Once again, I am astounded by just how creative the Minecraft building community is. We've seen Disneyland parks (opens in new tab), the entirety of Tolkien's Middle-earth (opens in new tab), the wizarding world of Harry Potter (opens in new tab), and Cyberpunk cities (opens in new tab) all meticulously recreated, but now it's time to give the videogame builds some love.
Mojang itself has produced some crossovers, releasing both Skyrim (opens in new tab) and Fallout (opens in new tab) packs that include textures, skins, and epic scenery from both games, but it's the community builds where you'll find the most impressive creations. You'll find the best ones below.
Before you jump in, why not match your Minecraft skin (opens in new tab) with your chosen game world (we've got a link to a Gordon Freeman skin for City 17, you're welcome) and make sure you have some of the best Minecraft texture packs (opens in new tab) installed to give these worlds that extra sheen.
Although the entirety of the Witcher world, the Continent, has yet to be built in Minecraft, players have recreated some of the series most iconic cities and landscapes. Up for a quiet game of Gwent? There's the Kingfisher Inn (opens in new tab) in Hierarch Square from Novigrad for all your tavern needs. There's also Toussaint's Beauclair Palace (opens in new tab), the Corvo Bianco vineyard (opens in new tab) from Blood and Wine, and Geralt's very own stomping ground Kaer Morhen (opens in new tab).
Not only have these builders recreated Half-Life Alyx (opens in new tab) locations in Minecraft, but they've also recreated the gameplay too. If you're after something that's a little more classic Half-Life, have a look at this open-world build of City 17. (opens in new tab) The dystopian city isn't quite ready to download yet, but there's a progress bar in the description about the project and its development.
Doomed (opens in new tab) is a Minecraft adventure map that's been in the works since March 2020. It's a single-player campaign featuring combat, weapons, abilities, and boss fights all inspired by the iconic FPS. It's currently not out yet, but definitely check out the screenshots and the project's YouTube channel where you can see the levels in all their gory glory.
Since you can grow crops in Minecraft, why not do it from your very own Stardew Valley (opens in new tab) farm? This build not only has a farmhouse for you to inhabit, but also has the entirety of Pelican Town, including The Stardrop Saloon, Pierre's General Store, and Robin's carpentry shop. This build doesn't have any abandoned mines for you to delve into, but that can be the first thing you can get a start on when you download it.
This NieR: Automata (opens in new tab) build has recreated several places from Yoko Taro's iconic machine-driven dystopia. So far, you can explore the City Ruins, Desert Zone, and, my personal favourite, the Amusement Park. There's also a special appearance from a certain robot opera singer—make sure you watch the trailer above for a sneak peek.
With the multiverses of Kingdom Hearts (opens in new tab), there are plenty of landscapes for Minecraft builders to recreate. Similar to the Half-Life Alyx build, this KH recreation also has a bunch of gameplay mechanics woven in, including a leveling up system, different abilities, puzzles, and parkour sections. When you're done with that, you can make a start on Kingdom Hearts 2 (opens in new tab).