Fans of the popular PC game Minecraft can celebrate, because the release day has finally arrived. Yes, Mojang’s Minecraft is now available on the XBLA for 1,600 MSPoints (or $20.00).
Yes, this is a bit pricier than most XBLA titles, but rumor has it that Mojang has free DLC updates planned (hopefully to bring the XBLA version up-t0-date with the PC version). Either way, the game runs great, and supports up to 8 players at once in a said game.
I originally intended to have a full review this morning for the newest Minecraft iteration. However, if you have played Minecraft on the PC before, you might understand that this is a daunting task for the Minecraft newbie such as myself. Little did I know what I was in store for.
For those unfamiliar, when you begin a game of Minecraft, you start off in a new world that has been automatically generated for you. Each world is unique and different, and requires you to explore to learn more about the land that you’ll be settling. If I could offer any advice for the new player, which I had to quickly learn by myself, it would be to explore, explore, explore!
I originally started my campaign on the Normal difficulty, and had no idea what my ‘goal’ was. In fact, that is one of the best and equally worst parts of the game. You have no goals aside from what you want to do.
For my first few hours, I dug a hole. Literally, nothing but digging directly down into the ground, with no light, no tools, and as I would discover later, no way out. Which brings me to my next point of advice – always have an escape route. With no map, or compass, or any stairs / ladders to escape, you’ll be stuck. Luckily, I found a hidden chamber with water and lava, and would discover that my character was indeed not fireproof.
My first death, and to my luck, an automatic respawn to land!
With Minecraft now available, you’ll need to discover your favorite way to play! Download the trial if you aren’t sure, but I can easily say that I have been addicted for the past week, and with today’s release, you can discover why!