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...
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
Conclusion: Chock-a-block with vast amounts of randomised discoverable charm, danger and thrills, and a true pleasure to play with friends, Terarria is well worth what could be regarded as a steep asking price if you only consider it with eyes attuned to more modern-looking titles.