|System: Xbox 360*, PS3|
|Pub: Re-Logic, 505 Games|
|Release: March 27, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence|
Another feature that comes as a bonus to console owners is the addition of splitscreen multiplayer (which unfortunately doesn’t work for players with standard definition television sets.) This means that now you can couch co-op your Terraria experience. Of course, there’s also online multiplayer, which supports up to eight players.
The more controversial addition to the console version is new content. You see, Re-Logic, the original developer, stopped supporting the PC version a while back. Now that the console port is out of Re-Logic’s hands, 505 Games plans to continue adding new content to the game. This means that the console versions are most likely going to see some new content that won’t end up in the PC version. And this content includes things like new armor, new weapons, new pets, and a new final boss. Oh, and now there’s a new feature that draws in areas on a world map as you explore them in the game world. So it’s a considerable amount of cool stuff to miss out on.
Needless to say, the basement-dwelling PC enthusiasts are thumbing their noses, punching at their keyboards to fill Terraria’s forums with anger and hatred. They feel betrayed, abused, cheated.
While I understand their pain, I think this is ultimately a positive move for 505, as it adds value to the game even for those who’ve spent countless hours in the PC version. Sure, it’s a bummer that those people have to buy a second version in order to see all the content, but it also makes that second purchase worthwhile.
The bottom line is that Terraria is immensely enjoyable. Almost endlessly so, in fact. If you haven’t played it yet, you’re missing out on a very clever 2D crafting/survival game that wears its retro influence on its sleeve. If you’ve already spent hundreds of hours in this world, there’s some new stuff to see in this version of the game. Either way, it’s definitely worth the 1200 Microsoft Points.
Editor / Social Media
Date: APril 2, 2013