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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 a traditional MMO, plus the intense gratification of action combat, TERA promises to change all the rules. Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Jun 1, 2012
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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: 56 out of 279
  1. May 9, 2012
    Very enjoyable Western action-MMORPG. Brings the best of Vindictus, Cabal, and other action Asian MMORPG's and combines it with the stylings of Guild Wars 2 and the basic mechanics of staples like World of Warcraft. It is a very traditional game at its heart, questing, grinding, and the basic structure of any normal MMO is there, however the combat and beautiful visuals will really pull you in and make you a part of the world. For the traditionalist that is looking for something a little new and exciting, mainly visceral combat. Expand
  2. May 3, 2012
    The game is incredibly addicting. Aside from having a great story, amazing cutscenes, and beautiful graphics, the game play is so much fun. As a DPS I actually had to think about positioning myself in the best possible spots to attack mobs while actively dodging or blocking their attacks. As a tank, I had to have quick reflexes to block a monsters attacks and look for key signs that an attack was coming. If my own skill as a player increases, I can make my character fight monsters much higher lvl simply because I can manage my attacks/blocks/positioning well - its no longer truly dependent on my stats or lvl. Fighting any boss, even an easy "tank and spank" boss, is never boring and requires my full concentration unlike previous mmos I have played. Tera is a game well worth trying, even for a weekend - you wont be disappointed Expand
  3. May 1, 2012
    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 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 15, 2012
    The good: stunning graphics, innovative and engaging combat system (at least, for MMOs), guild vs guild world pvp, multiple "channels"/instances of the open world prevent excessive griefing on pvp servers.

    The bad: repetitive questing (kill x mobs, gather x resources - although they aren't all like this), no pvp reward/ranking system for the performance of an individual (Guild vs Guild performance doesn't accurately represent a single person's pvp skill).

    For some MMOers, combat comprises of a large part of your playtime and Tera's engaging combat system really makes that time enjoyable. Give this game a shot!
  5. May 26, 2012
    Tera is genuinely a unique MMO in the modern MMO market. With truly unique combat, graphics, gameplay, art design. It really is a cut above anything else today. While the questing is fairly average to even below average. On par with something from World of Warcraft. It is not hard to gain levels in Tera, and the combat offsets the monotony of grab X kill Y quests. Where Tera truly lacks is the diversity of it's endgame. While functional and challenging. Tera's endgame is often hard and difficult to progress through. Making it closed to casual players. It's reputation and daily system are worth the time spent doing them, as they are a great source of money. But getting the reputation rewards often takes a lot of time. It is not clear what is in the future for Tera at 60. But with games like GW2 coming out, Tera offers a way for players to play for free, using Chronoscrolls (similar to PLEX) and not have to spend all of their money to look good. As unlike other games, who might make you spend way more than $15 a month, to acquire good looking items. Things like remodeling equipment, dying, hats are all available in game for gold. Just as Chronoscrolls are purchasable by acquiring gold. By factoring that both Tera and GW2 are free to play when the system becomes available. I will have to tip my hat towards Tera for offering such cosmetic and vanity systems available in game through quests, achievements, and reputation. Rather than having to buy exp gain, armor skins and dungeoons from the store, like GW2. Expand
  6. Feb 28, 2014
    From what I have heard and seen it is like Aion with better graphics and combat systems I put 6 because of the game play overall. it is very important to enjoy game play from the start and not only graphics. we have to make classic quests to lvl up enough to enter dungeons or to be a good challenge in pvp

    Good things : graphics, combat system, big boss
    less : quests, scenario, leveling up, enemy infiltration

    Game play 5/10, graphics 8/10, back ground 5/10, lifetime : 7/10, sound : 7/10, combat system : 7/10
  7. Jun 22, 2012
    First of all, it took literally, 8 hours to download the trial version to even try it, i even heard for some people it was longer. When i got in i was fairly impressed, i had fun using the ability combinations and killing mobs, but as the quests progressed the first thing i noticed is they repeated killing the same mob many many times. For some reason the fact that when you climb up ladders it literally takes a minute and a half and your feet aren't even really on the ladder bugged me a lot. When the first cinematic came around, i noticed the voices weren't even in sync with the characters mouths which was just terribly funny. I can't write much about the story line but i also heard that was crappy. The only pros i find in getting a game like this is the different combat style, the environment which i actually enjoyed because of how vast and beautiful it was. Expand

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