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Minecraft

Developer / Publisher: Mojang
18 November 2011
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In a wide, open world full of possibilities and untold wonders, a lone figure wanders to build a hegemony of their own.
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Standing in the sunrise on a high place and looking over everything I have built and knowing that it continues much longer than it is possible to see is like a gaming experience beyond every builder/strategy game I have ever played. Or that feeling when you are digging around and suddenly drops down into hole and there is complete darkness and then hear the presence of a spider and zombie. So many similar moments in this game that are something beyond you usual gaming experience. Overall one of the games that makes most use of the dynamics between light and dark, like those moments when you encounter a lava lake in the night and the warmth of that glow. Fucking beautiful game.
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A Gem Buried In A Shifting Sandbox
Minecraft is a sandbox game, you spawn into a randomly generated world made up of cubes, you break stuff and gather resources, you build shelter, and you fight off the dangerous creatures that roam the land at the night. Simple stuff.

Except that's not true is it?

Minecraft is a sandbox game, what I just described was a basic summary of what it's like to play in the game's survival mode. But there's more, there's so much more to the game than that. There's the creative mode where you have all the resources you want at your fingertips, there's a hardcore mode which is like survival mode except you can only die once or else you say goodbye to your world, and there are a billion multiplayer servers where people play all sorts of wacky minigames built from the ground up within the game. This isn't even to mention the infinite number of mods, data packs, and custom maps all of which can completely overhaul your experience with the game.

Minecraft is a sandbox, and it's a behemoth of one. On top of all of the ways a player can modify their experience of the game, Minecraft popularized the model of continuous, indefinite updates. New content is constantly being added to the base of the game, Minecraft has never truly been feature-complete as of yet. This makes a comprehensive analysis of the game rather intimidating. Luckily, most players have a generally shared experience with the survival mode, that's where most of the core mechanics lie, it's where most of my criticisms are, and it's what I want to focus on in this review, so with the overview out of the way, let's dig in.

In a lot of ways "Survival Mode" feels like a misnomer, it's rather easy to survive in Minecraft after all. I think a more accurate title would be "Thrive Mode" or something like that because I generally see this mode as a way of earning the ability to be creative. The player has to gather all of their resources manually and face whatever obstacles come their way, all other aspects are secondary. Looking at it this way saves me the trouble of having to come down too harsh on the game because, in all honesty, it is rather subpar at being a proper "survival game". Vital resources such as food and shelter are easy to come by, mechanics like hunger have very little depth and serve as more of a minor annoyance than anything to actually engage with, and combat is often rather slow and by the numbers. I think what really nails the concept of Minecraft being a proper survival game is how tool progression works.

Minecraft for a very long time has had a very simple, very linear tech tree. First your start with your bare hands, then you get wood, then stone, then iron, and then diamond. Gold had also been for a very long time sort of a joke, not truly being useful enough to fit in the tech tree proper. However, this has changed as the tech tree has slowly become more horizontal with certain tiers getting more specific uses. For example, gold is more easily enchantable and keeps Piglins in the Nether from attacking you. The real poster child for this change in design philosophy though is, of course, Netherite. It's a tier above diamond, just slightly better with the added quirk of not being destroyed in lava, making it perfect for the type of player that likes to spend time in the Nether. Most importantly you need diamond tools and armor first to be able to craft Netherite gear, I genuinely believe this to be a great step forward for Minecraft in terms of game design and it brings me back to the point I was meaning to get at. Minecraft's tech tree is ridiculously easy to climb. Seriously if you're mildly lucky you can get a couple of diamonds by strolling over to a village near your spawnpoint. This is mediated to a degree by the durability system but overall the degree to which it is so easy to get the most valuable resources in the game hampers the notion of Minecraft being a genuine hard-as-nails survival game.

So what is the purpose of survival mode? Well like I said already, it's to manually earn creativity. Minecraft is a sandbox first and foremost and to that end, survival mode is perfectly satisfactory. It's a rather tight balancing act to walk, survival mode can't constrain the ability to be creative too hard but it also can't make it quite a cakewalk either so you get the kind of middling level of depth and difficulty you see now with the ability to tune it to your liking. And I think this is the general philosophy the developers have taken, with some ebbs and flows of course. For example, let's look at the bosses in Minecraft. Minecraft has two bosses, the Ender Dragon and the Wither. Neither of them is what you could call masterly designed, the Wither in Java Edition is particularly easy to cheese, but they generally get the job done. What's more interesting though is the reward you get from defeating them, the Wither grants you a Nether Star which can be crafted into a beacon
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A masterpiece.
There's no need to explain why this game is amazing.
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I do not think I need to explain why this game is perfect.

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I mean...
It's Minecraft. It's just a good game, in every aspect.
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  • SonoBox 2022-05-23 21:19:11.252591+00
    wish theyd just add all the mobs they talk about instead of blueballing 2/3 of the community everytime, the games already barebones - 2 more mobs isnt gonna bloat it
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  • KUMA20 2022-05-30 22:16:55.27513+00
    it's a good game you neets just need to take a break from video games and go outside ffs
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  • TarotSport 2022-06-01 23:08:45.21703+00
    There’s just gonna be a cycle of fans expecting more out of updates, so mojang promise more but they find out they can’t make those promises before demands, then fans get pissed and expect more and the cycle repeats. Also don’t blame any of the developers, blame higher ups
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  • flims239 2022-06-03 21:45:48.714847+00
    in love with v. 18. so perfect
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  • TarotSport 2022-06-19 21:17:55.993623+00
    Open world survival craft is such a word soup name, is there anything better
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  • unimportantbob 2022-06-24 01:29:17.518831+00
    Ugliest fuckin' game I've ever seen
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  • spookypurpp 2022-06-25 16:21:40.676222+00
    i feel like with how long microsoft has owned the game there should be way, WAY more content in it. its cool that the game is still evolving but by now there should be way more passive and hostile mobs + at least one more dimension. kinda crazy how lazy they've been
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  • Circuz 2022-06-27 20:17:44.236726+00
    When I was younger: 5/5
    Present day though: 2.5/5, this game simply doesn't have enough content or hold up anymore after playing Terraria next to it. Speaking as a creative person, this game doesn't reward creativity imo.
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