Video Game Review: Minecraft

  I know, I know, I'm really behind the curve on this. In case you do not know much about me, I rarely get games when they are brand new unless its a game that I've been looking forward to for a long time. Typically, I pick up games long after other people have talked about them. Such is the case with Minecraft. I've been hearing a lot of great things about the game, but I never put my foot down on buying it until now (thanks to my lovely fiance Ashley for giving me some motivation to play).

For those that haven't played Minecraft yet, the basic premise is this: its a Lego video game without the Lego branding. It has very basic graphics, creating this cube-style world where you can build just about anything. During the day you can walk around gathering materials, building structures, fishing, or even tending to a farm. At night, you have to fend off your creations from Zombies and other creatures. You can play both Single Player or Multiplayer on servers with other people.

I decided to play multiplayer on fellow AIE member Deci's server. He talks about Minecraft all the time on his twitter feed (@DeciTM), and I thought that if I were to play, I'd need to play with him and some of the other people that have joined him. The game started off pretty slow to me, as I was staying close to the inital spawn point and was having a hard time finding resources. After a while I ventured out into the world and ever since I've been progressing a lot faster.

Okay, so I love this game. I didn't think that I would since there isn't really a "goal" and its very open. Yet once I started playing, that little kid that used to play Legos all the time took over and I've been having a blast. It's been great interacting with people and seeing what they have constructed and working to make something myself that I hope can be of equal quality. The gameplay is really simple, you punch trees and dirt to get materials which you can use to make tools. Then you can use those tools to get stronger materials to use in your creations.

CONCLUSION: Buy this game. It's only about $27, and you can get way more fun out of this game than any other games out there right now. Plus, its small and simple enough that you can install it on just about any computer out there.

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