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S&S Reviews: Minecraft for the 360

Posted on the 10 May 2012 by Sameo452005 @iSamKulii

S&S; Reviews: Minecraft for the 360

Title: Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Format: 360 Release Date: May 9, 2012 Developer : 4J Studios Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios Price: 19.99 ESRB Rating: E
Ports are usually hit or miss. The transition can be smooth and painless, with the end result arriving on the same level or sometimes even better than the original item.
Or, the port turns out to be an unfinished mess with sloppy improvements. 

Minecraft for the 360 is the latter. A game that handles well on most computers, even ones from the Prehistoric Era, had to be heavily trimmed of its content. Those clones on the XBLA are looking really good right about now.
The first problem I noticed was the invisible walls. I ran to the end of the map before sunset. You read that right. There are invisible walls boxing in a small portion of the world. Exploration takes only a few minutes, and for a game like Minecraft, limiting the player really kills the fun.
S&S; Reviews: Minecraft for the 360
The streamlining doesn’t stop there. This port contains an unnecessary simplified crafting system. Hardly anyone had trouble crafting on the PC, so I’m puzzled as to why 360 owners are seen as knuckledraggin’ dummies.
As titles like The Witcher proves, intelligent games and smart core systems can thrive on consoles too. Not everything needs to be cut down just because companies are afraid gamers won’t get it.
At least one glimmering ore appears in all this dirt. Players can go local, digging in split screen right beside each other. This wonderful feature is undercut by the low amount of space to play in, as your structures will most likely bump shoulders with each other.
S&S; Reviews: Minecraft for the 360
Music is more constant, so there’s another bonus. The graphics are almost as good as the PC counterpart, even though the game's framerate chugs in a few places. Thankfully, the port isn't so unpolished that it's not much of a problem.
For 20 bucks, you can do better. If you really don’t have a good enough PC to run this low-end game, wait until this version gets more updates, although I don’t know if those can fix bigger problems like the size issue. Right now, it’s only the crust, picked away and thrown over to 360 gamers while the PC people enjoy a sandwich bigger than their heads.

Final Verdict = 3/10

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