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Terraria Review

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Terraria Review

Terraria.

A name that was, until recently very unlikely to be on the mind of any console gamer. But much like Minecraft before it, this open world exploration and building game has made a very solid and successful jump to the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.  Although the game launched for the PC in May 2011, the simple design and idea of the game has allowed it to translate well to consoles.

The premise of Terraria is not a new one, although its execution may not be what you expect. Set in a two dimensional world and styled like an old-school 8bit RPG, Terraria has a unique charm that sits perfectly with the tone of the game.  Moving through a brand new and randomly generated 2D world, your goal is to gather resources from the surrounding environment and use them to craft various items that you will use to survive while you traverse the different regions you find yourself in. Being able to save your worlds means that you can create multiple worlds that you can jump between, or you can do what I do. Build a world for mining and scavenging, whilst you keep another world for building a mighty tower. Because the world is fully destructible (literally) you can go anywhere you please, be it into the clouds or the pits of hell, or whatever the Terraria world has instead of hell. Either way it’s full of lava and fierce beasts for you to test your mettle against.

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You can even do battle with the Eye of Cthulu and the mighty Skeletron!

For those of you who haven’t played the PC counterpart there is a new, short but informative tutorial that will give you a quick run-down of how to play the game and use the new UI. The new UI in the console port of Terraria can be a bit jarring at first. Not having the mouse and keyboard many players are familiar with you may feel that you don’t have as much control over your avatar as before. But this new means of navigation is intuitive, quick to master and very user fra

When you drop into your newly spawned world you will always start with a basic hammer, axe and pickaxe. Your first order of business will most likely be survival and the accumulation of NPC's, because as the gaming adage goes, “it’s dangerous to go alone”. A quick foray into the dangerous wilds will most likely yield a large supply of wood, or you could delve deep into the infested tunnels and mines beneath your feet and resurface with a vast array of metals and stone. Having played the tutorial you will know that in order to survive, you’re going to need a house. So after finding a good position atop a hill or against a mountain you begin the construction of walls and floors, buttresses and turrets. Quickly turning your humble little wooden shack into a towering edifice of black stone and shining gold.

While you quest around the world, fulfilling your own little adventure you’re going to encounter Zombies and Skeletons, Demon Eyes and World Eaters. You can even do battle with the Eye of Cthulu and the mighty Skeletron! Further exploration will lead you into the paths of many greater enemies than these, but to tell you hear would ruin the fun of finding them yourself.

Terraria is a great single player game, but it truly comes to life in Multiplayer. You and your fra

Regardless of your thoughts on exploration and building games like Minecraft, Ace of Spades and Terraria. You will always get some fun out of this game. It’s world, design and great soundtrack melds perfectly with the relaxed state you will find yourself in whilst playing. Terraria is a great title, and definitely deserves a place in your collection.

8.5/10

 

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  • Villordsutch
    Villordsutch Friday, 24 January 2014

    My daughters play this on the Xbox360 and last night I sat to watch them. About twenty minutes in watching them build a little hut and a NPC open the doors letting all the zombies in I left the room. I can't seem to appreciate games like this and Minecraft they all ways seem rather dull and I cannot see what is so exciting and interesting about them. I think I'm the 1% :D

  • Martin Toney
    Martin Toney Friday, 24 January 2014

    Ah yes, as good as the Console version is, the game really comes to life when played on a PC. If you're kids have access to a decent laptop then you may want to consider picking the game up on Steam. It's an entirely different beast fra

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