Hello everyone, Tyler here. I hope that everyone has had a good Memorial Day weekend. Considering that most students got today off of school because of Memorial Day, you all should have had a nice long weekend. I spent a few days with some relatives, which is the reason for the three-day or so hiatus on my posts. Nonetheless, I’m back and I have a post for everyone out there!
First off though, I’d like to thank all the soldiers, both those who have died and those who fight for freedom. Now I don’t support war, but without them the world would be worse off. So, on my half and Jonah’s, thank you from the block brothers.
Now, onto the post! Today, I decided that I’d do a bit of a summary of the Xbox Edition, as well as score and rate it similar to the diamond scale that we currently use. So, let’s start shall we.
As you may have guessed from the title, Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition is a version of Minecraft on the Xbox. Although many people may think it to be a direct translation of the PC Version of Minecraft, the Xbox Edition is planned to be slightly different. As Paddy Burns, of 4J Studios said in an interview, “We are working with Daniel Kaplan at Mojang to define what is going in to the Xbox version, but the aim is to include as many of the PC features that make sense on the Xbox as possible. The game isn’t Minecraft on the Xbox, it is Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, so it isn’t really a direct port of the PC game.” (OXM)
So as you may have noticed the Xbox Edition, while very similar, will not be a direct port of the PC Edition. Which, when you think about it, might be a good idea. Sometimes, although we may not like it, we need change. There might be a difference in the PC Edition, that you cannot do in the Xbox Edition, or something specific to the Xbox Edition in the future that works well on only the Xbox. Who knows?
I’d just like to say, the Xbox Edition is sooooo nice. There are just so many features in there that the Xbox Edition, that are just so smooth and nice. First off, as we are all aware of, a major problem for many of us out there is a frame-rate issue. The Xbox features a near constant 60 fps, which might not seem very much, but it is a constant rate. There is no fluctuation of fps, which is the cause for “lag.” Also, the Xbox features at least a normal sight view, although it is very close to a far view. It’s very nice, to be able to see the sun again, on a very nice frame-rate.
(Not an actual photo from the Xbox Edition)
Currently the Xbox Edition is in the 1.6 version of the PC, which was more different than you may think. No breeding, no hunger bar, no sprinting, no enchanting, no brewing, no pistons, no apples besides dungeons, and animals spawn infinitely. A lot of those features are nice, but they can be a harsh change from 1.2.5. There are no custom skins, or texture packs for the moment, but that will be added in the future. Depending on how many players there are in a game, you can have one of up to eight different skins, which are assigned by which order you logged in at.
Also, as kind of a bummer, the world is only 1024×1024 blocks wide. It seems small, but in the long run it’s still a big map. I don’t even travel that far very often, so it’s easy to forget about this. Although, to get a better judge of the world size, it’s about the size of an in-game map.
One of the best features from the Xbox Edition system would be the crafting system. Hoping to make the game more kid-friendly and easier, they implemented a brand new crafting system. This crafting system has six different tabs, each with different items under each.
If you have the correct materials, you can highlight the tool or item you want, and by pressing ‘a’ you will create that item. As an added feature, the Xbox edition shows you how to create said item in the PC version. Kind of cool. Also included with the Xbox Edition is a very nice tutorial to help anyone start out. And as a nice feature that should be implemented in the PC version, the player will always spawn with a map in their inventory. It’s very nice to know your bearings from the get-go!
You can host an online game pretty easily by checking online game when starting, and having a gold membership. As long as your friends have gold, then they can join your game too!
Since this is an Xbox game there are going to be some achievements. These achievements are very similar to the PC ones, with only a few differences.
- Taking Inventory – Open your inventory. (10)
- Getting Wood – Punch a tree until the block of wood pops out. (10)
- Benchmarking – Craft a workbench with four blocks of wooden planks. (10)
- Time to Mine! – Use planks and sticks to make a pickaxe. (10)
- Hot Topic – Construct a furnace out of eight cobblestone blocks. (15)
- Acquire Hardware – Smelt an iron ingot. (15)
- Time to Farm! – Use planks and sticks to make a hoe. (10)
- Bake Bread – Turn wheat into bread. (20)
- The Lie – Bake a cake using wheat, sugar, milk and eggs! (40)
- Getting an Upgrade – Construct a better pickaxe. (15)
- Delicious Fish – Catch and cook a fish! (15)
- On A Rail – Travel by minecart to a point at least 500m in a single direction from where you started. (40)
- Time to Strike! – Use planks and sticks to make a sword. (10)
- Monster Hunter – Attack and destroy a monster. (20)
- Cow Tipper – Harvest some leather. (15)
- When Pigs Fly – Use a saddle to ride a pig, then have the pig get hurt from fall damage while riding it. (40)
- Leader Of The Pack – Befriend five wolves. (30)
- MOAR Tools – Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one spade, one axe and one hoe). (15)
- Dispense With This – Construct a Dispenser. (20)
- Into The Nether – Construct a Nether Portal. (40)
Final Review and Comments:
In my final review, I would have to say that I like the Xbox Edition a lot. Although, there are not any mods, texture packs, or skins at the current, it is still an awesome experience. You can easily play and build with friends, and it doesn’t require an awesome computer to play. I would rate this a 4 out-of 5 on a diamond scale. There are a few bummers, with the world size, but it is amazing to play an older version. I started playing Minecraft at about version 1.4, so this brings back good memories. And since seed generation is the same as it was with the older PC version, you can duplicate worlds. That made my day, as I had a favourite seed of mine. “B” spawns you in a nice world.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed, and Happy Mining!
Even more useful: http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Xbox_360_Edition