TerraTech Review

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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 6 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

TerraTech is a construction game where you create vehicles to explore the environment, find resources and craft upgrades. It includes a modular building element where your decisions affect the performance of what you make. Each building block has its own function that can be combined in various ways. Wheel blocks enable forward motion, wing blocks generate lift for flying and other blocks provide additional functions to the tech they are attached to.

Along with your vehicle, you can also construct a base for storage of resources and to craft different elements. This means you need to construct each element of this process, siloes, conveyors and factories. This can get quite complex but is satisfying when you automate a process.

You can play the game in different modes. The main campaign offers a loose storyline in which you are an interplanetary prospector tasked to gather resources for famished Earth. Sumo mode is a player versus player battle in an arena. Gauntlet is an obstacle course challenge. Test lab lets you play with adding experimental blocks that aren't yet included in the official release.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 04/07/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Genres: Action, Creative, Open World, Shooting and Strategy.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Players: You can play this with 16 players online. You can play creative mode with 4 other players. Or you can battle up to 4 other teams of 4 players. This is a game that expands with the player so has no set time to complete.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

In-game purchase for "R&D Labs" which adds a new game mode with challenges and tests of experimental items. This creative mode grants access to all items from the main game for unlimited building in four ways:
  • Battle Arena, Target Practice & Turret Run
  • Races, Time Trials & Stunt Ramps
  • DPS Target, Weigh Station & Speed Trap
  • Grassland, Desert, Mountain and Exotic Biome Zones
On console, this creative mode is included for free. There are other purchases for "To the Stars" and "Weapons of War" packs.

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game was rated PEGI 7 because it features violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. You can outfit your robot with a variety of weapons, ranging from guns to sawblades. When hit enough the enemy vehicles/ robots will disintegrate or explode.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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