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Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition review

On June 6, 2014 by Aaron Meehan

Originally released on the PC in 2009 as a paid alpha, Mojang’s Minecraft is a game that has garnered a large amount of praise from critics and fans. The PS3 Edition was by far not my first time playing Minecraft, my first experience with the game was in 2010 shortly before it entered its beta.

The PS3 release is the latest console version of Minecraft developed by Dundee based studio 4J Studios. For the most part the studio has made a great PS3 port, the inventory management and crafting is easy to understand and hassle free when you use the PS3 controller’s directional pad, while you can use the analogue stick to navigate the inventory I advise against it as it creates an unnecessary headache.

The console version also has a brilliant tutorial, and for a person who hasn’t played Minecraft for over a year it was truly welcome. The tutorial slowly shows and has you perform some of the basic skills of the game such as gathering minerals and crafting, it also gives you an opportunity to try out some of the high end content such as enchanting, brewing potions etc. this introduction of high end content was great for me personally, because while I knew how to do the basics some of the high end content like enchanting was completely new to me.

There is one very important thing to remember about Minecraft is that there is no real set goal in the game. The objective of the game is to a) survive if you are playing survival mode or b) create if you are playing creative mode, although creating does apply to the survival mode. Minecraft is all about setting up a goal for yourself, be it seeing how much damage you can do with about a hundred TNT blocks in creative mode or creating your own little hamlet/village and fighting off the monsters that wish to kill you in survival mode. Minecraft is a game that encourages you to create, think and generally go nuts making anything you want. While searching the world for materials is your primary goal you should take time to simply explore the world as each world is randomly generated so you never know what you might find. Honestly, if you don’t see the appeal in just been in a world where you can do anything you want than Minecraft really isn’t the game for you. I would like to note that while playing the game by yourself can be fun, playing with others to create something is something I would highly recommend doing as playing on your own can get boring.

If you are like me and you have played Minecraft on the PC you will know that the PC version has a lot of free content courtesy of modders creating items, free character skins and texture packs. However in the PlayStation 3 version and nearly every console version of Minecraft there is no mod support, which means don’t expect any free player made content. Also speaking of skins and texture packs these user made additions which were free for PC users now cost real money on the PS3 with skin packs on the PS store ranging from €0.99 to €1.99, texture packs on the PS store will set you back €0.99. While this might seem like a nothing complaint, it is irritating to see console users not get the same level of support as the PC users.

While the complaint about lack of mod support and payment for skins and pack might be a subjective complaint there is one with the PS3 version of Minecraft that isn’t subjective and that is the game has some serious frame rate issues. The game is setup to run in 1080p at 60fps (frames per second), but I noticed when you enter certain biomes such as snowy biome the game struggles to keep a constant 60fps. The frame rate issue seems to be biome specific because while the game struggles in snowy biomes I didn’t see any major frame rate drops in dry desert biomes etc. The frame rate drops could be down to the amount of objects the game is trying to render as the PS3 version seems to have a relatively large render distance.

Since Minecraft is a block based game the game isn’t great looking when you compare it to your newly released AAA games, but the blocky graphics style works well for the type of game is it, a randomly generated sandbox title, if the game didn’t use a block based approach the game would likely suffer.

Conclusion

Score: 8/10

Minecraft is a game where you have to make your own fun, as the game provides you with the tools to build almost anything. While the PS3 version is as enjoyable as the other versions of Minecraft it does suffer from frequent frame rate drops.

Pros/Cons

+ Lets your creativity run wild
+ Easy to understand tutorial

– No mod support and you have to purchase additional skins and texture packs
– Frequent frame rate drops

Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition

Developer Publisher Genre Rating Platform Time played Release date
4J Studios Sony Computer Entertainment Sandbox 7+ PS3 ~6 hours May 16, 2014

 

For more information on Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition, visit https://minecraft.net/

Author: Aaron Meehan

Hi, I’m the creator of SG Gaming Info. When I’m not working on my writing or creating content for this site’s YouTube channel, I like to relax and enjoy character driven story games.


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