Terraria was recently given out free to Playstation Plus members for the Playstation Vita. I had played it for a bit on the PC before dropping it, but I figured this would be a good time to pick it back up.
Thus far, I’ve been enjoying it greatly. I actually think this is because of the current state-of-mind I’ve been in, gaming-wise. I’ve recently completed multiple 40-hour plus RPGs, which can be a big time-sink. Besides that, my days have been relatively filled to the brim with work and summer classes. It makes following the epic stories of such long games difficult. So the fun I’m gaining from Terraria right now lies in its simplicity. The goal of the game is to survive and explore, crafting better and better equipment as you go.
There’s that buzzword, huh? Crafting. Everybody’s doing it these days. I’ve heard it said that Terraria is “2D Minecraft,” but that’s doing the game a bit of a disservice. Terraria focuses much more on exploration and combat. You’re not making auto-pig-grinders in this game. And to be honest, I think this works in Terraria’s favor. While I like the crafting elements in Minecraft, the exploration and combat was sorely lacking.
Terraria is fast-paced, and the combat makes the grind for new loot in the depths of caves pass by much quicker. I also think it is much better suited for a mobile platform. When you load a save, you pick up exactly where you last left off, meaning I can spend 15-20 minutes on the bus playing, then put it away without feeling pressured to keep playing. Besides that, because the game doesn’t have much of a story to focus on, I can listen to the latest This American Life podcast at the same time, so I still feel at least a little bit productive, haha.
Playing on the Vita was much easier than I expected it to be. You can use the back-pad and touch-screen as a cursor, making inventory management a breeze, after you’ve collected more dirt blocks than you can count. There’s also multiplayer, though I haven’t given it a shot just yet – if you have a Vita and the game, gimmie a shout so I can change that!
Overall, I’ve spent lots of time in Terraria, and I recommend it highly. If you’ve got Playstation Plus, give it a try! And even if you don’t, it’s worth the $15 price tag.
Hope you’re all doing well! Thanks for following along, even when I have my posting droughts – I really appreciate it.