TERA Review (Part 1)
Since MMORPG games are pretty lengthy and constantly changing due to its updates to make it better, we’ll do several parts where we’ll discuss what are the things that we love and hated through our traditional HOT & NOTs in our review. No score will be awarded.
Every time there’s a new massive multiplayer online RPG, they always refer to it as the World of Warcraft killer. While many games attempted to do this, no game has succeeded thus far. However, gamers who are getting tired of the rinse and repeat World of Warcraft formula should focus their attention on Bluehole’s TERA. This is because it has redefined most of the elements from World of Warcraft and made it into something unique and enjoyable for MMORPG-gamers. Trashing the traditional point and click combat, TERA offers an innovative way to battle enemies while making the experience fun.
Aside from the real-time battle system, does TERA have more new things that fans for looking for aside from repetitive questing? Is it worth to move from the World of Warcraft to try this one? Let’s take a look at what’s HOT and what’s NOT in our review of TERA.
Very Vivid and Colorful Fantasy World
From the MMORPG games that I’ve played such as Rift, World of Warcraft, and Star Wars: The Old Republic, none of them came close to how stunning and vivid TERA is. The environments within the game are exceptionally colorful and it brings a distinctive look as to what a fantasy game should look like. Be prepared for TERA to bring you to some of the exotic places like lush jungles, barren wastelands and various others. When it comes to the characters, each of the classes are uniquely designed and you can clearly tell them apart by their features based on the plethora of races you pick from. For female characters, Bluehole designed them so they can attract male characters since they are designed in a sexy fashion where you can see a lot of their skin.
Fun Real Time Battle System
One of the things that makes Tera different from World of Warcraft, is the fresh take to its battle system. Instead of the traditional way of fighting enemies in World of Warcraft, Bluehole Studio decided to add a little twist and make it real time. This means every move you do will make a difference. Those who love hack and slash or a third person action games will feel right at home in TERA. In the Warrior class that I’m playing with, felt similar to Kratos from God of War due to the deadly combos that you can perform. Since the combat in TERA is more action-oriented, expect every classes, including Sorcerer, Priest, or Mystic, to unlock numerous skills which you can chain them together to deliver a more devastating attack.
In addition to the Warrior class, there are seven more that you can choose from. These include the Archer, Slayer, Berserker, Mystic, Sorcerer, Priest and Lancers. Expect these eight classes to deliver deadly combos you haven’t seen in any MMORPG game before.
Big Ass Monsters Await
Another unique feature in TERA are the Big Ass Monsters, also known as BAMs. Instead of raid or instances, they are called dungeons and deep within await big monsters. When I say big, they’re really huge and those who have played Monster Hunter games will somewhat find them to be “amazing”. Those who lack skills at dodging will find this game very hard, due to dodging being a key element to your survival. So far, there are currently twenty dungeons that you can clear with other people and as everyone knows, precious loots are awaiting inside. Hopefully in the future, Bluehole Studios will release additional dungeons as this may very well prolong the fun within the game.
Optimized for a Game Controller
If you dislike the use of a keyboard since it takes a while to get used to due to keymapping and such, then TERA is for you. Those who own a PC controller can hook it up and use it to navigate through the game. I tried it and I felt that I was playing on a console, plus every key can be customized to your liking. Finally those who own a PlayStation 3 controller, but don’t have anything that’s compatible on the PC can hook them up using MotioninJoy and use it like a real PC controller.
Lots of Things To Do Aside from Questing
It seems like every MMORPG game offers you the same type of things, that players can do in order to develop their characters. Questing is the most common form of objective in an MMORPG and in TERA, expect to do them a lot. While it may seem monotonous, there are other things that you can do such as crafting, enhancing your equipment, enchanting items, and much more. These little things are good for the players who are seeking powerful equipment since some can only be obtained by crafting with the materials you gather in the game.
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