How to make Minecraft Legends feel actually good to play

The controls in it Minecraft Legends can be a bit difficult to handle, especially if you use a controller. As a real-time strategy game – one that doesn’t shy away from the complexities of the genre – there is also a lot to keep an eye on.

Whether you use the classic keyboard and mouse combo or your trusty Xbox controller, we’ve got some suggestions for the best control options in Minecraft Legendsas well as some ideas for further tweaks that could improve the overall experience.

Enable toggle mode for the banner, sprint, and build views

In the Controller and keyboard/mouse menus, under the Controller and keyboard functions tab, you will find three options related to the switched mode. As a result, you no longer have to hold down the appropriate button for actions such as sprinting, building and bannering, but you can activate them with a simple push.

If you activate this option, the load of holding down the appropriate buttons will be significantly reduced, as usual. In Minecraft Legendsit also helps you to focus only on the battlefield.

If you’re just trying to decide what to deploy or build, it’s best to go with the push of a button. You’re already required to do other button prompts while also keeping moving and defending yourself against attacks, so it’s best to go for switch mode as soon as you get started. That way you get used to it from the start.

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Best configuration of the Minecraft Legends controller

To play Minecraft Legends with a controller can be overwhelming at first. While the tutorial is pretty straightforward, you’ll soon find yourself giving orders, collecting units, attacking Piglins, and switching between your tabs to build structures along the way. It is much.

It is likely that you will get used to the natural setup after a few hours. But if you are looking for some suggestions and tweaks, you can go to the Controller menu on settings, and toggle the bindings as desired. If the game displays a prompt saying the controls aren’t intended, don’t worry – as long as you don’t leave any of them unused, it will work just fine.

Here are the best controller options for it Minecraft Legends that I encountered:

Below the Hero & Hat tab…

  • Melee: Swap B for X
  • To lure: Switch X for RS
  • Open songbook: Swap RS for B

Below the Banner view tab…

  • Attack: Switch B for LB
  • Focus target: Substitute Y for RB

Your hero’s fight attack is pretty standard, but that doesn’t detract from its importance. Since your units are focused on specific enemies or structures, it’s important to help them by fighting off any reinforcements that try to break their siege. X is also a much more natural place for it, and you have your finger closer to the right analog stick.

Speaking of that, to lure is an action you’ll often take to add units under your banner so they can tag alongside you. I found RS to be a great place for that, as you’ll be moving your camera around a lot. With a single button press you can move the camera and collect all the units in the vicinity. Note that you can also choose the Automatic camera rotation option also here under the Controller functions tab of the Controller menu, so the correct analog can only be designated for rally.

Finally, open the songbook that often, so switching to B is a nice way to have it on hand without it being completely intrusive.

Concerning the Banner display options, using B and Y to give directions can be cumbersome, especially during heated battles. Since you already press RT to bring up the menu, it feels natural to opt for the LB and RB buttons instead.

But mouse-and-keyboard is best for Minecraft Legends

Okay, so I get the appeal of sitting comfortably on your couch after a long day at work and just focusing on using a controller. That being said, Minecraft Legends is far from the will of Halo Wars. The controls are good enough for a real-time strategy game on a console. But if you want a better experience, especially for multiplayer, a keyboard and mouse will feel much better.

Right away, the mouse wheel makes a difference when interacting with the hotbar. Using the cursor to build structures and direct units to specific points on the map feels natural and straightforward. Overall, it’s the ideal way to play once combat gets hectic and more complicated. But if you just want to explore the overworld in the campaign, you may not need to connect a mouse and keyboard to your Xbox.

Get used to the numbers on a keyboard

If you’re not a fan of using the mouse wheel, or if you’re just looking for a more precise method for heated battles on a large scale, don’t forget you can use your keyboard’s numbers. When in banner view, you can use them to choose between classes (melee, ranged, all, special, firsts) by moving horizontally. To do this vertically, you can use the mouse wheel or arrow keys.

This might be more useful when using the hotbar, as you can use the numbers one to nine on your keyboard to choose between all available slots. This definitely comes in handy in multiplayer, where you need a faster reaction. Don’t forget you can open the songbook and customize the hotbar shortcuts to your liking. This allows you to remember a specific number with a type of unit, resource or structure to build, making it easier to strategize.