The game is no longer focused on creativity however, it is now focused on very poorly done exploring. The aspect of creativity still exists however the game is geared for you to explore. Things like hunger, the new terrain generator among other things are very bad and are more a pain then creativity. It also doesn't help that the community has a very "Mojang can do no wrong" stance against updates.
Secondly, the reason I return to this website is in order find people with a similar opinion to mine. Which is what I have found, the original poster shares an opinion thus I found this post. The account I am using has been used for 5 years at this point back in the days of Alpha. With that said I have no problem saying that Alpha was better then the game is currently. The newer versions of the game look like the creators just looked at the top mods and picked the worst features from them.