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Just wanted to let people know that the game is doing really well now that it's gone f2p. I've avoided f2p games in the past because generally the quality is not there, but TERA has always been a notch above most MMORPGs since its release, and the handling of the transition to free-to-play is no exception.
As many are aware, the thing that really seperates the game is that it's based on the Unreal Engine, which has been refined for many years for multiplayer action combat. Using that engine for an RPG was a stroke of genius.
Some people say it's a grind, but in reality all MMORPGs are grinds, it's just that in TERA you actually have fun while you're doing it (not to mention there is no horrible grinding on the same modeled NPC over and over like is found in most games- there are tons of unique mobs and each of them have different attacks specialized for what kind of monster they are).
There is only one BG. That's right, just one. And guess what? It's fun pretty much every time. Because the variety is the style that each player brings to the diverse classes.
I've been 60 for months on end and there is no end to stuff to do. There are tons of dungeons to join, random PVP battles between guilds, the BG I mentioned, and now Nexus has been tweeked so it's actually playable by limiting the amount of people to 120 in an area at a time.
Finally, the ft2p economy is functioning completely as intended in TERA. I myself have yet to spend any money since it went f2p but have been able to obtain costume pieces I've wanted because the items are sellable on the AH. This means that there's no reason for illicit 3rd party gold-traders spamming chat- the mechanism for gold farmers to make real money is incorporated into the game.
But unlike most games, no matter how much money you have either in gold or dollars, you're still going to have to work for the best items, and because TERA is action-oriented, what really matters is your skill and attention you pay to each battle.
All in all the game is the best executed MMO I've ever seen, and DEVs are still active producing new content and improving older content (like the recent fix to Nexus). Highly recommended for anyone that enjoys online role-playing games and action-packed combat.
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