Minecraft is a big deal for Microsoft, the community creates some truly astounding creations and to celebrate their creativity, Xbox have announced a Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition.
As you would expect, the console is dressed in the blocks that make up the landscape of Minecraft’s world. Underneath, the console boasts red stone circuitry that lights up when you turn the console on. The bundle also includes a copy of the game and a badass looking creeper styled controller.
Minecraft is going fully cross platform across Xbox One, Windows 10, Nintendo Switch and mobile platforms thanks to the Bedrock engine, which is an all-new platform for Minecraft, allowing Mojang and Microsoft to update all versions simultaneously whilst allowing cross-platform play.
You’ll be able to play via play Minecraft Realm, the subscription based service allowing players to maintain their very own dedicated sever.
Windows 10 users will be able to upgrade today via the ‘better together’ update, will select Xbox One users will be able to access the update via the Insider Hub (as well as having an invite).
Is this something you have been looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.
Today sees the release of the Power Rangers Skin pack for Minecraft Xbox One, Windows 10 and the Pocket Edition, for the price of £2.39. Included in the pack are the classic Power Rangers and also a selection of cackling, evil villians, like Rita Repulsa, Bulk and Skull!
“As a teen I remember getting out of school, grabbing a snack and settling into the cartoon line-up,” explains Mike Fielder, one of the artists who worked on the skin pack. “Part of that routine was watching Power Rangers. When I found out we would be working on a Minecraft version of some of the character line-up I was pretty excited and even more so when I found out Bulk and Skull would be included since they were my favourite characters. I had a blast creating Minecraft versions of these characters. I hope everyone who uses these skins has as much fun playing them as I did creating them.”
Go go, MINEY Morphing Power Rangers!!!
Also available today is the Mini Game Masters Skin Pack on “Minecraft: Console Edition” for £1.59.
As any parent will tell you, LEGO gets everywhere, in your shoes, under rugs and right into the soles of your feet. It’s also all over my Xbox One, Stars Wars, Jurassic Park, Batman, Harry Potter and now, LEGO Worlds has joined our collection. At last a game just about the blocks rather than the franchise, but is it any good?
At a first glance you’ll think it’s a Minecraft clone, which is fair, but in this game TT Worlds has put their own spin on things. You play as an astronaut who crash lands on a tropical island, you are surrounded by pirates who have jobs for you to complete in exchange for Gold Bricks. It’s not long before you are whisked off to a new world with a volcano, where you’ll meet cavemen and women who also need your help. These are essentially tutorial levels that introduce you to the different tools available to you.
As you collect more gold bricks you’ll be able to unlock bigger worlds with more to do. As I watched my two boys play together in co-op it was great to see their excitement build as the next world was generated before their eyes. Eventually you’ll get to a stage where you won’t be landing on procedurally generated Worlds, you’ll be building your own.
To do this, you have a set of tools that perform different tasks. The Discovery tool is your most important, with this you can highlight objects on the world and ‘discover’ them. This adds them to an inventory of objects that you can use at any point, it may help you complete a task or it may just be useful when building in your own world. The scenery tool allows you to modify the environment in any way you see fit, you can raise or lower the ground to help you reach different areas of the map or to help you build in new places.
The build tool allows you to, build believe it or not, early on you asked to build a wall (I doubled checked and there wasn’t a LEGO version of Donald Trump). Finally you’ll gain access to copy and paint tools. The copy tool allows you to select an area of your choice that can be copied for later use, early on you’ll take a copy of a Gingerbread House to us me again.
Despite the wide range of tools the game lets itself down by over complicating the building, especially for younger players. The camera is the biggest issue, it seem to require constant attention, making building more difficult than it need to be. You learn to adjust but you shouldn’t have to. If you are building something small then you won’t find too many issues, but if you are looking to build something on a larger scale you are going to run into more problems.
In general, the gameplay is a bit of a let down for a LEGO game, the combat is simplistic,with a wide range of weapons to use, but the execution is really poor. You are lucky if you ever fire a weapon in the direction you want, thankfully close combat with swords is better. I noticed some stuttering in the game when there were multiple characters on screen and weirdly the game freezes slight when switching between your astronaut characters.
Despite the issues LEGO Worlds has, I can’t deny the fact that it’s done a great job of capturing my boys imaginations. We have already had hours of conversation about which worlds we have landed on, and it has inspired them to go and build things with their LEGO again, something that seems a bit more alien these days as we are surrounded by very specific sets to build. LEGO Worlds is certainly a game worth persisting with, my kids haven’t picked up on the issues I have and are still having fun with it, which is a win in my books.
Mojang have released a long awaited Trial Version for the incredible popular Minecraft: Xbox One Edition.
Making the announcement via twitter, gamers who are not sure whether they are ready to take the plunge into the rabbit hole that is Minecraft, are now able to download the trial to see if it’s really for them.
Telltale Games have released Minecraft Story mode part 2 this week.
Travel across the Overworld and beyond as the Wither Storm looms closer, destroying everything in its wake, time is running out for our heroes. Find the legendary figures and try to stop the impending threat –what choices will you make in this exciting episode?
Halo 5 fever is spreading fast, as from Friday 23rd October you will be able to join the Master Chief and Fireteam Osiris in the world of Minecraft on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
This update comes free to those who previously purchased the Halo Mash-up pack, back in May, and $3.99, or your local currency equivalent, to those who did not.
Included in the DLC is all content previously released from the Halo Mash-up pack.
A Halo-themed texture set, themed menus and user interface,
Craftable items and 31 music tracks across the Halo franchise.
40 pixel-perfect character skins depicting beloved Halo characters such as the Master Chief, Cortana, Sergeant Johnson, the Arbiter and more.
For fans looking to fully immerse themselves into the Halo universe, the Halo Mash-up pack also features pre-made worlds such as Silent Cartographer, Sandtrap, Valhalla, Blackout, Guardian, Blood Gulch and plenty of well-known Halo vehicles and features, while gaining the following new characters as well.
Spartan-117 The Master Chief
The Halo 5: Guardians Minecraft Mash-Up update will be available from the 23rd of October.
MINECON was held in London this weekend, and as expected, a new trailer for Telltale Games’ Minecraft: Story Mode was shown off.
The episodic series will begin “later this year”, with voice acting from Patton Oswalt (who voices the playable protagonist Jesse), Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter,Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, and Paul Reubens – with more to come!
We’ve worked closely with the amazing team at Mojang to ensure this story is a natural fit for the Minecraft world fans already know and love. As Jesse, players will steer their own path through a tale of adventure and survival; all brought to life by an all-star cast. Through Telltale’s choice-based gameplay and a story spanning from the Nether to the Farlands, the End, and beyond, we can’t wait for fans to experience this new take on the beloved world of Minecraft.
Kevin Bruner, CEO and co-founder of Telltale Games.
The interactive storytellers at Telltale are giving players the chance to explore their own unique interpretation of the Minecraft universe. They’ve crafted a story that follows the logic of Minecraft, but still manages to feel original. It’s actually pretty funny too. And the pig is adorable. We’re super excited about players digging deeper into the world of Minecraft: Story Mode later this year.
Bonnie Ross from 343 Industries opened the show and wastes no time in letting the crowd know about the fact that there are plenty of awesome games coming to the Xbox One in 2015, taking a shot at Playstation saying that Xbox have the best exclusive games THIS year!
Before we know it, Halo 5: Guardians gameplay is shown off, and it looks fantastic. Josh Holmes, Executive Producer then came on to talk about seamless co-op and introduces Warzone. Hopefully we’ll see more info about that soon, but here is a cool trailer to check out:
Next up, a World Premiere of ReCore, a first party title from the legendary creator Keiji Inafune and the makers of Metroid Prime. As one of the last remaining humans, forge friendships with courageous robot companions and lead them on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world.
Then came some news that many have been waiting for since the Xbox One was first announced… Backwards Compatability. Even better news is that it’s available to Xbox Live Preview Members right now. Here is a list of games available.
Next Phil Spencer announced a new Elite Xbox One Controller that allows you to swap out features, change the analog sticks, bumpers and D-pad as you wish. There are also hair-trigger locks and the D-pad has been replaced by a textured rolling pad.
Todd Howard then came on stage to give us a good look at Fallout 4. After gameplay footage was shown it was revealed that PC Mods would be usable within the game on Xbox One.
Next up Peter Moore took to the stage and spoke about how successful EA Access has been and followed up by confirming that the next title to join the vault would be Titanfall, followed by Dragon Age Inquisition later this year. Then it was time for some zombies with the world premiere trailer for Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.
Forza 6 then took centre stage, quite literally at one point. It’s looking really impressive, but will it overshadow Project CARS?
Ubisoft then joined in by showing us a brand new trailer for The Division before telling us that the Xbox will get an exclusive Beta later this year. Rainbow 6 Seige also got some time in before we were told that the Xbox 360 Vegas titles would come free with the game to play as backwards compatible titles!
A new cartoony title was shown off that would also play on Windows 10 called Gigantic, before a whole host of great looking ID@Xbox titles were shown off.
Xbox Game Preview was then revealed, it’s a new early access system that allows you to try out a game for free and then pay to be involved if you like the look of what you see. Elite Dangerous and Day Z are two of the first games involved.
Rise of the Tomb Raider then got its time to shine, this is one title I really can not wait for, and the trailer shown was pretty epic.
Rare have been up to something for a while and tonight we finally got details of what they something was, Rare Replay, a mega pack of 30 games such as Perfect Dark, Battletoads, Conkers and more. They also went onto reveal Sea of Thieves, a pirate based adventure.
Hololens made an appearance for the first time too, showing how it could be used with Minecraft, it was certainly interesting, but whether it will take off is another matter.
Last but not least, Gears of War Ultimate Edition was revealed. The original game remastered for Xbox One and releasing on August 25. The multiplayer is getting a public beta today. In fact, you should already have a code in your Xbox One messages. Gears of War 4 was then shown off, the game is due to be released at the end of 2016.
And that was it! Microsoft really went to town and impressed a lot of people, we would love to hear your thoughts!