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[Interview] TERA: New F2P Model Combating the Stereotype



  • GrakulenGrakulen Staff Writer St. Charles, MOPosts: 484MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon
  • JimyHumuHumuJimyHumuHumu BilbaoPosts: 250Member

    best combat in 'non lobby style' mmo, but pvp is as bas as all other gear centric games.


    Hope there comes a day when devs finally realize one thing... open world pvp, in a gear centric game = no go.


    Seriously, why do they keep on making open world, faction based games... (not talking about tera only,)... if one or two levels, or a few stats make such a huge difference ? 


    They have a really awesome battle system (for mmo standards), hampered by a really really retarded stats/gear system. And its not the 1st  game to make such a mistake. Not saying to remove gear progression, because thats what makes so many mmo players tick, sort of, and for all i care they could keep it as it is now - for pve, but would scaling gear/stats importance when it comes to pvp really make anyone unhappy? 


    I seriously dont get it. Maybe its just me and other people actually like it that way, but why bother with making an open world, action based combat mmo, if its still stats/gear that will decide 95% of pvp encounters?

  • rommellorommello calgary, ABPosts: 185Member
    something severely lacking in this game is stat normal/equalization on pvp.

    right now there is zero player skill involved coz its 100% gear (or close to it)

    action combat is wasted wen the pvp suffers this serious problem along with high level greifers killing every1 on lower level maps with no real penalty and guards dont even attack them

    hallo ~_~

  • berlightberlight almadaPosts: 156Member
    Who was talking about WoW anyway!? You know that WoW is made from the warcraft 3 engine right?

    Beta tester maniac

  • evilastroevilastro EdinburghPosts: 4,270Member
    Originally posted by jtcgs
    Originally posted by Rednecksith

    How much more free do you expect them to get? Even for completely free players there's barely any restrictions. It's by far one of the best F2P models I've seen yet and as I said earlier, it's borderline too good. In some areas people who've purchased the client have it better than new subscribers! There's no segregation of the community going on here. The game is F2P, not Freemium.

    Some people will bitch about anything I suppose...

     Congrats on such a long post given without really reading what was being replied to. There is a difference between FREE and FREEMIUM and NO FREEMIUM GAME DOES AS WELL AS THE BETTER FREE 2 PLAY GAMES.

    They KNOW this, but still went FREEMIUM. That is the point of my post. THere was no COMPLAINT was a post pointing out the LIE that its a F2P game, and pointing out the bad business decision for what it is.

    The point is that it isnt even close to the deal that older Freemium games have offered.

    You can play any class, any race, and play to max level with no gear or zone restrictions.

    Now compare that to EQ2 or Vanguard. Not even remotely close to SoE. Thats why SoE did badly, because it was a shameless money grab and everyone knew it. Instead of giving people what was there already, and working on new content or items for them to spend money on, they focused on nickle and diming everyone for content most of them had already played or tried in the past.

    TERA isnt doing that. The 3 categories are very reasonable. People who have played before are not losing any character, bag or bank slots. People who never invested any money into the game will have to buy to unlock these things.  People who continue to subscribe will be able to play more by doing more dungeons per day. Seems reasonable to me....

    SoE on the other hand, locks out races and classes that were originally available. Tried to log into my Disciple on Vanguard the other day and they had locked it, dispite the original F2P allowing characters created F2P to keep playing. Because I apparently didnt have access to the race that I was playing anymore. Thats the underhanded crap which causes SoE to lose players. Having to pay to unlock every single item you find... how is that fun?

    Aion, GW2, TSW and TERA definitely have the right idea. Let people enjoy the game without bashing them over the head and asking for money, then put in desirable items to make the gameplay more enjoyable, such as cosmetic items or XP boosts. 

    Much better than SoE version where they heavily restrict F2P and force players to unlock things just to get back to normal gameplay.


  • Yavin_PrimeYavin_Prime Oak Park, CAPosts: 233Member
    I liked TERA back at launch but didn't feel that the game had enough to keep me as a paying player. Now that its f2p I will be going back to play it from time to time. I like what they are doing, I dislike how SOE and Turbine restrict their players thus forcing them to pay just to feel like they are valued members of the game rather than the riffraff that the cat dragged in (SWTOR is in this category too). For those games I don't even consider playing them unless I'm going to subscribe so being "freemium" means nothing to me, it's just a long trial.
  • RobokappRobokapp Dublin, OHPosts: 5,229Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by berlight
    Who was talking about WoW anyway!? You know that WoW is made from the warcraft 3 engine right?



    has its own engine.


  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,353Member Uncommon

    I bought the game for $20 from EME.  I'm surprised.  It's much better than I had anticipated.

    I would definitely recommend getting in early if you plan on playing during free play.  The $20 for the box is reasonable.

    I'm playing an archer on the RP server and it's a very nice community.  Well, the area chat is nice.  The global chat is pretty abysmal and probably one of the worst out of any of my games.  Turning that channel off was on of the first actions.

    The combat is great and I can grind mobs for drops.  I love grinding mobs and getting drops.  So far I've taken a risk on GW2 and TSW and now this and they've all paid off.  The only drag is I will probably have to retire one of my older games.  Right now LotRO is at the bottom of the pile and it's not looking good for Frodo and crew.

  • DamonVileDamonVile Vancouver, BCPosts: 4,818Member

    Tab target games put me to sleep...sooo boring. spending the night going 1234 1234 1234 1234 is not my idea of fun. Quests are quests. Putting a nice dress on one doesn't make it a better quest.

    The game is fun and I'm glad it's free to play now. I have no problems buying cosmetic items from the store for fun and to support a great game.

    It has it's issues and needs work like all mmos but, it's one of the few mmos that don't make me sleep after an hr of playing.

  • Xstatic912Xstatic912 New York, NYPosts: 365Member
    Korean quest style will most likely not change.. It has gotten better over the years but it has never been there main focus. graphics, and combat takes more focus as they probably see it as those are the things your eyes are gonna see most..

    i'm so gonna love the f2p option..
  • onroPonroP Bonn, CAPosts: 2Member

    the question is why the changed to f2p .. its easy they faild. this game has ZERO Endgame, its a joke .. Support ? dosent exist @Gamefore... the Servers are Laggy like Hell and Crash over and over again.

    and trust me if u look at other gameforge games  u know that TEAR will end in a P2W game...

    dont touch f2p games if you wanna have fun.. 10$ for 30 days of playing is not much. 

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