5 Reasons to Play TERA

Updated Wed, Feb 08, 2012 by Shayalyn

The gaming industry will be throwing new MMOGs at us hard and fast in 2012. How will you pick the best ones? You could spend hours researching upcoming titles, or you could let us boil the most impressive upcoming games down to their essences and help you match them to your gaming style. This week, we’re taking a look at TERA, the Korean import coming to North America and Europe in May, 2012. Will it be the game for you? Read on and decide for yourself.

You’ll want to give TERA a closer look if…

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Elf versus big ass monster. It doesn’t get any more fantasy than this.

REASON #1 – You love high fantasy.

TERA is a fantasy MMOG, so you can expect it to be rich in all the things that make fantasy games tick--intriguing races (elves included), familiar classes, quests, big bad monsters, and deep, rich, fantastical lore. And yet, TERA also comes from Asia, so you’ll experience a touch of the exotic. Races, for instance, include the childlike (but older and wiser than appearances would suggest) treehuggers, the Elin, and their partners in nature-loving, the Popori, a sentient animal race. Classes include the standard Warrior, Sorcerer, Archer and Priest, but also the Lancer, a virtual battering ram toting a ginormous lance and shield. Monsters are huge (and in fact, TERA’s developers have referred to them frequently as BAMs, for “big ass monsters”) and, we’re told, smart.

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It just got real in here. Combat moves fast in TERA .

REASON #2 – You’re tired of mashing hotkeys and ready for action.

Gone are the days of tabbing to target and then staring at the screen as you mindlessly trigger hotkeys—TERA’s combat is going to keep you busy. (In fact, it’s not unusual to see TERA demoed with a controller as opposed to keyboard and mouse.) You’ll target your enemy with crosshairs, so you’d better make sure your aim is true. Combat is also positional, so you’ll need to jump and dodge to avoid damage. You’ll be able to “paint” multiple targets with lock-on skills by selecting the skill, sweeping your targeting reticle over multiple enemies to highlight them, and then hitting your skill hotkey again to fire it off.

If you’ve ever played an FPS, then TERA should be a comfortable fit for you. If not, you’ll likely experience a bit of a learning curve, but you can rest assured that combat in TERA won’t be the standard button-mashing fare. You’ll need skill to play this game, not just the best armor and the highest level.

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You! Go stand in the corner!

REASON #3 – You like to play politics.

We’ve already shown you that TERA is action-oriented, but Blue Hole Studios has demonstrated for us that this MMOG will be community-oriented, too. At E3 2011, we learned more about TERA’s political system. Producer Sam Kim told us that the political system would bring a new level of player engagement to TERA. “When we say that the political system adds a whole new depth to player engagement, we’re really talking about players influencing the world around them,” he said. “That means getting votes, buying votes, raising taxes, making tons of money, opening shops, running your own events, and imprisoning players – jerks, enemies, it’s about doing whatever you want.”

It won’t be easy to rise to fame—you’ll need to be a popular or powerful player with lots of gameplay hours under your belt to exert the kind of control Kim mentioned—but even if you never become the next Baraka Obama (see what we did there?), you’re likely to enjoy a world that the player community can affect on more than a superficial level.

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Rawr! Fear my cuteness!

REASON #4 – You want to look and feel badass…or be cute.

Amazing armor, huge shiny weapons, impressive-looking skills? Come on, admit it—you totally want to feel like a badass. And in TERA, you will, because Asian MMOGs are rarely short on badassery. And not only will you look like a bawss, the boss monsters you fight won’t be lacking in the “holy shit, what is that thing?!” factor. TERA promises monsters with finely tuned AI guaranteed to provide a satisfying fight.

But if looking ripped (or sexy) and dressing fine don’t make you happy, you can always fall back on cute. TERA brings the cute in ways both epic and a little bit creepy. If being adorable is what you’re all about, the Popori are for you—they’re a race of animals, and you can play anything from panda to a pug. If your ideal character has enormous anime eyes, fluttering ears and a wagging tail, TERA provides. On the creepier side of things, the Elin, a short childlike race, look a lot like…sexy children. And if that’s your thing, there’s game lore you can use to justify your decision. (Hey, they only look like kids! They’re actually old and wise…and darkly snarky.)

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Ah, paradise in pixels!

REASON #5 – You like eye candy.

No doubt about it, TERA will satisfy the graphics whore in each of us. Environments are breathtaking, armor looks finely detailed, character models are gorgeous (or cute, or creepy, as previously mentioned), and monsters are truly the stuff of nightmares. If looks matter to you, TERA won’t disappoint.

The Final Analysis

TERA certainly won’t be the game for every MMO gamer—those who prefer a more laid back combat scenario will likely find its FPS-like controls challenging. The look and feel of Asian MMOs isn’t for everyone, either, and some may balk at the sexed-up character models, weapons so large they defy the laws of physics, and cutesy animals. But if the typical tab-to-target and auto-attack scenario has grown old and you’re ready to move on to something more action-packed that values skill over gear, you’ll want to keep TERA on your radar. The game will launch May 1, 2012 in North America and May 3 in Europe and is available for pre-order now. Pre-order customers gain access to all upcoming beta weekends.

You forgot to mention MASSIVE BOOBIES

Well, I alluded to the sexy sexy...and the ripped pecs, too. And check out the side boob in the first screenshot! ;)

Hehe, good article though. I do hope Tera make it out ok in North America. The graphics is gorgeous and the combat system (from playing similar games) is quite nice and involved. The Korean attachment and the lawsuit will be a deterrent for some but we do need a mainstream non tab target kind of MMO.

Yeah, that would be two more reasons right there. :P

"On the creepier side of things, the Elin, a short childlike race, look a lot like…sexy children."

You just dissed everyone who is a Elin fan, by calling all of us should not thrust you views of the game on others as the Elin are a playable races and no one should feel ashamed just to play one. Are you a pervert if you play any of the other female races?

Hate to say it, but in a game where most of the female races are 10% clothed 90% of the time... if you are male playing a female character for the looks, yea... you probably are a bit of a pervert as the word is commonly used today (someone of low sexual morality).

But honestly everyone is a little bit perverted in that sense.

The original definition of perverted was: Deviating greatly from what is regarded as normal or right.

Consider its now common for most of the population to expect half naked women in media, I'd say that half naked women is "normal" and therefor not really perverted...

However in western culture half-naked tweens (or the physical characteristics of tweens), is not a common theme, and is often looked upon as "greatly deviating from normal or right" so it would indeed be "perverted" hence why Elin outfits were redesigned for the US audience...

That said, if you find them cute in a non-sexual way, like a puppy, or kittens (please say you find those non-sexual!)... then I see nothing wrong with it.

Interesting post.... As a behavioural psychologist your post with the "pervert" quip would tend to lead towards you, yourself being more the "pervert" actually :D

behavioural psychologist in what. trolling? poof be gone little troll beast!!!

haha thats very funny.


As biased as I am towards this game, it's nice to see some positive reviews of this game. Unlike GamebreakerTV who went full retard on their review. I played the NA CB1 and have been eagerly waiting the 2 weeks to get back to this amazing game.

You realize a lot of girl gamers are going to play Elin right?

They are cute and faerie like, it appeals greatly to some of us. Everything else is really slutty or a dude or a squirrel. I don't expect people to understand, but its kind of like collecting Hello Kitty. There is an appeal in the bland, cheerful innocence and LACK of sexuality of those characters. And there is definitely an affection for adorable things that certain people have, not just women. Elin are just cute, I don't get whats so hard to understand about that. It's like a bunny is cute. It isn't sexual, the only creepy thing is when people interpret it that way.

I agree with the above sentiment, however the review writer is not entirely wrong with the original intent of the race, they were designed to be "sexy" just as the other female races. In the US release the revealing nature of their clothing is toned down, and there are more than a few people highly upset by this...

So while I'd love to think that everyone playing an Elin is doing it cause they're adorably cute, if that were the truth, there wouldn't be pages upon pages of forum posts complaining about them becoming more covered.

In CB1, I saw a ton of chat comments with guys perving on Elins and even a few guys joking that they were "fapping" to their "little girl" toons. So, yeah...probably makes more sense to blame the pervs than the people who call them out, or even just acknowledge that the world is full of em.

Think saying things about the elin like that, aren't needed and should be left for the consumer to formulate an opinion, not someone else putting there opinion on an article like this.

Also one last thing I didn't like. There's only 1 weapon that seems oversized like you say, and that's the Berserkers Axe, otherwise there aren't just big massive weapons everywhere you look. Also the fellow person that doesn't know about this game, will also not know that when Berserkers aren't in combat the axe gets put away and it awesomely shrinks down to a nice size that looks good on the characters back.

STFU about the Elin perving already, can't people talk about anything else regarding this game? Great review though..

Been looking forward to this game for well over a year and have the collectors edition already preordered. The first CB weekend was not bad. The action combat is a HUGE change, a refreshing one at that, but they seriously have to scale the AI better, especially after you leave the Isle of Dawn (at about lev 11-12), noobie island, because you seriously dont have to move and not use their "action combat" all the way to level 22 to kill any mob/groups of mobs. Which is pretty sad as that is pretty close to mid way to level cap.

The graphics were amazing, even without the high res textures (which were patched in for phase 2 this Friday). The music was nice too and the armor/weps...great stuff in my artistic opinion. As far as massive weps go, they're not that massive in comparison to Rift or WoW honestly. The games got its own artistic flavor with the concepts and designs. As for flavor, the Elin are a bit not for me. They're cute, have adult voices, but just the players that play them....disgust me, most of them anyways. I for one would attack any Elin I see with a retard/perv name this Friday on the PvP servers. As for sexual thing with Elin, goes both ways for the other female races I suppose. Every one is pretty much sexualized in if I guess if its bad to be pervy with an Elin its bad to be pervy with a elf female? Or we have a double standard? XD

My biggest gripe outside of the AI tuning, is the complete lack of design and care taken with crafting and enchanting. If you hated the Aion and Lineage 2 RNG (random number generator) system seen in many Asian'll hate TERA's version too. It's a HUGE money sink for crafting with gear that you basically won't need as you get better from drops/quests. Enchanting is lame as you can get +1 all the way to +6...then drop back down to +1 and vice versa and lose all your gp/items you spent hours/days/weeks farming far. Lame, since TERA boasts its a "skilled" game...what skill is RNG for crafting and enchanting? It's balls imo, and the major issue that may sway me not to commit to long term subscription.

Overall, games got potential to be a HUGE blockbuster but may sink early if the enchanting, crafting, quest monotony stays as is and if the political system and pvp is balls. I give TERA a overall of 8 out of 10.

"On the creepier side of things, the Elin, a short childlike race, look a lot like…sexy children."
It sounds like Shayalyn goes to the beach and sees children in swimsuits or gymnasts in leotards as sexy.
Get some therapy or just grow up so you can differentiate cute from sexy.

Maybe you should look at the whole statement:

On the creepier side of things, the Elin, a short childlike race, look a lot like…sexy children. And if that’s your thing, there’s game lore you can use to justify your decision. (Hey, they only look like kids! They’re actually old and wise…and darkly snarky.)

The author didn't call people who play Elins pervs. In fact, he said that there was lore to justify wanting to play them. Even if the perv thing was vaguely implied, it's all the people in this thread who jumped on that band wagon and started using the term "perv." Guilty conscience much?

Besides, don't try to say that the intent was to make them cute and not at all sexy. Like another poster said, that's total bullshit. Just like the game lore says, they look like kids but they're much older. And being much older...they dress provocatively just like every other race in TERA. So, who needs to grow up here?

WTFH are you talking about?
I don't think you realise how condescending the statement was.
And whether you find them sexy and/or cute is a completely personal view. Some people may find super models sexy. I think they're way too thin. Don't push personal views onto other people. But that's not even the point I was making.

Calm down and read my comment again until you can comprehend it. If the OP thinks of Elin as sexy children that's his personal view, but must also mean he sees a child in a leotard as sexy; that's his personal view. As creepy as that is.

I only see a cute character as I would see a puppy or kitten.

Who needs to grow up? I don't know.
You're the one trying to argue with me over the internet.
But, hey. Whatever makes your life feel more fulfilled.
Go bring more justice to the internet keyboard warrior.

Excellent rationalization. Bravo. *slow clap*

Calm down and read my comment again until you can comprehend it. If the OP thinks of Elin as sexy children that's his personal view, but must also mean he sees a child in a leotard as sexy; that's his personal view. As creepy as that is.

Pretty sure the author here is female, but you go ahead and run with the sexist assumption that all gamers and gaming journalists are guys and see how that works for ya. And, given that the author is female, the statistical odds of your statement above being true just dropped. Drastically.

LMFAO You mad?
Again read my comment; again. I see you're having some difficulties. It's okay. Nerdrage can do that to some people. lol
Your basing that off of what? A username. I never said OP was male or female. YOUR assuming OP is. If anyone's sexist here it's you. And probably homophobic. Females can be attracted to other females if that's who they are. But you never thought of that.
Calm down, mate. Your not making any sense. Get outside and take a breath of fresh air. It's only the internet. Unless arguing with people on the internet is the most important thing in your life. Which is quite sad, though I do not pity people like that.

Tera is such a fail game..

Mark my words.

<---- Still playing Tera!!!!!!!


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