By Chubbaluphigous 1 Comments
Prior to the release of Tera I had never really played an MMO. Ultima Online came out and I was intrigued by the idea. Some friends played it, but I didn't have a PC at the time that could play(or at least that is what I had assumed). Ever Quest came out and I was mostly confused. Heard horror stories of people wasting away to the game in some sort of heroine like addiction, but still marginally intrigued by such a thing. WoW came and I really wanted to get in on it. Friends would disappear and I would later hear that they were playing WoW. Really wanting to play I kept my self away with the thought that I would love the game too much. After a few years I was content with not joining in on the MMO thing as I felt it was too late for me. I can't get in and get started because I would never be able to catch up to everyone else that has been playing for so long. MMOs were becoming just another bad idea.
What's better than a bad idea? Take a bad idea + even worse idea + holy fucking terrible idea and tie it all together with a super swell idea, and that is Tera. I watched the Quick Look. Saw the Lolis. Saw the furries. Now this is by far the worse thing I could get into right now, so fuck you I'm doing it.
I have been playing almost every day since launch. I love it.
The game isn't perfect by any means. It is full of flaws and things that are frustrating. However I can easily get past all. The combat, gear, and meta game keep me coming back.
The combat feels smooth and natural. Skills chain together and happen in real time. It plays like 3rd a person action RPG should, except with the occasional lag. PvP is tense and exciting. Position and timing make or break a fight. Group fights depend on coordination, positioning, and skill. Hitting or missing a skill can make or break a fight. Tanking and healing are the two most skill based roles in PvE. I almost never look at my skill bar, and could play just fine if it wasn't visible. A good tank and healer can carry the derpiest of dps through almost any fight. The gear on a Tank and Healer is also much less of factor as all the gear in the game can't save you if you don't know what you are doing.
Though I must admit a little bit of bias. My main is a Lancer which is the main tank of the game.
I started playing a lancer only because I knew that they were in the least supply. Faster dungeon queues, and everyone is looking for a good tank. As the tank I am the defacto leader of the group. I have to hold agro, make sure the boss is in position, and control what the boss does via stuns and interrupts. All the while I have to time my block as the attacks come.
Agro doesn't' work in Tera the way it does in other games. Agro is much more dynamic with an ebb and flow to it. You can't just build up agro endlessly and let the dps wail away to their heart's content. A boss has a set amount of agro points and it's own agro decay. As one person gains agro points another person loses agro points. Whoever has the most agro points has the bosses agro. Healers generate agro by just existing and by healing. DPS generate agro primarily through crits. Tanks generate agro with everything they do, but some skills will generate more agro than other skills. This means that I have to maintain constant attacks and shouts to hold agro. There is no real rotation for Lancers. Do what you can, block on time, and be smart about your skills. In PvP Lancers are one of the best in 1v1. Lancer's aren't your typical all defense no damage tanks. We make people hurt. And then they cry. And then we put our big ass fucking pole right up their ass. In groups we set up kills by grouping the enemy and letting the dps AoE. We are also great at shutting down ranged classes and healers. My defense lets me go into their back line and keep a whole group of them from doing much.
The gear grind in Tera is a grind. The game came from Korea after all. You need to get your enchantable gear, roll the stats till you get what you want, and enchant it up the RNG train. For the final current endgame gear you also need to Masterwork your gear which involves even more RNG and allows you to enchant your gear further than it could before. However they have been working to alleviate the RNG pain by making enchanting easier and easier. But since the first enchanting buff I haven't had any problems getting my gear up. I love getting new gear and the feeling when I fully enchant it. My main is currently fully geared in everything but the absolute final gear which I am now working on getting. In the mean time I am gearing out an alt and leveling another alt to 60 so I can gear it. Actually I am leveling a few alts...
I play on the PvP server which brings it's own special meta game to it. Since there is no factions in the game anybody can kill anybody in the open world. Guilds can declare war on any other guild. Different storylines have developed on the server over which guilds are fighting which guilds, and alliances forming to fight the zerg guilds with some falling and others succeeding.
And then there are the Lolis. They aren't as bad as people make it seem. They are the most clothed race in the game, and there are some advantages to playing one. They have the smallest hit box of all the races which makes a difference in PvP, and for melee classes they have the longest range. There are probably some people out there that are trying to look up their skirt, but most just laugh at them. The Elin are a constant running gag. You can't take them too seriously.
Probably the thing that this game gets the most flack for is it's leveling system. It isn't ostensibly bad. It isn't a terrible experience to level to 60. But it is a boring, over used, and dated system. But you only have to level your character once. The meat of any MMO is at max level. Leveling up is what you do to get to the real part of the game.
There is more that I could write, but this is kinda long as it is and I'm mostly drunk. If you have any questions about the game, ask and I will answer. I also have an extra key to the game. Even though the game is going free, entering a key will give you 6 extra character slots, 3 more bank tabs, a free mount, and a month of elite. Elite is the new thing you can subscribe to which gives free shit, another mount, and reduced dungeon cool downs. I will give it away to the first person who messages me in game on Mount Tyrannus server. Send a post to Bigonemclargehuge with your GB username.
The servers are still down for maintenance, so I'm gonna go drink more and watch Star Trek.