GAME NAME: Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition
DEVELOPER(S): 4J Studios
PUBLISHER(S): Microsoft Game Studios
PLATFORM(S): Xbox 360
RELEASE DATE(S): May 9th, 2012
Minecraft 360 edition officially released on May 9th, 2012. The version in comparsion to the PC version is BETA 1.6.6 (7 patches behind) however still brings the joy the game has always brought. 4J Studios (know for the Banjo Kazooie and Perfect Dark Xbox 360 ports) brings this new console version to life. The game is priced at 1600 Microsoft Points and available through the Xbox Live Arcade. 4J Studios have stated they plan to push updates to catch the console version up to the original pc version of the game. The game has sold like fire and is another major hit to the minecraft name. It has been reported that on the first day over 400,000 copies were sold and over 1 million copies were sold within 5 days. Currently Mojang’s sandbox wildfire title has sold over 9.2 million copies of the game across all platforms: console, mobile devices, and pc.
Features currently included:
- 4 Player split screen
- 8 Player max games.
- Crafting system simplified for console controls.
- New tutorial mode that the pc version does not have.
- Current console version is BETA 1.6.6 (7 versions behind PC counterpart and all the same bugs to boot).
- 1000×1000 world size (much smaller than PC version).
- Mods, texture packs, and player skins will be available “much later” so default skinning and settings will be the only option at launch.
Graphics for this game are blocky. However, the way the game functions, there are some wonderful views that can be created or just seen from the random world generator. Once mods and texture packs start being available for this version, the world will take new forms and visuals to really make a wonderland. We rate this game’s visuals an 8, because the graphics create such a unique world design and beauty that it is hard to deny the splendor. But, it isn’t perfect as many modders have created some wonderful texture packs that enhance it really adding more beauty and splender to the worlds.
The Game mechanics are pretty basic: run, jump, build/break, and use. The main challenge to the game is limited only by your creativity, and the controls are very simple. Compared to the PC version the crafting system simplified to showing all the recipes available (no more hunting for that correct pattern!). This game was designed for anyone to walk up and start playing. Great for almost any age!
Overall the game play is just as addictive as the PC version and offers the same level of enjoyment. Until the patches catch the version up, those playing the Xbox 360 version from the PC version will feel like they are flashing back in time. Minecraft is a perfect definition of simple yet satisfying. Those who remembered the joy of playing with blocks and legos as a child (or heck even as an adult for that matter) more than likely will love to play this open world sandbox game. The game worlds are randomly generated and promises a unique feel each and ever time you load a new world. The replay ability for this game is endless as each new world offers different challenges and exploration. For a sandbox game, this is one of the few that will keep people coming back time and time again.
The only catch to the game… don’t be out at night!