One of the most popular games in the world has finally made the transition from the PC to the console market in the Xbox 360 arcade. Does Minecraft make this transition well, or does it get lost in the translation from PC to console?
The simple answer to that question is that Minecraft does make the transition well from the PC. It has almost all of the features of Minecraft and it is designed well for console players as it creates an easy way for people to get into the game who have never played it before on the PC. This transition helps new players as it gives them a sense of not being behind in Minecraft which can happen many times when a PC game comes to console.
The graphics are very nice and have that 8-bit feel to it as the Minecraft game has always had. It looks good and everything looks crisp. It can truly be amazing playing Minecraft on a huge TV screen as many people are only accustomed to the smaller screens on a computer monitor.
The gameplay is very similar to that of the game on the PC. You go around collecting different resources and use those resources to do different things such as creating tools to help with mining or even building different buildings of different designs. The use of mapping different buttons to use for the different actions in the game can take some getting used to as it is somewhat different from the PC version in that regard. Another major difference between the PC version and that of the console version is the crafting menu. In the PC version a player must know exactly how to make something. In the console version, however, it has basically been done for you as you have a “recipe” for everything that can be made. As a result, it makes it easier for new gamers to get involved in some of the more complex parts of the game.
The other major differences between the version for the console is that it is not as updated as the version for the PC, as the console version runs the update pack 1.6.6 which is older than what is used for those who play PC. Another thing some people may have a problem with is the fact that they cannot use different texture packs that can be used on the PC and this also means that there aren’t any mods that can be used for the game.
All in all, the game is a solid for what it is, an arcade game that has been imported from the Pc to the Xbox. It is cheaper than what the version for the PC is and as a result you get less, but nonetheless, it is a solid game overall and worth a pickup.
On a side note, I will be crating a makeshift server on the 360 for those that are interested. I will create a new world solely for those interested and allow players from the Games-Tec community join in on the fun. If you would like to join the server, message me on xbox @kgskippy10 or message me on my twitter.