Mining into a gem of a game
On the surface the game doesn't seem to offer much, you are placed in a randomly generated world made of cubes. It looks bland, but once you put in the hours and finally work your way up to mining that first diamond; that is you realising that the game is actually rather fun. But how much work must you put in to get that diamond, considering you start with nothing... well to put it simply, it depends.
If you are looking for story here, then you are better off looking elsewhere, Minecraft doesn't have a predefined story, however, with a bit of imagination, the story revolves around your character, what you do forms your story, there is an 'end' but that is harder to get to than getting the diamond tools... and we shall not be covering that.
So far, Minecraft sounds great, right?
Minecraft isn't a game where you can easily play a game with friends and only friends, you are 'presented' with a choice, either mess with your router and port forward, which could lower your internet security if done wrong, or buy a server from a website which could turn out to be a scam. Minecraft does help a little bit with the latter option, with realms, but the prices are a little too high for my taste.
Once you have done everything you get a little bit bored, you may have the thrill of getting that nice full suit of diamond armour, and equipping yourself with that diamond sword, but to be blunt, by the time you get there, you're bored, and at that point, it's time to fetch some mods to see if they help you fight that boredom.
All in all, I'd suggest that those of you looking for a new game to play certainly give Minecraft a try, even if you don't like sandbox games.
*Disclaimer: all screenshots used are from a modded version of Minecraft also using the Sphax Pure BD Craft 64x resource pack, running on 1.7.10*