It adds an unecessary mob, unecessary block, unecessary change to achievements...I don't really like this update, but i will never play it anyways, i got 1.7.10 and b1.7.3...
The only thing i like from this update, is surprisingly, the Terracota.
Nothing added to Minecraft is necessary. Redstone wasn't necessary. Cows, Sheep & such weren't necessary. Biomes weren't necessary. Minecraft itself isn't necessary. The parrots are really good mob detection, (Specifically Creeper) Illusioners are gonna add some more challenge to the Mansions. Concrete is a great flat color block, and Advancements are completely customizable, and people on reddit have found ways to abuse them to make Commandblock-less Commandblock mods.
There are new advancements added to vanilla with every snapshot, in the most recent one "Sniper Duel" returned, under the "adventure" tab. It seems likley that all the quirky achievements will be returning, and the bland ones have oppurtunity to be reworked, being a snapshot and all.
I... I think...I think they added bulk crafting to the recipe book... I haven't seen the snapshot yet, but the changelog states that they added shift-click to the recipe book and the only thing that could mean is... bulk crafting... the fact that the recipe book could only craft one item seemed to be one of the only drawbacks to using it instead of shape, but now?
I mean, yeah, they're really cool and stuff, but I think the main reason why people are upset is because they removed the original achievement tree. I personally wanted them to keep it as the default advancement tab.
Yes you do, that's what the fuss it's about. I also thought it would just remember the recipes in the book once you find/craft it . To me that would have solved the always-look-on-the-web problem in a better (though still not perfect) way. That's not what we have here.
At the moment it automatically adds them once you get the materials so you do not need to progress by finding the shapes. That's why the question whether recipe shapes are still relevant or not is actually a good one.
No, you dont... you literally start a new world with 0 recipies unlocked. Sure, collecting a material gives you some of it's recipies, but it's still a snapshot and things are subject to change. Also, shape crafting still has relevance, say, if you want to craft a large amount of shovels, it'd be faster to use shape as the book only does one at a time. Or for instance, if you just memorized a recipe, instead of having to search for it in the book, you'd use shape crafting to make it.
Is there a way to disable all the text that pops up when you unlock recipes? It's kind of annoying.
As for the rest of what's in these two snapshots so far... nothing is really grabbing me. As a solo survival player I'd just like them to focus on finishing some things, like adding in the missing slabs and stairs for existing building blocks, before moving onto new things.
I guess if you have a water-covered base, you can use a concrete launcher to open up the waterfalls or cover the tops, and because Concrete has low blast resistance, you can make holes by launching TNT at the same time...
As we may or may not know, Advancements are a rework of achievements, made to be fully customize-able and to support multiple trees and a reward system, as well as possibly being able to lock recipes and create custom ones.
So, I'm hoping they keep the original Achievement tree as one of the Advancement tabs, or maybe the default one, as the examples Dinnerbone has given in his spoilers seem to be a little bit grind-based, though they may just be examples.
Notch's original vision (as I remember it) for the achievement system was for each achievement to act like markers to your progress or like challenges, and to lead you to new areas of the game, and to be like something you might want to do but not something you have to do, as well as not grind tasks.
Also, I feel Advancements might make Minecraft vanilla more linear, (also against Notch's vision), depending on the path they take with the recipe-lock thing, and if they incorporate the features into the default game.