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I’m sure many people enjoy TERA and you may completely disagree with me on all the points I make here. I just think that game companies can’t improve their games if they don’t know why people quit, so I’ve made a list of things I didn’t like about TERA. I've also mailed this to the game developers, hopefully they'll read it.
Combat Issues - While the combat system itself is innovative, I had many frustrating experiences with it. Some classes are very slow, which could make it difficult to position yourself and time your attacks properly. Ranged classes have very short ranged attacks compared to most MMOs, making it difficult to avoid melee classes or to reach other ranged classes properly. I felt like I was mired down most of the time, which is not a good feeling to have while playing an ‘action’ based game. Maybe I’ve played too many FPS and fighting games, I don’t know...
Grinding - Yes, it’s a Korean game and I knew there would be some grinding involved, I just didn’t realize how boring the combat would get. It was especially bad when I played a berserker, as I could just walk up to a normal mob and one shot it... no challenge at all. I ended up gathering 4+ mobs at a time just to make things interesting, but I really shouldn’t have to do stuff like that.
Buffs - I’ve never been a fan of buffs, but TERA made me realize just how much I hate them. Potion buffs, scroll buffs, campfire buffs, gathering buffs... soooo many buffs. I don’t usually have trouble managing buffs, but when you have that many and they only last 8-15 minutes, things get out of hand.
Atmosphere - While the graphics were fantastic, the game itself felt like your run-o-the-mill MMO; empty and static. The quests didn’t interest me, the NPCs were annoying, the storyline... heck, I can hardly remember what I was fighting for. Overall, everything felt way too bright and cheery. The dungeons felt unthreatening, the bosses seemed generic and the music just didn’t feel right.
Community - The PvP server I was on seemed like a giant magnet for trolls and asshats. I had a very hard time finding like-minded players to group with. I guess I could blame the open pvp system and the sexually deviant races for that, but it may just be that I’m turning into an old fart.
I can’t say the game was a step backwards, but there certainly wasn’t any innovation beyond the combat system. PvP looked like it could have been fun, but I realized that PvP alone wasn’t enough to keep me playing, and paying.