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“It’s like LEGO and Castaway combined.” That’s how I was first introduced to Minecraft and, at the time, it was an extremely accurate description. Since then, Minecraft has evolved into something even greater, warranting a quick overview guide A Latecomer’s Introduction To Minecraft [MUO Gaming] A Latecomer’s Introduction To Minecraft [MUO Gaming] Minecraft, the block-based sensation that took gaming by storm, is now well over three years old. It’s almost hard to believe it’s been that long since the first alpha was posted – and it’s equally... Read More for anyone who still doesn’t know what it is. In essence, Minecraft lets you be a digital architect.

We’re almost five years past its first public release, and Minecraft is still one of the most played games in the world. Is Minecraft overhyped? Is Minecraft Really That Great? [Opinion] Is Minecraft Really That Great? [Opinion] Minecraft is quite possibly the most viral and addictive indie game that we've ever come to see. Who knew that a concept as elementary as playing with toy blocks could become such a sensation? I... Read More Maybe, but there’s no denying the fact that people have used it to create massive, sprawling worlds that can take days to traverse. Despite the primitive graphics, these worlds are so grand and so lively that they may as well be real.

Here are some of the greatest Minecraft worlds ever built.

Note: Strictly speaking, this is a compilation of what I consider to be some of the best Minecraft experiences, which takes into account geography, story, atmosphere, and size without necessarily taking into account any gameplay changes. This is not a compilation of the best Minecraft mods 5 Minecraft Mods That Give The Game A Whole New Life 5 Minecraft Mods That Give The Game A Whole New Life There are a lot of Minecraft mods, and they do everything that you could imagine, and perhaps some things you couldn’t. Read More .

WesterosCraft

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Game of Thrones, which is perhaps the most notable high fantasy TV show in history, brought to life the story of A Song of Ice and Fire, an epic novel series that began way back in 1991. In much the same way, though to a lesser degree, Minecraft became a vessel to further bring the setting of Westeros to life.

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The mission of WesterosCraft? “To recreate the universe imagined by George R. R. Martin as accurately and precisely as possible within the confines of Minecraft.” Why? “To create a world which will be the stage for a roleplaying game.”

Approximately 2 years in the making, WesterosCraft has faithfully recreated somewhere around 60% of Westeros, and those areas can be explored and experienced in first person right now. Whether you’re a fan of the show, a fan of the books, or a fan of Minecraft, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.

MC Middle Earth

Much like WesterosCraft, MC Middle Earth is a fan-made attempt to recreate a fictional world – the quintessential fantasy landscape sprung forth from the mind of J. R. R. Tolkien himself. This should come as no surprise since gamers tend to like fantasy, and there’s no better tool for replicating Middle Earth than digital LEGO.

Though the replication effort is not strictly 1:1, the world does adhere to a faithful scaled representation between all of the areas and landmarks. The production path follows the journey of the Fellowship, though sometimes the team will build unrelated areas when they feel like it.

In order to log onto any of the official MC Middle Earth servers, you’ll need to apply to be added to their white list. The process shouldn’t take very long, and you should hear a response within a day.

Great Britain In Minecraft

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Would you say it’s possible to accurately recreate a real world region in Minecraft in 1:1 scale? Prior to today, I would’ve given an emphatic “No.” However, Ordnance Survey in the UK has managed to represent over 220,000 square miles of Great Britain using only Minecraft blocks. The world was built using real world terrain data.

Great Britain In Minecraft is fascinating, not because it’s fun (in fact, it’s really boring), but because of the implications. In the not-so-distant future, programs like Minecraft could be used to model, discover, and explore real world areas using geographic data that might only be obtainable from afar.

Columbia of Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite won the hearts of gamers with its unique setting, compelling characters, and lively atmosphere. Though you won’t find Elizabeth in this particular recreation of Columbia, the floating city in the sky, you’ll be able to experience the reactors, balloons, and buildings that make the island so memorable.

The project began not long after Bioshock Infinite was released, and it’s been steadily updated ever since. Public access to the official Columbia server is currently restricted, but downloads of the map are released when each version is ready, and you can host your own copy of it if you want to see it before they reopen to the public.

Herobrine’s Mansion

Herobrine is one of Minecraft’s greatest urban legends. He is a shadowy figure who is said to be the cause of all glitches and unexplained behavior in the game. Some claim to have spotted him staring back at the player through darkness and some have even catalogued their encounters with him, but he remains shrouded in mystery.

Enter Herobrine’s Mansion, one team’s depiction of this urban legend’s dwelling place. Players love the map, and it often experiences a surge in popularity when Halloween begins to round the corner.

Herobrine’s Mansion is actually an “adventure map,” which is a genre of Minecraft maps where the goal is to explore the map in a somewhat sandbox format. There are bosses, items, secrets, and hints of lore scattered throughout the map for you to discover and enjoy.

Have you personally seen any mind-blowing Minecraft worlds that deserve to be on this list? Share them with us in the comments and tell us why you love them.

Image Credit: WesterosCraft

  1. blaketheboss564
    May 10, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    isn't Herobrine’s Mansion on hypixel (a minecraft server)

  2. Marc
    February 19, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    The Forbidden City is pretty amazing.. 1:1 scale of the ancient city of the Chinese Emperor. Brought to us by project1845.com

    • Joel L
      February 28, 2014 at 7:14 am

      Wow, I haven't seen too many 1:1 scale projects. The Forbidden City does look impressive! The Chinese theme is a breath of fresh air. Haven't seen much oriental-ness in Minecraft worlds.

  3. Ukaza P
    February 15, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Wow. wish to live in there.

  4. Annonymus
    February 9, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Newcraft Vecter city all the way!

  5. Charlie H
    February 3, 2014 at 5:24 am

    I really like the Columbia map, but I just can't fit the feel of Bioshock Infinite. The Westeros map gave me a "Prince Of Persia" feel instead of "Game Of Thrones" feel. Maybe the best Minecraft World haven't came out yet.

    • Joel L
      February 16, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Minecraft doesn't look like it'll die anytime soon so I'm sure there are plenty of new worlds currently being built and not yet publicized. :)

  6. Milos D
    January 30, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    WesterosCraft mission is awesome...

    • Justin P
      January 31, 2014 at 1:06 am

      Not a Minecraft player, but I might become one now. I want to see Westeros...

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