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Creativerse Review - Your World, Your Way

The game probably no longer needs an introduction by this point, but for those of you that might have missed it, Creativerse is a free-to-play sandbox adventure/survival game focused on exploring and crafting and building. The game officially launched on Steam a week ago, after a long period of early access, and has been receiving positive reviews from the community.

For now, I played a little more than 50 hours and I find this game really good, especially when compared to Minecraft from which it was clearly heavily inspired from. The first striking difference is that Creativerse is far more beautiful than Minecraft with textures packs and shaders. Then, the Creativerse world is very rich, with four underground layers and 13 different biomes, each consisting entirely (or almost) of blocks and variants of mobs that for the most cannot be found elsewhere. 


Concerning the mobs, there are a dozen that are clearly different, with each of them having variants that do not only have different names and colors, but also different stats and skills, which carries the number of mobs to approximately 35. The best part about this is that each and every one of the creatures you see in Creativerse can be tamed and use as pets, or even fed to obtain rare items. Certain items, such as Chizzard Eggs, can only be obtained from tamed Chizzards, which adds an interesting gameplay element. Unlike Minecraft, it is also possible to make tables, chairs, beautiful windows and roofing blocks, and other things of different models depending on the material used. One can also craft various chests, gates/doors, teleporters, crafting stations, and so on, and restrict their access through their settings. 


The game is pretty fluid. The sprint speed is pretty good, and you can jump two blocks in height. And upon buying the Pro DLC, I found myself loving the Low Gravity setting of the game which allows players to jump about 6 blocks high. Overall, the world and our character feel much less frozen than in Minecraft. Finally, in my 50 hours of play, I was confronted with only one annoying bug which only caused me to lose some of the pets I had tamed.
 
The gameplay is also very good. In Creativerse, there is only one tool to collect all types of blocks. Initially it is rather basic and is limited in the tier of blocks it can gather, but as players progress, they can craft better versions that not only allow players to gather higher tier blocks, but also make it possible to mine faster. The different layers of underground, and the obligation to mine and kill some mobs before being able to pass to the following layer make exploration very interesting. As players progress in the underground or on the overworld and reach new areas, the mobs will also get stronger according to where you are. If it is rather easy to figure the strength of enemies as you dig (the deeper you go, the stronger the mobs are) it is not as easy to perceive aboveground. This is how I found myself facing an Arctic Miru in the Tundra biome, only to find myself die in a few hits. Thankfully, when you die, the contents of your inventory are placed in a bag at the place of your death which can be picked up later. So it is easy enough to avoid losing anything. 


It is impossible to play offline, and the servers are made available to the players for free. To restrict access to your world, you have to set a password. The economic model is also very good, the game is free and has a cash shop where you can buy craft recipes and blocks (both only decorative) as well as certain utility items like bombs and extractors that can be easily be crafted in-game. Even the Acrstone, that I initially thought I would need to buy, were rather easy to obtain by killing Keepas. As for the Pro DLC, it gives certain benefits such as the ability to create and customize multiple worlds, +20 backpack slots, 100% extra stamina and 2 free claims. The best advantages, however, are the Flashlight, that makes digging underground easier, as well as the Glider, that makes exploring and traveling over the vast world far more interesting. While it is a shame that the Glider isn’t available in any other form unless you buy Creativerse Pro, that is easy to overlook considering all the things they do offer for free. None of these benefits are required for you to enjoy the game, however, and it is all up to you if you would like to support the developers with a purchase of the Pro DLC or not.
 
Finally, and this is probably the best point of the game as far as I am concerned, the multiplayer works perfectly. If Minecraft, as well as other similar games like Terraria, Portal Knights or Don’t Starve Together are often plagued with an awful lag depending on the people playing, this is entirely nonexistent in Creativerse. I even played with friends on the other side of the world, and while certain games could be unplayable due to the latency, I had no issue whatsoever with Creativerse. Even better is the fact that the creator of the world doesn’t need to be online for other players to access the world. I can only praise the developers for offering such a great performance for free.

Conclusion

A week ago, I did not even know this game existed, so it turned out to be a very good surprise. It is much better than I expected, and far better than other games I’ve played in this genre on almost every point. I therefore recommend that all players who appreciate this kind of game to test it.
 
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