GamingReview: Terraria

Review: Terraria

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INTRO – A LONG Time Coming

The journey to get Terraria onto Google Stadia was a long one, and at one point the game even got cancelled by the creator himself after a lockout. Now, it’s here! AT LAST, it’s finally – FINALLY – here!

It has been announced that a follow-up, Terraria 2, is planned for the future. A spin-off of the game called Terraria: Otherworld was under development, but was officially canceled on April 12, 2018.

Terraria is the world’s 14th most sold video game, with over 35 million sold copies as of March 2021, including paid mobile downloads But, is the game really worthy of all that high honor?

And, is this game good, bad, or somewhere in the middle-ground? Let’s find out from scratch together!

STORY – A Dark Souls-level Mess of Texts and Enemies

The Lore of Terraria serves as the game’s back-story.

While Terraria was initially released without a clear story component, its developers at Re-Logic wrote and released a story connecting its characters and gameplay elements in celebration of the 8th anniversary of Terraria’s release.

The story was released on May 16th, 2019 as images of inked parchment, via the official Terraria forum.

Many entries in the Bestiary contain pieces of Lore, which in-turn, makes a more-complete lore, provided you manage to remember everything, including the area lore texts.

This is where the Minecraft comparisons begin within me, folks, and spoilers, it’s not the last time I’m gonna compare this game to Minecraft or other games within this review.

If I’m gonna be honest, though, the inevitable comparison to Dark Souls will rise up right here, as item and bestiary descriptions are required in order to understand this game’s lore, much like Dark Souls or DOOM Eternal‘s Codex Entries.

GAMEPLAY – A Sandbox-Action-Adventure Hybrid

Google Stadia’s page on this game describes the game as this. Let the description speak as to this game’s quality:

“The world is at your fingertips as you fight for survival, fortune, and glory. Delve deep into cavernous expanses, test your mettle in combat, or construct your own city – In the World of Terraria, the choice is yours!

Blending elements of classic action games with the freedom of sandbox-style creativity, Terraria is a unique gaming experience where both the journey and the destination are completely in the player’s control.

Terraria offers more content than ever – including the brand new “Journey’s End” Update!
Presenting an impressive catalogue of 5,000+ items, 25+ NPCs, and 400+ enemies and blending elements of classic action games with sandbox-style creativity, Terraria is truly a unique adventure!”

So yeah, Terraria on Google Stadia includes all DLC, 5,000+ items, over 25 NPCs, 400+ enemies, and a Sandbox level of craftivism that few other games of both its’ size and its’ larger competitors can only dream of rivaling.

Basically, Consider Terraria a sort of guide game. I say this as you’ll be experimenting as to which items do what, which items or criteria summon which bosses, and which bosses summon which NPCs to your town upon defeating the bosses. Not to mention, there’s also a crafting system sorta like Mojang’s Minecraft. Unlike Minecraft, though, you’re given some basic essentials to start out, such as a procedurally-generated world, for starters. There’s also enemies and bosses to fight, unlike Minecraft to an extent.

All of this, combined, makes for a memorable experience. . . for better or worse.

FINAL THOUGHTS – A Very Interesting Game

Terraria is a game you’re going to get lost in due to the amount of content it provides.

Essentially, if you going into this for the lore, prepare to be somewhat confused and rather disappointed. Otherwise, there’s plenty to do and experience compared to other games such as Minecraft or Dark Souls or DOOM Eternal. This is a worthwhile game.

SUMMARY

Terraria for Stadia has been a log-time coming. While there's some story issues to content with for lore lovers, everyone else here for the gameplay is in for a very good time. Enjoy playing this game on any stadia-supported device!
Bryan Applegate
I am a game reviewer who also loves theatre acting. My email for sending review codes is [email protected]

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