So you thought you were getting a building simulator? An RPG? Stranded within a strange cubic aesthetic. The initial sense of wonder. The endless possibilities. In survival mode for Minecraft console edition on PS4, these feelings will more than likely be replaced with panic, despair and maybe even a “rage quit” or two before long.
In an archaic way, the aims of the game aren’t immediately apparent. Unless you can find certain locations and crafting recipes, the true nature of the world may never be discovered. Luckily in the four years since Minecraft was released on PS4, fans researching all aspects of the game have discovered a glut of information. There is an end boss and several dimensions to discover and explore. But to ‘beat’ the game is completely optional and won’t impair your enjoyment if you’re only in it for the creative building.
Naked And Scared
Your first night in this hostile new world will probably be spent walled up in a ramshackle hut or cave. You may find yourself ‘pillaring up’ to escape the ravening hordes of undead that come with the dark every twenty minutes. Or eating raw meat, trying to stave off hunger brought on by this frantic scramble for early, meagre resources. You’ve not lived until you’ve had to consume rotting zombie flesh to prevent starvation. Your reward, a trophy. You didn’t sign up for this.
Don’t panic! Before long you’ll establish your base and start gathering the resources needed for building farms and getting by. If you persevere and become proficient – here comes the RPG bit! Powerful tools, weapons and armour can be enchanted by spending your experience levels. Potions can be brewed to help you feel more confident whilst caving or tackling fortresses, going through magic portals to the hell dimension of the ‘Nether’ or End cities seeking the Ender Dragon and the power of flight!
Follow The Upgrade Path To Brave New Worlds
After the obligatory ‘punching of the wood’ ceremony you will start on an upgrade path. You’ll begin crafting tools and construction blocks that will transform your randomly generated world. You could stay put, put up your defences and exist meagerly on what’s available locally. Or stride out into the unknown to seek new landscapes to explore and collect new materials from. Vast oceans, deserts, jungles and massive ice spike ‘biomes’ link together to form rich and varied land masses and archipelagos and smaller islands. Some contain strange temples that contain traps and treasures and hint at a wider world lore of lost civilisations.
Or villages populated by the strange bald headed inhabitants. Game creator, Notch, based these on the dwarven shopkeepers from the rogue like RPG, Dwarf Fortress. Can’t see the resemblance myself but these imbeciles (there is one green robed villager type called “nitwit” who is basically useless!) will trade for your emeralds for a variety of goods that may help you.
Taming The Wilderness In Minecraft
Players will encounter remarkably charming, if uncooperative fauna or ‘passive mobs’ along the way. After your initial survival instinct has cooled, animals may offer opportunities for domestication in order to provide even more valuable resources.
You can exploit many aspects of the game in order to make life easier. Lots of farming tasks can be automated and it’s quite satisfying to watch the loot pile up whilst you take it easy. Design and build machines using the strange red stone dust mined deep beneath the surface. There are a host of Minecraft experts online showing off their red stone devices and automated farms.
Check out youtubers like ilmango or docm77 for inspiration and tutorials and you’ll be making mob farms and flying machines before long. Inventor, factory farmer or Stone Age hunter gatherer – Minecraft has a play style for you.
The Order Of The Tribe
Multiplayer Minecraft brings a whole new experience. Safety in numbers right? Get together with friends and other PSN users to enrich your time on Minecraft. Play online with your buddies (if you can!) Or in split screen mode. Share the load and populate towns with minecrafters, motivate and help one another. It’s like real life!
Start commerce and have town hall meetings if that’s your thing, or battle it out and ‘grief’ each other with pranks! Collaborative projects take the game to new levels of possibility. That pyramid and sphinx that you gave up on in single player mode is now made possible with your tribe of box headed mates.
A Living Game
The future bodes well. Since Mojang and 4j studios have taken over development there have been a series of updates introducing new features and mobs on all platforms for Minecraft. The game has been made more user friendly for console owners with the new crafting menu and a hints system that takes away the memorising of crafting recipes. What’s available on consoles is slightly limited when compared to the PC version but it’s solid on PlayStation 4 and soon we will be introduced to the new llamas joining the growing menagerie! More new building blocks and spawnable structures are always in demand and every year Minecraft gets bigger and better… but we’ll always be greedy for more.