But that wasn't enough. Even though the prep period was over, I still had the ability to build whatever I wanted. I reinforced the brick wall until it was three bricks deep, threw three more turrets on it, and then constructed some turrets behind it for the occasional interloper. Then I placed some fire traps behind the initial entryway and built a second force-field behind — if anyone got through the initial force-field they'd get stuck on the second one while a dozen fire traps burned them alive.
And then, true to my name, I constructed two more turrets to fire into the force-field.
I'd built a dozen turrets, plus my horrific force-field trap, by the time the round was over. The other team put up a good fight on their end, but my Saw-like (or, since we're talking voxels, Cube-like) death labyrinth meant I only saw a handful of players in our base throughout the fight. I also had way more fun constructing said death labyrinth than I have with my typical multiplayer shooter nowadays — it felt great to have more to contribute than my reflexes, for once.
I don't know if Block N Load is going to be a smash hit. As I said, many have tried to make "Minecraft plus blank" games in the past, and this isn't even the first Minecraft-inspired shooter. Heck, Jagex itself already made a Minecraft-inspired shooter. This is their second go-round!
I had a blast with it though, and whether or not it has the sticking power of its inspiration I think it's well worth checking out. The beta launches in December, and you can sign up for that and snag more information about the game at the official website.
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