Outside of the flagship IP that continues to dominate the world, Minecraft also has a history of spin-offs and ideas best left to the hardcore fanbase. Telltale had their shot reinventing Minecraft to be more narrative-driven in their own style, but this time, Mojang Studios and Double Eleven have crafted a dungeon crawler/hack-and-slash experience in the vein of Diablo with Minecraft Dungeons. The Hero Edition of the game bundles all the previously released DLC, including the most recent Creeping Winter, but with everything in clear sight: does it actually hold up as a dungeon crawler? The answer is a surprising yes.
Minecraft Dungeons: Hero Edition tells the story of a lonely Illager who becomes the villainous Arch-Illager that ravages the various kingdoms of Minecraft, and it's up to you as a heroic adventurer to put an end to his reign of terror one creeper at a time. The plot is simple and leaves no room for surprises or big narrative twists, so if you're expecting a riveting story full of big story moments, you might be disappointed. However, Minecraft Dungeons makes up for this by having a ton of heart. It's a delightfully light-hearted dungeon crawler that hones in on what made Mojang's sandbox so inviting in the first place.
While there's a noticeable absence of defining classes, it offers the player enough agency and freedom of choice when it comes to builds.
If you equip adequate armor and hard-hitting weapons, you should blaze through most encounters with ease.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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Mojang Studios, Double Eleven
Xbox Game Studios
PC, PS4, Xbox One
8 September 2020
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