Minecraft | A Non-Autistic Gamer's Opinion
As a man who, for the sake of any law enforcement officers reading this article, is in full possession of his mental faculties, I’ll be the first to admit that my initial impression of Minecraft was far from positive. The retro, 8-bit style graphics and cutesy sound effects never quite appealed to my masculine sensibilities for conquest and destruction. That is until of course, I actually got my hands on a copy of the game back in Feb, and after sinking a good 20 hours of life for this review that nobody will ever read, and another 432 hours because I’ve a severely addictive personality, I’m glad to admit that my preconceived notions were totally wrong.
Survival mode starts just like every morning after a night of binge-drinking in Borivali, you find yourself naked, in the middle of the forest with no means of escape except for your fists. After felling every tree in your vicinity for their precious lumber, you then have to craft yourself a shelter lest you succumb to the relentless hordes of monsters that emerge at night. Each day gets a bit easier as you accrue resources to fortify your new home. From farming and fishing, to mining and slaughtering every adorable baby piglet that happens to cross your path, you do what you must to stay alive.
As a so-called sandbox game, Minecraft allows you to shape your environment in seemingly unlimited ways, which means the only thing stopping you from forging a mighty palace from the ground up is your own crappy imagination. As much as I enjoy the concept of Minecraft’s creative mode, I’d find myself getting immediately dissuaded when comparing my mediocre and uninspired mud huts to the sublime masterpieces of my contemporaries; which really opened my eyes to the Black experience. Survival mode, is in my opinion the far superior of the two, not least because my penchant for unprovoked aggression is far more developed than my ability to create.
While the game doesn’t theoretically have a story-line, my sources inform me that your final objective is to slay a mighty dragon in an 8 bit version of purgatory. As exciting and heroic as that may sound, I never actually progressed beyond the overworld i.e. Earth itself, as I found myself far more fascinated by farming potatoes and beets to sell to some nearby villagers. At least the ones that survived my purges. Still, given just how flexible Minecraft is, you don’t even need to focus on the main campaign to enjoy the game in its entirety.
The number of things to do in Minecraft, and the realms to explore are close to countless; and they keep getting even more refined with every update. Leave it up to Mojang to continue supporting a game after 10 years since its initial launch, sure it’s the best-selling game of all time and ever since their 2015 acquisition by Microsoft they’ve had that access to all that sweet Bill Gates vaccine money, but I still appreciate them continuing to perfect what they created and bringing additional content to keep it fresh and exciting. I honestly can’t say I would have done the same.
Graphically, Minecraft’s unique, old school aesthetics can be charming, but the low quality textures are far from perfect given that many minerals look almost exactly the same. They do grow on you after a point of time, but make the steep learning curve needlessly steeper for any new players. It makes sense to read the game wiki just so you can learn the basics of crafting because the last situation ever you want to find yourself is getting ambushed by a gang of crossbow wielding Illagers or enraged zombies when all you’ve got is a wooden stick and four apples.
If you’ve never played Minecraft, I can promise you that it will be quite unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, unless you punch trees for a living. Gameplay is solid and exciting, and the freedom it gives you to forge your own path in a map the surface area of Earth is breath-taking. It’s more than just a mere video-game, it’s a whole universe in its own right, with infinite possibilities; that’s fun, terrifying, and bizarre all at the same time. I give it a 9 on 10, just by virtue of how immersive an experience it truly is.
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