TERA: First Impressions

TERA does play like a normal third-person MMO except the normal mode is similar to a third-person shooter (actually, think Tabula Rasa if you played that) where you have a fairly wide targeting reticule you have to aim. Mostly this is pretty easy and fun. I did have concerns about the Priest, however, trying to aim a heal at a player who is probably dodging or jumping all over, but this morning I took the Priest on the final quest on noob island which is an instance to fight a big demon monster and it was actually fairly easy. I activate the directed heal spell, then aim at my target, then click the heal again to cast it.

All the classes have some very unique play styles to them, even the more traditional ones, and they are all very fun to play so far. I haven’t had a game promote altaholism in a long time, but TERA is doing it.

Crafting

Unlike some MMOs you’re not restricted — at least mechanic-wise — to a tradeskill. Everyone can gather every type of material, and everyone can craft in every profession. The catch is that currently crafting is extremely expensive. I’ve been gathering everything that isn’t nailed to the floor though so I can craft later, and also because gathering gives not only a tiny bit of XP (I’ve actually leveled twice just from gathering) but also a very slight 10-minute combat buff! People in chat say quest rewards are generally better at low levels, and crafting doesn’t start to make sense until you’re in your 30s where you’re making enough money to afford it.

Campfires and Public Buffs

This part of the game reminds me of Star Wars Galaxies. Towns and outposts will have campfires, but players can buy them too and set them up in the wilderness. Standing around the campfire will overcharge your Stamina (Stamina seems to mean HP and MP together) — I’ve been to 130% so far —

plus you can get “charms” from mob drops or from vendors and burn them in the fire. Everyone standing around the fire gets the charm buff, up to three (one of each type)! Very nice touch!

Summary:

I’m enjoying the hell out of TERA so far, mostly because the classes and the combat is so well-done and it’s just pure entertainment. You know, FUN! The reason we play games to begin with. I’m almost tempted to liken it to a traditional MMO version of Diablo (or perhaps Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckonging would be a better example) in the sense that you’re not there for the story, like you were with SWTOR, you’re there to be a badass beating the crap out of crazy monsters and get loot! You’re there simply because it’s fun, which I can’t say of SWTOR… /cough

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6 comments on this post.
  1. Oakstout UNITED STATES:

    I am glad you like it. I was really surprised that you jumped on the band wagon with us knowing your distaste for most parts of an MMO, especially the linear leveling and fetch and kill quests. I have to say I really don’t know if the game has any kind of story. I just grab a ton of quests, find the mobs I need to kill and start whipping their collective arses.

  2. xXJayeDuBXx UNITED STATES:

    I think my favorite part of TERA is the combat.

  3. Mighty Viking Hamster :

    Thanks for the post. Interesting read. I find TERA intriguing and am willing to take a dip eventually. Problem is, Diablo III is looming and there are only so many hours in a day.

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  4. Kristy Hans PHILIPPINES:

    I love playing this Tera. My full attention is on the unexpected events that will happen most especially in the combat time. This first true action MMORPG, providing all of the depth of an MMO is really awesome. The play is really adventure and fantastic.

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  5. Michelle Snike AUSTRALIA:

    Many gamers really enjoy playing TERA. Indeed, I adore playing this sort of game. True action combat is the main attraction on the game. This is really awesome game because the fighting will be accordance on the actual player skill.

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  6. Allicia Tresch :

    I really love to play this TERA. The good thing of this game is that when you play it is base on your own strength. Your play for your own strength. It means when you win from your opponents it means you have a high strength. This game is really nice.

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