Today will surely be a day to go down in history. The Affordable Care Act/Obamacare has been enacted, the government has shut down, Amanda Knox's retrial has begun in Italy, and the whole world seems to be in a tizzy. But, today's date was also highly anticipated by gamers in two totally different genres for additions to two very popular titles.
As of today, gamers can play 'Grand Theft Auto Online' (if you've purchased 'GTA V') and 'Terraria 1.2' (for the PC). Though these game expansions are being overshadowed by events that they pale in comparison to, they are no less important to the people who have been waiting for days, weeks, and even months for their release.
'GTA Online' is an extension to the 'GTA' franchise, playable through 'GTA V' which was just recently released to incredible sales numbers. For the first time, not only can you create your own character (including females), but you'll be able to tell your own story through gameplay. The way you create your character is unique, as you don't actually choose their features. Instead, you choose your parents and grandparents, and pick out the hobbies that will shape what your character looks like. The game features a passive mode, which will keep you from getting taken down by other players if all you're wanting to do is go get some clothes from a nearby shop, but as soon as you pull out a weapon that passive mode turns off and you're fair game. You'll be able to make alliances or enemies with other players, and try to be the King or Queen of Los Santos, the fictional locale of the game. This is completely new territory for the franchise, as all their previous 'GTA' games have had a set character, with a set story line, and were only for one player. Fans of the franchise have been asking about co-op or mutliplayer capabilities for some time (the first 'GTA' game was released in 1997) and have been highly enthusiastic about the addition of online capabilities for Rockstar's latest in the series.
On the flipside of that, and in a completely different gaming genre, 'Terraria 1.2' has dropped. This latest patch is the first for the PC since February 2012, when Redigit announced that further development of the game would be ceased. Though the game had been ported and updated to other platforms through 505 Games, the PC version remained the same. Gamers have been waiting for an update since hints that there would be one were dropped in January 2013. Today, PC players of 'Terraria' can play in new biomes, with updated graphics, loads of new items and enemies, and newer ways to play and build in the game. With all of the additional content, it is advised that players create a new character to explore these updated worlds.
It's nice to have some updates to favorite games prior to the holiday season coming to a start, and players of these two particular games will be ecstatic with these new expansions. At least it gives government employees who have been furloughed something to do until their paycheck reappears.