Minecraft, despite being out on PC for more than a few years, only made the jump to PlayStation 3 late last year. With PS Vita and PlayStation 4 versions set to release in the coming months I thought it was about time to see what all the fuss was about.
Since it release on PS3 last December, Minecraft has continuously remained high in the PS Store charts; even topping the chart in May and June. Given the affordable price tag and volume of content on offer it’s easy to see why Minecraft is a huge success.
However, it is of course not for everyone. The pixalated presentation no doubt is unappealing for some gamers. I was skeptical at first, and whilst I have warmed to its retro appearance, I would still like to see the game given more realistic textures.
Minecraft lets you go wild with your imagination. The sheer scale and amount of content of the game means nothing is impossible – whether it’s creating something new or trying to rebuild famous set pieces from films and TV shows. I’ve been blown away by numerous YouTube videos where Minecraft gamers have recreated famous locations from Middle Earth and Game Of Thrones.
Although I don’t have the patience to do the same, the creation aspect is the main reason why I play Minecraft, and is something I’ve previously enjoyed in games like LittleBigPlanet. Whether you’re playing in either Survival or Creative mode the ability to mold the environment to your liking or create random structures that couldn’t be possible in real life is there, and it’s really easy to get to grips with. Minecraft only loses its fun factor once you’ve ran out of ideas.
It’s difficult to pick out an outstanding flaw in Minecraft. Thanks to numerous updates, most of the bugs have been ironed out (I’m yet to encounter any issues with the PS3 version), and although the pixelated design isn’t to everyone’s liking it certainly can’t be considered a flaw.
However, as a newcomer to Minecraft I felt overwhelmed and confused upon starting a new game, and I still do. There may be a tutorial and occasional hint, but it doesn’t prepare you well enough for the full game.
The majority of the time during my initial playthrough I was left asking myself questions that I didn’t know the answer to: What does this item do? Where can I find this material? How do I make bread? What is the End Portal? Yes you could figure this out for yourself, and maybe I’m just being lazy. Saying that, I would of never of figured out how to get to the Netherworld without the help of the online wiki.
Minecraft really is a fantastic game, and I can’t wait for the PlayStation 4 version to release, especially now that I’m more experienced. It’s simplistic presentation shouldn’t deter gamers as it provides limitless hours of exploration and creation. You can let you imagination run riot, or if you’re short on ideas, have a go at completing the main fantasy quest.