Average User Score: 7.3Aug 27, 2013This game has come a long way from the fiasco that was version 1.0. Overall, Square Enix has done a great job completely remaking the game and optimizing everything that failed in the first. And aside from the server issues during Early Access and the 1017 errors as of launch this game couldn't be any better.
You can call me a fanboy or just not agree with what I'm saying, that's fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and this happens to be mine. I've been playing since 1.0 but didn't play it for long because it did suck big time. When I heard about FFXIV:ARR I was excited and hoped they would do a better job this time around. They have.
The game is better in almost every way. The graphics are almost as good and don't kill your system like 1.0 did. Most people couldn't run the old game. The optimizations have worked out wonderfully. I can safely say that it's one of the besting looking MMORPG's out. People seem to mistake that for best looking game but that's not the case. This is right up there with TERA in terms of beautiful MMO graphics. By the way, I am running on maximum settings with 60+ fps. Perks of building your own extreme gaming PC.
The quest system is much improved and everything just feels more fluid. There is a lot of text to read but that's pretty standard. They do a pretty good job of defining what you need to do and it all isn't just fetch or kill quests. I think the most a quest has ever had me kill is 5 of a particular monster. I'm currently a 26 Marauder. My only gripe is I wish all the dialogue was all voice acted but as it stands only select in game cutscenes are voice acted. The ones that are are pretty well done too, some of the voices fit the characters while there are others that don't.
Things to do are plentiful in this game. Want to quest, sure, go ahead. Want to craft? You can do it all on one character. FATE's are frequent and award nice experience and GC seals when you get that far. Leves are a fun diversion though I wish you weren't restricted to the allowance you're given. And you only gain 3 every 12 hours real life time. The story missions have been great too. Lot's of lore and character development to discover. Another great diversion are the Logs you have access to. Hunting Logs have you kill monsters for super bonus experience. It's all a nice way to help you level up.
The only real issue I've had with the game so far is just the server issues which are doing much better than they were at the start of Early Access. Despite those issues I have given this game a 10/10 because it is everything I wanted and more. And the beauty is that it can only get better from here! They have so many wonderful plans for the future and even near future! So stick with it guys, I will, and I guarantee it will be a blast!… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9May 2, 2012I'm a longtime MMO player with, I would like to think, vast experience on this subject. I do need to say that the opinions expressed here are solely my own and in no way represent or give favoritsm to the company that makes this game. That being said, I hope you all enjoy my review of TERA and I look forward to playing with all of you at the Head Start.
I would like to start off by saying that the visuals in this game are quite impressive. More often than not I found myself in awe of some of the beautifully animated locales strewn throughout the game. That's not to say it was perfect though. The Open Beta was marred with tearing, blinding white spots and minor annoyances that will hopefully be patched out by the time the game launches or soon thereafter. Also, while the dungeons bosses were impressive, the lack of detail and overuse of duplicate scenery in them were not. It's not really a big problem as I enjoyed them nonetheless, but something that I thought I would note.
For a Korean game that surpasses Aion in visuals, I was expecting a more varied Character Creation. Don't get me wrong, the character models are absolutely stunning and worthy of praise. I was just expecting more options in the way of customizing your character, much akin to Aion. I mean, come on, who doesn't want to change their female Sorcerer's bust size? But all jokes aside, it wasn't too bad and in my honest opinion is done much better than the Character Creation of a game like World of Warcraft. However, people really need to get off the whole 'Elin are a pedophiles dream' train. The creature design in this game is amazing. Some of the monsters were really well done and awe-inspiring. Props to them in this department.
In just about every game I've played I always favor melee type characters, especially those who use a Great Axe. So yes, I did play Berserker. Though I also tried Sorcerer, Archer and Slayer. The majority of my experience was on the Berserker. The combat for me was fluid, fun and took more skill than a game like Aion or World of Warcraft. The first 20 levels were easy and I never died, however it was a great way to learn the game and get used to the combat for the content to come. As soon as I was able to do BAM's I was in love. The fights were exciting and required precise timing as well as the use of all my skills to not only stay alive, but do damage to the beasts. This was honestly where the game shined and I couldn't have been having any more fun. Dungeon bosses were even more intense and decidedly more impressive than your run of the mill BAM. The combat might have been over-hyped but I think it is one of the best features in this game. And the cool thing is that there is still more room for improvement, it can only get better people!
One of the weakest points to this game would be the story. I read all the quest text, paid attention to the cutscenes and gathered as much information as I could. But for some reason it just didn't strike the 'completely awesome' chord for me. That's not to say that the story isn't great, I just think it could be better and who knows, it might after 32.
Really, the only thing I didn't participate in was PvP. Sorry guys, but I truly hate PvP and you almost never see me do it. So if you want an opinion on that, you'll have to go elsewhere. I might end up trying it out sometime, but it's not a priority of mine.
Aside from some minor tweaks and improvements that will hopefully be fixed by the time it launches, this game is well on it's way to becoming a force to be reckoned with. If you want fast paced, skill based combat with stunning visuals and a detailed world look no further than this game. Like I said before, it can only get better and it's my hope that it will.
For a pre-launch review based on the first 32 levels of content I give this game an 9 out of 10. It's definitely one of the smoother betas I've participated in and has lots of room to improve. I hope you enjoyed reading my review and I will definitely see you all at Head Start!… Expand