Terraria - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

December 05, 2014

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.


Terraria is an independently developed game that mixes the mining, crafting, and day/night cycle elements of Minecraft with the exploration and action of classic 2D games like Metroid. Once players head off on their adventure they will battle dozens of different enemies, dig through soil and rock to find items and valuable resources, and build custom houses, villages, and even castles. Gamers can then buy or sell items with NPCs that move into the newly designed buildings. There are three different difficulty modes, and multiplayer fans can join their friends for co-op action.

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Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 53MB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Sound Engine:
    • DTS Digital Surround
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 72 Hours
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'Terraria' on the PlayStation 4 was developed by Engine Software and published by 505 Games, 'Terraria' makes its debut to critical acclaim.

If you find yourself reading this review and shaking your heads, puzzled, we understand. 'Terraria' was originally released back in 2011 for the computer, distributed through the popular Steam Network, but it actually has made its debut on the new generation of consoles. Its release on the PlayStation Network Store gives the game a new breath of live with a whole different sort of audience. Frankly, we're glad for the port. We got to relive the beautifully irreverent game from the comfort of our couch, console in hand. Let's dig in and have some fun.

Crafting with attitude.

Since its initial release almost four years ago the team behind 'Terraria' have been fighting tooth and nail to shed the title of 2D 'Minecraft' Knock Off. While the comparison is definitely not an insult, it DOES take away from how creative the team got in developing their own 2D platforming sandbox game. 'Terraria' isn't just some tribute game that made its way to success, it is a unique experience that blends genres while creating a gaming atmosphere unlike most other games that are out there.

Lauded as an 'action based sandbox indie', 'Terraria' puts players into a charming 2D world replete with colorful graphics and creative character icons. You are given control of a 2d sprite that can craft, explore, build, and destroy; usually all at once. The game is reminiscent of the 2D Super Nintendo games of old but it has the inventive gameplay that our current generation clamors for.

You begin your adventure in a procedurally generated realm with nothing but three crafting items and the world at your disposal. You start the game with a sword, a woodcutting axe, and a pickaxe for mining. At this point a lazy write up would tell you that you then go on to craft, fight, and function in an endless 2D world. While true, there is still so much more to the game--especially on the PS4.

Once inside the game you are pretty much on your own. Whether you play online or offline, the adventure that you choose to undertake is up to your own wishes. Do you want to merely survive in this world as a straggler with weak tools? Or do you want to build yourself up, sometimes literally, into a true juggernaut in a world bent and ready to kill you. The choice is easy.

Once inside of the game you will realize that not everything is as it seems. Despite the sunny disposition of much of the world, nothing is friendly. You can't trust other players and you certainly can't trust the different NPC that roam the world. There are many different monsters ranging from slimes to zombies that all want to kill you. And it is easy to die, too! Perhaps a throw back to those old school Nintendo games or maybe a way to distance itself from the slightly childish graphics, the game is merciless. Falls and projectile damage will destroy you before you know what happened, rendering everything you did to that point as moot.

Crafting takes the center stage in the PS4 rendition of 'Terraria', much like in the older versions. The items you can create range from simple to absolutely mind bending complicated. Sometimes you will have to craft several different thigns in order to unlock the ability to craft something else. Yeah, it is frustrating but it is an entertaining experience nonetheless. Hardcore players will resist the urge to look up crafting recipes on the internet, mere mortals will have a sheet with them as they venture throughout the game.

To this point I don't think we've managed to shake the comparisons to 'Minecraft'. We are in a procedurally generated game that relies on crafting to push the player forward. Fortunately 'Terraria' has some swerving maneuvers. The combat in 'Terraria' is much smoother than 'Minecraft' and altogether more interesting. The ability to summon gigantic monsters, like the Eye of Cthulhu, makes for some genuinely adrenaline filled moments. Aside from battling you are also given a list of different goals that extend the depth of the gameplay.

Interacting with NPCs is a joy and actually taking them on as your cohorts creates for some profitable situations. We managed to fall in love with the way the NPCs work. Finding them throughout the world allows you to send them back to your home structure where they will then ply their trade for your profit.

Aside from crafting, exploration seems to be the strongest faction of the game. Going from biome to biome is always interesting, especially with the variety of different perversions that are out there. You can run across evil biomes that push your survival ability to the limit. You can also run across snowy biomes which, during the holiday season, may possess a certain bearded NPC.

Retro titles have been making a comeback in our industry for the better part of the last decade. Audiences want to see familiar characters or world builds as to what they grew up with. This is why 'Terraria' was able to start off with such a big consumer base. Bringing these nostalgic graphics to the PlayStation 4 was definitely a risk worth taking.

Downloading the game through the PSN store is a breeze and the price is so competitive for the technically endless content that you are getting. The game is enjoyable no matter how long you play it or who you play it with, but it definitely lends itself to the committed gamer. The complex currency system and endlessly deep crafting system requires some form of commitment to memorization.

At the end of the day most gamers want to feel in control of their experience. That is why we've seen so many sandbox and open world games get released in the past few years. 'Terraria' on the PlayStation 4 followed this formula but spun it to appeal to the retro gamers in all of us, and it worked amazingly.

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