A video game recommendation of the very popular 2D game, Terraria! This is my first time making a video like this, so I tend to blabber, go of course and talk about random crap, but none the less, please do enjoy the show!
My Steam Review:
Terraria is an open world adventure in which it is often claimed to be the 2D version of Minecraft. Starting with nothing but a handful of tools and more often than not, an incompetent NPC, you start your journey into a world in which you explore the surface, mine the caves, meet new friends and fight deadly foes. Terraria is an endless pit of never-ending learning.
The visuals were, while some think, never impressive; in fact, the low-bit sprites in fact actually serve the game. The art style and graphics suit the game wonderfully and is in many ways, a part of the game. The visuals are often intriguing and add great personality to the game where if you were to look at it from a distance, you would know its Terraria.
The controls are well customisable to fit your comfort zone, the gameplay is quite simple and very easy to learn or in fact, there is no learning due to how simple it is, as there is much more to this game than gameplay. However, sometimes I have found myself often pausing when doing something to press a key to do something else, but that could just be me and my incompetence with the keys and my memory. These are things I usually run into when I try to grapple, hop on a cart and usually accidentally scroll wheel to the magic mirror and use it by mistake when I wanted a sword.
Combat is fun and simple, being a 2D side scroller after all, lots of running around, mining, fighting and crafting. While very simple and basic, it is surprisingly a fun game to play due to the amount you can do, from the various ways you can fight and build, to the diverse ways you can mine and explore. The game always feels fluid, responsive and never repetitive.
Like the visuals, the audio is low-bit like to suit the games’ visuals, or what was only available at the time. The music changes with every biome, frequently hearing the music go from one tune to another when changing biomes, not just sound wise, but visually as well, the background often changing with it. The sound and music is very soothing to listen to and makes you ask why would anyone want to mute it and play something else over it instead.
Singleplayer tends to run fine, but if you host with a couple of friends, especially when you have bad internet, then expect lag and desync on your part. Despite this however, the game generally tends to run fine, although occasional server lag does happen now and then, as usual, it is often down to the internet on how the game runs s it is very well polished and smooth. Also, the game can often take about 5 minutes to start up for some reason, often resulting in me doing something quickly before the game actually starts, but this could be my low-end laptop.
Words can’t even begin to describe this games’ replay value. When I first bought this game, sometime in 2013, there was more content than I could discover, and only found more and more as I progressed. The game is fairly good on singleplayer, but gets boring after a while, but once with friends, the fun quickly ramps up and shows little sign of slowing down. Even with multiple friends doing work around the map, progress is never close to completion and you and your buddies are always discovering something new together.
Not only this, but since I’ve purchased this game, update after update has come, adding so much more to the game that it has practically doubled, if not tripled in content size since I’ve bought it, it’s insane, and I’ll doubt I’ll ever find it all.
+ Tons of never-ending content
+ Nice personality and character to it
+ Infinite replay value
+ Incredibly cheap for its price
+ Generally very fun to explore the unknown, discover loot and fight and find new things
+/- Constant huge free updates (Some don’t like this apparently :/)
– Technical issues with server lag and starting up (Possibly a result of low-end PC’s)
Overall, the game continues to get bigger and better. More customisation, enemies, NPC’s, items and much, much more continues to be added, for FREE! Problems such as server joining and hosting, which required server IP’s no longer exist as the game now features steam multiplayer. The game can be a bit iffy when it comes to running, but is easily overshadowed by the shear amount of content and replayability of the game and is often very fun to play with friends, with a nice feel of progression to it as well when you beat a boss, unleashing more ores, enemies, friendlies, monsters, bosses and items. This crazy adventure of a game never seems to end, and only continues to get bigger and better.
-Coldplay's ablum, Mylo Xyloto.