Over a year after its debut, all 6 expansions are finally available for Minecraft Dungeons so let's dive in and see what they're all about.
Minecraft Dungeons: Flames of the Nether Review Xbox One ★★★★☆
The 4th expansion takes place in the fiery dungeons of the Other Dimensions world and it features a whopping 6 levels to explore.
Flames of the Nether isn't a typical piece of DLC as it doesn't have a final boss or the Orb of Dominance but it's probably my favourite expansion overall for the simple fact that I love its setting as well as its secrets which add a lot of replay value. Its main levels include Nether Wastes which acts as a fitting introduction, Basalt Deltas which really turns up the heat, and Warped Forest which is one of the most unique areas in the entire game. On top of these stages, you can also unlock 3 more by collecting secret scrolls: Nether Fortress is a dark yet enjoyable citadel, Crimson Forest is a tricky organic area above a volcano, and Soul Sand Valley makes for an eerie and challenging mini-adventure. Needless to say, that's a lot of content to work through so you can see why I enjoy this pack so much.
On top of all these juicy levels, Flames of the Nether contains some nifty equipment. Some stand-out items include the explosive artifact Blast Fungus, the ricocheting artifact Spinblade, the awesome-looking Mechanized Sawblade, and the very cool Sprout Armor which heals allies when you use potions as well as poisons enemies while you roll. There are also a couple of worthwhile Vine Bow variations which leave poison cloud trails. These weapons make dealing with the new enemies a lot of fun. Speaking of which, most of the introduced mobs are Piglin types and there are also Blazes which catch tiles on fire and can be quite pesky with their pyromaniac antics.
It's not what I expected from an expansion but Flames of the Nether managed to impress me with its variety of levels and top-notch gear. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that it's my favourite of the 6 expansions so if you'll excuse me, I'll go roast some Piglins.Minecraft Dungeons: Flames of the Nether gameplay video →
Minecraft Dungeons: Hidden Depths Review Xbox One ★★★☆☆
If you're tired of traversing above-ground environments then you can now go underwater in the 5th expansion, Hidden Depths.
Right off the bat, let me just say that Hidden Depths annoyed me a great deal as it features one of the most irritating mechanics in all of gaming; limited and constantly-depleting oxygen. It wasn't fun in Sonic the Hedgehog's Labyrinth Zone and it's not fun here. What makes it so frustrating is that Minecraft Dungeons has you almost constantly focusing on fending off mobs while juggling attacks and trying to thin out the horde as much as possible so when you have to also keep an eye on your oxygen, it can be a bit much. Thankfully, this mechanic is fairly forgiving because there are somewhat frequent air bubbles to recharge your oxygen and you don't perish when it runs out; your health simply depletes. That being said, some air bubbles are placed right in the middle of a bunch of archers.
Annoying oxygen mechanic out of the way, Hidden Depths has a few neat areas including Coral Rise, Abyssal Monument, and the secret level Radiant Ravine. These stages are impressively large and contain many rewarding secrets. Plus, at the end of it all, you'll fight the Ancient Guardian in an epic boss battle. In other words, this DLC is still cool despite its oxygen meter. Oh, and there is interesting gear to collect such as the laser-shooting Eye of the Guardian artifact, an Anchor melee weapon, and the highly-defensive Turtle Armor.
Hidden Depths features some cool gear and an epic boss battle but its reliance on recovering oxygen definitely takes away from the fun.Minecraft Dungeons: Hidden Depths trailer →
Minecraft Dungeons: Echoing Void Review Xbox One ★★★★☆
As the final piece of DLC for Minecraft Dungeons' Season Pass, does Echoing Void go out with a bang or a whimper? Let's jump to it!
Echoing Void is an unconventional expansion as it actually adds content to existing areas. Specifically, you're tasked with finding 6 Eyes of Ender then returning them to a level known as The Stronghold. These Eyes are located in 6 levels from the base campaign via new branching paths that can be tricky to spot and once you do, you follow a path which is usually filled with tricky segments and perhaps a boss or 2 with the Endersent bosses being the main guardians of each Eye of Ender. Although I initially thought it was tedious to re-traverse the 6 stages, I found the new branching areas to be enjoyable, challenging, and rewarding so this DLC really grew on me.
Upon returning the Eyes of Ender to The Stronghold, you'll unlock The End Wilds which is full of dastardly foes and when you beat that, you'll finally gain access to the very final level; The Broken Citadel. After unlocking neat equipment like the Teleportation Robes which let you warp when you roll and the Void Touched Blades which feature an attack multiplier, you'll encounter the very final boss in the form of The Vengeful Heart of Ender. This is the most mind-blowing boss fight in the entire game due to its wide range of attacks and abilities which will consistently keep you on your toes. Once you take that sucker down, you'll feel great for finally beating this epic game.
Echoing Void may start with tedious treks through already completed levels but it ends up being quite an awesome final chapter.Minecraft Dungeons: Echoing Void trailer → Minecraft Dungeons Eye of Ender Locations Guide