I'm not too familiar with Minecraft so were those in a later version or something? I will probably play survival mode the most any way but it would be nice to just be able to relax and build in a free play mode.
From the Meristation review on metacritic:
Xbox 360's version keeps alive all the essence of the PC original game and allows you to enjoy its unique and addictive stile with only a gamepad. Despite its quality, the Hardcore and Creative modes, so loved in the PC version, are missing and even the massive online servers have now been changed for 4 player split screen games, playable up to 8 players on Xbox Live. This new version is the perfect option for new players.