Minecraft, the legendary game that took over the world a couple of years ago with its simplistic graphics and simple yet deep gameplay is about to become one of the most graphically intense games, officially.
Minecraft is getting official support for Ray Tracing which means you won’t need shaders to get that Ray Tracing goodness. Plus with Nvidia partnering with Microsoft for this means that it’s going to be somewhat optimized. However, you will need a GPU with Ray Tracing support to be able to play it.
Also, this will be available on the Windows version of the game and not the Java version. So if you want to try ray tracing on the Java version, shaders seem to be the only way as of now.
After the cancellation of the old Super Duper Graphics Pack for Xbox recently many were left upset after the way it was advertised at E3. They stated that they were building a whole new model for lighting and textures which turned out to be harder than they expected. Maybe they dropped it because of this. And maybe, this will be available on the Xbox Scarlett.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 is the brand new sequel to the first ARPG world building game which brought together a lot of great concepts for a very unique and interesting experience. So what is Dragon Quest Builders 2 and who is this game for? Keep reading because we’ll answer all of that and more.
What Is: Dragon Quest Builders 2
The most simple and lazy way to describe Dragon Quest Builders 2 would be like this. Imagine you took Minecraft. And then you took any ARPG game, in this case, the Dragon Quest world is the one that’s focused upon. Add those two together, take the best of both those games and this game is literally what you get.
As the name suggests the game’s main focus is “Building”. You need to build up towns and settlements on the various islands that you can explore. The game gives you a slight pointer as to what you need to build which really helps you get started because its essentially like being told the basic ingredients for a recipe but the process and the plating are all up to you. It doesn’t hold your hand and force you to draw between the lines but instead, let’s you use your creativity to the best with the tools and canvas they provide. The building isn’t just a simple forced in mechanic or clone, it’s fully fleshed and an absolute delight. And thankfully unlike the previous game, you get to keep your items and resources after you finish an area which you can then use at your hub world.
Besides the building, you have the exploration and story RPG elements. There’s a story that starts off somewhat slow but eventually picks up near the end. The exploration is one of the highlights of the game and features some really beautiful and expansive locations that even with its cartoon-like art style will leave you in awe. You level up your character, your items and weapons like any other RPG games while taking quests from NPCs and progressing the story.
You also get a permanent companion who will accompany on your journey and who shares the same name as a major villain so there’s a story to be told there. Besides him, you have NPC companions who can join and do a decent job in assisting you in fights and don’t really feel like a burden. The game also supports multiplayer co-op which is great because it really adds an extra element of fun and interactivity to the game.
Where It Falls Short
Speaking of Combat, this is one area where the game is a bit lacking. It’s quite shallow with just light and heavy attacks, the latter of which tend to be useless because it takes way too long to charge and doesn’t deal enough damage. There’s no rolling or dodging or blocking so you rely on being quick enough to run around enemies to evade their attacks or to just eat them head-on.
The lack of these basic defensive maneuvers which were also absent in the prequel is not the only issue you’ll face when controlling your characters. The controls themselves are a bit intuitive and can feel clunky at times, especially since the button to switch the item you’re holding and the button to talk to an NPC are same which can lead to moments of frustration.
Overall though, the game delivers something that it can proudly call its own unique experience. An expansive world with lots to explore and build, characters to meet and the stories to be told. There are references and nods to the main series of games, there’s the distinct Akira Toriyama character design, and there’s an enjoyable experience to be had that is sadly marred down a bit by the repetitive and boring combat and the somewhat frustrating controls.
So finally, who is the game for? If you’ve ever wanted Minecraft to have some sort of hub world with missions to do and a storyline with cool things to do then this game is what you’re like for. If you have any interesting in JRPGS or games that focus on building and exploring then also this game will pique your interest and satiate the building need.
Score – 9/10
Dragon Quest Builders 2 is out now Worldwide for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Mobile Games are vast and varied and there’s a lot more to them than just PUBG. Which is why we’ve got 5 Open World Games for Android that you may or may not know about but are an absolute blast to play.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
If you’ve played video games then you know about this game. One of the best open world games to have ever been made that has a lot of fun things to do. San Andreas is a game that a lot of gamers will call their favourite and it’s clear why. A great story that takes you around the different states, a lot of weapons, a lot of vehicles, side activities that can take over your playthrough like Gambling or Ring Racing, the various schools for the vehicle discipline. This game has a lot to offer so go check it out if you haven’t already.
This game tends to get skipped over by a lot of people because they go for the bigger, better-looking games. Chinatown Wars has a top-down view like the older GTA titles, however, don’t let that turn you off. It’s still a GTA game with missions, cars to steal, people to run over and a story about making it to the top. I decided to try it out on a whim and really enjoyed playing the game. Give it a try, you might just fall in love with it.
Craaaaaaazyyyy Taxi. If you’re a bit of an older gamer you probably have played Crazy Taxi. Either on your own PC or at an arcade. This game is an absolute rush of adrenaline with an amazing soundtrack that the Android port maintains. If you haven’t played the game, do it right now.
Minecraft is like Skyrim when it comes to the fact that it is available on every damn platform imaginable. You can build whatever you want, however, you want. Want to play Survival mode? You can. Want to play with friends? Also can be done. It even has cross-platform play with the help of Minecraft Realms. Minecraft is extremely fun and really lets your imagination run wild.
People like to call it 2D Minecraft but that’s not really an apt description. Terraria is a survival and building game with its own mechanics and systems. There’s a lot of biomes to explores, weird creatures to fight and craft awesome things like Yo-Yos that can be used as weapons, a lightsaber or a pair of wings to fly. The game can from calm to frantic in a matter of seconds and how you handle it will decide if you get that sweet loot or not.
While Fortnite might be one of the most popular and trending games right now, it still isn’t the biggest game in the world. There’s a game that still beats it, a game that has been around for ages now, a game that also had a Battle Royale mode. That game is Minecraft.
Fortnite draws in about 80 million players on a monthly basis which is quite huge. One of the reasons for this could be the addition of new content on a very quick basis. However, Minecraft still manages to pull in over 90 million active players every month. This is a game that is 9 years old at this point and is still going very strong. This can be attributed to the huge updates that get pushed every few months that add a ton of new blocks, mobs, and biomes to the game, giving players a new reason to come back and try things out.
The game also has a strong community that has their own servers with plugins that they use to tailor to a specific need or want. Not to mention, the plethora of amazing mods available to the game that make it an extremely fun game to play with your friends while also being a relaxed game. With texture mods, reshades etc Minecraft can look great and it has something for everybody which could be the reason for it being relevant, 9 years later.
Do you think Fortnite has what it takes to survive that long? Let us know down below.
Mojang has announced Minecraft: Dungeons, a new Minecraft action adventure game coming to PC in 2019.
Here is an overview of the game, via Mojang:
Fight your way through an all-new action-adventure game, inspired by classic dungeon crawlers and set in the Minecraft universe! Coming to PC in 2019.
Brave the dungeons alone, or team up with friends! Up to four players can battle together through action-packed, treasure-stuffed, wildly varied levels, all in an epic quest to save the villagers and take down the evil Arch-Illager!
Discover new weapons and items that will help you defeat a ruthless swarm of new-and-nasty mobs. Fight or flee through canyons, swamps and – of course – mines! Any adventurer brave or foolish enough (or a bit-of-both!) to explore this blocky and beautiful world will need to come prepared. So quickly, gear up!
Watch the announcement trailer below. Visit the official website here.