Minecraft PS4 and Xbox One Review

Minecraft PS4 and Xbox One Review

Minecraft has become a phenomenon over the past 5 years, and the new Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions  are some of the best systems to play it. Although it looks deceptively simple, but in Minecraft, the sky is the limit for what you can build. Piling together your first home out of dirt and stone feels great. Building a castle with a moat and squid guardians feels even greater. That sense of progression, coupled with the inherent danger of mining underground taverns full of monsters, makes Minecraft exciting, rewarding, and one of gaming's most expressive creative outlets. It's no wonder people are looking to play for free so much, especially on the PC version.

Minecraft's randomly generated worlds are composed of big blocky cubes, with simple, but charming textures. What makes them great is how they enable creativity. piece by piece you will rearrange and refined the pristine, primordial world into whatever you want. It's a kind of power we rarely get in games. if you thought mine craft was just about stacking blocks the tutorial will wipe away that perception quickly. the tutorial and intuitive crafting interface will have you enchanting items, brewing potions, starting a garden, setting up working electrical circuits, riding a boat, building golems, and more in no time. In survival mode each block must be chipped at and collected by hand, dodging enemies while you go. This sounds tedious, but the reward is so worth it. When every single brick of my home was gathered transported, and placed by hand, it was impossible not to feel a fierce sense of ownership over all my creations both big and small.

When the sun goes down the bad guys come for you. They are scary and dangerous for maybe an hour; even less when you figure out the simple items you need to ward them off. At first this feels disappointing, but later when my ambitions for building outgrew my resources, my quest for new materials drove need deeper underground. Down there I found enemies that were easy to defeat on the surface, feel far more challenging in the confines of a rocky corridor. Losing everything I carry to a horde of zombies was a heartbreaking lesson, but the excitement of exploring new places, and the risk of losing everything provided an immediate tension. All the while, gathering new blocks and items set my mind reeling with more ideas for landscaping and home decoration.

Those goals don't change when you bring your friends in but whether you're cooperating or trying to outdo each other with larger, grander creations having other people there makes Minecraft more rewarding. The PS4 and Xbox one versions of Minecraft allow 2 to 4 players splitscreen play, and there is an online mode that accommodates up to 8. Joining other people's world is easy too, thanks to a simple, easy-to-use lobby. Unlike the sometimes cramped PS3 and 360 versions, the improved power of the new generation consoles can handle vast worlds. They are 36 times larger in fact. There's plenty of room to build and spread out, even when playing a full eight player game.

Under all that adventuring is Minecraft's brilliant building toy. Creative mode basically enables cheat codes and lets you play with it freely, turning off monster damage, letting you fly, and giving you an endless supply of all the materials to build to your heart's content. without having to work or fight for them, my creations in this mode else a little hollow. Still, creative mode is as much fun as a bottomless tub of Legos, and between the fun of flexing my imagination and checking out the amazing projects other people have constructed it's full of possibilities.

We've all spent a lot of time playing games where the goal is to kill things break stuff down. It's nice to finally play a game about building something up. We're shaping a pristine landscape into a new world using your own two hands while things try to kill you; this isn't just an amazingly rewarding gaming experience, it's a clever retelling of human history. in a way this is what were all instinctively driven to do, and Minecraft captures it brilliantly on PS4 and Xbox One.