Terraria – The PS3 Attitude Review
Terraria is a big game with a simple concept – survive. This is done via creating shelter, collecting materials and fighting off monsters who are more than ready to attack you the moment you’re off-guard. Although many people compare Terraria to Minecraft, and the resemblance is easy to notice, does it stand on its own two feet?
Most of your time in the world of Terraria will be exploring, finding materials to survive and defeating enemies but sadly, you’ll be doing this without any clear objective which puts a damper on the experience. There’s no narrative to follow, which is great for those wishing to build their own in-game legacy, but for those who do not have or want to invest the time you may find yourself lost. This is definitely a ‘get out what you put in’ type of game but the lack of directive will inevitably turn people away.
As with Minecraft, the greatest appeal of Terraria is the ability to be creative and to show off your efforts. The retro 2D stylings may appeal more to some people than 3D ever could, but this limits what you can do in the game. Sure, you can make a grand and gorgeous house with models of your favourite gaming characters inside but some of the wow factor is lost due to the obvious flatness. Luckily, you’re given many colourful materials to work with.
You’re able to customise your character to set you apart from the NPC’s and your friends if playing in co-op. There are many options to choose from, allowing you to create a character who looks true to yourself or more green like the Hulk. You can create armour and weapons with materials which change the appearance of your character with slight differences whether you’re male or female.
It’s co-op where the game truly shines, where you and your friends can fight giant bosses and create living quarters to plan where you should go next. The world is only as exciting as you make it and when playing alone, it’s a difficult game to get immersed in to due to the nature of it, but traversing the land with buddies makes the world seem more alive; especially at night when the enemies come in higher numbers. You can play with up to 8 people online where much of your time will be spent arguing over who gets what.
The audio has mostly looping tracks and not a lot of variety but they fit in well as background music, feeling as simple as the game itself but this is in no way a bad thing; it helps to bring an overall old-school feeling to the game. It’s enough to bring round tinges of nostalgia as you are playing, especially if you started gaming in the early 1990’s.
The graphics are simple but, alongside its creativity, helps Terraria to stand out in the gaming market where indie games are being more heavily supported and are now commonplace. You’re able to traverse snowy lands, large mountains, dank undergrounds and jungle-like lands which offer variety in the game’s scenery which is aided by the vibrant colours that the 2D blocks can offer.
Sony is helping to push indie gaming forward and Terraria, a game previously exclusive to PC, is a step in the right direction and proves that PC games can work on console.You even have the choice to have your in-game curse be more ‘mouse-like’, giving you the ability to move it freely whereas it usually locks on to the closest material or enemy.
As mentioned earlier, you get out what you put in with Terraria, and this also goes for the lasting appeal of the game – which is huge if you’re willing to let it be so. You could spend hours creating and decorating a massive building, or venturing out with your friends to fight the biggest bosses – such as The Eye of Cthulhu – and to find the greatest loot, but you’ll need the time to invest to get the most out of it. Luckily, mining materials is quite addictive.
Terraria isn’t a game for everybody, but it’s a game that does what it sets out to do very well. For the bargain price of $14.99/€14.99/£11.99, you can get a lot of bang for your buck.
Still not cheap enough? Well, you’re in luck because we have a EU download voucher for Terraria to give away to one lucky reader!
If you’re not familiar with the PS3 Attitude giveaways, here’s how they work. First of all, you need a Twitter account – it’s free and easy to sign up, plus it’s a great way to keep up-to-date with the latest PS3 Attitude news, so you should have one anyway. Then, once you’re set up, all you have to do is follow these two very easy steps:
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It’s that simple! The giveaway is open to all who have access to the EU PSN Store. We will randomly select a winner from all qualified entries on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 5:00pm BST and notify them via DM. Good luck to all who enter!
If you’ve had the chance to play Terraria, what are your thoughts on it? Let us know in the usual place below.