TERA Review
TERA Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Bluehole
Pub: En Masse
Release: May 1, 2012
Players: MMO
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence

If there's an area in which TERA falls short, it's that it can sometimes feel like more of a grind than WoW. I can't quite put my finger on the reason, but I think part of it is that TERA's quests are much heavier on basic errands—kill quests are a bit more entertaining than "run over there and talk to this other guy" quests, especially when the combat system is a huge selling point.

Of course, another part of it just might be that the game will feel familiar to any WoW player. But whatever the reason, I occasionally got the feeling that I was just running back and forth between markers on the map, rather than engaging in an epic quest with fascinating combat. These spells never lasted for too long, but they did detract from the experience.

TERA Screenshot

One thing I haven't mentioned yet is that while TERA is new to America, it's been around in South Korea since January of last year. In fact, some media sites have reported that it cost more than World of Warcraft to develop, and all of the effort shows—TERA is very, very polished. The only problem I encountered in my hours with TERA was that I managed to get my character stuck between some invisible walls once; there's already an "unstuck" feature to fix this when it happens. The American localization was handled exceedingly well, and aside from the normal jitters (some people reported account problems, I got kicked out of the game once, etc.), the launch went swimmingly. En Masse, the company in charge of bringing the game to America, did a great job.

Unfortunately, TERA is also rather expensive; in a world where so many MMOs have gone free to play, TERA demands an up-front $50 investment, plus a subscription fee of $15 a month. It's clearly targeted toward the MMO faithful—and for the MMO faithful, it looks like a good buy from the hours I've spent with it.

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I almost hesitate to lavish so much praise on TERA. Given how much it has stolen from World of Warcraft, TERA is standing on the shoulders of a very tall, very strong giant. But the bottom line is that TERA fixes the very worst aspect of WoW—the lame combat—while making some improvements to other features and doing a good job of emulating the basics. If you're looking for a new MMO, TERA is an excellent choice.

By
Robert VerBruggen
Contributing Writer
Date: May 4, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
A solid step up from World of Warcraft.
4.5
Control
TERA controls just like an FPS.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
From the music to the effects, this game sounds great.
4.2
Play Value
It's basically World of Warcraft plus fun combat.
4.2
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Enter the world of Tera as one of seven player races, each with its own history, lore, and point of view. These are the races of the Valkyon Federation, leading the way into a new era of unity as they face a battle for their very existence.
  • The eight player classes of Tera each contribute their own style of combat, their own method and approach to tactics, and their own unique abilities in solo and group play. Get to know them here—their fighting styles, their tools, and their talents.
  • Tera is a world born of conflict. It's a place where gods scheme, armies clash, and the world can change in the blink of an eye. Thousands of years have passed since the two titans, Arun and Shara, lay down and dreamed the world and its inhabitants.
  • Your enemies are many and varied. Some are strong, some are intelligent—all are dangerous. Consider this your pre-mission briefing on beasts and bad guys. Get to know them, where they come from, and how they fight.

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