[PSN Review] Terraria


Terraria is a side-scrolling, action-adventure sandbox game with an emphasis on crafting and exploration set in vast and vibrant worlds. Terraria has received universal, critical acclaim and 1.6 million “Terrarians” have struck out on their own adventures since release.

With a vast array of materials and items to collect, Terraria is far more than a mere block building game, players’ experience is limited only by their own imaginations, the world is theirs to shape and explore.


You’ve probably heard it before: Terraria is what would happen if Minecraft was a 2D game. Sure, there are some similarities, but Terraria is a different kind of monster… out to devour all of your free time with promises of more and more things to build and monsters to slay the higher (or lower) you go.

The game features a tutorial that you definitely should play before you get into the game itself since it provides you with important information and tips that will allow you to get started right away with the basic actions that make a difference in the world of Terraria. For example, skipping the tutorial might mean you don’t know how to build and protect your home base, and when the night is upon you and you have no place to rest or hide, monster will rush for you without mercy.

You can dig as low as you want, chop down trees or kill monsters… the most classic and basic of actions. But once you do this you will be rewarded with materials, and it is then that the game opens up. You can use the materials to level the terrain so that you have a great spot to create your home base, or you can combine them into new items, which can then be combined with other items to unlock new materials for building and crafting. It is here that the tutorial comes back to haunt you if you skipped it since you wouldn’t know that you need to create a workbench to be able to create new items that are needed to unlock advanced options such as a smelter to melt copper, silver or other metals (and rare metals) you find during your adventure, which allows you to create better weapons an armor.

The more you explore and the lower you go, the higher your chances of meeting extremely powerful monsters that can destroy you in a matter of seconds if you’re not properly prepared. Sure, at first you only run into poor slimes that are no match for your wooden sword, but digging deeper will make you face slimes of other colors of the rainbow, and each new color is harder, better, faster, stronger. And, sometimes, you’ll run into groups of monsters that demand you plan accordingly. A great way to take on several monsters is digging a spot that is only big enough for one of them to make its way towards you so that you can hit them over and over without worrying about being overwhelmed. Sure, it will take you a while, but you either live by this strategy, or die for being reckless.

Digging is a must, but digging in the wrong spot can kill you in the blink of an eye. There are some places that have what at first seems like a decorative boulder in the background and, before you can realize your mistake, you dig over it and are instantly crushed by it. Another problem is water since you’re not half frog and can’t breathe underwater. You can build terrain around underground lakes, or even create a bridge of dirt that goes over the offending liquid, but sometimes you’re quickly digging to escape from monsters that move in the background layer of the world (but who can still hit you when they pass close to you) and you don’t see the big mass of water above, below or in front of you. Once you crack open the wall, water will react and start pouring in and, depending on how much water you’ve unleashed, it could be the end of you.

But wait, there is more! You can also make your way high into the sky, and the higher you go, the better things get. You can run into one (or more) floating islands with unique treasures and deadly monsters that protect their territory. Be sure to prepare accordingly or you will be torn to pieces before you can even get to the chest. And if you keep going up, the stars might be within your reach!

All that I’ve mentioned before barely scratches the surface of everything that Terraria has to offer. Since every time you start a new game you get to select the size of the world you’ll play in, and since said world is randomly generated from a huge number of possibilities, you can have a new experience every time you drop back at the beginning. The only problem is the user interface which makes sense since this is a port of a PC game and the PS3 (and Vita) don’t feature a mouse and keyboard to mimic the PC controls. It is not a deal breaker (as there is the option of making your cursor automatically perform an action towards the nearest possible option), but it is something to consider.

Terraria provides you with an endless adventure that feel fresh and interesting every time you start a new game. The randomly generated content, the variety of items and weapons you can create, and the army of monsters out to get you (aaaaaall day long) will constantly keep you on guard. Before you know it, you will have spent hundreds of hours in this world, and you’ll still keep coming back for more. Add multiplayer for up to 4 people, and you have a great game that you don’t want to miss.

Review

ProsCons
Huge amount of content.
Easy to learn, hard to master.
Full trophy list
The UI is far from ideal.
Rating
90%

Disclaimer

This review is based on a PS3 copy of Terraria provided by 505 Games


Written by: EdEN - PR / Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by hobbes on April 17th, 2013 [ 28876 Points ]

    would love to get this game at some point

  2. #2 by missxya on April 17th, 2013 [ 16881 Points ]

    I’m a huge sucker for Minecraft and I can just see this adorable 2D version sucking my life away… the only reason I haven’t picked it up yet is because I have FFXI to overrun my free time right now.

  3. #3 by EdEN on April 17th, 2013 [ 131293 Points ]

    @missxya: FF XI? I thought you were playing XIV!

  4. #4 by missxya on April 17th, 2013 [ 16881 Points ]

    @eden: shhhhh don’t tell XIV :x Besides it’s still in inconsistent beta so I’m waiting for PS3 beta to really jump back into it.
    aaaaaannnnnndddd FFXI just got a new expansion with a really fun job I’m totally addicted to >.>

  5. #5 by EdEN on April 17th, 2013 [ 131293 Points ]

    @missxya: Ah, that makes sense! I’m on review duty for the week with CAPCOM Arcade Cabinet and Dragon Fantasy: Book I and I’m also enjoying Mass Effect 3 (20 hours in already!). Been a while since I’ve played an MMO, and I might take the dive with FF XIV once it is out of extended beta.

  6. #6 by kennygk on April 18th, 2013 [ 24968 Points ]

    Nice review, this game looks really fun, didnt know it was this expansive, I’ll probably buy it off of this review. Also liked the Daft Punk reference. New single comes out Friday!! So excited! I also find it really weird that 505 games published this as well as Backbreaker.

  7. #7 by tedrabear on April 18th, 2013 [ 136 Points ]

    This game sounds really nice, it did have my interest but this could be a seller. Why would you want to melt Cooper though?

  8. #8 by EdEN on April 18th, 2013 [ 131293 Points ]

    @tedrabear: You can melt copper ore into copper bars, which are then used to craft items or even some armor (as long as you have the other materials needed for this). For example, if you want to create a Copper Armor, you need 60 copper bars, and each copper bar requires 3 copper ore and a smelter. Therefore, you’d need 180 copper ore to eventually craft copper armor. Said copper armor is actually made of 3 different pieces (Copper Helmet, Copper Chainmail and Copper Greaves) and you need to craft all 3 to have a full set of Armor that slightly increases your overall defense. Oh, and you also need an anvil to create the armor. Can’t forget the anvil!

    Since copper is the weakest material for armor, you would want to aim higher during your adventure, but the defense boost at the start of your journey is better than no extra defense at all.

  9. #9 by tedrabear on April 18th, 2013 [ 136 Points ]

    An interesting insight, though it was more a comment on the spelling, and seeing as in the previous comment you spelled copper and cooper with no hint of irony I’ll let it go this time. : P

  10. #10 by EdEN on April 18th, 2013 [ 131293 Points ]

    @tedrabear: I know you think I’m perfect, but I’m only human after all.

  11. #11 by Ceidz on April 19th, 2013 [ 33980 Points ]

    Great review ! I purchased the PC version last year, and have had a lot of fun with this game !

  12. #12 by The_Nmac on April 20th, 2013 [ 39684 Points ]

    Hopefully there will be a PS+ discount or better in the future.

  13. #13 by kennygk on April 20th, 2013 [ 24968 Points ]

    I played the demo and didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, might have been because I was playing with a controller with a broken analog stick so it was hard to place my cursor where I wanted, I’ll have to give it another chance.

  14. #14 by EdEN on April 22nd, 2013 [ 131293 Points ]

    @kennygk: The broken analog stick is definitely the one to blame for your experience. Give it another try and you’ll love it!

  15. #15 by kennygk on April 22nd, 2013 [ 24968 Points ]

    @EdEN alright i’ll try it again and let you know how it goes.


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