Release Date: May 9, 2012
Developer: 4J Studios / Mojang
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox 360]
Genre: Action & Adventure, Strategy & Simulation
Rated: E for Everyone
The moment all you Minecraftians who also have an Xbox have been waiting for has arrived! A new addition to the Xbox Live Arcade, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is due to release on May 9th to some expected excitement and maybe unexpected disappointment.
First, there is the expected 8-bit goodness that all mincrafters have come to love. The scenery is as beautiful and grand as the PC version. While it seems a few land generating features have not been ported over, and I’ll go over that in further detail later, the oceans seems to be more vast than I remember them. For those of you who enjoy the soundtrack you will also be pleased to note it has transferred over as well.
Gameplay in this game a bit different though. Anyone who has played minecraft within the last few months will probably notice some disappointing differences. First, food is not stack-able so watch out when killing all those piggies and cows while out adventuring, as you might soon find your inventory filled with dead flesh.
Second, some of the newer features implemented in the last few updates are non existent in this version. No pistons, iron bars or glass panes. Also there is a very noticeable absence of the XP bar or food bar. I didn’t get a chance to explore fully so I’d also assume there are no ravines, strongholds or, dare I say it, abandoned mine shafts. By extension there probably won’t be The End or ender dragons, but again I didn’t get that far in the game. It should be noted though that all updates to this game will be free much like the PC version, so they might add the current PC features on at a later date.
So this version is very much like your grandpa’s version of minecraft. A simple, throwback to the days of yore when the game was what you see is what you get. That isn’t a bad thing though as the building, exploring and creativity of this version is just as endless as its PC counterpart. If you don’t have this on PC for whatever reason, go ahead and get it for the Xbox, you will soon find yourself understanding why this little game has won the hearts of many.
If you already possess this for PC, maybe you want to just stick with PC this go around. There seems to be no real reason to have it for those of us who already own it on PC as it’s currently outdated and the extra content like texture packs and mods have yet to be determined, though I assume those won’t be free to acquire.
If you have friends on Xbox who have it, won’t hurt to double up, if not, stick with PC. One thing I can say though, PC has been very kind to us on saving. If you do get minecraft for Xbox, make sure you save and save often. Takes a few minutes to save, but definitely worth not reopening your save file to see your inventory empty.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5