If you read reviews of TERA, most of them will have the same general tone.
The action combat system in TERA is the best I've ever seen in an MMO. It has its own flaws, and there will never be a shortage of hardcore players complaining about some PvP loss, but it's innovative and incredibly engaging. No more Tab Select -> Rotation -> Rinse -> Repeat -> Suicide
However that's where the innovation stops thus far. The quest system is the same WoW mechanic of "Hammer dialog buttons until the quest shows up in your quest tracker, either Go to X, Talk to X, or Kill Y amount of X, return to NPC". Battlegrounds are being introduced soon, but that's just catching us up to games that have been out for years. Nexuses, the political system, and server vs server content are what I'm really banking on, but we haven't seen how these concepts will develop yet.
The community is also pretty awful. The game wasn't marketed very well (at all), so I've only met a few people who are just playing to have a good time. Spend a bit of time in LFG chat and you'll understand. There are quite a few trolls, hardcore players, and horrifyingly creepy catgirl enthusiasts who make the rest of us look like pedophiles. Still, you can find some great people (and once you do, hold on to them for dear life).
You'll hear a lot of trash talking about a lack of endgame content, and to some extent that's true. However, we're not even three weeks into the NA launch and the summer promises tons of new content. Some people just can't play a game that doesn't reward them every day for their 15 hour marathon sessions. There's plenty to do in game, and if you're one of those people who take your time, you're going to have a great time.
This game is fun as hell. The environments are beautiful, the combat is fantastically engaging, the PvP is dynamic, and when you do find a good group of people to play with it shines. The instances are also engaging, particularly once you get into the 50+ range.
Really do give it a shot. It's well worth your time, and it's definitely worth the first month to see if you enjoy it. Be sure to play your class to level 20+ to see it really start to shine before you make your decision, and just have a good time.
If you find you do want to continue to play but you don't want to pay the subscription fee, chronoscrolls will also be available soon (like the PLEX system in EVE) that can be purchased on the AH and redeemed for gametime
Edited by: Wintergreen
about 1 year ago