PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Release May 17, 2009
Minecraft, which started out as an independent game developed by a tiny independent studio, became the best-selling PC game of all time just three years after its creation. Its blending of the sandbox and survival genres with an almost Lego-like ability to build and create made it a hit across the board, allowing players of all ages and interests to explore and build things straight out of their imagination.
Though Minecraft doesn’t follow the typical narrative structure of a video game, it does feature a variety of playstyles. Creative mode allows players to build to their heart’s content while Survival mode includes enemies who are out to destroy the player’s creations. Those looking for a harder challenge can seek out the Ender Dragon and The Wither, two enemies that can be found in the game’s Nether. Players can ramp up the difficulty even further in Hardcore mode, which will delete the player’s save upon their character’s death.
Minecraft offers an endless amount of possibilities and things to do, thanks to a seemingly infinite array of worlds to explore, resources to find, and things to build. With multiplayer in the mix, players can even create their own challenges and economies to play around in. With so many ways to play, it’s no wonder than Minecraft has reached such an incredible level of success.