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Minecraft-ing with Friends

Last time we checked out <a target="_blank" href="http://xboxlive.ign.com/articles/121/1212869p1.html" target="_blank">Minecraft on XBLA</a>, the most amazing feature was the in-game crafting system and guide. For a game so dependent on wikis and online recipe discovery, this addition was a fantastic way to keep players in-game and not meandering the internet looking for ways to grow a garden.<br/><br/><img src="http://xboxlivemedia.ign.com/xboxlive/image/article/121/1216910/minecraft-20120120093845679.jpg" /><br/>This guy's waited forever for certification.<br/><br/><br/><br/>But a new demo revealed that not only does Minecraft have a self-contained crafting system, it also supports four-player splitscreen, letting teams of friends chill out on the couch building entire worlds together. With four people chipping away in the mines, the frame rate stays super-smooth, making it a great way to spend time with the people next to you on the couch without even having to look at them.<br/><br/>This jump-in-jump-out co-op also breaks into additional combinations once taken online. Up to eight people can maneuver around in any given world, meaning that eight people, playing splitscreen in two locations can all team up, or four teams of two, or any combination in between. The connectivity is seamless, and it's hilarious to see your teammates dressed in one of several curious outfits including tuxedoes, Boris Becker's short tennis shorts, or the classic Minecraft guy.<br/><br/><img src="http://xboxlivemedia.ign.com/xboxlive/image/article/121/1219976/minecraft-20120305005120745-000.jpg" /><br/>Here is the coolest Minecraft art you will see all day.<br/><br/><br/><br/>This local connectivity brings Minecraft players together in a way that the PC version never could. If you've still never heard of Minecraft, make sure you check out our <a target="_blank" href="http://pc.ign.com/articles/121/1213266p1.html" target="_blank">PC Minecraft review</a> to see what it's all about.<br/><br/><hr><br/><br/><i>Peter writes for IGN's Xbox 360 team. You can follow him on <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/peykemans" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://people.ign.com/eykemans-ign" target="_blank">MyIGN</a>.</i><br/><br/><br><br/><br/>&#169;2012-03-05, IGN Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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