Excerpt: Welcome Time Wasters! This week I went back to play a game that I've already reviewed once before, Terraria. Normally I wouldn't review a game twice, but Terraria recently had a huge update (Version 1.2) that came out and added tons of extra content. I figured this warranted going back and giving the game another look. As I mentioned in my previous review of Terraria (over two years ago!), there is no such thing as a story.
Summary: The magical world of Terraria is bursting with terrific content and surprises to keep you invested for a long time.
Pros: In-depth crafting system lets you make all the weapons and items you need, Constant string of enticing rewards, Terrifying boss battles, Huge worlds begging to be explored, Tons of content for just $10
Cons: Poor tutorial, Cooperative mode is tricky to set up
Preview: Terraria on XBLA and PSN will probably take up hundreds of hours of your time
9 February 2013
Excerpt: Terraria has managed to regale individuals with countless hours of unbridled entertainment since 2011. Over the past two years, the game has offered incredibly rewarding, ridiculously satisfying exploration and building gameplay. After being exclusively available on PC, Terraria is now headed to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network for a whole new audience to enjoy.
Excerpt: Terraria is a dangerous game. It lures you in with strong promises of large scale fights and unique items and doesn't ever let you go. Many people are quick to dismiss Terraria because of its immediate similarities to Minecraft, and these people are really doing themselves a disservice. The story in Terraria is constantly unfolding as you play. Every action you make creates the story around you.
Excerpt: Some games just aren’t long enough for their own reviews, but are still important enough to deserve some attention. With that in mind we present the first of our Indy Shorts reviews. This week I turn my attention to two recently released titles on Steam: Terraria and Universe Sandbox. With great innovation comes an inevitable flood of imitation.
Conclusion: I love Minecraft, I do. I was hooked on it for a while, and if not for a time crunch, I still would be. Even now I run a server for those of my friends with more enduring addictions. But comparing this game to Minecraft with one less dimension doesn’t even come close to describing it. It has so much to offer, and is so much slicker and more streamlined in comparison, that simply calling it a 2D alternative is the oversimplification of the century.
Excerpt: So last week a friend of mine says to me "Hey have you ever heard of Terraria?" Of course I reply with "What the heck is that?" Next thing I know I've got a gift copy sitting on my Steam account (Kudos to the max for my friend Trevor) and I'm ready to play. Three days later I surfaced. That's right I said three days, okay so there was some sleep in there but you get what I mean.
Excerpt: The statement is reductive, but true: Terraria is a two-dimensional Minecraft . The game plops you into a randomly generated world—a side-scrolling cross-section of planet with woods and water on the crust and a labyrinth of caves beneath. It’s your job to gather and craft the resources necessary to survive. This, for the most part, means mining for ore and forging it into weapons, armor, and tools. It isn’t as dull as it sounds.