Minecraft Dungeons is a fantastic ARPG, with a hint of Minecraft flavour.
The combat is simple and reminds me of the Xbox and Ps2 Lord of the Ring titles, titles that offered a genuine feel-good factor as you hacked enemies to pieces, by basing the A/X button.
Playing alone or co-op feels fantastic, and the semi-procedural nature of the maps aids replay value considerably.
At the same time, some core story elements/landmarks persist between replays, the way to reach those rooms, and the composition of the loot and enemies on the route will be different each time you play.
As an ARPG loot is essential, and in this area, Minecraft Dungeons does not disappoint, the ability to combine passives, enchants and skills efforts allows for some amazingly fun, albeit unbalanced combat.
I enjoy ranged builds with a backup glave for when I need to get up close and personal with mobs.
Each level has at least one boss, and while the mechanics are not World of Warcraft level of complexity, they add a nice challenge to what could otherwise be rather a basic hack and slash combat.
A difficulty slider on each mission ensures that the game is enjoyable for gamers of all skill levels.
Minecraft Dungeons shares an aesthetic with its parent franchise, which only aids to add charm to what is already a charming title.
Minecraft Dungeons has launched on just about every major platform possible, and yet there is no crossplay between any of the platforms, not even the Microsoft norm of PC/Xbox, this is disappointing in 2020.
While crossplay is slated to come before the end of the yea,r launching without it seems bizarre.
In 2020, during the worlds largest lockdown launching a game without any form of matchmaking seems bizarre, perhaps it was done to protect children from the occasional Xbox live weirdo, however without matchmaking, those seeking online co-op will be forced to Reddit/discord dumpster dive for people to play with, significantly increasing the chance of a child giving away personal information to some freak.
Worth a Play?
It’s an excellent game for couch co-op, and I am excited to see new content will be coming this summer, in the form of a Jungle DLC; however, crossplay and online matchmaking really need to be implemented to make it a truly great title.
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Minecraft Dungeons, is part of Xbox Game Pass, an ever-growing catalogue of over 100 games that is a great way to try a whole smorgasbord of games, including day one access to all Microsoft first party titles, for just a few dollars a month.