Minecraft for Windows 10 review
One of the most popular sandbox games in the world, Minecraft was released in 2011 by Mojang Inc. Now it’s distributed by Microsoft for all major platforms, including Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, Xbox One and PS3/4, and lots of unusual gaming devices, from PS VR to Tesla cars. It gives you pro...Read more...
- Several modes
- Ability to create everything you can imagine
- Supports different platforms for playing
- Pixelated graphics (or it's a feature?)
One of the most popular sandbox games in the world, Minecraft was released in 2011 by Mojang Inc. Now it’s distributed by Microsoft for all major platforms, including Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, Xbox One and PS3/4, and lots of unusual gaming devices, from PS VR to Tesla cars. It gives you probably the greatest freedom to create your own worlds within the game, and that, combined with unique visuals, shapes the success.
Graphics and Sound 10/10
The main feature of Minecraft visuals is the world made of cubes. Though it might seem rough and remind of expanded pixels in a low-resolution picture, in fact, it looks great enough to produce a sort of cult. Objects, from trees and animals to tools and weapons, are quite recognizable. And skins for characters are minimalistic and expressive. And oh, what beautiful landscapes can be made out of these LEGO-like cubes!
There are both first-person (by default) and third-person perspective. Of course, in the virtual reality version, the first-person mode is the default too. As for augmented reality mode, it promises to be the most spectacular thing to see Minecraft objects interact with the real world.
No matter if you prefer the first or third-person perspective, the control system is the same. It’s equally well adapted for PC inputs, gamepads, or touch controls. Any of these ways is comfortable enough because the schemes are quite standard. You may need to learn some keys for actions with objects, but it won’t take long. Select yours, if you can try multiple inputs on the same device; chances are you can.
There are three main modes in Minecraft. In Survival, you enter the procedurally generated world that seems friendly in the day and hostile at night. You’ll need to craft yourself tools and weapons, build a home and a fire, domesticate edible plants and animals and fight the predators. All you have in the beginning is your hands. Luckily, you can find the most necessary elements around you. Hardcore mode is, in fact, the Survival with just one life available. After you die, you cannot restart or respawn.
In Creative mode, the most interesting, your character can use Flight mode to access the highest tops, and there aren’t any dangerous animals. Everything is editable, including the Bedrock behind you. You can concentrate on building, recreating famous fictional or real landscapes and buildings, or creating your own.
Players can also create their locations, skins for characters, and other content and sell in in the in-game marketplace. Collaboration is even more efficient in online mode, letting groups of players work at the same location.
Lasting Appeal 10/10
It’s one of the games that defined the 2010s, giving life to one of the largest communities, tons of memes, and unique visual style. It would have still been playable in its original form, given the creative potential it offers. But with all the updates, including VR, AR, and new scenes, its potential even grows.
If you’re the creative type, you either already play Minecraft or just never took it seriously enough as your workshop. But, in fact, there’s enough place to create masterpieces and get recognized, or just enjoy this great creative space.