Minecraft 1.8 (and 1.8.1) Review

When it comes to a game like Minecraft, it feels like no review can do it enough justice.  Before Minecraft, there was no other game like it.  Now we have so many copycats out there that Minecraft has created its own genre and sub-genres of gaming.  So instead of focusing on the game as a whole and why it’s so amazing, I am focusing this review specifically on the new updates brought out by version 1.8 and 1.8.1 (which are supposed to be interchangeable).

I meant to write this review a while back as I was playing on a server that was running pre-release versions of 1.8 but there ended up being some issues with that server (on our end) and we lost the world save.  This was due entirely to human error and one for which I can hardly point fingers for.  However, this did allow me an opportunity to play on a couple other servers running 1.8 including one vanilla, and one running Bukkit. (Bukkit is a mod for Minecraft designed to give server admins more control over player interactions with each other, among other things.  This would include things such as setting safe areas and preventing some theft among players.)

I originally heard about Minecraft back when it was in Alpha from some co-workers.  I didn’t actually get the game until after its initial release.  I had, at one point, stopped playing it to play a few other games but I am glad to be playing again and to have gotten up to speed with some of the newer mechanics that I had missed.

First off, let’s talk about some of the changes.  1.8 added a lot of new elements to the game.  From new types of stone like Granite, Andesite, and Diorite to Banners and Armor Stands to new mobs and critters like Endermites and Rabbits, there is a lot for long time players to re-learn about the world.  One big change is new door and fence types which now changes the recipe for the fence model.  I remember that being a bit of a surprise to me when I first started playing.   All of these changes are welcome additions even if they do seem to be a lot to take in at one time.  What’s the difference between this and 1.8.1?  It’s just a few bug fixes.  As a matter of fact, you can run 1.8.1 on your end and now connect to as server that’s only running 1.8 which is very neat.

But, the biggest update of 1.8 would have to be the addition of the ocean monument (or as I have come to call it the water temple) with its guardians.  In the pre-release world, I was a part of a group that went to a water temple to try to turn it into a guardian farm to generate unlimited fish for us.  It was a lot of fun and there are plenty of YouTube videos out there on the topic.  It took a lot of work and we are just about to do that again as it was part of world that we lost.

The best part about playing online is always the interactions with other people and while most people are genuinely constructive, there are a few destructive individuals out there.  Don’t get too attached to anything you build and if you do end up having to rebuild, look at it as an opportunity to do it better.

Recently, we’ve been looking into some add-ons to up the challenge but also provide a decent reward structure.  I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to play Minecraft again.  It can suck a lot of time out of you, but it’s also very forgiving if you need to be able to drop what you’re doing at a moment’s notice.  If you haven’t played recently or never tried it, it’s definitely worth it.

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~ by JadeRaven on February 7, 2015.

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