Title says it all but before I go into detail I would like to point out that I really enjoy the combat system in TERA. I am glad to finally see another action type combat system after Age of Conan (developers destroyed that game).
With the two camera modes TERA uses, Combat and Mouse, in order to orient your camera in a different direction then your character you must use WASD. This makes it especially difficult when trying to kite players as a healer and keep eyes on the battlefield. Or as a DPS character keep track of who is on your flanks without losing precious gap closing time with imprecise WASD control.
The current implementation of TERA goes one step beyond the standard MMO market and forces players to look at the action in-front of their character. Unfortunately I believe we have taken a small step backwards to get this to happen. I was fortunate enough to get to play a ton of deathmatch battles in closed beta 1 as a Mystic. The battles where very fun and I was able to operate the current controls with little to no issues. I was constantly panning my camera around and using WASD to keep my character kiting enemy dps trains.
EXAMPLE: As a Mystic in group PvP I have two constant tasks at hand. 1) Make sure that all group members are healed up and be close enough to ones that are in danger of getting damaged so that I can heal them up asap. 2) Keep my fragile *** alive. Constantly moving and being weary of enemy players as they setup a DPS train of death on me.
I would propose a game option in settings that would allow you to use the generic left mouse button controls camera and right mouse button controls camera + character facing. Holding either one of these buttons would be the equivalent of the Combat mode we have now showing a cross-hair in the center of the screen. Letting go of both of these buttons would enable the mouse pointer mode so that you can trade, use menus, ect.
This is somewhat of a cross-post from a General Discussion thread http://tera-forums.enmasse.com/forums/general-discussion/topics/Camera-Movement-with-Mouse . I wanted more feedback from the PvP community, specifically on the game mechanics issue and ignoring the lack of â€œflowâ€ between the two camera modes.
TERA forces you to keyboard turn if you want to orient you camera in a different direction then your character! Give us an option for camera controls with the mouse!