Minecraft has just received an awesome update related to combat for its PC version. Update 1.9 contains loads of new features and changes to fighting mechanics, as well as several options for making maps. While PC users will surely rejoice, the same cannot be said about those who prefer consoles.
So what is new to the Minecraft game? Players will have the option of using shields thus hold various items in both of their hands. They can easily swap weapons by pressing the F key. Furthermore, timing your attacks has become more important since a cool-down delay has been added. Axes feature a new crushing blow attack while swords have a new sweep attack.
Among the other new additions are the elytra, the Shulker mob, Chorus plants, End Rock block, the dragon head block, beetroot soup, beetroot, the grass path block, igloos, tipped and spectral arrows, the frosted ice block, the Frost Walker enchantment, sound effect subtitles and skeleton riders.
However, other previous items have also been improved. The End has been expanded, players can resummon the Ender Dragon, the protection values of armor have been lowered, Blaze Powder plays a significant role in Brewing Stand and several issues have been fixed, including MC-10.
Lastly, Minecraft features new Purpur blocks and new sound effects, and Herobrine has been removed.
While console players might have some time to wait until the new features will be implemented on their favorite gaming devices, some aspects could be further improved.
Firstly, villagers that prefer to swarm and cluster in one part of the village could be determined wander through larger regions. Additionally, they should also be clearer as to why they refuse to breed and increase the population. Food should also either have multiple purposes or simply be reduced to fewer types, since at the moment there is no point in growing different kinds of vegetables.
Secondly, consoles do not feature persistent servers which allow other players to visit your world even if you are not playing at that moment. PC users have to pay for Minecraft Realms, and this should be implemented on other devices as well.
Thirdly, the game should find a way to better explain itself to new players. Minecraft features very little useful information on how to play beyond the basics, and thus gamers are forced to find guidelines elsewhere.
Lastly, a much-needed feature for Minecraft is mod support for consoles, especially since most people play the game on these devices. These issues could be addressed in future updates, but until then players will surely enjoy the new combat features.
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