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Minecraft

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Minecraft is to my 25-year-old self as Legos were to my 5-year-old self: a time-sucking, mind-bending, and sleep-depriving experience in the simplest of activities. It hits the right tune on the subject of creation: it really does provide building blocks for your imagination.

Minecraft has no real direction, anchoring plot, or specific guidelines. Players are dropped into a world with only the ability to carve out resources from the surrounding land; you're a miner (duh!).

The game's graphics won't impress, but leaves you with one direction and focus: to build. Soon you'll find out that as it gets dark, chilling around with a pickax probably won't do you any good against the pixelated zombies, monsters, and other creepy critters after you.

Minecraft's central focus is in crafting tools and collecting resources to pretty much build whatever you want. Whether it's building more-powerful weapons to fend off creatures of the night or building that mega fortress to gloat at other miners in the open world, you're still going to need the right raw materials. Make no mistake: this game is a grinder. But after toiling for hours and hours and finally stumbling upon that precise material you need is a priceless moment in its own right.

As a self-sustaining teacher, Minecraft fails. Don't rely on Majong's limited provisions to learn the ropes of the game. Instead, I recommend scouting the Net for community made guides: there's a plethora of custom guides out there that will help you get the most out of this game. And really, that limit is all up to you.

If you simply want to focus on building and avoid the hassle of defending your fortress, then Creative mode is for you. In this mode, you have unrestricted access to all the building blocks and tools needed to build the structure or statue of your dreams, plus the ability to fly for kicks.

If you're uncomfortable with lack of direction, then this game isn't for you. But when it comes to open-world gameplay and mechanics, Minecraft is a primitive but fine demonstration of thriving on bare-bones gaming. Grab an ax and start digging.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The game is great. Very cool"

    March 21, 2014  |   By gabrielcarabott10

    Version: Minecraft 1.7.5

    Pros

    Great graphics
    Has Multiplayer
    Has a lot of modes

    Cons

    Need to buy
    Mods are extra hard to download
    With that money, you could buy a better game

    Summary

    Over all, the game is wonderful, but like everything, it has pros and cons.

    Two things that could be improved:
    1. Could be made free
    2. Mods could be made easier to use (no need to use Forge!!!)

    Great game, still!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very good at what it does; brings out the kid in you!"

    February 23, 2014  |   By Tinnako

    Version: Minecraft 1.7.4

    Pros

    - simple gameplay means that it's not hard to learn how to play.
    - can appeal equally to 8 year old children and grown adults.
    - you can go in 'survival' mode and eke out scarce resources and battle with 'mobs' (i.e. monsters) and struggle to farm animals and crops, or you can use 'creative mode' and simply enjoy building huge palaces for the sheer joy of it.
    - many possible world seeds, so each world can look quite different from the last one.
    - PC version supports a decent multiplayer mode, and the community is pleasant and enjoyable and offers various ways of making gameplay more interesting.

    Cons

    - The simple, cuboid graphics won't be to everyone's taste.
    - there's no 'winning', for the most part, it really is all about the taking part.
    - can take up all your time.

    Summary

    There's a 'pocket' version for tablets, phones, etc, which is also excellent. The pocket version maintains much of the functionality of the PC version, but is simplified to suit the hardware and actually feels more intuitive to use. Not all features are available on the pocket version, but it is still excellent. Multiplayer is not quite supported on pocket edition, but you can join via wireless to friends' devices and share worlds.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "hottest game out there in my neck of the world"

    December 25, 2013  |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: Minecraft 1.7.4

    Pros

    -smooth gameplay
    -extremely well done sand box game - the best of the bunch
    -gets the creative enzymes flowing

    Cons

    -paid upgrade

    Summary

    my kids love this game. it's one of the top games out there. can build anything and you're only limited by your imagination.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple and Complicated at the same time, Extremely Fun"

    December 3, 2013  |   By ElectroBlade

    Version: Minecraft 1.7.2

    Pros

    You can create anything you can think of.
    There are no standard limits.
    It is a Open world Sandbox game.
    The default audio and graphics may be unappealing to some, but you can get free resource packs, that include new sounds and textures.
    It has a multi-player mode, as well as single player.

    Cons

    The new amplified world generator requires a computer with plenty of memory.
    This download is free, but the game it self is a paid game, however there is a demo.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best. Game. Ever!!!"

    November 2, 2013  |   By weegee2899

    Version: Minecraft 1.7.2

    Pros

    No rules to follow in singleplayer.
    Build anything you want.
    Many many many many more pros!

    Cons

    You lose all your items when you die in survival.
    The creepers will sneak up on you when your least expecting it.
    Skeletons are now harder to kill!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Client, No game"

    September 12, 2013  |   By aytimothy

    Version: Minecraft 1.6.2

    Pros

    - Great Game
    - Addictive fun
    - Adventures await
    - Endless creations

    Cons

    - Purchase required
    - I don't own an account
    - Can only play demo with free account

    Summary

    This download only contains the client, which is required to play the game (accompanied with an account that has been activated as "Premium").

    Note: The game itself, I'll rate as 5/5, but this download is 0.5/5, since I can't rate it 0/5

    Updated on Sep 12, 2013

    (This is an edit of the entire summary)
    ===============================================
    This download only contains the client, which is required to play the game (accompanied with an account that has been activated as "Premium").

    All it does is ask you to register and try the demo... It doesn't let me play the full game YET it says "free" as the price.. (It's actually 20 pounds..... or was that euro?)

    Note: The game itself, I'll rate as 5/5, but this download is 0.5/5, since I can't rate it 0/5, and I kinda already own it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best game ever"

    August 24, 2013  |   By bozo24

    Version: Minecraft 1.6.2

    Pros

    You should download it

    Cons

    Best game in history

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  • 5.0 stars

    "If you don't know what game to play, try this."

    August 18, 2013  |   By BlitzWithGuns

    Version: Minecraft 1.6.2

    Pros

    A lot of blocks and circuitry to use.
    Infinite possibilities. You can do whatever you want.
    Ability to play alone and conquer the world or play with friends and build together.

    Cons

    Lack of tutorials at the start of the game. New players have to get help from guides to play properly.

    Summary

    My gaming life was very different before this game was introduced to me. It used to be always the same online games.
    A must have for people who want to try something new.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the best games ever created"

    August 6, 2013  |   By fieldju

    Version: Minecraft 1.6.2

    Pros

    - Unlimited replay value
    - Cheap
    - Unleash your potential

    Cons

    - Requires a lot of time to do anything cool.
    - Requires some imagination.

    Summary

    This will forever be known as one of the best

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I Love Minecraft I Played It For 3 Days Straight"

    July 5, 2013  |   By ryster0714

    Version: Minecraft 1.5.2

    Pros

    Fun
    Keeps you Occupied For Hours
    Addicting
    The Best Game Ever Invented

    Cons

    I Have No Cons At All

    Summary

    Minecraft is a fun adventurous game.

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