Created By Lee
Welcome folks! Lee here with the inaugural Malevolent Quality Control. Or the 'MQC' for short. What exactly is it? Well I love games. All sorts of them. And I thoroughly enjoy talking about and sharing them with everyone I can.
This is my little corner of the internet to do just that.
It's not going to be so much 'game reviews' since anymore I myself don't trust them to tell me what I will and will not like. More just my opinion, why I loved them, and anything else I want to rant about. So pull up a chair and let me tell you about a most excellent game.
One other excellent thing about HungerCraft is that it requires no downloading of mods and installing special software. You are all set to jump right into a game with 'vanilla' Minecraft. The only thing you do have to do is sign up on their site, but that takes barely a minute or two. Bonus is then you can check out all your stats and standing compared to all the other competitors.
Now that that's all out of the way, is it fun?
Yes. Very much so yes.
So when I came upon this kind of blood sport, I was right at home with it and thoroughly enjoyed it. The game functions mimics Hunger Games with a max of 32 players starting the match in a circle around the 'cornucopia' that is filled with various life saving/taking goodies. It's always a mad dash to the center once the countdown ends and usually a bloodbath as well.
As tempting as it can be, the safer bet is to run in the other direction and get some distance between yourself and the other competitors. Don't go too far, too high, or too low though. To cut down on turtle-ing out in the middle of nowhere, you'll start losing 'sanity' (the levels number on the HUD) if you dig too deep under the ground or gain too much altitude. Run out of sanity and your life starts draining. You also have a thirst gauge (the levels bar on the HUD) you need to take care of too. Same deal if it hits zero so either dive into some water and click, or drink from a bottle of water.
Strategies vary widely due to the large range of maps available, a lot depending on what type of map you are on. There are lush jungles, sparse deserts, pirate ships, bio domes, mazes, and many more. Even one inspired by Rapture from Bioshock. It also goes without saying that they are all amazingly beautiful as well with each being handmade by the HungerCraft Team.
You even have to watch out for 'packs' that do form up to smash your face in collectively. I tend to be a loner and stick to myself, but there has been time I've been guilty of crewing up for protection. It never lasts long as people start turning on each other quickly once the end approaches.
And as a neat little feature, every time a competitor dies is accompanied by a crash of thunder and a lightning bolt at the spot of death, like the cannon firing to signal a death in the books/movie, along with a kill message. It makes the slaughter at the cornucopia even more hectic with all the blasts of sound, as well as even more fear inducing when a claw of electricity touches down near your position.
One little annoyance is how long it can take for a match to end. I'm not talking about the legit fights to the death between ragged contestants, it's more when it comes down to a team being the only ones left. They tend to take forever to kill each other, which can range from a small annoyance to being outright pathetic as they scream at each for a 'times out' for one reason after another.
- Stay away from the cornucopia at the start of the match, especially when you are first starting out. Until you get a feel for it, you're just sword fodder. Run the other way to get some distance. You can always come back later to see if you can grab any left over gear.
- Wood is your main priority at the start, other then distance. You need wood to make all the weapons/tools you need to survive. Get at least two blocks of raw wood which is just enough to make a crafting table and a wooden sword.
- Sprint jumping is your friend, sad to say. While you are sprinting if you hold down the jump key, you go just a bit faster then you would otherwise. Not that I endorse bunny hopping, but your competitors will use it to reel you in.
- Speaking of reels, the fishing rod actually make a decent ranged weapon. Also remember any tool is better then no tools if ya get into a fight without a sword. A spade will do much more damage then your fists.
- Make sure to get settled in for the first night. The murder fest at the start in the cornucopia and the first night due to monsters is when most of your competition will bite the dust.
- And lastly, this is Minecraft. Be creative. One of my most precious memories of playing this game so far is when I found a team of two hiding beneath the ground and I had no weapons. I did have a ton of sand though and proceeded to bury them alive before they could dig themselves out.
As a final note my name on Minecraft is "Steamblud", so feel free to say hello if you see me. Just don't expect me not to crack your skull open with a wooden shovel for an apple. Cheers!