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Minecraft

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  1. 41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Sandbox Game, January 6, 2014
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    This review is from: Minecraft (Video Game)
    For years I never understood why this game was getting so much attention. I finally purchased the Xbox 360 version on disk and now I know why. It is immersive and addictive and you have total freedom to do whatever you want. I was excited every time I discovered an underground cavern system or stronghold. I enjoyed breeding villagers, wolves, and farm animals. I enjoyed diamond and gold hunting. You never know what is going to be behind that next block! It might be a diamond cluster, or a stream of lava, or a sad faced green stick monster who explodes. There is so much to do in this game that no two experiences are ever the same. I have built a huge stone tower that reached the clouds, I have built a city in the sea walled off with stone, I have built a jungle village in the trees, I have built an underground city over a huge lava lake, and I have built a powered mine cart rail system that spanned the entire land mass.

    I highly recommend purchasing this via a digital download because I have encountered numerous issues with the disk version. Problems such as locking up the Xbox when signing in to a profile and sometimes the game wouldn't load at all unless you rebooted the console. Also, you can't install this game from disk so if you want to conserve your console's DVD player you should get the digital version.

    This game is a time sink. 4 hours will pass by when you think you have only been playing for an hour.

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  2. 205 of 234 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    It's Minecraft Again, but Different Where It Counts, June 10, 2013
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    Jacob Warren (USA) -

    This review is from: Minecraft (Video Game)
    Anyone who has played Minecraft on PC knows what to expect from the game on Xbox 360. It's the same game, but there are enough differences to justify owning the console version in addition to the PC version.

    Firstly, split-screen multiplayer. This is probably the biggest plus for the console edition. You can play with up to four players on your console, and those players can enter your game at any point as you're playing. You just need to be running the console in HD. (I use a generic HDMI cable.) It's great fun with friends!

    Secondly, this edition cannot generate an "infinite" world. Whether above ground or beneath, you will eventually run into an invisible wall. Some will disagree, but I think of this as a plus. A limited (but still rather large) world means you can fill in your world map and explore in a way that feels more immediately rewarding, and you won't get lost as long as you have your map.

    Thirdly, the vastly improved crafting system. No longer must you arrange items in specific ways on a grid (often having to look up the various recipes because it's otherwise too cryptic). When you enter the crafting menu it shows you the items you can make and what you need to make them. As long as you have what you need you just select the item you want and it's made! Simple as that.

    Finally, the game looks and plays wonderfully on the tv and with the Xbox controller. As soon as you start playing it feels like an upgrade to the Minecraft experience, not a console rehash.

    The only downside is you'll lose a lot of time to the game and wonder where the day went, but anyone familiar with the game already knows that!

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  3. 428 of 481 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Autistic sons best friend. Best Game Ever., June 4, 2013
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    This review is from: Minecraft (Video Game)
    Even if it is playing with blocks in 2d rendered environment, it the best, safest, fun game you can get for your children, and your husband or even grampa. It is for all ages.

    My children have been playing mine craft on the PC, the digital Xbox version, and even the mobile or pocket version for a year. This version that they can see, relate to, and not have to rely on virtual gaming is the best. For some reason, having this on a disc makes all the difference. It is something my autistic son can now relate to. He can just pick up the disc and take it with him to family or friends houses to share. Whereas before they were lugging their whole gaming system.

    Anyway mine craft has greatly improved my sons social interaction, his speech, and his self esteem. He realizes that he is the creator of his own world, not only in mine craft but in the real world now. It has opened up so much opportunities for him. It has also taught all of my children the benefits of sharing, and the loving peaceful environments that do exist if only we could all pull together and build them.

    You create your world. And there is no game lag with this version. Xbox live is not required. Yeah! You can build almost anything you want with the blocks. Especially if you play in creative mode. Then everything is provided for you. This mode gives you an easy play. Survival mode becomes a small challenge as you have to go out and work for or earn your items and blocks. You must dig for and mine your items. Example. You must first locate 2 sticks, and either 3 diamonds, iron, or cobblestone to make a pick axe that helps you mine blocks. In order to get the iron, you need a stone pickaxe which you make with sticks and cobblestone. The better the pickaxe the better at breaking and mining certain blocks that use to build other items. Or "crafting" in other words. Sort of like recipes. For food you must go catch a pig for pork chops, a cow for steak, find milk, sugar, egg, and wheat and make a cake etc. For the milk you need the cow and craft some iron buckets. The egg comes from the chicken you find. The chicken will follow you if you have seeds in your hand. Other options are for pets. You can get a dog with a bone and keep him. The dog must be nurtured and fed just like in the real world. If you get 2 dogs you learn you can actually get puppies. As for your health and house, you require sleep and food. If you go too far from your house and something happens n you die your stuff you collected may dissappear if you can't find it in time. So if you have a bed and slept in it, then when you respawn you will be beside your bed. Your stuff will be where you died. So the reason you might lose it. But at least in this version you can fly, and have greater chance of getting to your items before they disappear.

    There is so much more you can do. I will be happy to answer any questions if you just leave a comment. This game is truly awesome.

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