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TGON Plays: Minecraft!

Welcome back to another TGON Plays! This week I’m bringing you a timeless and oddly addicting game known as Minecraft. So, I’m not going to lie, I spent months trying to figure out how to describe this game in a way that would make you want to play it, but the truth is…I can’t. Minecraft is one of those rare games that you have to play for yourself to understand its addictive properties. That being said, I’m going to give it a shot anyway and hope I can convey it’s amazing ideals to you.

Minecraft doesn’t really have a storyline, there’s not truly an end goal, and it doesn’t get exponentially more difficult as you level up. In honesty, it’s pretty simple and self-explanatory. You mine. You craft. You level up. Before I continue with this review, I need you all to understand that I’m basing this on classic Minecraft, due to my lack of knowledge regarding the recently implemented “Story Mode,” and the new mini-game updates. Classic Minecraft has two categories, survival and creative. Survival drops you into a strange, foreign map and you have to gather the supplies to survive. These supplies are seemingly endless and can aid you in building substantial shelter, craft weapons, and build farms and gardens in an attempt to create a steady and viable food source. You’ve also got to travel through monster-infested caves to collect more precious items – diamond, coal, gold, etc. – By the way, yes. You read that right. I did type “monster-infested.” Some of them are general and well known, such as zombies and giant spiders. But others are a bit more extreme…like Creepers for example. These are creatures that will explode and destroy everything you’ve worked on if they can get close enough to you. However, those aren’t the worst in my opinion.

The worst are the Endermen.(See GIF for a better idea of what these d-bags look like.) Evil, dark, and unnaturally lanky, these Satan-String-Beans are difficult to kill but easy to die by. They teleport, and if they end up behind you it could mean instant death. Never give them the chance. Kill that skinny bastard as quickly as you can. Keep in mind that if you die, you will respawn at the last place you spawned in, (Or slept in if you’ve built a bed.) and will lose the entirety of your inventory. Features like this can be changed, however many enjoy the added difficulty to their quests. There are also villages, sand temples, and jungle temples you can explore that offer rare treasures as well. It’s just a matter of getting to them.

Now, Creative is VASTLY different in comparison to Survival. Creative gives you access to every single thing in Minecraft and is basically meant for the player to run wild with their imagination and build whatever they desire. Minecraft also offers various texture packs that help alter the look and theme of your worlds. Whether it be a Greek mythology theme or a suburban city theme, your creations can change depending on which texture pack you decide on. This game is an amazing creative outlet that’s fun to play with friends and is constantly in flux. It’s available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, internet-based programs, and even has an iPhone and android version known as “Pocket Minecraft.” I’m giving it 4 out of 5 glasses, simply because it’s a game that never stops giving. I’ll let you all determine if this is the game for you.

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