Minecraft Dungeons released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC this past week with generally positive reviews. If you’re wondering whether or not to purchase this latest installment in the Minecraft series, we have you covered. Here are four reasons to try Minecraft Dungeons!
Minecraft has just added another installment to its series, titled Minecraft Dungeons. In this world, you’ll find familiar faces such as Creepers, Endermen, and Zombies, but beyond that, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any other similarities. I have played for 2 hours, and leveled up to level 8, so by no means am I an expert. But as a video game lover that hadn’t touched the Minecraft series since 2011, here are my top four reasons to give this game a try.
#1 The story is good (and cheesy)
As soon as you start the game, you’re greeted with the tale of the Illager, the game’s antagonist. The story is the classic dungeon crawler narrative- and the game pokes fun at that. It may seem like the game is taking things seriously with its script and music, but there are moments that break that seriousness with cheesy Minecraft humor. The opening cinematic has many great examples of this.
#2 The voice acting is amazing
Mojang Studios and Double Eleven didn’t hold out on the voice acting. The narrator fits the role perfectly! She holds her composure, even when reading more cheesy bits of dialogue. It’s obvious how much care went into the role, and it makes the game so much better for it. I found myself looking forward to the cut-scenes that play before each mission. During these scenes, the narrator describes what you must do to complete that mission, and gives you a bit of a reason to care about it. It’s a nice touch and fits well with the overall tone of the game.
#3 This isn’t your typical Minecraft adventure
If you loved the original Minecraft, I can’t guarantee you’ll love Minecraft Dungeons. However, this is great news for those of us who grew tired of Minecraft, or didn’t like it at all! It’s a hack-and-slash game, with randomized loot drops. There is a leveling system, weapon upgrades, and you can work to specialize your character’s fighting style. I focused a lot on melee weapons and health leeching, but it’s possible to have a ranged-weapons character that stuns enemies. These options may not be as in-depth as other games, but the mechanics are there and it’s fun to play around with. I’ve only completed 5 missions, but there doesn’t seem to be much crafting. It’s all about the adventure and dungeon crawling, which is just fine for me!
#4 There’s game balancing
When I realized Minecraft Dungeons was a fighting based adventure, my first concern was that my character would either become overpowered quickly, or stay underpowered for a long time. It’s difficult to get game balancing right, and Minecraft Dungeons isn’t perfect. You can definitely tell the difference when switching between weapons that have different levels. Each mission has a recommended player power level, but you can still tackle them regardless. Unless you explicitly ignore the recommendation of the game, you shouldn’t find yourself in a situation where the game isn’t balanced to your character.
If you’re expecting a typical Minecraft experience, I would warn you to stay away. But if you’re looking for a dungeon crawler with Minecraft aesthetics and enemies, I urge you to give this game a try!