If I were to ask a random teenager what the Internet was all about, more than likely, their response would be Facebook, World of Warcraft, or Minecraft. The latter of the three is something of a phenomenon. It, like WoW, has surpassed proving to not only hardcore gamers, but also casual gamers, young and old, how wonderfully mesmerizing it is. The trend has escaped me until now, but I finally dived in.
My first adventure was truly mesmerizing. Despite the retro, blocky graphics, Minecraft manages to engulf you into its world. Like Dark Souls, it’s also vague. Thankfully there are tons of faqs and guides out there for new players like myself. Plus, in my case, I had friends to help me out. Whether you’re traversing the landscape by yourself, or hooking up on multiplayer servers, Minecraft has a lot to do between building, adventuring, or fighting monsters.
So to those unaware, what is Minecraft? Well let’s get real simple first. Your player is randomly generated into a world with forests, lakes, rocks etc. There are also monsters and other dangers to be aware of and the goal, if there is one, is to survive. To help in your survival, there is an in depth crafting system. Chopping down trees gives you wood, which can then be crafted into planks, or sticks, which can then make swords, shovels, or even help build a house. It’s hard to understand at first but as I said, FAQs and videos help out a lot (I have a Let’s Play too). Just like LEGOs, Minecraft gives you what you put into it. Just walking around, for example, is kind of boring. But if you put some time into crafting, then Minecraft can be a mind-blowing and rewarding experience.
For PC/Mac gamers, there isn’t a better, more rewarding game out there. Sure its graphics won’t appeal to everyone and the experience certainly is overwhelming, but again, Minecraft rewards those who put time into it. I’ve adventured for quite a few hours now and by no means am I still a “noob” anymore, but I also have a lot to learn. Despite this, I cannot wait for more and I cannot recommend it enough especially with a few good buddies tagging along for the ride.
Score: 4/5 Stars
Special Notes: This article was originally published on April 16, 2013 via my Examiner account before the website shut down. Check out the supporting video review on the accompanying YouTube Channel, ReActionExaminer.