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I feel inclined to post something in this forum, because I'm feeling a little more than let down by TERA. I'll admit, I didn't look too far into it before buying it. One of my good friends insisted it was going to be great, though, so I trusted them and decided to make the jump. What I found, at first, was absolutely awesome.
TERA isn't the first MMO-ish game to try the action combat thing, but it's definitely the flashiest. Combat feels very fluid, and it's very refreshing to have the accuracy of attacks based on your own skill (lag permitting). Each class has a distinct and unique flavor. They even have an evasion tank based on actually avoiding attacks.
The graphics are... good. They don't strike me as amazing, but they're definitely high quality. Places just feel empty to me. The main city, Velika, has rolling expanses of green hills that honestly look like placeholder terrain as I fly over them. It's jarring.
I played to around level 40 before I decided I needed a long break from the game. I rolled on a PvE server, which at the moment does not have Guild vs Guild combat, nor does it have any other form of PvP except duels and team duels (called deathmatches). So what does that leave me to do?
I know, barely any MMORPGs ship these days feeling fully complete (something I really don't like, but hey). This, though? It's a never ending grind to the top, at which point you get a couple of harder instances. They're going to be turning on a Rift-styled event and the politcal system soon, but...
It all just feels so soulless. Like the game has loads of flash, but no passion in it. I keep hearing people telling me to read the quests. Well, I do, and even the main story quests are flimsy at best.
My impression? Wait on this game. Supposedly, battlegrounds will be in by the end of the summer. I'm feeling very burnt by EME at the moment, but I'm willing to give them a chance. I wouldn't recommend spending any money on it until EME have shown what type of company they are when it comes to supporting a game.
With a lot of tweaks, this game could be brilliant. Or, it'll be F2P by this time next year.