After some serious convincing from a couple of friends ( and more than a few youtube videos) who have yet to steer me wrong when it comes to games, I was, once again, talked into another game.
Minecraft, the limitless game in which, you mine… and you craft. The concept is simple and you are only limited by two factors, your imagination and your time. While Minecraft is probably one of the least graphically advanced games we have seen in awhile, it has taken the world by storm.
While Minecraft is only an 8-bit graphics game, when you take into consideration the vast amount of environment that the game must load, it would be impossible to run with anything more. Any picture that I could possibly put up could never do the game any justice, as quite simply, there is no way to fit the world on your monitor. It cannot be done.
At first glance, you may not see a set object or purpose, but in survival mode, the only goal is survival, what you do after that is up to you. Very few games have made me fear the dark the way Minecraft has. At night, an array of monsters emerge, and their sole purpose is to kill you. Out of all of these monsters, though the Creeper is by far one of the most terrifying things you will face in this game. The Creepers will have you running for shelter screaming, should you encounter one, and pray to whoever it is that you pray to that they don’t blow up near anything of value, as they do tend to entirely destroy objects. Unfortunately, the Creepers cannot be entirely avoided, as killing them drops precious gunpowder, a resource you will never have too much of.
While the sun is up, its always a good idea to improve whatever hasty shelter you have built to survive the night. This is where we start to see the real potential that Minecraft has. As I said earlier, the only limits in this game are your imagination and your time. What you do is up to you. With a way to create food and replenish resources, building can be easy with a little patience and the more you build, the easier it will become to survive the night. And once more, the possibilities are limitless, you can choose to build a vast network of tunnels to call home (watch out for that lava!), or you can decide to build on the surface world, making your home your own masterpiece.Once you’ve established your shelter, the real fun begins. Figuring out what to do with your space is one of the greatest challenges that Minecraft presents to you. Where will you place your farms? What kind of livestock will you have? First… you must collect the seeds for the farms and make the tools to till the ground. And the livestock? Well, first, you have to find some livestock to lead to your base. Once there, you need a way to keep them contained. Also, do you have a way to keep them reproducing in order to keep a steady food supply? My advice… build an Army of Chickens.
The amount of entertainment that this simplistic game provides is outstanding and mind blowing. If you are looking for something that takes minimal effort and can simply be used as a time killer with friends, you should definitely consider joining the Minecraft darkside.