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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
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: 62 out of 293
  1. May 11, 2012
    10
    I have quite literally played every single MMO for a period of time, long or short. Generally, I have noticed a few things that are prettyI have quite literally played every single MMO for a period of time, long or short. Generally, I have noticed a few things that are pretty consistent. 1. New MMO's will always be compared to old MMO's regardless of the success of either. 2. New MMO's will have problem areas and those that complain about the problems. 3. New MMO's will have new features, as well as some old features from other games. Setting aside the 3 rules of New MMO's, you have to decide for yourself what will make you stay or leave. For me, TERA hits on almost every single note I could want from an MMO. True-Action combat that gives the feel of Mortal Kombat / Killer Instinct meets World of Warcraft; Graphics like nobodies business; Character creation is very diverse and unique, with a huge variety to choose from. I can keep going on and on about all the aspects of this game that I love. I think the best way to describe it would be Vanilla WoW or Vanilla EQ, or FFXI, these games all had very unique methods of game play, as soon as I started playing TERA I knew I was going to enjoy it. LvL 60 now and it's just amazing, I can't see myself getting bored of this game any time soon. Compare this game to SWTOR release, that game had a lot of story and game play, and most would argue that the 1-50 was pretty great! After that things went downhill because the game play just wasn't good enough to Sustain. TERA on the other hand, their Game play is SOOO good, they just lack in the quest, but the combat more than makes up for that. Look at WoW -- great game play and pvp, but poor questing system overall. This game is already great! It's going to get even better very soon, and to top it off, they didn't make 1892750189275098 servers, so that means each server has a GREAT population and GREAT community, makes questing and running instances and grouping for BAM's so easy. Expand
  2. May 2, 2012
    10
    Honest review ... Played since closed beta 3. North America -Tera is as a modified Korean-Tera. The graphics are outstanding and mesmerizing.Honest review ... Played since closed beta 3. North America -Tera is as a modified Korean-Tera. The graphics are outstanding and mesmerizing. Character creation is detailed and fluid. The game holds a prologue that starts your character at lvl 20 in a pre story line state lasting about 15 minutes of game play as this toon. Once you complete it you are then returned to lvl 1 and the main game begins. This is outstanding for getting a look at some armors, skill animations/abilities and over all game-play of that toon. The combat is not stcky tab target, mash some buttons and get bored in 5 minutes, nor is it a "Korean grinder". En Masse, the publisher has taken steps to add quests and balance gameplay to a more comfortable NA style of game-play. Yes the interface and combat style is totally different from previous mmos. Combat, tanking and even healing are engaging. The "in the works" portions of the game I think is where the negative press comes in. The pvp battle grounds are not in game yet and open world pvp is based on guild vs guild and politics. PVP servers exist and are rather chaotic at the moment, sadly not my stronger game-play exp.

    I personally love the fresh and new innovations Blue Hole has designed and added to Tera. The whole things runs really well with decent settings on a lower PC but above minimal requirements. My personal view, after playing mmos since UO in 1997, is that this is a diamond in the rough, that is being over looked due to much bigger names and franchises releasing near same time. New ppl logging in are amazed at the community and the over all experience within minutes. I hope this helps!
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  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. Feb 26, 2014
    9
    Pros: FTP, Very Nice Graphics, World Map, Character Movement, PVP, Combat System, Skills, Group Oriented Grinding, Mount, Flying Transport,Pros: FTP, Very Nice Graphics, World Map, Character Movement, PVP, Combat System, Skills, Group Oriented Grinding, Mount, Flying Transport, PVE, BAM (Big Ass Monster).

    Cons: Storyline, Same old type of leveling, Can't move during skill's casting time.
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  5. Feb 7, 2013
    8
    I ve played many MMO and Tera is the one to propose a gameplay that dynamic. It still be a Kr game with a bash system which can be boring inI ve played many MMO and Tera is the one to propose a gameplay that dynamic. It still be a Kr game with a bash system which can be boring in the end.

    Graphisms are wonderfull, caracters too. If you re looking a cool MMO today to past few hours in true action so get this game. And today it's free to play
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  6. Sep 26, 2012
    6
    Well i only want to say one thing and i think most people that quit the game would've agree with me. Tera has the classic leveling system, youWell i only want to say one thing and i think most people that quit the game would've agree with me. Tera has the classic leveling system, you will eventually be at the level cap if you just grind the quest. Combat system is fine, UI is fine. but all these aint important. the reason this game failed, at least i think its going to fail is that the developer kept NERF the end game content and whats really bad about that unlike WOW is that WOW has more endgame content than this game. And yet this game Nerf things faster and heavier compare to even wow. For those have attempted hard-mode dungeons before the Queen patch probably know that before what i consider the biggest nerf, you get one Tier 13 item per average five runs. and after the patch you get one per run. and this just fluctuate the market makes ruining hard-mode pointless. whats even worse is the new dungeon normal mode for the queen patch drops the same Tier level items. For me I just dont see why bother running the new dungeon anymore. Expand
  7. Sep 29, 2012
    0
    Anyone heard of Final Fantasy: Spirits Within? It is a good example of what Tera is. A game made for certain fans, then modified to attractAnyone heard of Final Fantasy: Spirits Within? It is a good example of what Tera is. A game made for certain fans, then modified to attract "normals", leaving it a product disliked by "normals" and fans.

    The focus in the game is animal girls and sexy women. The quality is unmatched by any other MMO, and makes this game number one in its category. But En Masse did not want to come across as a company selling visual candy, they want to seem serious. So instead they tried to hide this, and highlight the combat instead. The combat, which is not in any way special compared to other MMOs released recently.

    So what is really the problem? The problem is that the people who know what it is, and the people who are fooled about action combat, come together in a community where they have completely different values. Which means that insults is more common than anything, giving Tera the worlds worst community. And a MMO is what its community is.

    The game is worth playing, but remember it is like inviting the school bully to insult you through the whole game. Unless you are said bully, in that case it is like a smorgasbord of victims to insult all day.
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