I urge all of my MMO gaming fans to check out Tera Online. I have played almost every major MMO in the last 5 or so years, but Tera has me really excited. My list goes like this: EverQuest 2, World of Warcraft, Warhammer Online, Age of Conan, Rift, Star Wars: The old Republic. Tera is different than all of them.
The biggest difference in Tera Online over other MMO’s is the way you fight or heal. Most MMOs are based on a ‘tab targeting’ system. You select your target, whether it is a monster you are trying to kill or another player you are healing, and then you click the spell or ability you want to apply to that target. Tera uses a directional targeting system. There is no hit or miss chance. If the target is in range and you are facing the right way, you will hit it. This also applies to the monsters/players you fight. If they swing, but you dodge out of their range, they miss. Although, this applies to healing too. If you cast a heal and your target happens to move before the heal lands, they don’t receive it. It sounds complicated, but I found that I picked it up quickly. I also thought it would be frustrating to have to physically aim, like in a first person shooter, just to hit my target. While you do feel bad if you have a series of misses, I like a challenge, so this just made me concentrate that much more.
Races – there are seven playable races. They are Aman, Baraka, Castanic, Elin, High Elf, Human, and Popori. As with any MMO, not everyone will like all the races. For instance, the Elins are “devine children of the goddess Elinu”; bottom line is they look like little anime girls. The Popori are also a good example, they are basically woodland creatures, i.e. rabbits, dogs, bears, etc. I’m not saying that they are bad, in fact the Popori are really cute, but not everyone likes cute. Tera also has more “hardcore” races, like Aman and the Baraka. The Aman look like hulking Demons and the Baraka are huge men, that to me look like they are made of stone or metal. Each race has it’s own special abilities, i.e. resistance to damage, swim speed efficiency, etc.; so it’s not all about the way they look. This game is rated ‘M for Mature’ so this is not really a kid friendly game. The female characters are scantily clad, so be aware.
Classes – there are eight playable classes. They are Lancer, Warrior, Berserker, Slayer, Sorcerer, Archer, Mystic, and Priest. The Lancer, Warrior, Berserker, and Slayer are melee classes. The Sorcerer and Archer are the ranged DPS classes. The Mystic and the Priest are the healing classes. It seems like they are really heavy on melee, but Tera does a great job of diversifying the fighting style. Tera is the first MMO that I prefer playing melee over a ranged caster, so don’t immediately discount those classes. The ranged classes are very fun, but the melee provides something different from my typical gaming.
Graphics – The graphics in Tera can be described in one word… amazing. Tera’s graphics are the best MMO graphics to date. The game uses the Unreal 3 engine and it is very impressive. The landscapes are beautiful and the player textures are incredibly detailed. If you even remotely like games with stunning graphics, you should check this game out.
Tera also has some very unique features not seen in many MMOs. The political system is very interesting. While there is not much information about it and the game is still currently in Beta, the information that has been released is exciting. Basically, a player can become the Vanarch of an area. This allows them to set taxes, open specialty shops, put bad guys in jail, etc. Check out this video for more information about the political system:
As I said earlier, Tera Online is still in Beta, but it is scheduled for release on April 28th in the US.
I will write more about Tera as I play in the Betas and more information is released. If you want to check out Tera, please go to their website: http://tera.enmasse.com/
Disclosure: This post is NOT sponsored, solicited, or endorsed in any manner. All opinions are my own.