Is Terraria Worth It?

If there’s any game that I can say is my favorite, it would have to be Terraria. There’s something special about the game that makes me always want to come back to it. While there are many other games that I love, most of them are AAA titles with amazing graphics.

On the other hand, Terraria is a 2D sidescrolling RPG, which is very different from the other games I play. Why did this game more special in my mind than the massive games I also love? Most importantly, is Terraria still worth playing today?

Terraria is an amazing game that’s adored by millions of players, so it’s definitely worth playing. Whether you like it or not is up to your personal taste in games, so I’ll tell you a few of the things that make Terraria worth it and let you decide for yourself.

Exploration

Terraria wasn’t the first to have a fully mineable open world, but they made the exploration so unique that I don’t think any game has come even close to it. Yes, Minecraft has interesting cave systems and an underground world to explore, but I like Terraria’s better due to the RPG elements.

From the start of the game, certain areas are off-limits to you due to you needing certain items to access them, such as the Lihzahrd Temple. Other areas are blocked by guardians or are simply too hard to explore until you upgrade your gear.

I remember wondering what I would find when I reached the bottom of the world, and what other insane areas I would find around the map. The first time I found the underworld, I was extremely excited about what awaited me in this harsh biome.

Another really cool area is the dungeon, which is guarded by giant skulls that one-hit kill you. Once you finally beat the boss, you can explore the entire dungeon for yourself while avoiding tons of traps and enemies.

What’s amazing is all of the content that has been added over the course of many years of updates. There wasn’t any Moon Lord when I started playing, nor was there any Crimson biome. Literally hundreds of items and weapons have been added, as well as many biomes, bosses, and enemies.

Journey’s End is (hopefully) coming out soon, and I’m very excited to see what they add in this major update. Terraria already has hundreds of hours (if not thousands of hours) of content for people to enjoy, and it’ll only get better with the coming update.

Building

To be honest, I’m not the most creative builder in the world. Most of my bases are simply a bunch of NPC houses with some storage areas thrown on. Some people are insanely creative with the things they build though. I follow the Terraria subreddit, and I always enjoy looking at all the amazing things people build.

The game has hundreds of different blocks to choose from, as well as furniture and other items to customize your base with. You can wire your house up with automatic doors and traps, place turrets on it, or simply make a cozy little home decorated with whatever you want.

One thing I love about Terraria is that it doesn’t force you to build. You really don’t even have to have a base, just as long as you build rooms for NPCs to move into. Even then, those houses are so easy to make that there is barely any work involved.

As you progress, you gain access to more building materials and expensive ores. You can deck out your palace with the finest ores in the land, or create a treasure room to store your spoils and items.

Many people compare Terraria to Minecraft, but it’s building is completely different. Building a 3D structure is nothing like building in 2D, so it shouldn’t even be a comparison.

Upgrading your tools will also allow you to mine items faster, which gives you the ability to get blocks more efficiently. You start off with a very small base, which probably takes you a little while to build. By the end of the game, you can get hundreds of blocks in less than a minute, letting you build whatever you set your mind to.

It’s an amazing part of the game that some people like myself often overlook. Usually, I’m too busy out mining and fighting monsters to go and create something unique, but building in Terraria is one of the most fun building experiences you can have.

Mining

When you go mining, you’re doing a lot more than just chipping away at the ground. You’re avoiding enemies, maneuvering around water and lava pockets, looting underground cabins, riding mine rails, collecting ore, and avoiding traps. The world may not be infinite like Minecraft, but it will take you many hours to explore the entirety of a world, even if you choose a small map size.

If you’d like, you could build bases or NPC houses in the massive caves you find. Sometimes I create little mining outposts on my travels but typically abandon those once hardmode begins. There is an insane amount of biomes for you to explore, each having their own blocks and enemies.

Finding underground cabins is always very exciting for me at the start of a new character. These cabins contain some of the best gear you can find pre-hardmode. Personally, I think the best part of the game is when you’re just starting out and barely have any gear. It makes your mining trips much more dangerous, and you navigate the underground areas much more cautiously

Combat

Terraria is a game that’s easy to learn but hard to master. On the surface, it looks like the combat system is pretty straight forward, but that’s until you start upgrading your gear and fighting harder enemies.

The first thing you need to figure out is what class you’d like to play. Classes in Terraria are different from other games in that you don’t get stuck with the class you choose. Instead, your class is based on whichever armor and weapons you currently have equipped. Each class also has accessories that boost the damage or provide other bonuses that are class-specific.

Once you’ve gotten your class figured out, then you want to reforge your weapons to give them the best modifiers. For example, a modifier such as Quick will make your weapon faster, and the Slow modifier will obviously have the opposite effect.

There are tons of different modifiers to put on your weapon, many of which are negative ones. It takes a lot of gold coins to finally get the modifier that you want, but most of the time it’s worth it. Having a weapon with a good modifier can be a world of difference when fighting difficult bosses.

One aspect of the combat I greatly overlooked until Expert Mode is the potions. In normal Terraria, the enemies and bosses are so easy for me that I never even consider using potion buffs for them. Newer players might feel differently, but I’ve played through Expert Mode so many times that normal mode feels insanely easy.

The first time I played Expert Mode, I was stuck on the Skeletron boss due to his stupid skull projectiles. I died 5 or 6 times until I finally realized that potions would help me. I buffed up with every combat potion I could possibly craft, and destroyed him with almost full health.

There’s so much to cover about the combat that I could write a book on it. I’ll leave you with a few facts that’ll show you just how much the game has to offer. Terraria contains 350 different enemies, 495 different weapons, 29 bosses, 66 armor sets, and hundreds of different ways to modify classes and weapons. This game has hundreds of hours worth of content, and even though I consider myself a veteran, I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Conclusion

Although I only covered 4 aspects of the game, Terraria has a lot more to offer. It’s the kind of game that’s easy to get into but will take you a long time to master.

Jay Simmons

I love writing about games and sharing helpful info with others. Whether it be exploring a vast open world or uncovering lore, I always enjoy learning about my favorite games.

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