By nature I am not the most positive person. However, I have to say I am genuinely just tired of seeing the large scope of negativity that constantly comes out of TERA forums.
By and large, the people posting such things are people who have seen the game in passing, maybe read an article, saw some screenshots, and then formed an opinion. Now this is not a bad start, but to say that their opinion is useless is well, useless.
These very opinionated folks are an interesting group. You see, they were never going to play this game to begin with. Something about the game inherently turned them off from it, "STUPID SHITTY EASTERN ART STYLE Y UR SWORDS SO BIG IT NO MAKE SENSE" (but orcs and night elves are fine, so are jedi), "I'm sick of waiting I'm not going to play anymore because they took too long" (because everyone loves playing a half-finished game, that’s why Korea didn’t accept it in its current form).
But alas, for some reason (interstellar quantum flux maybe?) they then proceeded to seek out forums of the game they were never going to play and post about it.
Just to give a personal example, from the moment SW:TOR was announced I never planned on playing it, did not even enter my unconscious stream of thought. And you know what I did? I shut the hell up and didn't try and piss on all the star wars fans parade. I've never been a huge SW fan, but I respect those who are.
Anyway, to sum up my general ramblings, in honor of the holiday or some shit like that, I'd like to restart TERA's forum life on a positive note.
These are some of the reasons that I WILL be playing TERA as my exclusive MMO of choice in 2012, and I encourage you to share yours:
I like.. no, I love the art style. The unreal 3 engine does wonders for this style. I love it through and through. In my opinion, the point of games with big beautiful graphics engines is not always to re-render the real world we see around us, but to actually do the impossible. I don’t get to see a 5'2" girl with horns carrying a 7'6", 700lb battleaxe every day, so maybe I want to. Big swords, skimpy armor on castanics, giant monsters, thank you e-gods for hearing my pleas.
Combat system: Feels somewhat similar to Skyrim for me, except of course hotkeyed skills not just clicks, but the aiming and weight are really strong points. Berserkers REALLY feel like they are holding an axe 5 times their size, and hit like it too.
WoW similarities and dissimilarities: Questing, leveling up, dungeon 5-man composition, classes, pvp bgs, glyphs, gems, hopefully raiding and rated arena pvp at lvl 60 when that patch releases close to US/EU release. Essentially, TERA has all the similarities to WoW that I loved for so many years, and changes everything that I ever asked for! The combat system is the big change, but there are others like the graphic system which I previously mentioned.
Level of customization: I am a sucker for character customization. If I am going to spend hours doing top level raiding and pvp, I want my work to show. I am in love with the basic character customization in this game from level one. The fact that you can reforge weapons and armor to look like any other weapons and armor is just absolutely perfect to me. How many times did you ex-wow players out there check mmo-champion to find out that the new tier of armor looks like crap for your class and know that for the next 4 months you’ll be wearing that god awful abomination? Yeah, I thought so.
Rated M for Mature: I've waited forever for an MMO of this quality to be given this rating. Now I am no fool, an M rating does NOT in any way mean a community reflected by the rating. I am interested in the content it allows them to put in. Appropriate violent combat, it doesn’t tickle when you get hit by a 10 foot sword. Vulgar language, when hit by said 10 foot sword, you wouldn't say "A plague upon you foul trickster! for mine arm stings with the fury of a thousand suns!". Nah, probably not.
Bluehole studios and En Masse willingness to venture into some unknown territory: The political system will be a big jump in the way that it’s managed and run, quite a new thing really in the mmo world. Their proposal of a jail system, and then their willingness to say, "This isn't working, we're going to scrap it for now" is a really humble move that I think deserves respect. Not too many developers out there EVER admit when they are wrong and push something off for further development and testing.
A solution to gold buying: Chrono-scrolls, whether they work or not does not matter. The effort and thought behind putting them in as an option is a fantastic choice and one that deserves some credit. I personally will be seeing how much gold I can accrue and will be attempting to essentially play for free if I can work up enough to buy scrolls each month.
I think that is probably enough for now. As you can see, I will 100% be in beta and prepurchasing this game with at least a 3 month recurring subscription to start.
Please just remember that we all play games for different reasons, all of them leading back to the purpose of having fun and enjoying ourselves. Don't attempt to take that away from someone else, just as you wouldn't want it taken from you.