s the mobile version.
Overall, the Xbox 360 version definitely feels like a bit of a narrowed down, bubbled version of the original PC game, which lades some to have feelings of injustice and leaving much to be desired. Yet, it is well regarded for the way that it managed to maintain its grace. The 360 version does admittedly make the best of the limitations created by the console platform. It’s a way for casual console gamers to be able to experience some of the greatness that PC users have been indulging in for years.