Summary: Terraria is essentially a 2D side-scrolling Minecraft mixed with a Metroidvania. If that doesn't get your hardcore gamer blood pumping, I don't know what will. The game makes the transition from PC to Xbox Live Arcade fairly intact, though with some rough spots due to the control change from...
Conclusion: I wasn't able to test x Mataeus x's comment regarding online games (that only friends' games will appear in the available game listing), although it seems silly to restrict the game in such a way and still have a "friends only" option.
Excerpt: Whenever Terraria is brought up, there is almost always a comparison to Minecraft. In fact some people describe Terraria as a 2D Minecraft. Why do they do that? Because Terraria is set in a 2D world, and it also has crafting.
Excerpt: The advertising tag line for Terraria is DIG, FIGHT, EXPLORE, BUILD. For many gamers that will draw an instant connection with the highly successful Minecraft. But can this 2D side-scrolling game with RPG overtones live up to that comparison? The first step should be to play the tutorial.
Excerpt: Gaming is a strange beast. As time goes by, everything my experience tells me that I think I know about gaming is gradually being shown to be wrong. I am continually surprised again and again by the innovation of game studios and how they manage to use an already-established idea and evolve it into...
Summary: Many games set out to be a sandbox--an interactive world filled with options and untapped potential--but Terraria embodies this concept in a way few games do. The game drops you into a 2D pixelated world with a handful of tools and tells you to explore, dig, build, and, oh yeah, survive.
Pros: Massive worlds with freedom to explore how you want, Plenty of items to both craft and discover, Easy to invite friends along for the journey, Tutorial and map make the learning curve more manageable
Cons: Console controls take getting used to, No easy way to create permanent servers
Conclusion: Terraria is a fantastic game of exploration and survival. You can occasionally feel lost in its open-world that lacks any real signposting, but the simple joy of digging and crafting means you’ll keep playing to discover the naturally-occurring progress.
Excerpt: It’s fair to say that Terraria wears a strong Minecraft influence on its sleeve. As a silent hero in an uncharted world, you’ll dig for materials beneath the surface and craft all sorts of weapons and items to help you explore and survive.
Pros: + Compelling 2D tweak on a familiar formula., + Bosses and amusing items give it a fun tone.
Cons: - Can be a tedious solo start; cumbersome menus., ? Will it be regularly updated the way