I feel like I've reached the end of what I can do in Terraria, which does make me feel a little sad at the least. I've reached another difficult part of the game, one in which I need something new and better to continue. I did both the Pumpkin and Frost Moon events, which were difficult once the bigger mini-bosses came out. The Paladin in the Dungeon is also a difficult foe. I haven't searched thoroughly enough, but I'm pretty sure I can't get stronger armor or a stronger melee weapon. My best bet against these more difficult foes is probably magic and ranged weapons.

I really haven't even touched magic in the game. Sure, I tried out the Scythe drop from Demons in the Underworld, but otherwise haven't used any other magic and didn't even use that one very long at all. As for ranged weapons, I've used my Star Cannon a few times, but I don't think it really helped me out as much as I needed. I did, however, use a nice Zealous Enchanted Boomerang near the very beginning, which was my weapon of choice for a while. I've also used the ranged ability that comes with having a Terra Blade. In fact, I've found it most helpful against bosses (the Twins and Skeletron Prime) that don't always get close enough to hit. I've also enjoyed hitting close enemies with the blade, while aiming at further enemies, defeating them before they could reach me, all at the same time.

I remember reaching this point a few times during the game, usually when I was up against a difficult boss, and I was able to pass it with upgrades to my weapons and armor. But, as I said, this is one time where I can't really upgrade my armor and I believe I also have the best melee weapon. I could be totally wrong, but I'm quite sure about the armor. Perhaps magic and ranged weapons are the key to surviving these new difficult threats. Maybe I should look further into both. I have been saving my Chlorophyte ore so that I can make Chlorophyte bullets.

Still, I've spent 159 hours in the game and I love it and want more! It is similar to Minecraft, even with it's own differences. I think both games are a bit new, at least new to me, and they seem to stand out among all else that I've seen or heard about. I want another game like these two games. Starbound seems similar, but after watching a trailer for it on Steam, I was wishing it looked more like Terraria. Both games are obviously not graphically intense, but Starbound just didn't look as nice and appealing as Terraria. I'm not sure if I'll give it a try.

What do you think? Are there other similar games out there that you'd recommend? Or what do you recommend for this point I've reached in Terraria? I'm still playing Pokemon X, I just captured the legendary Pokemon and have one badge left to get. After that I'm planning to play The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. I feel quite oblivious to the gaming world and don't know of much of what's out there and what's good and great. I just know that just about everyone's playing a bunch of FPSs, that I'm really not interested in. I enjoyed the Dooms and Quakes way back in the day, but also RTS games as well. But then, when I went to college, I fell in love with RPGs. Now I'm loving the mine and build kind of games, although I'm only familiar with 2 of them. So, what are your recommendations? Or, what are you playing? What have you played that you've really enjoyed? Also, what are you expecting to play soon or in the future?

Right now, I have no interest in a next-gen console, although I may get a Wii U if or when that new Zelda game comes out.

Travis   Admin wrote on 01/21/2014 at 03:49am

It seems like there's an imbalance in the game, or I'm missing something. With the spectre armor and a good magic weapon, you can dominate the pumpkin/frost moon events. Melee is basically a lost cause for those. So yeah, you have some chlorophyte on hand, go harvest some ectoplasm and make the spectre armor and snag a bat scepter (which you can get in the early waves of the pumpkin moon) and the golden shower and you're a powerhouse. I'd also google some gear loadouts for your accessories. There are some configurations that work better than others for the endgame events.

I will tell you a couple of things about Starbound though.

First-- it's amazing. It isn't done yet and it's already amazing.
Second-- don't play it yet. It isn't done yet so you're likely to get burnt out on it before you even get the full game.
Third-- and don't make this a habit, Greg, but as it so happens I have an extra copy of Starbound if you're interested. I'm not going to keep giving you every game you show interest in :D

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 01/21/2014 at 05:20am

Hahahahaha! You made me LOL with your last statement! Fortunately enough for me, since last month affordability for games is not an issue. In fact, I was astounded to see the balance of my bank account today (for I had another large deposit). One of my friends says I need to upgrade my PC, which is a bit aged now. I have an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5200+ processor, 4 gigs of RAM, and a Geforce 8800GTS. I'm willing to bet you're more familiar with recent hardware than I am and you could probably get a good idea of the age of my PC's components. But, I'm not sure I'm ready to upgrade. I haven't even bought new fans for it since 2 of 3 of them died on me in recent months.

When is Starbound supposed to be done? I hate to say that I found the video for it to be visually unattractive. I'm not saying that Terraria looks bad at all, but Starbound looks much less visually appealing. That is, just speaking from what I saw in the video. Now we could also argue that graphics don't necessarily make a game and I'm not one that has to have this beautifully rendered HD game either. In fact, I think many of today's gamers would be turned off of even Terraria's graphics, but I think that game looks nice. I admit, at first, I wasn't sure about the 2D thing, but I came to really enjoy it. That could perhaps happen with Starbound and it could be that the graphics are actually better looking than they were in the video. Maybe it's something I'd appreciate more if I played it.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 01/21/2014 at 11:15pm

I've had lots of fun with Prison Architecht and even made a video and posted it on the site.

I'd recommend a few other games like Fez and FTL too. Like Travis said Starbound is great and like you I didn't love the art style at first, but it grows on you or at least did for me.

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 01/22/2014 at 12:34am

Awesome, thanks Jon! I trust Travis, when he says the game is amazing. I'll look into those other games.

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 01/22/2014 at 12:45am

I should say this, too, it's still amazing that Travis still has an influence on the games I love and play. It's thanks to him that I fell in love with Final Fantasy VIII and therefore the series in general. =) Thanks, Travis!

jdodson   Admin wrote on 01/22/2014 at 01:46am

Yeah, Travis is pretty awesome.

Oh and he was fucking right on with BioShock Infinite too. If you see that game on sale, pick it up and play it!

Travis   Admin wrote on 01/22/2014 at 02:22am

Aw, shucks guys. *blush*

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 01/22/2014 at 03:05am

Ok, I "Googled" the specs for BI. My computer *might* be able to handle it, but it doesn't meet the recommended specs.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 01/22/2014 at 05:08am

Right. Worth considering that BioShock Infinite runs on the PS3 and XBox 360 so if you computer is a few years old, it should be ok. What are your system specs?

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 01/22/2014 at 08:02am

From and earlier comment to Travis, "I have an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5200+ processor, 4 gigs of RAM, and a Geforce 8800GTS."

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