Today sees the release of version 1.8 of Minecraft, known as the Adventure Update. It aims to give players more to do, while making the world feel more dynamic.
Improved Graphics and Sound
There are some nice cosmetic changes, including an HD texture pack, better lighting from torches and even prettier sunsets and sunrises! The game launcher also looks better in 1.8.
More game elements
Animals and monsters in Mincraft interact with each other more in this update, meaning you’ll see monsters fighting each other as well as just you! There are also new blocks to use and craft, including glass panes for better looking windows.
The biggest addition for me is the generated villages, (which will be populated in the next update). These are optional, but it will be interesting to see how they change the atmosphere of the game.
Another change to the environment is a new range of biomes, meaning greater variety in the scenary. It certainly looks more dramatic now.
Survival mode now includes a food meter, so you’ll get hungry and need to find food. Otherwise this mode is fairly unchanged – the upcoming NPCs and later ‘Adventure Mode’ should address that.
There is now a ‘Creative Mode‘, which makes you invincible, gives you unlimited resources, allows you to fly, and fast forward/rewind time! This mode is ideal for players who just want to get on and build cool stuff, without worrying about staying alive. Check out our Minecraft 1.8 flyover video above.