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  • Summary: TERA elevates the fight beyond whack-a-mole monotony with imprved aiming, dodging, and tactical timing to create intense and rewarding combat. Unlike other MMOs, you can use your controller or keyboard and mouse to control the action like never before. With all the depth you expect from aTERA elevates the fight beyond whack-a-mole monotony with imprved aiming, dodging, and tactical timing to create intense and rewarding combat. Unlike other MMOs, you can use your controller or keyboard and mouse to control the action like never before. With all the depth you expect from a traditional MMO, plus the intense gratification of action combat, TERA promises to change all the rules. Expand
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  • Developer: Bluehole Studio
  • Genre(s): Role-Playing, Massively Multiplayer Online, Massively Multiplayer, Fantasy, Fantasy
  • # of players: Massively Multiplayer
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  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Jun 1, 2012
    92
    Overall, I found TERA to be a bombastic mix of bleeding edge graphics and blazing gameplay in an enormous persistent world. I cannot express how much the change to action combat has enriched an already competent MMORPG.
  2. May 30, 2012
    85
    Is TERA worth your time? It depends. Can you handle an endless barrage of generic quests? If the answer is 'yes', you'll find yourself emmerged in a fantastic world. Even though TERA follows a path that is well known in the MMO-handbook, it manages to lift the genre to a higher level in some ways. One of of those ways is the nearly perfect combat system, Also, fans of PvP elements will find a heavenly experience in this absolute pearl of an MMO.
  3. 84
    TERA fixes the very worst aspect of WoW-the lame combat-while making some improvements to other features and doing a good job of emulating the basics. If you're looking for a new MMO, TERA is an excellent choice.
  4. May 8, 2012
    80
    With a fresh take on combat that forgoes a targeting system in favor of a simple crosshair, the game shines in both the visual and gameplay department.
  5. May 25, 2012
    75
    Tera is all about active fighting. The battles feel more dynamic than in any other MMORPG and the design of enemies and the exotic world is praiseworthy. But if you look behind all that, you'll find monotonous quests and an almost non-existent story.
  6. Aug 23, 2012
    70
    Tera sure makes promise on the "true action combat" that it so advertises, but that change alone to the MMORPG formula isn't enough to flip the genre on its head, especially when you've forgotten about other aspects of it.
  7. Jun 22, 2012
    60
    I'm happy that TERA discards the elements that make combat so tedious in other MMOs, but I wish it was bold enough to attempt to fix the many other shortcomings of the genre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 76 out of 331
  1. May 12, 2012
    10
    What a refreshing change! Loving this game so far. The visuals are stunning, and each new zone draws me in farther. The combat feels muchWhat a refreshing change! Loving this game so far. The visuals are stunning, and each new zone draws me in farther. The combat feels much more active and fluid while retaining the intricacies and variety of skills. I have played MMO's for over seven years, and this is the best one so far. So happy to have found this. Expand
  2. May 2, 2012
    10
    The quest system is nothing new, but Honestly, it doesnt matter. The combat is so much fun, I want more grindy quests, just so I have a reasonThe quest system is nothing new, but Honestly, it doesnt matter. The combat is so much fun, I want more grindy quests, just so I have a reason to go fight things Expand
  3. May 1, 2012
    10
    Well I though I would try to provide a more thoughtful, and not emotionally charged review of my first few days in TERA (and honestly how canWell I though I would try to provide a more thoughtful, and not emotionally charged review of my first few days in TERA (and honestly how can people give the game a 3 based on bugs and netcode that not everyone experiences) by talking about some pros and cons. First let me say that I have never found any lasting appeal with Korean MMO's. I never like the art direction, and I always thought content was severely lacking (offering "grinding" as a sole activity). A friend recommended I try the open beta, and I was hesitant at first - I hate Korean MMO's right? Well, let me say that while the game isn't going to win any awards for breaking the mold with standard fed-ex quests, etc., the combat in this game is so amazing that I have had a hard time going back to the "old way" of doing things in games like WoW. It is so good in fact that I spent more time playing the head start than I did the GW2 beta weekend. It is just that good. So, if you hated Korean MMO's in the past, give this game a shot. You can thank me later :) Expand
  4. May 2, 2012
    8
    TERA really brings a fresh combat style and look to the MMO genre. The environments, landscape, models and animations are the best to date inTERA really brings a fresh combat style and look to the MMO genre. The environments, landscape, models and animations are the best to date in this genre. The combat feels much better than anything I have ever played, which encompasses every MMO to date. Not to mention almost every annoyance and limitation imposed by other MMOs are addressed here. You can train and level up ALL of the trade skills. They even added costuming to the mix. The quest system is nice and organized. Basically fool proof. Things really move along nicely. Finding guilds and instance groups is easy as pie.

    I gave it an 8 though because it's not perfect. There are still a couple things that I dislike. I prefer a WOW style 30 minute hearthstone over the town portal scrolls in TERA. They are hard to come by and expensive at low levels. Also I find myself having money problems for a large part of the early game. This could be because it's so new and the auction system isn't booming yet. I also feel they re-use some enemy textures a little too much and add a little bit of a different feature, but they still look the same.

    Overall it's worth the money if you are looking for an MMO to play like I was.
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  5. Jul 21, 2012
    7
    As an MMO veteran who has played tons of MMOs dating back to Ultima Online, I really enjoyed playing TERA. The hands-on combat is refreshingAs an MMO veteran who has played tons of MMOs dating back to Ultima Online, I really enjoyed playing TERA. The hands-on combat is refreshing and fun, and the world and character models are gorgeous. I have so many screenshots of the world as I was exploring, and many of them are being used as my desktop background. If you do the quests, leveling and acquiring gear upgrades is fun and you rarely feel like you are stuck grinding, or being starved for upgrades as you level to 60. For a Korean MMO, this one is the least grindy I have ever experienced. Unfortunately where TERA is suffering right now, is mainly with their billing system, and lack of end game. I've placed more help tickets with their customer service trying to get various billing errors resolved (double billing, sub discount not applied, billing failed, etc) than I have ever placed with any other game I've ever played. Trying to sub to this game has been more frustrating than maintaining a PlayOnline account with FFXI, and that should say something. I have a normal Visa credit card in good standing, so the problems seem strange to me. Regarding end game, the Nexus events were added to give max leveled characters something to do, but it's usually scheduled at times I can't play, and when I can join in, it's a lag fest and not very fun. Also, the political system feels out of place on my server, which felt very low population last time I logged in. Not even all the territories have Vanarch's at the moment there, which is unfortunate. I may revisit this game in time, but until the billing system isn't such a mess, and there's more to the end game, I don't have a reason to be playing right now. Expand
  6. Apr 29, 2013
    5
    Combat is excellent and is the defining feature of this game, the F2P is also great and doesn't nickle and dime you, but the questing willCombat is excellent and is the defining feature of this game, the F2P is also great and doesn't nickle and dime you, but the questing will simply bore you to death. 95% of the quests consist of "kill x" with maybe 4.5% of the remainder "collect x" quests. Got bored of it pretty quickly after getting an archer to 28. However, the game does offer a challenge via dungeons and BAMs (Big A$$ Monsters) so for the price of 0, it is worth a try. Expand
  7. Aug 10, 2015
    0
    I don't recommend playing this game because the graphic is pretty much horrible and the environment is at its worst. Also, its free to playI don't recommend playing this game because the graphic is pretty much horrible and the environment is at its worst. Also, its free to play but pay to win and look good. EMP price is expensive and there's barely good dungeons to do. The pvp gets very boring. If you guys decided to play this game and celestial hills server, do not join Bootylicious guild. Far most horrible guild in all of my 10 years of mmo. Enhancements in this game is ridiculously stupid. Expand

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