Quick Attacks are Vagary.TV’s way of giving you, the reader, a glimpse at a game we are playing. This could be a game we are reviewing in full or just something we picked up for a few days to kill some time but either way it will highlight thoughts and impressions from the first hour or two of gameplay. Opinions could change before our final though.
In this Quick Attack, we look at the first few hours of Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition for the Xbox 360.
- Minecraft gives you the option of playing a tutorial and learning the basics of the game or diving right in. Being as I had no clue what I was doing, I took the tutorial option and was quite glad I did. Minecraft can be quite daunting even when knowing how to “play” it but the tutorial at least gives you the basic knowledge you need to survive, including how to navigate the interface.
- Once the tutorial is done, the game lets you continue playing right from the tutorial world. While I messed around a bit with the prefabricated village outside the starting area, I quickly left to create my own world where I would have to create everything.
- What I quickly found out was that Minecraft can be quite brutal. The early game is all about gathering as many materials as you can and creating a shelter before nightfall. I’ll admit I had more than a little trouble early on. Despite having played the tutorial I was still overwhelmed during my first couple attempts. I could not seem to get it together enough to be ready for nightfall and when it gets dark it gets very dark.
- Night is best described as the most game-like part of the game. When darkness comes, so do enemies and it creates an atmosphere reminiscent to the best survival horror games. There is no purpose to the game other than to survive and being unprepared for darkness is a sure fire way to get yourself killed. I know I did multiple times.
- After resetting my world multiple times, I finally got the hang of things and was able to create a solid shelter (of Sandstone), which I have continued to upgrade. I now have furnished the inside with a bed, a chest and my crafting tables as well as have put in a nice wooden deck to the beach and a fenced in garden off the side. There is a great sense of accomplishment when you get your first structure built and now I have the itch to build bigger and better things.
- Once I started surviving the nights I was able to begin the other main aspect of Minecraft, exploration. Minecraft on Xbox 360 is a 1000 X 1000 grid which is immensely large. I have a lot of water in my world and have had to build a boat and go cruising to explore the other islands. The boat controls leave a lot to be desired but still I’ve found myself enjoying my daily exploring excursions.
- I’ve yet to create an actual mine, the idea is somewhat daunting but I know if I want to get the best experience out of the game I am going to have to go underground.
- I’ve also yet to play with anyone else and while multiplayer is obviously a big selling point for the game, and I want to try it out, I have not felt that I’ve been missing anything by not playing with others.
Minecraft is fun but there isn’t much game there and even less direction. It will appeal to players that enjoy being given a sandbox and the tools to play in it, those preferring a more directed experience will want to stay clear. Look for our full review from Tony Odett in the near future.