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xploration and discovery. Where would modern civilization be if our forefathers hadn’t strayed away from the known and into the unknown to forge their destiny?  They did not conform to the world around them, they made the world their own.  That is what Terraria is all about; it’s your world to do with as you please and to venture out into the great unknown.  First released on Steam in 2011 by developer Re-Logic, Terraria now forges a new destiny on consoles thanks to 505 Games. Terraria followed up on the Minecraft craze with a 2-D pixel art game built more around adventure and discovery than just shear building. While players can still mine materials and build nearly anything they want, Terraria also delivers a fun and exciting RPG adventure complete with massive boss battles that will require help from several of your friends and will even change the world permanently.

Since Terraria’s key elements revolve around discovery, after a brief tutorial explaining the basic controls and necessities to playing the game, you are let loose in your own personal world and left to fend for yourself. There will be questions, but your only answers will come from play and exploration or from talking with friends who have already discovered the secrets. This makes Terraria a wonderful RPG as it does not handhold you in any way. You are an adventurer out in a great big world and you must do what you can to survive and discover what will help you or hinder you.  While the first few hours of the game will probably be devoted to mining materials and building shelter, once these key elements are completed, there will be a huge world out there for you to discover.  Forging your destiny in such a huge map will certainly take many, many hours and dedication.  All of which will certainly be rewarded with new weapons and armour bringing you closer to being the ultimate god of your universe.

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Although Terraria was developed for the PC first, this console version looks just like its PC counterpart and plays the same too. For all intents and purposes, this is Terraria. Where the conversion falls apart just a little is in the translation of mouse controls to a controller.  Since building structures requires precise locations, pressing the R3 button toggles the controls from a more general location control, similar to a twin stick shooter, to a mouse pointer mode.  At first this control scheme felt cumbersome, but after spending more time in the game they soon became second nature but still felt as though some things would be much simpler or quicker with the original mouse controls.

Regardless, Terraria will provide any player with hours upon hours of fun to the point of finding that time has just melted away.  Just as the explorers and settlers of yesteryear forged the earth beneath them, Terraria presents us with our own earth to discover, each dynamically generated specifically for us.  Will you build the highest building into the sky or forage underground in search of the rarest of materials? Will you create the best weapons and armour yet to be seen and let loose the most hated evil in the world so you can defeat it?  This is your world.  You can do with it as you please.  You can even invite your friends along for the ride and have them help you in your adventure.  Terraria is simply an adventure waiting to be found with nearly limitless possibilities.  The game will not tell you what you must do because you must do whatever you want.  Get ready for one of the most addictive games you will have ever played.



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Sean
Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.