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Minecraft-Like Shooter Now in Open Beta

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Guncraft combines traditional FPS elements with the construction and visual elements of Minecraft.

You have to admit: there's something about Minecraft that screams "shooter," especially when zombies and whatnot are attacking, seemingly coming from out of nowhere and all you have is a stupid wooden sword. Start digging tunnels and throw up a few torches to get away from it all, and old-school gamers may be reminded of id Software's Quake FPS just in appearance alone. That said, it was only a matter of time before someone ran with the 1st-person block builder idea by throwing in traditional FPS elements and calling it Guncraft.

Here's the official description: "Guncraft is a first person shooter game utilizing the voxel style made popular by the highly acclaimed game, Minecraft. This game will take traditional FPS elements and combine them with construction to create a fast paced, diverse, and extremely unique level of gameplay. Combine that with a multiplayer editor and tons of modding capabilities, and you have yourself a very versatile game."

According to a press release distributed on Monday, the PC game, created by Exato Game Studios, is now in open beta. "With the availability of this open beta we welcome the feedback and participation of a much wider audience," said John Getty, Executive Producer in a press release. "For fans of both Minecraft and modern warfare games we offer a unique experience not found anywhere else."

The gameplay idea is an interesting one. In a video on the team's Kickstarter page, they describe a scenario in which the player is running the with the enemy's flag in Capture The Flag. This fleeing gamer is left open to sniper attacks to the head given that the enemy flag offers no protection. However in Guncraft, the player could build a bunker or a forest to prevent enemy players from attacking. While the scenario sounds better suited for defending the home flag, the construction element is interesting twist nonetheless.

"We were looking to make a game where the destruction of just about everything was fair game, where every wall, floor, and roof was capable of being blown away and create lines of sight and opportunities to take out your enemy," noted Alex Schlee, co-founder.

As of this writing, the Guncraft website doesn't reflect Monday's announcement, so check back later on to learn more about the open beta.

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    DarkenMoon97 , July 16, 2012 11:07 PM
    Another Minecraft type thing? *sigh*
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    teh_chem , July 16, 2012 11:31 PM
    Initial impression is "bleh." But maybe if I tried the beta, I'd change my mind. Personally, I'd prefer a good shooter. Not a meh shooter combined with inane arduous world-creation and destruction.
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    aoneone , July 16, 2012 11:37 PM
    Can we have minecraft like homework called schoolcraft? OH WAIT..
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    miketfromlv , July 16, 2012 11:38 PM
    There's also "Ace of Spades."

    http://www.ace-spades.com/
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    Anonymous , July 16, 2012 11:48 PM
    This looks like shit. If you want a sandbox-FPS hybrid game, try Brick Force. It also looks blocky but at least it looks smooth enough and doesn't have a lot of jaggy crap. And no it is NOT a Minecraft clone. Minecraft is a survival MMO played on a very large map. The only "Minecraft copy" you will find on Brick Force is the Map Editor feature which allows you to make fun maps to play in ala minecraft style(ish). The only thing the two games have in common is that everything is made of blocks. Link to the website is down below:

    http://www.brick-force.com/en
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    teh_chem , July 16, 2012 11:51 PM
    RasterizeThis looks like shit. If you want a sandbox-FPS hybrid game, try Brick Force. It also looks blocky but at least it looks smooth enough and doesn't have a lot of jaggy crap. And no it is NOT a Minecraft clone. Minecraft is a survival MMO played on a very large map. The only "Minecraft copy" you will find on Brick Force is the Map Editor feature which allows you to make fun maps to play in ala minecraft style(ish). The only thing the two games have in common is that everything is made of blocks. Link to the website is down below:http://www.brick-force.com/en

    It's an early version that the company made to gauge interest in the concept. It's not a final product by any means.
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    A Bad Day , July 17, 2012 12:07 AM
    Ten steps forward in graphic development, ten steps back. :D 
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    back_by_demand , July 17, 2012 12:33 AM
    There's a Minecraft-like shooter set in World War 1, it's called World War Craft
    ...
    Oh, lawsuit in 3...2...1...
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    alextheblue , July 17, 2012 12:51 AM
    DarkenMoon97Another Minecraft type thing? *sigh*

    The only one I'm looking forward to that is in this same genre is Fortnite.
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    whimseh , July 17, 2012 12:52 AM
    No one has originality anymore
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    Cy-Kill , July 17, 2012 1:17 AM
    So, where is this so called "Open Beta", because I'm not seeing it on their KS page!
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    fb39ca4 , July 17, 2012 1:23 AM
    Capture the flag? Hmm, I'll just make meself an impenetrable tunnel of bedrock between the two of them.
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    hrath , July 17, 2012 1:46 AM
    I doubt this will end up anything but badly.
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    alidan , July 17, 2012 5:04 AM
    i have read the kick starter page because i was VERY interested in this.

    i don't like mine craft, i find it boring with no real game at all, and crappy combat.
    this however reminds me of old fps games, in style. i can look past "bad graphics"

    after reading the kick starter page though... it looks like they are completely locking this game down, no mods, no player made anything, no insanely large free for all or team maps...

    i just wanted a 128 player 4 way capture the flag, where you are in a 8 square mile area, people trying to build up their defenses, and trying to steal at the same time.

    or someone creating an interesting sci fi mod...

    if this game is locked, i hope the whole thing blows up in their faces.
    if the game is unlocked i wish them the best of luck.
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    Anonymous , July 17, 2012 6:22 AM
    I remember playing this. It was 1992 and it was called Wolf 3d lol.
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    johnsmithhatesVLC , July 17, 2012 1:01 PM
    Why are there so many downvotes for comments against this minecraft graphic and openworld style ripoffs? It is a terrible fad and Minecraft already has enough building capabilities as it is and gameplay with mods.
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    eddieroolz , July 17, 2012 2:23 PM
    Maybe I'd have to try it first, but Minecraft doesn't really scream shooter to me.
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    estebanlb , July 17, 2012 3:07 PM
    As someone said above me, Brick Force already has all this. So nothing new here
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    upgrade_1977 , July 17, 2012 5:42 PM
    AWESOME!! Me and my friends talked about this a long time ago. Gonna be fun. Hopefully you can still build stuff like in the regular minecraft? Build forts and stuff?
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