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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Good graphics, good action

Enough with the tutorial

You get better guns as you play

Local multiplayer is fun, but not perfect

Create a skin for Minecraft

The store is no bargain

Though the graphics have that Minecraft feel, they look great as you move around the levels. Looking and moving around is smooth as you blow away zombies.
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The tutorial level is helpful for getting the controls down when you first play the game, but it's annoying to have to go through it every time you play.
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In later levels you'll find light machine guns and AK-47s. They are a big improvement over the one-shot pistols in the early part of the game.
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We tested the local multiplayer here in the office and it worked pretty smoothly. One big issue I had was that you can always see the names of your opponents (through walls and across the map), so there is no sneaking up on people.
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The editor is definitely useful for creating skins, and there are a few presets if you don't want to do it yourself. You can edit every surface of your blocky character, but you'll only be able to use your skin in the desktop version of Minecraft.
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The store lets you buy the very important Elixir of Resurrection, but makes you pay $1.99 for each one. There are other glamor items like the crystal sword or the miner's pick, but they're hardly worth the price. The same is true for the extra ammo or health.
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